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Public Release: 16-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Malaria vaccine development paves way for protective therapy
Scientists have made a significant contribution towards the development of a vaccine to prevent malaria.
European Union

Contact: Catriona Kelly
Catriona.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 16-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Obesity in Samoa: A global harbinger?
Solving the mystery of how the population of the Samoan archipelago developed one of the world's highest rates of obesity is important not only for addressing the problem but also possibly for predicting the course of obesity in other parts of the developing world. Brown University epidemiologist Stephen McGarvey, who has been studying the Samoan pandemic for years, will speak at the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. US CT Feb. 16, 2014.

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
Journal of Thoracic Oncology
High frequency of EGFR mutations found in Asian population
Adenocarcinoma histology, female sex, never-smoking status, and Asian ethnicity have been considered the most important factors associated with EGFR mutations in non-small cell lung cancer and response to EGFR inhibitors. A recent study has found that, within the Asian population, the frequency of EGFR mutations associated with other demographic and clinical characteristics is higher than previously reported.

Contact: Kristin Richeimer
kristin.richeimer@iaslc.org
720-325-2953
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
South African healthcare workers face greater risk for TB, HIV
A large-scale survey of South African healthcare workers has revealed major gaps in workplace protection against tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis, according to a University of British Columbia health researcher.

Contact: Brian Lin
brian.lin@ubc.ca
604-818-5685
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
€85 million for new way to carry out antibiotic drug discovery
JIC scientists will test the potency new compounds from other partners such as GSK.
European Union

Contact: Zoe Dunford
zoe.dunford@jic.ac.uk
44-776-816-4185
Norwich BioScience Institutes

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
New England Journal of Medicine
Worm infections in developing countries: Veterinary drugs improve the health of school children
A new study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveals that the health of millions of children with worm infections could be improved thanks to a veterinary drug. The study represents a vital contribution in the fight against worm infections -- still largely neglected -- in developing countries.
Swiss National Science Foundation, Medicor Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Keiser
jennifer.keiser@unibas.ch
41-612-848-218
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Public Release: 10-Feb-2014
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Cars, computers, TVs spark obesity in developing countries
The spread of obesity and Type 2 diabetes could become epidemic in low-income countries, as more individuals are able to own higher priced items such as TVs, computers and cars. The findings of an international study, led by Simon Fraser University health sciences professor Scott Lear, are published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Contact: Marianne Meadahl
Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
778-782-9017
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 10-Feb-2014
Community Dental Health
Dental care in school breaks down social inequalities
A new global survey conducted by the University of Copenhagen and the World Health Organization documents how dental care in the school environment is helping to assure a healthy life and social equity -- even in developing countries. But there are still major challenges to overcome worldwide.

Contact: Poul Erik Petersen
poep@sund.ku.dk
45-24-46-35-98
University of Copenhagen

Public Release: 10-Feb-2014
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Obesity, type 2 diabetes epidemics spreading to developing world as more own TVs, computer
Lower income countries may soon be facing the same obesity and diabetes epidemics as their higher income counterparts. Ownership of televisions, cars and computers was recently found to be associated with increased rates of obesity and diabetes in lower and middle income countries, according to an international study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Population Health Research Institute, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Contact: Kim Barnhardt
kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca
613-520-7116 x2224
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Public Release: 7-Feb-2014
Nature Immunology
Newly found tactics in offense-defense struggle with hepatitis C virus
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) has a previously unrecognized tactic to outwit antiviral responses and sustain a long-term infection. It also turns out that some people are genetically equipped with a strong countermeasure to the virus' attempt to weaken the attack on it. The details of these findings suggest potential targets for treating HCV.
Natrional Institutes of Health

Contact: Leila Gray
leilag@uw.edu
206-685-0381
University of Washington

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Analytical Chemistry
Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease
Bioengineers at Rice University have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact in developing countries.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Science
Decoding dengue and West Nile: Researchers take steps toward control of health proble
Dengue fever and West Nile fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year, but there is no vaccine against either of the related viruses.
National Institutes of Health, Martha L. Ludwig Professorship of Protein Structure and Function, Pew

Contact: Laura J. Williams
laurajw@umich.edu
734-615-4862
University of Michigan

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Science
Autism: Birth hormone may control the expression of the syndrome in animals
In an article published in the Feb. 7, 2014, issue of Science, the team led by Yehezkel Ben-Ari, Inserm Emeritus Research Director, demonstrates that chloride levels are abnormally elevated from birth in the neurons of mice used in an animal model of autism. Researchers show for the first time that oxytocin, the birth hormone, brings about a decrease in chloride level during birth, which controls the expression of the autistic syndrome.

