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Public Release: 26-Feb-2013
PLOS Medicine
Over a million pregnant women infected with syphilis world-wide
Syphilis still affects large numbers of pregnant women world-wide, causing serious health problems and even death to their babies, yet this infection could be prevented by early testing and treatment, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai
syousufzai@plos.org
415-568-3164
PLOS

Public Release: 26-Feb-2013
US budget cuts could jeopardize development of life-saving tools against major killers
Across-the-board cuts to US R&D programs could have a devastating impact on efforts to develop new drugs for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, the world's first malaria vaccine, and other vital global health products in development, according to a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives.

Contact: Katy Lenard
klenard@burnesscommunications.com
301-280-5719
Burness Communications

Public Release: 25-Feb-2013
Cell Reports
Putting malaria on the SHELPH
Experts have disabled a unique member of the signalling proteins which are essential for the development of the malaria parasite. They have produced a mutant lacking the ancient bacterial Shewanella-like protein phosphatase known as SHLP1 (pronounced shelph). This mutant is unable to complete its complex life cycle and is arrested in its development in the mosquito.
MRC, Wellcome Trust

Contact: Lindsay Brooke
lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5751
University of Nottingham

Public Release: 25-Feb-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Scientists' findings disclose a new and much needed test for river blindness infection
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have found a telltale molecular marker for onchocerciasis or "river blindness," a parasitic infection that affects tens of millions of people in Africa, Latin America and other tropical regions. The newly discovered biomarker, detectable in patients' urine, is secreted by Onchocerca volvulus worms during an active infection. The biomarker could form the basis of a portable, field-ready test with significant advantages over current diagnostic methods.
Worm Institute of Research and Medicine at Scripps Research Institute

Contact: Mika Ono
mikaono@scripps.edu
858-784-2052
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 21-Feb-2013
Dissertations and Features
Same-sex attracted men neglected in Africa
HIV-related research and programming has excluded same-sex attracted men in Africa for three decades. Their exclusion cannot be accounted for by the assertion that they are unreachable, says Norwegian researcher.

Contact: Thomas Keilman
thke@rcn.no
The Research Council of Norway

Public Release: 21-Feb-2013
Science
Scale-up of HIV treatment in rural South Africa dramatically increases adult life expectancy
The large antiretroviral treatment scale-up in a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has led to a rapid and dramatic increase in population adult life expectancy.
Wellcome Trust, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-8413
Harvard School of Public Health

Public Release: 21-Feb-2013
Science
Research suggests malaria can be defeated without a globally led eradication program
Malaria does not have to be eradicated globally for individual countries to succeed at maintaining elimination of the disease, according to research from the University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute and department of geography, to be published in the journal Science Feb. 22.

Contact: Andrew Tatem
andy.tatem@gmail.com
University of Florida

Public Release: 20-Feb-2013
Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Analysis
Handheld device for detecting counterfeit and substandard medicines tested by PQM
Device may perform well detecting counterfeits; not suited to identifying substandard medicines.

Contact: Claudia Costabile
cac@usp.org
301-816-8314
US Pharmacopeia

Public Release: 20-Feb-2013
19th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology
Creeping epidemic of obesity hits Asia Pacific region
Over eating, sedentary lifestyles, cultural attitudes, and lack of prevention programs are to blame for the rising epidemic of obesity in the Asia Pacific region. Overweight and obesity has quadrupled in China and societies still label people of healthy weight as poor. Prevention will be an important theme at the 19th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology held Feb. 21-24, 2013 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Contact: Jacqueline Partarrieu
press@escardio.org
33-492-947-756
European Society of Cardiology

Public Release: 19-Feb-2013
Scientific Reports
New approach alters malaria maps
Identifying areas of malarial infection risk depends more on daily temperature variation than on the average monthly temperatures, according to a team of researchers, who believe that their results may also apply to environmentally temperature-dependent organisms other than the malaria parasite.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 19-Feb-2013
2013 AAAS Annual Meeting
Engineering control theory helps create dynamic brain models
Models of the human brain, patterned on engineering control theory, may some day help researchers control such neurological diseases as epilepsy, Parkinson's and migraines, according to a Penn State researcher who is using mathematical models of neuron networks from which more complex brain models emerge.

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 19-Feb-2013
Virology researcher awarded nearly $2 million to study chronic hepatitis E
A Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine scientist has been awarded nearly $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to better understand chronic hepatitis E virus by focusing on patients with chronic infections. The project seeks to develop a chronic hepatitis E model to study how and why the disease progresses into chronicity and its possible medical prevention and treatment.

Contact: Sherrie R. Whaley
srwhaley@vt.edu
540-231-7911
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 19-Feb-2013
PLOS Medicine
Age-related macular degeneration common cause of vision impairment in Kenya
Despite current beliefs, the degenerative eye condition age-related macular degeneration is a common cause of vision impairment and blindness in sub-Saharan Africa, requiring an urgent review of vision services, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai
syousufzai@plos.org
415-568-3164
PLOS

Public Release: 18-Feb-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Young malaria parasites refuse to take their medicine, may explain emerging drug resistance
New research has revealed that immature malaria parasites are more resistant to treatment with key antimalarial drugs than older parasites, a finding that could lead to more effective treatments for a disease that kills one person every minute and is developing resistance to drugs at an alarming rate.

