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Portal: Disease in the Developing World

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Key: Meeting M      Journal J      Funder F

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Public Release: 14-Nov-2012
Cell Host & Microbe
Tolerance to malaria by means of iron control
In a study published in the latest issue of Cell Host & Microbe, scientists at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal, discovered that the development of severe malaria can be prevented by a mechanism that controls the accumulation of iron in tissues of the infected host. Expression of a gene that neutralizes iron inside cells, named H-Ferritin, reduces oxidative stress preventing tissue damage and death. This protective mechanism provides a new therapeutic strategy against malaria.
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, and others

Contact: Ana Mena
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Public Release: 14-Nov-2012
The hidden consequences of helping rural communities in Africa
Improving water supplies in rural African villages may have negative knock-on effects and contribute to increased poverty, new research published today [Nov. 14] has found. Rural development initiatives across the developing world are designed to improve community wellbeing and livelihoods but a study of Ethiopian villages by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Addis Ababa in Africa has shown that this can lead to unforeseen consequences caused by an increase in the birth rate in the absence of family planning.
Leverhulme Trust

Contact: Philippa Walker
University of Bristol

Public Release: 14-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
Meningitis A vaccine breaks barrier; first to gain approval to travel outside cold chain
Signaling a potential breakthrough for immunization programs in resource-poor countries, researchers today announced at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference that regulatory authorities--after conducting a rigorous review of stability data--will for the first time allow a vaccine in Africa to be transported and stored for as long as four days without refrigeration or even an icepack.

Contact: Coimbra Sirica
Burness Communications

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
Scientists question the designation of some emerging diseases
The Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses are commonly referred to as emerging diseases, but leading scientists say these life-threatening viruses have been around for centuries.

Contact: Robert Cahill
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
Second most common infection in the US proving harder to treat with current antibiotics
Certain types of bacteria responsible for causing urinary tract infections, the second-most-common infection in the US, are becoming more difficult to treat with current antibiotics, according to new research from Extending the Cure (ETC), a project of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. ETC released the research via its online ResistanceMap, an online tool created to track changes in antibiotic drug use and resistance, which features analysis using ETC's Drug Resistance Index.
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

Contact: Dionne Dougall-Bass
Burness Communications

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
Open access initiative reveals drug hits for deadly neglected tropical diseases
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) announce today the identification of three chemical series targeting the treatment of deadly neglected tropical diseases, through DNDi's screening of MMV's open access Malaria Box. The resulting DNDi screening data are among the first data generated on the Malaria Box to be released into the public domain, exemplifying the potential of openly sharing drug development data for neglected patients.

Contact: Oliver Yun
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
PLOS Medicine
Common enzyme deficiency may hinder plans to eradicate malaria
In malaria-endemic countries, 350 million people are predicted to be deficient in an enzyme that means they can suffer severe complications from taking primaquine, a key drug for treating relapsing malaria, according to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Scientists report injectable formulation of malaria parasites achieve controlled infection
In a breakthrough that could accelerate malaria vaccine and drug development, scientists announced today that, for the first time ever, human volunteers were infected with malaria via a simple injection of cryopreserved sterile parasites that were harvested from the salivary glands of infected mosquitoes in compliance with regulatory standards. The parasites had been frozen in a vial for more than two years.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
Burness Communications

Public Release: 13-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
Experts report 1 of 2 remaining types of polio virus may be eliminated in Pakistan
Polio cases worldwide reached historic lows in 2012, and for the first time there were no new outbreaks beyond countries already harboring the disease, leaving researchers confident that a massive and re-energized international campaign to eradicate polio is on a path to success, according to presentations today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
Burness Communications

Public Release: 12-Nov-2012
Nature Medicine
UNC, Vanderbilt discover a new live vaccine approach for SARS and novel coronaviruses
Collaborating researchers at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University have found that accelerating the rate of mutations in the coronavirus responsible for deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome cripples the virus's ability to cause disease in animals.

Contact: Carole Bartoo
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Public Release: 12-Nov-2012
Pneumonia remains the leading killer of children despite decline in global child deaths
Marking the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day, November 12th, world leaders including the UN Secretary General and the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia are calling for major efforts in the fight against childhood pneumonia, which remains the number one killer of children under age five. Pneumonia claimed 1.3 million lives in 2011 alone, and was responsible for nearly one in five global child deaths. A new report shows much more needs to be done.

Contact: Julie Younkin
International Vaccine Access Center

Public Release: 12-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
$3 million awarded to find biomarkers for potential test of cure for chagas disease
Today at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative announces a new $3 million Strategic Translation Award from the Wellcome Trust to identify new biological markers for the evaluation of treatment efficacy in Chagas disease, a potentially fatal neglected tropical disease.