Contact: Yehezkel Ben-Ari
yehezkel.ben-ari@inserm.fr
33-620-668-000
INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Bacterial fibers critical to human and avian infection
Researchers at the Biodesign Institute targeted a specific group of threadlike fibers known as E. coli common pilus, which adorn bacterial cell surfaces. In the first study of its kind, they analyzed the way these structures contribute to avian pathogenic E. coli's ability to cause infection and form dense cell aggregates known as biofilms.

Contact: Joseph Caspermeyer
Joseph.Caspermeyer@asu.edu
Arizona State University

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Food insecurity leads to increased incidence of tuberculosis in Zimbabwe
An international study led by the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health links the rise of tuberculosis in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-2009 to widespread food shortage.

Contact: Jelena Damjanovic
jelena.damjanovic@utoronto.ca
416-946-5240
University of Toronto

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Population Council launches study testing interventions to improve girls' lives in Kenya
The Population Council announced today the launch of a large new DFID-funded research program -- the Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya -- designed to benefit adolescent girls in Kenya. The initiative will provide girls with access to interventions in the health, wealth creation, education, and violence-prevention sectors. Through a rigorous evaluation design, the Council will investigate which combinations of multi-sectoral approaches work most effectively to improve the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
UK Department for International Development

Contact: Gina Duclayan
gduclayan@popcouncil.org
917-538-9555
Population Council

Public Release: 3-Feb-2014
Pediatrics
Adolescents' salt intake correlates with obesity, inflammation
Most adolescents consume as much salt as adults -- some more than twice the recommended daily allowance -- and that high sodium intake correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, researchers report.

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

Public Release: 3-Feb-2014
International Journal of Epidemiology
Is high blood pressure the new HIV epidemic?
High blood pressure could be as devastating to global health as HIV, a group of experts is warning.

Contact: Cat Bartman
c.bartman@uea.ac.uk
44-016-035-93007
University of East Anglia

Public Release: 3-Feb-2014
International Journal of Epidemiology
Study reveals South Africa has world's highest rate of high blood pressure
New research reveals that South Africa has the highest rate of high blood pressure reported among people aged 50 and over for any country in the world, at any time in history.
Economic and Social Research Council

Contact: Cat Bartman
c.bartman@uea.ac.uk
44-016-035-93007
University of East Anglia

Public Release: 30-Jan-2014
Scientists launch multi-million dollar battle against African disease killing 1 cow every 30 seconds
The Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute announced today that a global consortium supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been formed to develop a new vaccine against a disease that's devastating cattle herds in sub-Saharan Africa. This highly advanced cattle vaccine project could also help malaria and cancer research in humans.

Contact: Michelle Geis
mgeis@burnesscommunications.com
254-711-326-770
International Livestock Research Institute

Public Release: 29-Jan-2014
PLOS ONE
Clinical study finds 'bubble CPAP' boosts neonatal survival rates
The first clinical study of a low-cost neonatal breathing system created by Rice University bioengineering students demonstrated that the device increased the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness from 44 percent to 71 percent. A 10-month study of 87 patients in Blantyre, Malawi, found that treatment with low-cost "bubble CPAP" increased survival for severely ill premature babies as much as fourfold. The results appear this week in the journal PLOS ONE.

Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University

Public Release: 29-Jan-2014
CONRAD wins USAID Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for development of first vaginal gel proven to reduce HIV
CONRAD, a leading reproductive health-research organization based at Eastern Virginia Medical School, today announced that they are a winner of the United States Agency for International Development Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for their work in developing tenofovir gel.
US Agency for International Development

Contact: Annette Larkin
alarkin@conrad.org
703-772-6427
CONRAD

Public Release: 28-Jan-2014
Asia's first under-1-roof Nutritional Research Centre set up in Singapore
The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre -- a $20 million joint-venture by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research and National University Health Systems ̶ is the most comprehensive centre in Asia that will conduct nutritional studies to understand the causes of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and develop products and formulate diets that can reduce the risks of these diseases.
Agency for Science, Technology and Research, National University Health System

Contact: Vithya Selvam
vithya_selvam@a-star.edu.sg
656-826-6291
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Public Release: 28-Jan-2014
PLOS Medicine
Malaria screening unsuccessful in some schools
A school-based intermittent screening and treatment program for malaria in rural coastal Kenya had no benefits on the health and education of school children, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.
Malaria Impact Evaluation Program of the World Bank

Contact: Fiona Godwin
medicinepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
Global collaboration forms to advance Japanese TB vaccine technology
Japan's National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Aeras and Create Vaccine Company, Ltd. announce an agreement on the development of new mucosal tuberculosis vaccines based on the National Institute of Biomedical Innovation's human parainfluenza type-2 vector technology.

Contact: Annmarie Leadman
aleadman@aeras.org
240-599-3018
Aeras

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