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Public Release: 4-Sep-2013
4 institutions from Nepal win the 2013 edition of the António Champalimaud Vision Award
The 2013 António Champalimaud Vision Award recognizes the humanitarian and clinical work of four Non-Governmental Organizations from Nepal. These institutions have fought for a long time against the grave problem of vision disorders in a country where this issue are a social catastrophe.

Contact: Vitor Cunha
vcunha@jlma.pt
JLM&A, SA

Public Release: 4-Sep-2013
Health landscape in 6 global regions reveals rapid progress and daunting challenges
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the World Bank have created a series of reports on health in six regions: sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia based on Global Burden of Disease data.

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

Public Release: 3-Sep-2013
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Insulin status is important determinant of weight reduction on vascular function
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that among obese people who had lost considerable weight, those with high insulin levels -- a marker of insulin resistance in the body -- were the most likely to experience better blood vessel function following the weight loss.

Contact: Gina Orlando
gina.orlando@bmc.org
617-638-8490
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 3-Sep-2013
JAMA
Effect of iron supplementation among children living in malaria-endemic area on incidence of malaria
Children in a malaria-endemic community in Ghana who received a micronutrient powder with iron did not have an increased incidence of malaria, according to a study in the Sept. 4 issue of JAMA. Previous research has suggested that iron supplementation for children with iron deficiency in malaria-endemic areas may increase the risk of malaria.

Contact: Caitlin McNamee-Lamb
caitlin.mcnamee-lamb@sickkids.ca
416-813-7654
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 2-Sep-2013
Wellcome Trust & KU Leuven announce collaboration with Janssen for dengue drug development
Researchers at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are joining forces with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Janssen) and the Wellcome Trust to discover and develop candidate antiviral drugs for the prevention and treatment of dengue infection.
Wellcome Trust

Contact: Jen Middleton
j.middleton@wellcome.ac.uk
44-207-611-7262
Wellcome Trust

Public Release: 2-Sep-2013
Scientists sequence genome of high-value grape, seek secrets of wine's aroma
United Nations University's Venezuela-based BIOLAC programme announces twin biotech breakthroughs, marks 25 years of advancing economic and health interests throughout Latin America and Caribbean.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
United Nations University

Public Release: 1-Sep-2013
Nature Genetics
Researchers untangle genetics of drug resistant TB
A new method of analyzing whole genome sequences of TB, applied to a massive set of strains of the bacteria collected from clinics around the world, has revealed 39 new genes associated with elevated drug resistance.
Senior Ellison Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital/Division of Pulmonary and Critical

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

Public Release: 1-Sep-2013
Nature Genetics
Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Our African follower for over 70,000 years!
One of the deadliest infectious diseases of humankind emerged in Africa 70,000 years ago, a new genetic analysis of 259 Tuberculosis bacterial strains has shown. According to the study, TB bacteria migrated out of Africa hand-in-hand with the first anatomically modern humans. Today's deadly features of TB may be a result of the common migratory path and changes in human live-styles. These evolutionary findings may impact the future developments of new drugs and vaccines.
MRC UK, Swiss National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Christian Heuss
christian.heuss@unibas.ch
41-612-848-683
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Public Release: 30-Aug-2013
Scientific Reports
Mosquitoes smell you better at night, study finds
In work published this week in Nature: Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health, led by associate professor Giles Duffield and assistant professor Zain Syed of the Department of Biological Sciences, revealed that the major malaria vector in Africa, the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, is able to smell major human host odorants better at night.

Contact: Giles Duffield
Giles.E.Duffield.2@nd.edu
574-631-1834
University of Notre Dame

Public Release: 30-Aug-2013
Endocrinology
BUSM researchers call for individualized criteria for diagnosing obesity
In a review article, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine discuss the importance of eliminating healthy obese persons from unnecessary pharmaceutical treatments of the disease.

Contact: Gina Orlando
gina.orlando@bmc.org
617-638-8490
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 29-Aug-2013
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Dueling infections: 1 keeps the other at bay, say UCSB anthropologists
If the idea of hookworms makes you shudder, consider this: Those pesky intestinal parasites may actually help your body ward off other infections, and perhaps even prevent autoimmune and other diseases.

