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Public Release: 18-Apr-2016
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New study: Significant health impacts from extreme weather linked to climate change in South Pacific
As weather events turn more frequent and more extreme in the 21st century, a new study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene details the public health impacts after devastating flooding on a South Pacific island, and provides graphic evidence of the risk facing island populations and their health systems worldwide. Researchers documented the injury, loss of life, disease, and displacement experienced by the people of Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital city, after torrential rains triggered flash floods in April 2014.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
bdesimone@burness.com
301-280-5735
Burness

Public Release: 18-Apr-2016
Annals of Internal Medicine
ACP issues urgent call to action to avert major threat to public health
Climate change will have devastating consequences for public and individual health unless aggressive, global action is taken now to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the American College of Physicians says in a new policy paper published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Contact: ACP Public Relations Department
215-351-2514
American College of Physicians

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
Antibiotics may have lasting impact on the immune system of children
Scientists want to know whether taking antibiotics early in life can disrupt your immune system function lifelong. Regardless of our age, antibiotics at least temporarily wipe out many of the good gut bacteria, or microbiota, that help us digest and use food and eliminate waste. That may be particularly problematic for children because, up to about age 3, this useful group of bacteria also is helping educate their immune system about what to ignore and what to attack.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Toni Baker
tbaker@augusta.edu
706-721-4421
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
Wayne State receives $2.5 million NIH grant to shape next generation of antibiotics
Researchers at Wayne State University recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for a study that aims to shape the next generation of antibiotics for the treatment of multidrug-resistant diseases.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
SMFM releases statement on ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement on the use of ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly following Zika virus exposure.

Contact: Vicki Bendure
vicki@bendurepr.com
540-687-3360
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
Global, community leaders launch 'Mental Health Now' (mhNOW) partnership to tackle fast growing need
The Mental Health Now initiative launches at the inaugural Financing and Innovation in Global Health conference, Washington, D.C. Partners are Global Development Incubator, Johnson & Johnson, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), BasicNeeds, and StrongMinds. Social entrepreneurs, organizations and companies will unite to create and implement mental health solutions in communities worldwide, improving economic stability through better health. From 1990-2013, people suffering depression and/or anxiety increased ~50 percent, from 416 to 615 million.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-878-8712
Financing and Innovation in Global Health

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
One of world's leading scientists, Dr. Matthew L. Meyerson, to receive Han-Mo Koo Memorial Award
In recognition of his immeasurable contributions to the understanding of cancer genomics and targeted therapies, Van Andel Research Institute will present renowned scientist Matthew L. Meyerson, M.D., Ph.D., with the 2016 Han-Mo Koo Memorial Award. As part of the award, Meyerson will deliver an educational lecture May 19 and a scientific lecture May 20 at the Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Contact: Beth Hinshaw Hall
beth.hinshawhall@vai.org
616-234-5519
Van Andel Research Institute

Public Release: 14-Apr-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Trachomatous trichiasis surgery improves quality of life regardless of vision outcomes
Trachomatous trichiasis (TT, inturning of the eyelashes to touch the eye following longterm infection with Chlamydia trachomatis) affects over seven million people world-wide. Corrective eyelid surgery is the recommended treatment for TT. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases reports that surgery substantially increases the quality of life (QoL) for affected people, even when their vision is not improved.
Wellcome Trust

Contact: Esmael Habtamu
esmael.ali@lshtm.ac.uk
44-207-927-2329
PLOS

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016
PLOS ONE
Sugary drinks tax would offer big benefits
A 20 percent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would result in widespread, long-lasting public health benefits and significant health cost savings, a new study shows.
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Obesity Policy Coalition

Contact: Fiona Cameron
f.cameron2@uq.edu.au
61-733-467-086
University of Queensland

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016
Dr. Prabhat Jha receives CIHR Trailblazer Award
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population and Public Health has awarded Dr. Prabhat Jha its inaugural Trailblazer Award in Population Health Solutions.

Contact: Kendra Stephenson
stephensonk@smh.ca
416-864-5047
St. Michael's Hospital

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016
Scientific Reports
New method to preserve microfluidic devices for HIV monitoring in developing countries
Inspired by pregnancy tests, researchers at FAU and their collaborators have developed a novel method to store microfluidic devices for CD4 T cell testing in extreme weather conditions for up to six months without refrigeration. These devices have broad applications in chemotherapy monitoring, transplant patient monitoring, and especially in monitoring the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy. If produced at a large scale, the device would cost less than $1 compared with the current cost of a CD4 assay which is about $30-$50.

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
ggaloust@fau.edu
561-297-2676
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016
The International Liver CongressTM 2016
DNDi and Pharco to test affordable hepatitis C regimen with Malaysian and Thai governments
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and the Egyptian drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals have signed agreements covering the clinical testing and scale-up of a hepatitis C treatment regimen at a price of just under $300.

Contact: Ilan Moss
imoss@dndi.org
646-266-5216
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 12-Apr-2016
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
B-School innovation professor discovers pathway between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease
In a new paper published by The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Professor Melissa Schilling, a strategy and innovation expert at the NYU Stern School of Business, uncovers a surprising new connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease: hyperinsulinemia, which is most often caused by prediabetes, early or undiagnosed diabetes, or obesity, is responsible for almost half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease.

