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Disease in the Developing World

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Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Cancer drug may reduce bleeding in patients with rare genetic disorder, HHT
A cancer drug that helps keep tumors from growing blood vessels may help patients with a rare genetic condition in which malformed vessels increase their risk for bleeding and anemia.

Contact: Toni Baker
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Life scientists streamline cutting-edge technique to edit mosquito genome
Virginia Tech researchers address a fundamental problem in the study of vector-borne diseases, revealing an improved way to study genes in mosquitoes using a genome-editing method known as CRISPR-Cas9, which exploded onto the life science scene in 2012.
NIH/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: John Pastor
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Genetics
Genetic discovery provides clues to how TB may evade the immune system
The largest genetic study of tuberculosis susceptibility to date has led to a potentially important new insight into how the pathogen manages to evade the immune system. Published today in the journal Nature Genetics, the study advances understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in TB, which may open up new avenues to design efficient vaccines for its prevention.
Wellcome Trust, EU Framework Programme 7, European Research Council, Royal Society, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre

Contact: Craig Brierley
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Two-year study: Despite bednets and drugs, malaria cases increasing in rural Uganda
Belying the global trend of a decline in malaria cases, the incidence of malaria in rural Uganda is high and on the increase, suggesting that more aggressive methods of controlling the disease in high-transmission areas of sub-Saharan Africa are urgently needed, according to a new two-year surveillance study published online today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

Contact: Preeti Singh

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
A 'warhead' molecule to hunt down deadly bacteria
Boston College chemist Jianmin Gao and researchers in his lab report they achieved selective modification of two common lipids, producing a new bio-chemical method to label deadly bacteria and potentially target them with antibiotics with reduced harm to healthy cells, according to a new report in Nature Communications.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Studies, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ed Hayward
Boston College

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Cochrane Library
Cochrane Review of effectiveness of point of care diagnostics for schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is a parasitic disease classified as a neglected tropical diseases, common in tropical and subtropical regions. The traditional means of testing for the disease is microscopy, which is lab based. Point-of-care tests and urine reagent tests are quicker and easier to use than microscopy in the field, and this review aims to estimate how well these tests are able to detect schistosomiasis infections in comparison to traditional lab based microscopy.

Contact: Clare Bebb
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Cell Host & Microbe
Scripps Research Institute study shows 2 new flu strains do not yet easily infect humans
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have not acquired changes that would allow them to infect people easily and cause a much-feared pandemic.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Cell Host & Microbe
Analysis suggests a more virulent swine flu virus in the Indian subcontinent
A flu outbreak in India that has claimed over 1,200 lives may not be identical to the 2009 North American strain, as recently reported in India. A comparative analysis conducted by scientists at MIT shows that the flu virus in India seems to have acquired mutations that could spread more readily and therefore requires deeper studies.The researchers call on officials to increase surveillance and rethink vaccination strategies to account for potential new viruses.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
Cell Press

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Disease poses risk to chimpanzee conservation, Gombe study finds
Infectious disease spillover, including from humans to animals, poses risk to the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park, where Jane Goodall began her pioneering behavioral research in 1960.
Morris Animal Foundation, Emory University Global Health Institute, The Arcus Foundation, The Leo Guthman Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Carol Clark
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
ENVISAGE and the Wistar Institute forge new venture and value creation partnership
The Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical research, and ENVISAGE LLC, a prodigious life sciences venture creation and management firm, are pleased to announce a powerful partnership that leverages Wistar's innovative, high-impact science and ENVISAGE's expertise in managing immunology-infectious disease centered ventures.

Contact: Darien Sutton
The Wistar Institute

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Millions of women and children get improved health services
An ambitious 2010 initiative to improve the health of women and children around the world has turned into the fastest growing global public health partnership in history, attracting $60 billion in resources. Some $34 billion, nearly 60 percent of the total, has already been disbursed. The Every Woman Every Child movement has now gathered more than 400 commitments by more than 300 partners around the world, ranging from governments and foundations to business, civil society and low-income countries themselves.
UN Foundation

Contact: Marshall Hoffman
Hoffman & Hoffman Worldwide

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
UTSA microbiologist named fellow by the American Academy of Microbiology
Karl Klose, microbiology professor in the UTSA College of Sciences and researcher in the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, has been named a fellow by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Contact: Kris Rodriguez
University of Texas at San Antonio

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Finally, X-ray medical imaging within the reach of developing countries
Two-thirds of humankind does not have access to radiography, essential to the practice of modern medicine. Today in Lausanne, EPFL and its partners present GlobalDiagnostiX, a high-tech device 10 times cheaper when considering existing pieces of equipment together with their maintenance costs, and specifically designed for developing countries. Famous economist Jeffrey Sachs is enthusiastic about this project!

