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Public Release: 9-Oct-2014
PLOS Pathogens
Entire female reproductive tract susceptible to HIV infection in macaque model
Most women are infected with HIV through vaginal intercourse, and without effective vaccines or microbicides, women who cannot negotiate condom use by their partners remain vulnerable. How exactly the virus establishes infection in the female reproductive tract remains poorly understood. A study published on Oct. 9 in PLOS Pathogens reports surprising results from a study of HIV transmission in the FRT of rhesus macaques.

Contact: Thomas Hope
thope@northwestern.edu
PLOS

Public Release: 8-Oct-2014
More deadly than Ebola: Clemson biologist fights malaria parasite
A team of molecular biologists, jointly led by Clemson University professor Jim Morris, was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify new compounds with anti-malarial activity for a deadly parasite species that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jim Morris
jmorri2@clemson.edu
864-656-0293
Clemson University

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Timely Ebola information from Journal of Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness
The DMPHP Special Edition on Ebola has been designed from the outset to be a conduit for operational and policy level information that will improve outcomes and decision making, and to ensure that this information is available to all practitioners. It has no governmental or political bias. As an academic journal DMPHP has responsibility for ensuring accountability, evidence base information, and transparency at the highest level.

Contact: Alice O'Donnell
dmphpjournal@gmail.com
240-833-4429
Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
Protein Science
A universal Ebola drug target
New tool can be used as a drug target in the discovery of anti-Ebola agents that are effective against all known strains and likely future strains.

Contact: Phil Sahm
phil.sahm@hsc.utah.edu
801-581-2517
University of Utah Health Sciences

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
mBio
Probiotic yogurt could help protect against heavy metal poisoning
According to scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute's Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotic Research, a probiotic-supplemented yogurt has been shown to prevent further uptake of mercury by up to 36 percent and arsenic by up to 78 percent in pregnant women. These findings provide the first clinical evidence that a probiotic yogurt can be used to reduce the deadly health risks associated with heavy metals.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Sonya Gilpin
sonya.gilpin@lawsonresearch.com
519-685-8500 x75852
Lawson Health Research Institute

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
mBio
Probiotics protect children and pregnant women against heavy metal poisoning
Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study. Working with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian and Tanzanian researchers created and distributed a special yogurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes against a control group. The work is published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Garth Hogan
ghogan@asmusa.org
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
Grand Challenges Canada catalyzes partnership for 'Saving Brains'
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today welcomed Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada as new partners in the 'Saving Brains' grand challenge. The news coincides with announcement of $2.9 million in funding for 11 new projects aimed at improving the early brain development of infants and children in low-resource countries.
Grand Challenges Canada

Contact: Lode Roels
lode.roels@grandchallenges.ca
647-328-2021
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New study finds nearly 6 million more dengue cases in India than official annual tally
The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is 282 times higher than officially reported, and the disease inflicts an economic burden on the country of at least US$1.11 billion each year in medical and other expenses, according to a new study published online today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

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

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
Inaugural Harry Winston Fellows announced
Harry Winston, Inc. and the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute have named the first three recipients of the inaugural Harry Winston Fellowships.
Harry Winston, Inc.

Contact: Amy Albin
aalbin@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-8672
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences

Public Release: 6-Oct-2014
American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition
Montefiore & Einstein investigators present research at 2014 AAP National Conference & Exhibition
Investigators at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will present their latest research on neonatal lung disease, reducing wrong-patient errors in the NICU, hormonal contraception and more at the AAP Experience, the National Conference & Exhibition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP Experience will take place Oct. 11-14 in San Diego, California.

Contact: Kim Newman
sciencenews@einstein.yu.edu
718-430-3101
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Public Release: 6-Oct-2014
Health Affairs
Think and act alobally: Health Affairs' September issue
The September issue of Health Affairs emphasizes lessons learned from developing and industrialized nations collectively seeking the elusive goals of better care, with lower costs and higher quality. A number of studies analyze key global trends including patient engagement and integrated care, while others examine US-based policy changes and their applicability overseas.

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

Public Release: 6-Oct-2014
Journal of Mathematical Biology
New theorem determines the age distribution of populations from fruit flies to humans
The initial motivation was to estimate the age structure of a fruit fly population, the result a fundamental theorem that can help determine the age distribution of essentially any group. This emerging theorem on stationary populations shows that you can determine the age distribution of a population by looking at how long they still have to live.

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

Public Release: 6-Oct-2014
21st LEAP Meeting - Ethiopia
Treatments for HIV-visceral leishmaniasis co-infected patients
The international research and development consortium, AfriCoLeish, formed by six research organizations from East Africa and Europe, has launched a Phase III clinical study to address the extreme difficulty in treating visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in patients who also are HIV-positive. The study will assess the efficacy and the safety of two treatments: a combination treatment of AmBisome and miltefosine, and AmBisome alone. This is the first randomized clinical trial in Africa to confirm the World Health Organization's recommendation for HIV-VL treatment.

