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Public Release: 14-Nov-2014
Journal of the International AIDS Society
HIV risks high in Mexico City's male sex trade
The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and risky behavior are high among Mexico City's male sex workers, a new study reports. Among the findings is that sex workers can make 34.5 percent more money for forgoing condoms. The researchers hope to counteract that incentive with one of their own.
National Institutes of Health, Mexican National Center for HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention, Brown University

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Scientists unlock crucial mechanism driving colliding epidemics of smoking and TB
TB is an infectious disease that kills 1.5 million people each year and smoking is the biggest driver of the global TB epidemic. Medical scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St James's Hospital in Ireland have unlocked the mechanism underlying the connection between smoking and Tuberculosis. This discovery will considerably strengthen anti-smoking efforts to control TB and uncovers new therapy and vaccine options for TB.
The Health Research Board Ireland, The Royal City of Dublin Hospital Trust

Contact: Yolanda Kennedy
yokenned@tcd.ie
353-189-63551
Trinity College Dublin

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
Vietnam's health care system, explained by its Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien
Vietnam's Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, was interviewed for Health Affairs by Tsung-Mei Cheng, a health policy research analyst at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Topics included an overview of the unique characteristics of Vietnam's health system; strengths and weaknesses; health financing reform aimed at reaching the goal of universal health coverage; prevention and control of infectious diseases; and Vietnam's performance in achieving Millennium Development Goals.

Contact: Sue Ducat
sducat@projecthope.org
301-841-9962
Health Affairs

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
Protein Science
New drug targets may lead to effective Ebola treatments
There are no approved treatments or preventatives against Ebola virus disease, but investigators have now designed peptides that mimic the virus' N-trimer, a highly conserved region of a protein that's used to gain entry inside cells.

Contact: Dawn Peters
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ebola a stark reminder of link between health of humans, animals, environment
For many, global public health seems like an abstract and distant problem -- until the Ebola virus is diagnosed among people in our midst.

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ebola a stark reminder of link between health of humans, animals, environment
Though no one would call the Ebola pandemic a good thing, it has presented an opportunity for scientists to alert the public about the dire need to halt the spread of infectious diseases, especially in developing and densely populated areas of the world.

Contact: Wondwossen Gebreyes
Gebreyes.1@osu.edu
614-292-9559
Ohio State University

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Harnessing the digital sharing revolution to drive global health research
The Global Health Network's suite of innovative free research tools can help tropical medicine researchers to collaborate, as reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases article, 'Strengthening Neglected Tropical Disease Research through Enhancing Research-Site Capacity: An Evaluation of a Novel Web Application to Facilitate Research Collaborations,' Furtado et al 2014, in an evaluation of one of the Network's newest tools, SiteFinder.

Contact: Lauren Bullen
plosntds@plos.org
415-590-3548
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Pathogens
Without security, there can be no health care
Beyond deaths, injuries, and displacements, the ongoing Syrian war is causing growing infectious disease epidemics. A short review published on Nov. 13 in PLOS Pathogens reports on some of the epidemics spreading among vulnerable populations in Syria and neighboring countries.

Contact: Souha Kanj, M.D., FACP, FIDSA
sk11@aub.edu.lb
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
PLOS Computational Biology
Forecasting diseases using Wikipedia
Analyzing page views of Wikipedia articles could make it possible to monitor and forecast diseases around the globe, according to research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.

Contact: Dr. Sara Del Valle
sdelvall@lanl.gov
505-665-7285
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Nov-2014
Science
Researchers develop novel method to prevent, cure rotavirus infection
Activation of the innate immune system with the bacterial protein flagellin could prevent and cure rotavirus infection, which is among the most common causes of severe diarrhea, says a Georgia State University research team that described the method as a novel means to prevent and treat viral infection.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: LaTina Emerson
lemerson1@gsu.edu
404-413-1353
Georgia State University

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Global Heart
Experts address challenges of delivering critical care in resource-poor countries
Critical care is defined by life-threatening conditions, which require close evaluation, monitoring, and treatment by appropriately trained health professionals. Cardiovascular care bears these same requirements. In fact, cardiovascular disease will soon surpass even HIV as the leading cause of mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the latest issue of Global Heart, researchers discuss the challenges of delivering critical care in resource-limited countries.

Contact: Eileen Leahy
hmsmedia@elsevier.com
732-238-3628
Elsevier Health Sciences

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Nature
Genetic tweak gave yellow fever mosquitoes a nose for human odor
One of the world's deadliest mosquitoes sustains its taste for human blood thanks in part to a genetic tweak that makes it more sensitive to human odor, according to new research.