Contact: Andrea Estrada
andrea.estrada@ia.ucsb.edu
805-893-4620
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 28-Aug-2013
Cochrane Library
Targeting mosquito breeding sites could boost malaria control efforts in Africa and Asia
A malaria control method that targets mosquito larvae and pupae as they mature in standing water could be an important supplementary measure in the fight against the disease, according to a new report led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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

Public Release: 27-Aug-2013
Gastroenterology
3 subtypes of gastric cancer suggest different treatment approaches
Stomach cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer death worldwide, actually falls into three broad subtypes that respond differently to currently available therapies, according to researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.
Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research

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

Public Release: 22-Aug-2013
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Study adds lung damage to harmful effects of arsenic
A new study confirms that exposure to low to moderate amounts of arsenic in drinking water can impair lung function. Doses of about 120 parts per billion of arsenic in well water produced lung damage comparable to decades of smoking tobacco. This is the first population-based study to clearly demonstrate significant impairment of lung function, in some cases extensive lung damage, associated with low to moderate arsenic exposure.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: John Easton
john.easton@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5225
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 22-Aug-2013
Science
New risk model sheds light on arsenic risk in China's groundwater
Arsenic-laden groundwater used for cooking and drinking could pose a risk to the health of almost 20 million people across China. This is shown by a study carried out by Eawag scientists in collaboration with Chinese colleagues and published today in Science. The estimates are based on a risk model incorporating geological and hydrological data, as well as measurements of arsenic in wells. The study is being adopted by the authorities in the national groundwater monitoring program.

Contact: Andri Bryner
medien@eawag.ch
41-587-655-104
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology: Eawag

Public Release: 21-Aug-2013
UK Department for International Development commits £ 30 million to DNDi
DFID has announced its renewed support to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), allocating a total of £ 30 million (€ 35 million) over the coming five years (2013-2018) to DNDi's Research & Development portfolio to fight neglected diseases. This grant is part of DFID's larger investment of £ 138 million in nine product development partnerships, including DNDi, for the development of new health tools to address poverty-related diseases.

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

Public Release: 21-Aug-2013
New England Journal of Medicine
Insecticide-treated bed nets critical to global elimination of filariasis
An international team of scientists have demonstrated that a simple, low-cost intervention holds the potential to eradicate a debilitating tropical disease that threatens nearly 1.4 billion people in more than six dozen countries. The researchers, including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine professor James Kazura, M.D., found that insecticide-treated bed nets reduce transmission of lymphatic filariasis to undetectable levels -- even in the absence of additional medication.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jessica Studeny
Jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 21-Aug-2013
Science Translational Medicine
Experimental Ebola treatment protects some primates even after disease symptoms appear
Scientists have successfully treated the deadly Ebola virus in infected animals following onset of disease symptoms, according to a report published online today in Science Translational Medicine. The results show promise for developing therapies against the virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever with human case fatality rates as high as 90 percent.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Institutes of Health, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Contact: Caree Vander Linden
Caree.VanderLinden@us.army.mil
301-619-2285
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 21-Aug-2013
New England Journal of Medicine
A virus changes its stripes
In the summer of 2010, the eastern Panamanian province of Darien experienced a phenomenon that had never been seen before in Latin America: a human outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis. UTMB researchers collaborated with Panamanian scientists to investigate the outbreak, testing samples from 174 patients and many horses.
National Institutes of Health, Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Panama.

Contact: Jim Kelly
jpkelly@utmb.edu
409-772-8791
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 21-Aug-2013
AIDS
Growing share of HIV/AIDS burden shifts to changing group of regions
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is changing in unexpected ways in countries around the world, showing that greater attention and financial investment may be needed in places where the disease has not reached epidemic levels, according to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of disease burden in 21 countries concentrated in four regions: Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

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

Public Release: 20-Aug-2013
Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
New strategy tests for dangerous stage of tuberculosis in Asia
More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time.

Contact: Carole Gan
carole.gan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-9047
University of California - Davis Health System

Public Release: 20-Aug-2013
Study aims to help patients with peripheral artery disease become more active
For millions of Americans, simply walking to the mailbox can cause unbearable leg pain as muscles scream for more blood and oxygen. It's called peripheral arterial disease and, ironically, one of the best ways to alleviate it is by regularly walking to that point of pain.
American Heart Association

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

Public Release: 15-Aug-2013
Cell Host & Microbe
UC Davis researchers discover molecular target for the bacterial infection brucellosis
UC Davis scientists have uncovered a potential drug target for the development of an effective therapy against the debilitating, chronic form of the bacterial disease brucellosis, which primarily afflicts people in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

Contact: Carole Gan
carole.gan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-9047
University of California - Davis Health System

Public Release: 15-Aug-2013
Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Beating blindness with vegetable oil
Findings published today in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology suggest that incubating retinal cells with vegetable oils induces biochemical and biophysical changes in the cell membrane, which may have a beneficial effect in preventing or slowing the development of retinopathy.

Contact: Jenny Ryan
jenny.ryan@nrcresearchpress.com
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)

Public Release: 15-Aug-2013
Environmental Modeling & Software
Tufts scientists develop new early warning system for cholera epidemics
Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have established new techniques for predicting the severity of seasonal cholera epidemics months before they occur and with a greater degree of accuracy than other methods based on remote satellite imaging.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Alexander Reid
Alexander.reid@tufts.edu
617-627-4173
Tufts University

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