Contact: Violaine Dällenbach
vdallenbach@dndi.org
41-794-241-474
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 2-Oct-2014
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Blackflies may be responsible for spreading nodding syndrome
Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of nodding syndrome, a disabling disease affecting African children. A new report suggests that blackflies infected with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus may be capable of passing on a secondary pathogen that is to blame for the spread of the disease. New research is presented in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Contact: Fiona Macnab
hmsmedia@elsevier.com
44-207-424-4259
Elsevier Health Sciences

Public Release: 2-Oct-2014
Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Making old lungs look young again
New research shows that the lungs become more inflammatory with age and that ibuprofen can lower that inflammation. Immune cells from old mouse lungs fought tuberculosis bacteria as effectively as cells from young mice after lung inflammation was reduced by ibuprofen.
American Federation for Aging Research, Ohio State University

Contact: Joanne Turner
Joanne.Turner@osumc.edu
614-292-6724
Ohio State University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2014
The Lancet
Child mortality falls worldwide, but not fast enough, study finds
Despite advances, millions of children worldwide still die before their fifth birthday, with complications from preterm birth and pneumonia together killing nearly 2 million young children in 2013, according to a study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Stephanie Desmon
sdesmon1@jhu.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 1-Oct-2014
21st LEAP Meeting - Ethiopia
Results of large-scale roll out of combination treatment for kala-azar in Eastern Africa
Results of a pharmacovigilance -- or large-scale treatment safety and efficacy monitoring -- plan, carried out by Doctors Without Borders, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and national partners in Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia, were presented today to key decision makers in order to boost patient access to treatment of kala-azar with the combination of sodium stibogluconate and paromomycin in the region.

Contact: Violaine Dallenbach
vdallenbach@dndi.org
41-794-241-474
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 1-Oct-2014
Health Policy and Planning
How to protect health workers in conflicts and crisis
Recruiting health workers with high levels of internal motivation is critical for work in difficult conditions, where their personal security and health might be compromised, according to new research published today in Health Policy and Planning.

Contact: Mandip Aujla
mandip.aujla@lshtm.ac.uk
44-781-234-9574
Oxford University Press

Public Release: 30-Sep-2014
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Developing countries should enroll medical and nursing students from rural areas
The severity of health workforce shortages in developing countries is a major barrier to global health advances. From 2011 to 2012, Silvestri and collaborators surveyed first- and final-year medical and nursing students at 16 leading government-run medical and nursing schools in eight countries. The study, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today, provides new evidence supporting WHO recommendations on recruiting and retaining health workers in rural areas.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program

Contact: Fiona Fleck
fleckf@who.int
41-227-911-897
Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Public Release: 26-Sep-2014
International Joint Conference on Biometrics
Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives
Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers, which will increase immunization coverage and save lives.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Kim Ward
kim.ward@cabs.msu.edu
Michigan State University

Public Release: 25-Sep-2014
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Tropical disease prevalence in Latin America presents opportunity for US
Recently published prevalence estimates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in five Latin American countries -- Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela -- could suggest a new direction for United States foreign policy in the region, according to a tropical-disease expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Contact: Jeff Falk
jfalk@rice.edu
713-348-6775
Rice University

Public Release: 25-Sep-2014
Lancet Global Health
Experts at LSTM use modelling approach to assess the effectiveness TB diagnostics
Experts at LSTM have used a novel modelling approach to project the effects of new diagnostic methods and algorithms for the diagnosis of tuberculosis recently endorsed by the World Health Organization, looking at the patient, health system and population perspective in Tanzania.

Contact: Clare Bebb
clare.bebb@lstmed.ac.uk
44-015-170-53135
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 25-Sep-2014
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation joins consortium of partners for USAID-funded research
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation today announced that it will join the Population Council and a prestigious consortium of leading HIV research organizations as part of a five-year project funded by the US Agency for International Development. The Supporting Operational AIDS Research project aims to conduct operational HIV and AIDS research, promote utilization and dissemination of data, and build the capacity of local organizations to conduct operational research
US Agency for International Development

Contact: Johanna Harvey
jharvey@pedaids.org
202-280-1657
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Public Release: 25-Sep-2014
Science
Agonizing rabies deaths can be stopped worldwide
In the current issue of Science magazine, an international team of researchers led by the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University report that ridding the world of rabies in humans is cost-effective and achievable through mass dog vaccination programs.
Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Lincoln Park Zoological Society, MSD Animal Health, Tusk Trust

Contact: Guy Palmer, Ph.D
gpalmer@wsu.edu
509-432-3385
Washington State University

Public Release: 24-Sep-2014
Project aims to turn mobile phones into detectors of disease-spreading insects
The Virtual Vector Project already has built an ingenious prototype to recognize species of triatomine bugs that spread Chagas disease, endemic in much of rural Mexico, Central America and South America.
University of Kansas Office of the Provost

Contact: Brendan M. Lynch
brendan@ku.edu
785-864-8855
University of Kansas

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