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Public Release: 5-Mar-2015
Cochrane Library
Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns
A low-cost antiseptic used to cleanse the cord after birth could help reduce infant death rates in developing countries by 12 percent, a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library suggests.

Contact: Evelyn Martinez
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Wiley

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
Health Affairs
Global studies in Health Affairs' March issue
The March issue of Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, contains several studies about global health. A flattening budget coupled with growing service demand drove the UK's National Health Service to seek spending cumulative efficiency savings of 17 percent over four years beginning in 2011. Identifying ineffective, overused, or inappropriate procedures was largely left to the local commissioning organizations to implement. The authors identified six high-volume but low-value procedures.

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

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
PLOS Biology
Study sheds light on how malaria parasites grow exponentially
A University of South Florida professor and his team of researchers have become the first to uncover part of the mysterious process by which malaria-related parasites spread at explosive and deadly rates inside humans and other animals. As drug-resistant malaria threatens to become a major public health crisis, the findings may lead to a powerful new treatment for malaria-caused illnesses that kill more than 600,000 people a year.
NIH/National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease

Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
abaier@health.usf.edu
813-974-3303
University of South Florida (USF Health)

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
UTMB collaboration results in rapid Ebola test
University of Texas Medical Branch researchers who helped assess the effectiveness of a new rapid test kit to diagnose Ebola learned this week it has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

Contact: Kurt Koopman
kekoopma@utmb.edu
409-772-8787
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
American Society for Microbiology receives grant to support ICAAC
The American Society for Microbiology has received a $161,460 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help support the research being presented at ASM's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Through their Global Health Division, the foundation will not only partner with ASM to host joint sessions during the conference, they are also providing a travel award for scientists through The Gates Travel Award program.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Aleea Khan
akhan@asmusa.org
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
Frontiers in Psychiatry
Identifying the war-afflicted teenagers most in need of mental health care
A new study finds widespread post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal ideation among teenagers in warn-torn Northern Uganda, not only among former child soldiers. Psychological support should be offered to all young people in the region through the education system.

Contact: Michiel Dijkstra
press@frontiersin.org
Frontiers

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The hidden burden of dengue fever in West Africa
Dengue is not contagious. The disease is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. The study recently published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is the first to demonstrate evidence of local transmission of dengue virus in Ghana, rather than exposure being limited to cases brought back from other countries.

Contact: Megan Ondrizek
m.ondrizek@umiami.edu
305-284-3667
University of Miami

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
Mobile phone app to identify premature babies in the developing world
A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5793
University of Nottingham

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
Nature Genetics
Sequencing the hookworm
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Cornell University have sequenced the genome of the hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum. The genome of the nematode that, according to some estimates, infects as many as 400 million people worldwide will help researchers find genes active during infection and devise new drugs or vaccines that target these genes. The study, which also includes researchers from the University of California San Diego and the California Institute of Technology, was published in Nature Genetics.

Contact: Jim Fessenden
james.fessenden@umassmed.edu
508-856-2688
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
Scientific Reports
UW researchers develop new approach to diagnosing TB -- oral swabs
Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis -- easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics.

Contact: Elizabeth Sharpe
esharpe@uw.edu
206-685-6737
University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Public Release: 1-Mar-2015
British Journal of General Practice
Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer
To investigate the possible effects of patients' preferences and choices, a team led by the University of Exeter Medical School carried out a study in more than 500 men attending general practices.

Contact: Louise Vennells
l.vennells@exeter.ac.uk
44-139-272-4927
University of Exeter

Public Release: 27-Feb-2015
Liberia-US clinical research partnership opens trial to test Ebola treatments
In partnership with the Liberian government, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases today launched a clinical trial to obtain safety and efficacy data on the investigational drug ZMapp as a treatment for Ebola virus disease. The study, which will be conducted in Liberia and the United States, is a randomized controlled trial enrolling adults and children with known Ebola virus infection.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Jennifer Routh
jennifer.routh@nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 26-Feb-2015
Cell
Researchers identify how humans can develop immunity to deadly Marburg virus
A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Vanderbilt University and The Scripps Research Institute have identified mechanisms involved in antibody response to the deadly Marburg virus by studying the blood of a Marburg survivor. Using blood samples from a Marburg survivor, the researchers were able to determine how a person's immune system can fight against the virus.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Donna Ramirez
donna.ramirez@utmb.edu
409-772-8791
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 26-Feb-2015
Cochrane Library
New evidence helps health workers in the fight against Ebola
One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, the latest findings from a Cochrane review show new ways of hydrating patients in critical care environments across the world.