Contact: Klaus Schönenberger
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Nature Medicine
How blood group O protects against malaria
It has long been known that people with blood type O are protected from dying of severe malaria. In a study published in Nature Medicine, a team of Scandinavian scientists explains the mechanisms behind the protection that blood type O provides, and suggest that the selective pressure imposed by malaria may contribute to the variable global distribution of ABO blood groups in the human population.
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, European Union, Swedish Research Council, Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Karolinska Institutet

Contact: KI Press Office
Karolinska Institutet

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
EARTH Magazine: El Niño disaster stunted children's growth
Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine.

Contact: Maureen Moses
American Geosciences Institute

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
Parasite infection poses a greater risk for African under-fives
Children under five living in sub-Saharan Africa are at greater risk than older children of developing a long-term parasitic disease, research suggests.
Thrasher Research Fund

Contact: Andrew Moffat
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 5-Mar-2015
Cochrane Library
Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns
A low-cost antiseptic used to cleanse the cord after birth could help reduce infant death rates in developing countries by 12 percent, a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library suggests.

Contact: Evelyn Martinez

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
Health Affairs
Global studies in Health Affairs' March issue
The March issue of Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, contains several studies about global health. A flattening budget coupled with growing service demand drove the UK's National Health Service to seek spending cumulative efficiency savings of 17 percent over four years beginning in 2011. Identifying ineffective, overused, or inappropriate procedures was largely left to the local commissioning organizations to implement. The authors identified six high-volume but low-value procedures.

Contact: Sue Ducat
Health Affairs

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
PLOS Biology
Study sheds light on how malaria parasites grow exponentially
A University of South Florida professor and his team of researchers have become the first to uncover part of the mysterious process by which malaria-related parasites spread at explosive and deadly rates inside humans and other animals. As drug-resistant malaria threatens to become a major public health crisis, the findings may lead to a powerful new treatment for malaria-caused illnesses that kill more than 600,000 people a year.
NIH/National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease

Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
University of South Florida (USF Health)

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
UTMB collaboration results in rapid Ebola test
University of Texas Medical Branch researchers who helped assess the effectiveness of a new rapid test kit to diagnose Ebola learned this week it has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

Contact: Kurt Koopman
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
American Society for Microbiology receives grant to support ICAAC
The American Society for Microbiology has received a $161,460 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help support the research being presented at ASM's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Through their Global Health Division, the foundation will not only partner with ASM to host joint sessions during the conference, they are also providing a travel award for scientists through The Gates Travel Award program.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Aleea Khan
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 3-Mar-2015
Frontiers in Psychiatry
Identifying the war-afflicted teenagers most in need of mental health care
A new study finds widespread post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal ideation among teenagers in warn-torn Northern Uganda, not only among former child soldiers. Psychological support should be offered to all young people in the region through the education system.

Contact: Michiel Dijkstra

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The hidden burden of dengue fever in West Africa
Dengue is not contagious. The disease is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. The study recently published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is the first to demonstrate evidence of local transmission of dengue virus in Ghana, rather than exposure being limited to cases brought back from other countries.

Contact: Megan Ondrizek
University of Miami

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
Mobile phone app to identify premature babies in the developing world
A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Emma Thorne
University of Nottingham

Public Release: 2-Mar-2015
Nature Genetics
Sequencing the hookworm
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Cornell University have sequenced the genome of the hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum. The genome of the nematode that, according to some estimates, infects as many as 400 million people worldwide will help researchers find genes active during infection and devise new drugs or vaccines that target these genes. The study, which also includes researchers from the University of California San Diego and the California Institute of Technology, was published in Nature Genetics.

Contact: Jim Fessenden
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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