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Public Release: 17-Jan-2013
Cell
New insights into how leprosy infection spreads could pave the way for early intervention
A new study, published by Cell Press Jan. 17 in the journal Cell, reveals that the bacteria responsible for leprosy spread infection by hijacking specialized cells in the adult nervous system, reprogramming them into a stem cell-like state, and converting them to muscle-like cells. These findings could lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies for combating bacterial infections and degenerative diseases as well as new tools for regenerative medicine.

Contact: Mary Beth O'Leary
moleary@cell.com
617-397-2802
Cell Press

Public Release: 17-Jan-2013
PLOS Computational Biology
Wild animals may contribute to the resurgence of African sleeping sickness
Wild animals may be a key contributor to the continuing spread of African sleeping sickness, new research published in PLOS Computational Biology shows. The West African form of the disease, also known as Gambiense Human African trypanosomiasis, affects around 10,000 people in Africa every year and is deadly if left untreated.
EPIWORK, JST PRESTO program, AXA Research Fund

Contact: Sebastian Funk
sf7@princeton.edu
44-772-602-6766
PLOS

Public Release: 16-Jan-2013
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Recent study suggests bats are reservoir for ebola virus in Bangladesh
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, released new research on Ebola virus in fruit bats in the peer reviewed journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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

Public Release: 16-Jan-2013
PLOS Medicine
U of T and Harvard study finds growing 'weight extremes' in the developing world
Obese and overweight people are gaining weight rapidly in low- and middle-income countries while those who are severely undernourished are not experiencing similar weight gains, according to a University of Toronto and Harvard School of Public Health study.

Contact: Nicole Bodnar
nicole.bodnar@utoronto.ca
416-978-5811
University of Toronto

Public Release: 16-Jan-2013
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New study finds malaria, typhoid -- not Ebola -- biggest health threat for travelers to tropics
Feeling feverish after a visit to the tropics? It may not just be a bout with this year's flu. If you're a Western traveler, malaria and typhoid fever should top the list of diseases to discuss with your doctor when you return, especially following travel to Western Africa or India.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone
bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com
301-280-5735
Burness Communications

Public Release: 15-Jan-2013
Chronic disease research awarded funding
The Medical Research Council have awarded the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research five years funding. This funding will allow researchers from the partnership to develop a sustainable platform to share resources and skills.
Medical Research Council

Contact: Aileen Sheehy
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
0044-012-234-92368
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 14-Jan-2013
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Medicinal toothbrush tree yields antibiotic to treat TB in new way
There are potentially new TB drugs in the pipeline from unusual sources. This compound is effective against resistant strains of TB.

Contact: Tony Maxwell
zoe.dunford@nbi.ac.uk
44-160-345-0771
Norwich BioScience Institutes

Public Release: 10-Jan-2013
UCSF teams tackle childhood mortality and river blindness
Two UCSF teams have received a total of $16 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study new ways to significantly reduce childhood mortality and disease in developing nations.

Contact: Kristen Bole
kristen.bole@ucsf.edu
415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco

Public Release: 10-Jan-2013
Immunity
New insights into HIV vaccine will improve drug development
Four years ago, a potential HIV vaccine showed promise against the virus that causes AIDS, but it fell short of providing the broad protection necessary to stem the spread of disease. Now researchers -- led by Duke Medicine -- have gained additional insights into the workings of the vaccine that help explain why it benefited a third of recipients and left others vulnerable.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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

Public Release: 10-Jan-2013
Immunity
Study provides new clues for designing an effective HIV vaccine
New insights into how a promising HIV vaccine works are provided in a study published by Cell Press January 10th in the journal Immunity. By analyzing the structure of antibody-virus complexes produced in vaccine recipients, the researchers have revealed how the vaccine triggers immune responses that could fight HIV-1 infection. The study could help guide efforts to increase the vaccine's production, which currently is not high enough for clinical use.

Contact: Mary Beth OLeary
moleary@cell.com
617-397-2802
Cell Press

Public Release: 9-Jan-2013
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Passive smoking increases risk of severe dementia, according to study in China
An international study by scientists in China, the UK and the US has found a link between passive smoking and syndromes of dementia. The study of nearly 6,000 people in five provinces in China reveals that people exposed to passive smoking have a significantly increased risk of severe dementia syndromes.
Alzheimer's Research Trust, BUPA Foundation

Contact: Katherine Barnes
katherine.barnes@kcl.ac.uk
44-207-848-3076
King's College London

Public Release: 9-Jan-2013
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
New study identifies significance of co-infection in disease control
Becoming infected with one parasite could change your chances of becoming infected with another according to new research from Cardiff University. The new study analyses data from school aged children in Tanzania infected with the most common forms of worms.