Contact: Nerissa Hannink
nhannink@unimelb.edu.au
61-430-588-055
University of Melbourne

Public Release: 17-Feb-2013
2013 AAAS Annual Meeting
Nature
Diamond sheds light on basic building blocks of life
The UK's national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, is now the first and only place in Europe where pathogens requiring Containment Level 3 – including serious viruses such as those responsible for AIDS, Hepatitis and some types of flu – can be analyzed at atomic and molecular level using synchrotron light. Studying pathogens in this way has the potential to open up new paths for the development of therapeutic treatments and vaccines.

Contact: Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke
isabelle.boscaro-clarke@diamond.ac.uk
0044-079-907-97916
Diamond Light Source

Public Release: 15-Feb-2013
MSU launches groundbreaking drug trial in Africa
Determined to bring relief to seizure victims, a Michigan State University research team this month begins a groundbreaking clinical drug trial that could help prevent a quarter-million African children from developing epilepsy each year.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Contact: Andy McGlashen
andy.mcglashen@cabs.msu.edu
517-355-5158
Michigan State University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2013
DNDi Latin America receives 2013 Carlos Slim Health Award
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Latin America received the 2013 Carlos Slim Health Award in recognition of 10 years of exceptional work in research and development to deliver new, life-saving treatments for neglected patients.

Contact: Betina Moura
bmoura@dndi.org
55-218-122-4166
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 14-Feb-2013
Journal of Royal Society Interface
New methodology to predict pandemics
EcoHealth Alliance, the nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced new research focused on the rapid identification of disease outbreaks in the peer reviewed publication, Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Contact: Anthony M. Ramos
ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
212-380-4469
EcoHealth Alliance

Public Release: 13-Feb-2013
Cell Host & Microbe
Study suggests infant deaths can be prevented
An international team of tropical medicine researchers have discovered a potential method for preventing low birth weight in babies born to pregnant women who are exposed to malaria. Low birth weight is the leading cause of infant death globally.

Contact: June Pierotti
june.pierotti@uhn.ca
416-340-3895
University Health Network

Public Release: 13-Feb-2013
Tuberculosis and neglected diseases targeted by new center
A major new center to boost the development of drugs to tackle the foremost diseases of the developing world is to be created at the University of Dundee. The Centre is being established with joint funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Roddy Isles
r.isles@dundee.ac.uk
44-013-823-84910
University of Dundee

Public Release: 12-Feb-2013
Journal of American Chemical Society
Detecting cocaine 'naturally'
Since the beginning of time, living organisms have developed ingenious mechanisms to monitor their environment. As part of an international study, a team of researchers has adapted some of these natural mechanisms to detect specific molecules such as cocaine more accurately and quickly. Their work may greatly facilitate the rapid screening -- less than five minutes -- of many drugs, infectious diseases, and cancers.
Italian Ministry of University and Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others

Contact: Julie Gazaille
j.cordeau-gazaille@umontreal.ca
514-343-6796
University of Montreal

Public Release: 12-Feb-2013
24th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association
CVD time bomb set to explode in Gulf region in 10-15 years
With one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, the Gulf region is facing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease. The Saudi Project for Assessment of Acute Coronary Syndrome found that 58 percent of the 5055 acute coronary syndrome patients in the study had diabetes.

Contact: Jacqueline Partarrieu
press@escardio.org
33-492-947-756
European Society of Cardiology

Public Release: 12-Feb-2013
PLOS Medicine
More evidence needed for scale up of mobile device technology in health
Despite the hundreds of pilot studies using mobile health -- also known as 'mHealth'', which describe medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices -- there is insufficient evidence to inform the widespread implementation and scale-up of this technology, according to international researchers writing in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai
syousufzai@plos.org
415-568-3164
PLOS

Public Release: 12-Feb-2013
JAMA
Study examines malaria preventive therapy during pregnancy and outcomes for infants in Africa
Among pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa, intermittent preventive therapy for malaria with 3 or more doses of the drug regimen sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine was associated with a higher birth weight and lower risk of low birth weight than the current standard 2-dose regimen, according to a review and meta-analysis of previous studies published in the Feb. 13 issue of JAMA.

Contact: Feiko O. ter Kuile
terkuile@liv.ac.uk
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 11-Feb-2013
Diabetes Care
Community health workers help type 2 diabetes care
Researchers who conducted a clinical trial in American Samoa to test whether community health workers could help adults with type 2 diabetes found that the patients who received the intervention were twice as likely to make a clinically meaningful improvement as those who remained with care only in the clinic. The results appear in the journal Diabetes Care.
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders

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

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