Contact: Oliver Yun
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 12-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
PATH's Kent Campbell honored for lifetime achievement in the fight against malaria
Kent Campbell, PATH's Malaria Control Program director, received the distinguished Joseph Augustin LePrince Medal in recognition of outstanding work in the field of malariology at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's award ceremony.

Contact: Meg DeRonghe

Public Release: 12-Nov-2012
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61st Annual Meeting
List of diseases spread by deer tick grows, along with their range
An emerging tick-borne disease that causes symptoms similar to malaria is expanding its range in areas of the northeast where it has become well-established, according to new research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
Burness Communications

Public Release: 11-Nov-2012
Nature Genetics
Gene variations linked to lung cancer susceptibility in Asian women
An international group of scientists has identified three genetic regions that predispose Asian women who have never smoked to lung cancer. The finding provides further evidence that risk of lung cancer among never-smokers, especially Asian women, may be associated with certain unique inherited genetic characteristics that distinguishes it from lung cancer in smokers.
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Contact: NCI Press Office
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Public Release: 9-Nov-2012
Study documents eating of soil, raw starch in Madagascar
A Cornell University study provides the first population-level data of pica in Madagascar -- the urge to eat dirt, raw starches, chalk, ash and other nonfoods.
National Geographic Society Conservation Trust

Contact: Syl Kacapyr
Cornell University

Public Release: 9-Nov-2012
International African Vaccinology Conference
New England Journal of Medicine
RTS,S malaria candidate vaccine reduces malaria by approximately one-third in African infants
Results from a pivotal, large-scale Phase III trial, published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate can help protect African infants against malaria. When compared to immunization with a control vaccine, infants (aged 6-12 weeks at first vaccination) vaccinated with RTS,S had one-third fewer episodes of both clinical and severe malaria and had similar reactions to the injection. In this trial, RTS,S demonstrated an acceptable safety and tolerability profile.

Contact: Preeti Singh
Burness Communications

Public Release: 7-Nov-2012
Wake Forest Baptist research goes global with genetic center in India
World-renowned scientists are taking what they've learned from their multicenter research collaboration studying the health impact of fatty acids on diverse populations to set up a genetics center in India.
National Institutes of Health Fogarty Grant

Contact: Bonnie Davis
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Public Release: 7-Nov-2012
When parasites catch viruses
A protozoan parasite causing an STD that affects a quarter of a billion people yearly is fueled in part by its own viral symbiont. Antibiotics that simply kill the parasite are not the solution.
National Institutes of Health, Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant, Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, NIH/National Center of Research Resources

Contact: David Cameron
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 6-Nov-2012
Top Canadian, Indian institutions form $30M partnership
Scientists from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Toronto and 11 leading institutions in India are joining forces to tackle urgent issues in both countries with a $30-million partnership.
Networks of Centres of Excellence

Contact: Randy Schmidt
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 5-Nov-2012
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New DNA vaccine technology poised to deliver safe and cost-effective disease protection
A research team led by Roy Curtiss, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, and Wei Kong, a research assistant professor, at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have taken a dramatic step forward in vaccine research, revealing the design of a universal platform for delivering highly potent DNA vaccines, by employing a cleverly re-engineered bacterium to speed delivery to host cells in the vaccine recipient.

Contact: Richard Harth
Arizona State University

Public Release: 2-Nov-2012
Rural and Remote Health
Health project in India saved many mothers and children
Infant mortality has fallen by half, and the number of women who died from complications during pregnancy and childbirth by three-quarters. This is the result of a four-year health care project in one of India's poorest districts.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Contact: Siw Alehagen
Linköping University

Public Release: 1-Nov-2012
Scientists launch international study of open-fire cooking and air quality
Expanding its focus on the link between the atmosphere and human health, NCAR is launching a three-year, international study into the impact of open-fire cooking on regional air quality and disease. The broad research team will analyze the effects of smoke from traditional cooking on households, villages, and entire regions.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Hosansky
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Public Release: 1-Nov-2012
Gen X overtaking baby boomers on obesity
New research from the University of Adelaide shows that Generation X is already on the path to becoming more obese than their baby boomer predecessors.

Contact: Rhiannon Pilkington
University of Adelaide

Public Release: 1-Nov-2012
Malaysia to battle 'nutrition transition' problem emerging worldwide: More income, poorer diet choices
With health problems like obesity and diabetes on the rise due to changing diets in emerging economies, Malaysia announces new linkages with international scientists and institutions in hopes of mitigating the problem. It will also team with world experts to further secure its domestic food supply from anticipated shocks due to climate change and global supply chain disruptions.

Contact: Terry Collins
Malaysian Industry‑Government Group for High Technology

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