Contact: Evelyn Martinez
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
Wiley

Public Release: 26-Feb-2015
Bioethics commission: Ebola teaches us public health preparedness requires ethics preparedness
Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues reported that the federal government has both a prudential and a moral responsibility to actively participate in coordinated global responses to public health emergencies wherever they arise.

Contact: Hillary Wicai Viers
Hillary.Viers@bioethics.com
202-233-3963
Burness Communications

Public Release: 26-Feb-2015
Cell
TSRI team shows how rare antibody targets Ebola and Marburg virus
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have captured the first images showing how immune molecules bind to a site on the surface of Marburg virus, pointing a way to target the virus's weak spots with future treatments. The research team is also the first to describe an antibody that binds to both Marburg and Ebola viruses, paving the way for new antibody treatments to fight an entire family of viruses.
National Institutes of Health, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, MEXT KAKENHI, MEXT Platform for Drug Discovery Informatics and Structural Life Science, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, The Uehara Memorial Foundation, and others

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
madms@scripps.edu
858-784-9254
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 26-Feb-2015
Cell
Human antibodies target Marburg, Ebola viruses; 1 step closer to vaccine
Researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The Scripps Research Institute for the first time have shown how human antibodies can neutralize the Marburg virus, a close cousin to Ebola.
DOD/Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Craig Boerner
craig.boerner@vanderbilt.edu
615-322-4747
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Public Release: 25-Feb-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Malaria plays hide-and-seek with immune system by using long noncoding RNA to switch genes
Up to a million people are killed each year by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, which causes malaria. Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have now revealed the genetic trickery the parasite deploys to escape attack by the immune system. They also developed a novel way to interfere with the parasite's deadly game of genetic hide-and-seek, and to manipulate which genes it displays to the immune system. This breakthrough could potentially lead to new therapies and vaccines.
Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, European Research Council, Abisch-Frenkel Foundation

Contact: Dov Smith
dovs@savion.huji.ac.il
972-258-82844
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
DRI launches global initiative to provide women in developing countries with clean water
Imagine a day in which your access to clean, drinkable water ceased and you could not shower or bathe properly and you had no one to help you. For more than 783 million people around the world, that day was today. A new initiative led by Nevada's Desert Research Institute is aiming to dramatically reduce those numbers, focusing specifically on women in developing countries.

Contact: Justin Broglio
justin.broglio@dri.edu
775-673-7610
Desert Research Institute

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
eLife
Airport screening for viruses misses half of infected travelers but can be improved
Airport screening for diseases often misses at least half of infected travelers, but can be improved, scientists reported Feb. 19 in eLife, a highly regarded open-access online science journal. The life scientists used a mathematical model to analyze screening for six viruses: SARS coronavirus, Ebola virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Marburg virus, Influenza H1N1 and Influenza H7N9.

Contact: Stuart Wolpert
swolpert@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0511
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
UGA researchers discover potential treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a new small molecule drug that may serve as a treatment against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, a form of the disease that cannot be cured with conventional therapies. While standard anti-tuberculosis drugs can cure most people of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, improper use of antibiotics has led to new strains of the bacterium resistant to the two most powerful medications, isoniazid and rifampicin.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Vasu Nair
vnair@uga.edu
706-542-6293
University of Georgia

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
New US patent for LGTmedical's Kenek Core audio waveform technology
LionsGate Technologies Inc., a privately held medical device company, announced today that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for its pulse oximetry technology based on the Kenek Core proprietary audio waveform platform. This innovation transforms smartphones and tablets into clinically accurate medical devices by connecting simple, inexpensive sensors to the mobile device's audio port.

Contact: Pamela Clarke
pamela.clarke@lgtmedical.com
604-983-8627
LionsGate Technologies (LGTmedical)

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
Polio vaccination with microneedle patches receives funding
The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
Evidence supports use of 'retainer' contact lenses for nearsightedness in children, reports Optometry and Vision Science
A technique called orthokeratology ('Ortho-K') -- using custom-made contact lenses to shape the growing eye -- has a significant effect in slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, according to a research review in the March issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Contact: Connie Hughes
Connie.Hughes@wolterskluwer.com
646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
Lab on a Chip
Quick test for Ebola
Using a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test, MIT researchers have found a way to rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as yellow fever and dengue fever.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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