Contact: Melissa Schilling
mschilli@stern.nyu.edu
212-998-0249
IOS Press

Public Release: 12-Apr-2016
26th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)
Improving treatments for post-Ebola syndrome sufferers
Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the King's Sierra Leone Partnership are to present new findings into post-Ebola syndrome at a major European conference this week.

Contact: Simon Wood
simon.wood@liverpool.ac.uk
44-151-794-8356
University of Liverpool

Public Release: 11-Apr-2016
Innovative partnership brings to market new tools for neglected tropical diseases
PATH and Standard Diagnostics (SD)/Alere announced today the commercial availability of two rapid diagnostic tools for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Designed for use in disease surveillance, the antibody-based tests are part of a suite of diagnostic innovations intended to support the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of illnesses that affect more than a billion people worldwide.

Contact: Claire Hudson, PATH
media@path.org
206-302-4521
PATH

Public Release: 10-Apr-2016
Science
Damaging consequences of Zika virus infection in human minibrains
Brazilian researchers from the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have demonstrated the harmful effects of ZIKA virus (ZIKV) in human neural stem cells, neurospheres and brain organoids. Since ZIKV has been gradually established as a direct cause of central nervous system malformations, this study help to elucidate the etiological nature of the recently increasing number of microcephaly cases in Brazil.
Foundation for Research Support in the State of Rio de Janeiro, The Brazilian Development Bank, Funding Authority for Studies and Projects, National Council of Scientific and Technological Development

Contact: Stevens Rehen
stevens.rehen@idor.org
55-213-883-6000
D'Or Institute for Research and Education

Public Release: 10-Apr-2016
2016 American Academy of Neurology 68th Annual Meeting
Zika virus may now be tied to another brain disease
The Zika virus may be associated with an autoimmune disorder that attacks the brain's myelin similar to multiple sclerosis, according to a small study that is being released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016.

Contact: Rachel Seroka
rseroka@aan.com
612-928-6129
American Academy of Neurology

Public Release: 10-Apr-2016
Clinical Science
Exposure to cigarette smoke and flu virus may prevent lung medications working properly
A new study backs up observations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients showing reduced effectiveness of symptom-reliever medication (β2-adrenoceptor agonists) in flare-ups linked to cigarette smoking and infection with viruses such as influenza.
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Contact: Helen Albert
Helen.Albert@portlandpress.com
Biochemical Society

Public Release: 9-Apr-2016
The Lancet
Millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year for less than $5 a person
By spending less than $5 per person on essential health care services such as contraception, medication for serious illnesses and nutritional supplements, millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year, according to a new analysis led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Brandon Howard
brandonhoward@jhu.edu
410-502-9059
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 8-Apr-2016
Current Computer-Aided Drug Design
Application of novel alignment-free sequence descriptors in Zika virus characterization
Dr. Basak and his colleagues explained about their research on computer-assisted approaches towards surveillance and consequent design of drugs and vaccines to combat the growth and spread of the Zika virus.

Contact: Faizan ul Haq
faizan@benthamscience.org
Bentham Science Publishers

Public Release: 8-Apr-2016
Noviplex device will diagnose and track Zika in the Amazon
Brazilian officials are partnering with University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers to distribute a device that could speed testing for the Zika virus in remote areas of Brazil. Biochemist Jiri Adamec says the effort will improve Zika screening and provide better maps of where Zika is prevalent.

Contact: Jiri Adamec
jadamec2@unl.edu
402-472-7369
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
BMJ Global Health
Ditch 'colonial' thinking to boost access to surgery for world's poor, rich nations told
Rich nations 'must abandon colonial narratives' and work alongside low and middle income countries to boost access to safe and affordable surgery for the world's poor, concludes an international blueprint for action, published in the newly launched journal BMJ Global Health.

Contact: Caroline White
CWhite@bmj.com
44-798-080-0465
BMJ

Public Release: 7-Apr-2016
F1000Research
Canadian innovation for killing mosquito eggs could help Zika fight
With Canadian Government funding, innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus. The 10-month study, conducted in Guatemala, shows the successful development and implementation of a cheap, easy system to reduce virus-carrying Aedes genus mosquitoes by capturing and destroying its eggs.
Grand Challenges Canada

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-878-8712
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Crab shell signaling helps control the many faces of cholera, study shows
A new study of more than 50 samples of Vibrio cholerae isolated from both patients and the environment demonstrates the diversity and resourcefulness of the organism.
National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: John Toon
jtoon@gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
BMJ Open Respiratory Research
Women with unhealthy BMIs who smoke and drink at two-fold higher risk of asthma
Underweight and obese women who also drank alcohol and smoked tobacco had a two-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with asthma than women with a healthy body mass index who did not drink or smoke, a St. Michael's Hospital study found.
National Institutes of Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Kendra Stephenson
stephensonk@smh.ca
416-864-5047
St. Michael's Hospital

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