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Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
World Development
New study finds that orange sweet potato reduces diarrhea in children
A new study has found that orange sweet potato (OSP) reduced both the prevalence and duration of diarrhea in young children in Mozambique. Other studies have shown that vitamin A supplementation reduces diarrhea incidence in children, particularly those who are undernourished or suffering from severe infections. This newly published research is the first to show that an agricultural food-based approach can improve health in young children.

Contact: Vidushi Sinha
v.s.vidushi@cgiar.org
202-862-4686
HarvestPlus

Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Conservation policies could improve human health
An analysis of four years of data on disease, climate, demographics, public health services and land use change in 700 municipalities within the Brazilian Amazon reveals that measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment might also deliver public health benefits.

Contact: Diana Harvey
diana.harvey@duke.edu
919-681-7718
Duke University

Public Release: 12-Jun-2015
Grand Challenges Canada thanks government of Canada for renewed commitment to improving health
The Government of Canada today committed a further CDN $161 million (US $130 million) to continue the work of Grand Challenges Canada in improving the health of mothers, newborns and children in the developing world. The Hon. Christian Paradis, Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, made the announcement with Grand Challenges Canada CEO Peter Singer at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Kids, a major center of innovation in MNCH, Canada's top development priority.
Government of Canada

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

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
Pew names top Latin American scientists as fellows
The Pew Charitable Trusts today named 10 postdoctoral scientists to the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Contact: Matthew Mulkey
mmulkey@pewtrusts.org
202-862-1864
Pew Charitable Trusts

Public Release: 10-Jun-2015
Science
First-ever observation of the native capside of a retrovirus
Researchers working at the Institut Pasteur in Montevideo (member of the Institut Pasteur International Network), in collaboration with the Uruguayan Medical School, obtained for the first time ever high-resolution images of the Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) capsid protein. Their images reveal unprecedented elements of flexibility in this protein, which are key for the assembly of the infectious particle. These findings, reported today in Science, represent a major progress in understanding retrovirus biology, opening new avenues towards the development of antiretroviral therapies.
CNRS, ANII, CeBEM, Focem

Contact: Mateo Mera
mateomera@pasteur.edu.uy
598-252-20910
Institut Pasteur de Montevideo

Public Release: 10-Jun-2015
2015 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference
Cutting-edge research unveiled at 2015 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference
Innovative vaccine and tumor research will be unveiled at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' National Biotechnology Conference. The meeting takes place Monday, June 8-10 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Contact: Stacey May
mays@aaps.org
703-459-7677
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
Emerging Infectious Diseases
West African Ebola virus strain less virulent than prototype 1976 strain
The Makona strain of Ebola virus circulating in West Africa for the past year takes roughly two days longer to cause terminal disease in an animal model compared to the original 1976 Mayinga strain isolated in Central Africa, according to a new NIH report. The new study suggests the current virus has a decreased ability to cause disease in their animal model compared to the 1976 strain.
NIH/ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Ken Pekoc
kpekoc@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
PLOS Medicine
Parasite re-infection reduced by handwashing or nail clipping in Ethiopian children
Promotion of handwashing with soap and weekly nail clipping are both successful strategies to decrease intestinal parasite re-infection rates in school aged Ethiopian children, according to a study published by Mahmud Abdulkader Mahmud and colleagues from Mekelle University, Ethiopia, in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: PLOS Medicine
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Vanderbilt University receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Vanderbilt biologist Laurence Zwiebel has received a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration grant to create a wrist-band device that vaporizes a super-repellant thousands of times more powerful than DEET to create a personal no-fly zone that protects people from mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects.
Gates Foundation

Contact: David Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Important new research on early palliative care for advanced cancer patients published
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Mount Sinai in New York have just published new research which for the first time provides strong evidence on the economic benefits of early palliative care intervention for people with an advanced cancer diagnosis. Their findings were published today in the highly esteemed international peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Malaria Journal
Modern housing reduces malaria risk
As mosquitoes become resistant to insecticides and malaria parasites become resistant to drugs, researchers looked at how making changes to houses might contribute to tackling the deadly disease. They revealed that people living in modern homes were 47 percent less likely to be infected with malaria than those living in traditional houses, which suggests that housing is an important risk factor for malaria.
Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health, National Institutes of Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Medical Research Council, Department for International Development

Contact: Katie Steels
press@lshtm.ac.uk
44-020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
The Lancet
As death rates drop, nonfatal diseases and injuries take a bigger toll on health globally
People across the world are living longer but spending more time in ill health as rates of nonfatal diseases and injuries -- including diabetes and hearing loss -- decline more slowly than death rates, according to a new analysis of 301 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.

