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Disease in the Developing World

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Public Release: 14-Oct-2014
Scripps Research Institute team receives $6.6 million to investigate deadly Lassa virus
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have been awarded $6.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to lead an investigation of Lassa fever virus, the most prevalent virus-induced hemorrhagic fever disease in Africa. The study aims to understand how Lassa fever virus causes disease and why some patients die, while others survive the inflection.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Defective gene renders diarrhea vaccine ineffective
Every year rotavirus causes half a million diarrhea-related deaths amongst children in developing countries. Existing vaccines provide poor protection. The reason could be a widespread genetic resistance amongst children, according to virologists at Linkoping University in Sweden.
Swedish Research Council

Contact: Johan Nordgren
Linköping University

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014
New treatment target identified for aggressive breast cancer
One of the first-known oncogenes has a protein partner that helps breast cancer proliferate and when it's blocked, so is the cancer, scientists report.

Contact: Toni Baker
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Public Release: 14-Oct-2014
PLOS Medicine
Frontline diagnosis and treatment of infant infections
Trained frontline health workers can identify most young infants with possible bacterial infections in low and middle income countries but also may diagnose infections in many uninfected young infants, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The authors, led by Anne CC Lee at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, also found that availability and affordability of first-line injectable antibiotics is low in many health facilities in Africa and South Asia.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Maya Sandler

Public Release: 13-Oct-2014
Annals of Internal Medicine
Tip sheet from Annals of Internal Medicine Oct. 14, 2014
The Oct. 14 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine includes the following articles: Experts urge cautious use of experimental Ebola drugs; Health economists find major flaw in FDA's tobacco label regulation cost-benefit analysis; National study is first to report on medical resident knowledge of High Value Care via exam vignettes.

Contact: Megan Hanks
American College of Physicians

Public Release: 10-Oct-2014
Canada supports 11 novel projects to tackle mental health disorders in developing nations
Marking World Mental Health Day, 11 innovators from eight countries -- Canada, Colombia, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Jamaica, Rwanda and Peru -- will share $2.9 million in Canadian government funding for new projects to improve mental health in developing countries, one of the world's biggest unmet needs. One project aims to reduce corporal punishment in Jamaica where, according to UNICEF, 90 percent of males and 87 of females 2-14 years old experience violent discipline such as psychological aggression or physical punishment.
Grand Challenges Canada

Contact: Lode Roels
Grand Challenges Canada

Public Release: 9-Oct-2014
Ebola research shows rapid control interventions key factor in preventing spread
New Ebola research demonstrates that quick and forceful implementation of control interventions are necessary to control outbreaks and avoid far worse scenarios. Researchers analyzed up-to-date epidemiological data of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Oct. 1, 2014, in order to estimate the case fatality rate, proportion of health care workers infected, transmission progression and impact of control interventions on the size of the epidemic.

Contact: Julie Newberg
Arizona State University

Public Release: 9-Oct-2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine begins Ebola vaccine trials in Mali
Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the Center for Vaccine Development, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers and other front-line workers to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine.
Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Research Council, UK Department of International Development

Contact: David Kohn
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Public Release: 9-Oct-2014
Biological Conservation
Understanding the bushmeat market: Why do people risk infection from bat meat?
Ebola, as with many emerging infections, is likely to have arisen due to man's interaction with wild animals -- most likely the practice of hunting and eating wild meat known as 'bushmeat.' A team of researchers has surveyed almost 600 people across southern Ghana to find out what drives consumption of bat bushmeat -- and how people perceive the risks associated with the practice.

Contact: Craig Brierley
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 9-Oct-2014
PLOS Currents: Outbreaks
The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic
Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich have calculated new benchmark figures to precisely describe the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a mathematical perspective. Their results may help health authorities to contain the epidemic.

Contact: Tanja Stadler
ETH Zurich

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

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
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
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
University of Utah Health Sciences

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
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
519-685-8500 x75852
Lawson Health Research Institute

Public Release: 7-Oct-2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ohio State University

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