Contact: Morgan Kelly, Princeton Office of Communications
mgnkelly@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
BMC awarded $21 million NIH grant to investigate tuberculosis, improve treatment
Boston Medical Center has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate why Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection affects individuals so differently.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Science Translational Medicine
New scientific review reveals huge gaps in understanding preterm birth
Preterm birth is now the leading cause of death for children under 5 worldwide, and a new scientific paper reveals a startling lack of knowledge about what causes it and how to prevent it.
Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth

Contact: Casey Calamusa
casey.calamusa@seattlechildrens.org
Seattle Children's

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Journal of Hypertension
High blood pressure puts 1 in 4 Nigerians at risk, study says
High blood pressure -- already a massive hidden killer in Nigeria -- is set to sharply rise as the country adopts western lifestyles, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

Contact: Andrew Moffat
Andrew.Moffat@ed.ac.uk
44-013-165-09836
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Science Translational Medicine
Semen directly impairs effectiveness of microbicides that target HIV
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of Ulm have discovered why microbicides developed to prevent HIV succeed in the lab but fail in clinical trials: Semen. Semen enhances the infectiousness of HIV by causing the virus to cluster together, increasing its ability to attach to and infect cells. This effect is then sufficient to override the antiviral properties of the microbicides.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Ministerium-Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Baden-Württemberg, National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, European Research Council

Contact: Dana Smith
dana.smith@gladstone.ucsf.edu
415-734-2532
Gladstone Institutes

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
PLOS ONE
QUT helps China to better predict dengue fever outbreaks
Queensland University of Technology researchers have found the habit of Googling for an online diagnosis before visiting the doctor can be a powerful predictor of infectious diseases outbreaks. Now studies by the same Brisbane-based researchers show combining information from monitoring internet search metrics such as Baidu (China's equivalent of Google), with a web-based infectious disease alert system from reported cases and environmental factors hold the key to improving early warning systems and reducing the deadly effects of dengue fever in China.

Contact: Sandra Hutchinson
s3.hutchinson@qut.edu.au
61-731-389-449
Queensland University of Technology

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
Infectious diseases researcher wins $1.225 million fellowship
Dr. Marc Pellegrini is one of three researchers to this year be awarded a 2014 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship.
Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation

Contact: Alan Gill
gill.a@wehi.edu.au
61-393-452-719
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
Nature Genetics
Mapping the spread of diarrhea bacteria a major step towards new vaccine
Every year hundreds of thousands of people die from diarrheal diseases caused by ETEC bacteria. A study published in Nature Genetics describes how Swedish researchers have mapped the spread of strains of ETEC bacteria around the world. It provides key information about how pathogenic bacteria arise, which will be important for the Swedish diarrhea vaccine currently under development.

Contact: Astrid von Mentzer
astrid.von.mentzer@gu.se
46-076-941-0890
University of Gothenburg

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
PLOS Medicine
New therapy for trauma survivors
A newly developed transdiagnostic psychotherapy, called the Common Elements Treatment Approach, is effective for reducing mental health symptoms among Burmese trauma survivors living in Thailand, according to a study published by Paul Bolton and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Washington, USA in this week's PLOS Medicine.
United States Agency for International Development Victims of Torture Fund

Contact: Maya Sandler
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 10-Nov-2014
University of Toronto launches search for new Ebola drug using artificial intelligence
The University of Toronto, Chematria and IBM are combining forces in a quest to find new treatments for the Ebola virus. Using a virtual research technology invented by Chematria, a startup housed at U of T's Impact Centre, the team will use software that learns and thinks like a human chemist to search for new medicines.

Contact: Michael Kennedy
m.kennedy@utoronto.ca
416-946-5025
University of Toronto

Public Release: 10-Nov-2014
Nursing Standard
The University of Huddersfield leads research and teaching into spirituality in health care
The term 'spirituality' is now widely used to describe the qualities that give people hope, meaning and purpose. In the case of patients, it can aid their recovery. Articles, overseas conference presentations and now close links with an NHS trust are among the recent outputs and activities of the university's Spirituality Special Interest Group, based in the School of Human and Heath Sciences.

Contact: Nicola Werritt
n.c.werritt@hud.ac.uk
01-484-473-315
University of Huddersfield

Public Release: 10-Nov-2014
JAMA Pediatrics
Overall risk of birth defects appears low for women taking antiretrovirals during early pregnancy
Among pregnant women infected with HIV, the use of antiretroviral medications early in pregnancy to treat their HIV or to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects in their infants, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health.
NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, and others

Contact: Marge Dwyer
mhdwyer@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-8416
Harvard School of Public Health

Public Release: 9-Nov-2014
Quest for hepatitis B treatment wins Emerging Researcher Award
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Dr. Greg Ebert has won the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award 2014 for his work on developing a new therapy for chronic hepatitis B virus infection.
Bupa Health Foundation

Contact: Alan Gill
gill.a@wehi.edu.au
61-393-452-719
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Public Release: 9-Nov-2014
Ben-Gurion U. Prof. Zvi Bentwich receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant
The funding will help support mass drug eradication efforts against these infections by implementing in parallel a health education campaign run by local students with the provision of clean water and sanitation facilities. Behavioral change and hygiene are essential for the eradication of many diseases.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Andrew Lavin
andrewlavin@alavin.com
516-944-4486
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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