Contact: Rhonda Stewart
stewartr@uw.edu
206-897-2863
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Antibody response linked to lower mother-to-child HIV transmission
How most babies are protected from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been a matter of scientific controversy. Now researchers at Duke Medicine provide new data identifying an antibody response that had long been discounted as inadequate to confer protection.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Sarah Avery
sarah.avery@duke.edu
919-660-1306
Duke University Medical Center

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Nature
Virus evolution and human behavior shape global patterns of flu movement
The global movement patterns of all four seasonal influenza viruses are illustrated in research published today in the journal Nature, providing a detailed account of country-to-country virus spread over the last decade and revealing unexpected differences in circulation patterns between viruses.
Royal Society, US National Institutes of Health

Contact: Craig Brierley
craig.brierley@admin.cam.ac.uk
44-012-237-66205
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 5-Jun-2015
Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
More accurate continuous glucose monitoring systems can reduce frequency of hypoglycemic episodes
In silico experiments demonstrate that advanced sensor and software technology that improves the accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) can enable better detection of dangerously low blood sugar and reduced frequency of hypoglycemic episodes. The significance of this direct relationship between the accuracy of CGM and a reduction in hypoglycemia is explored in a Commentary published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
kryan@liebertpub.com
914-740-2100
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 4-Jun-2015
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes malaria breakthroughs
The 2015 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize will be awarded to Ruth S. Nussenzweig and Victor Nussenzweig, both faculty at the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Tu Youyou of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, for their pioneering discoveries in chemistry and parasitology, and their personal commitment to translating these discoveries into effective chemotherapeutic and vaccine-based approaches to controlling malaria.
Warren Alpert Foundation

Contact: David Cameron
david_cameron@hms.harvard.edu
617-432-0441
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 4-Jun-2015
Child-friendly formulation of WHO-recommended HIV treatment approved by US FDA
Infants and young children living with HIV will finally have access to an improved formulation of an antiretroviral treatment, following the US Food and Drug Administration's tentative approval last week of lopinavir/ritonavir oral pellets developed by the Indian generic company Cipla.

Contact: Sian Bowen
sbowen@dndi.org
41-229-069-247
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 4-Jun-2015
PLOS Pathogens
Cozy niches: Certain host cell environments make malaria parasites resistant to drugs
A study published on June 4 in PLOS Pathogens shows that the different metabolic states of human host cells provide different growth conditions for Plasmodium parasites. It warns that, as a consequence, drugs that work against one Plasmodium species might fail to be effective against the other.

Contact: Andy Waters
Andy.Waters@glasgow.ac.uk
44-014-133-08720
PLOS

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
Cell Host & Microbe
Immunity enzyme defends against tuberculosis infection, study by UTSW scientists shows
A study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified how an enzyme involved in protecting the body from pathogens senses Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterial pathogen that infects millions of people worldwide and causes about 1.5 million deaths annually.
National Institutes of Health, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Debbie Bolles
debbie.bolles@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
Placental malaria research funded by March of Dimes
The March of Dimes Foundation, an American organization that works to improve pregnancy and baby health, has now funded Carlos Penha-Goncalves' laboratory, at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, for their studies on factors and mechanisms involved in placental malaria. This is the first time that this American Foundation funds research from a Portuguese Institution.
March of Dimes Foundation

Contact: Ana Mena
anamena@igc.gulbenkian.pt
351-214-407-959
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
DNDi and 4 pharmaceutical companies announce 'drug discovery booster' experiment
DNDi and four pharmaceutical firms, Eisai Co Ltd., Shionogi & Co Ltd., Takeda Pharmaceutical Ltd., and AstraZeneca plc have announced the start of a ground-breaking initiative to accelerate and cut the cost of early stage drug discovery for two of the world's most neglected diseases, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Contact: Sian Bowen
sbowen@dndi.org
41-229-069-247
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers discover two new groups of viruses
Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Center for Infection Research have discovered two new groups of viruses within the Bunyavirus family in the tropical forest of Ivory Coast. Previously only five groups responsible for serious illnesses in humans and animals were known. Most are spread through blood-feeding insects. Based on the discovered viruses researchers conclude that the ancester to all bunyaviruses must have existed in arthropods such as insects.

Contact: Sandra Junglen
Junglen@virology-bonn.de
49-022-828-713-068
University of Bonn

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
The Lancet Psychiatry
Study shows helping pregnant moms with depression doesn't help kids
A long-term study of mother-child pairs in Pakistan has found that the children turn out pretty much the same, whether or not their mothers received treatment for depression during pregnancy. An earlier study of the same population found that the mothers themselves benefited from the treatment with less depression, and demonstrating related healthy behaviors with their newborns, such as breastfeeding. But those improvements were short-lived.
Grand Challenges Canada

Contact: Diana Harvey
Diana.Harvey@Duke.edu
919-681-7718
Duke University

Public Release: 2-Jun-2015
Cell, Host & Microbe
How the tuberculosis bacterium tricks the immune system
Scientists at EPFL have discovered how the tuberculosis bacterium can trick the patient's immune cells to lower their defenses.
Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
n.papageorgiou@epfl.ch
41-216-932-105
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 1-Jun-2015
American Journal of Human Biology
Cannabis use in male African pygmies linked to decreased risk of parasitic worm infection
In a population of Congo Basin foragers called the Aka, 67 percent of men -- but only 6 percent of women -- use cannabis, and the practice seems to protect against infection with parasitic worms.

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

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