Contact: Lowri Jones
joneslc3@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-0995
Cardiff University

Public Release: 8-Jan-2013
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Postpartum depression prevalent in under-developed countries, could impact baby health and mortality
Efforts to reduce child mortality and improve infant health in less-developed countries must address the mental health of new moms.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, University of Michigan GlobalREACH

Contact: Beata Mostafavi
bmostafa@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System

Public Release: 7-Jan-2013
American Journal of Public Health
Timely reminders boost childhood immunizations rates
New research from Children's Hospital Colorado shows that timely reminders from local and state health departments are more effective at increasing immunization rates than those from primary care providers.

Contact: David Kelly
david.kelly@ucdenver.edu
303-315-6374
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 7-Jan-2013
MVI and Inovio partner to develop malaria vaccines using innovative vaccine delivery tech
The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced a follow-on collaboration to advance malaria vaccine development and new vaccination delivery technologies. Researchers will test whether a novel vaccine approach that combines genetically engineered DNA with an innovative vaccine delivery technology called electroporation could induce an immune response in humans that protects against malaria parasite infection.

Contact: Preeti Singh
psingh@burnesscommunications.com
301-280-5722
Burness Communications

Public Release: 6-Jan-2013
Nature Genetics
Genetic mystery of Behcet's disease unfolds along the ancient Silk Road
Researchers have identified four new regions on the human genome associated with Behcet's disease, a painful and potentially dangerous condition found predominantly in people with ancestors along the Silk Road. National Institutes of Health researchers and their Turkish and Japanese collaborators published their findings in the Jan. 6, 2013, advance online issue of Nature Genetics.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Raymond MacDougall
macdougallr@mail.nih.gov
301-402-0911
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Public Release: 4-Jan-2013
Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Rainfall, brain infection linked in sub-Saharan Africa
The amount of rainfall affects the number of infant infections leading to hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to a team of researchers who are the first to demonstrate that these brain infections are linked to climate.
Pennsylvania State University/Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Department of Health

Contact: Victoria M. Indivero
vmi1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 2-Jan-2013
AIDS Care
In Ethiopia, HIV disclosure is low
In Ethiopia, where more than 1.2 million people are infected with HIV, disclosure of infection by patients is important in the fight against the disease. A new study led by a Brown sociology researcher investigates HIV-positive status disclosure rates among men and women in Africa's second most populous country.

Contact: Courtney Coelho
courtney_coelho@brown.edu
401-863-7287
Brown University

Public Release: 2-Jan-2013
Nature Neuroscience
Itchy wool sweaters explained
Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered strong evidence that mice have a specific set of nerve cells that signal itch but not pain, a finding that may settle a decades-long debate about these sensations, and, if confirmed in humans, help in developing treatments for chronic itch, including itch caused by life-saving medications.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Catherine Kolf
ckolf@jhmi.edu
443-287-2251
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 27-Dec-2012
Johns Hopkins receives funding for cholera vaccine initiative
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was awarded a four-year, $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the effective use of oral cholera vaccine around the world.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Tim Parsons
tmparson@jhsph.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 27-Dec-2012
PLOS Pathogens
Statin drug shows promise for fighting malaria effects
Researchers have discovered that adding lovastatin, a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug, to traditional antimalarial treatment decreases neuroinflammation and protects against cognitive impairment in a mouse model of cerebral malaria.

Contact: Phil Sahm
phil.sahm@hsc.utah.edu
801-419-8512
University of Utah Health Sciences

Public Release: 20-Dec-2012
PLOS ONE
New whole plant therapy shows promise as an effective and economical treatment for malaria
A new study by scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts published in the journal PLOS ONE has shown that the powdered dried leaves from the Artemisia annua plant may be a far more effective antimalarial treatment than purified artemisinin. The complex biochemistry of the whole plant, which includes other compounds known to have antimalarial properties, make it a de facto combination therapy that is likely to ward off resistance.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts/Medical School

Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Public Release: 19-Dec-2012
Cell Metabolism
NTU study finds ways to prevent muscle loss, obesity and diabetes
A research study from Nanyang Technological University has yielded important breakthroughs on how the body loses muscle, paving the way for new treatments for aging, obesity and diabetes.

Contact: Lester Kok
lesterkok@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6804
Nanyang Technological University

Public Release: 18-Dec-2012
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Tracking the origins of HIV
Human immunodeficiency virus may have affected humans for much longer than is currently believed. Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the disease has evolved.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Susan Jongeneel
sjongene@illinois.edu
217-333-3291
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 18-Dec-2012
PLOS Medicine
Little evidence to support TB interventions in real-world, low-resource settings
There is little evidence from real world situations in low-and-middle income countries to support the effectiveness and financial value of five interventions recommended by the World Health Organization to control tuberculosis, which may be a reason why these interventions have not been implemented in many countries, according to a study by international experts published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

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

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