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Public Release: 28-Feb-2013
Wolf in sheep's clothing: Uncovering how deadly bacteria trick the immune system
A new UCLA study demonstrates how bacteria can pretend to be a virus and trick the immune system into sending out the wrong type of defense. Such manipulation sheds light on how the flu may make us more susceptible to pneumonia or as in the recent outbreak of TB in Los Angeles, possibly how the flu and other environmental factors could be used to the TB bacteria's advantage.
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases

Contact: Rachel Champeau
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences

Public Release: 28-Feb-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Deworming important for children's health, has limited impact on infection in wider communities
Although they have an important impact on children's health and education, school-based deworming programs have a limited impact on the level of infection in the wider community, according to a mathematical modeling study conducted by researchers at Imperial College London.

Contact: Sam Wong

Public Release: 27-Feb-2013
Rapid, point-of-care tests for syphilis: The future of diagnosis
An international research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has demonstrated that rapid and point-of-care tests (POC) for syphilis are as accurate as conventional laboratory tests. The findings, which were published in PLOS ONE, call for a major change in approach to syphilis testing and recommend replacing first line laboratory tests with POC tests globally, especially in resource-limited settings.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Contact: Julie Robert
514-934-1934 x71381
McGill University Health Centre

Public Release: 27-Feb-2013
New study shows viruses can have immune systems
A study published today in Nature reports that a viral predator of the cholera bacteria has stolen the functional immune system of bacteria and is using it against its bacterial host. This provides the first evidence that this type of virus, the bacteriophage, can acquire an adaptive immune system. The study has implications for phage therapy, the use of phages to treat bacterial diseases.
NIH/National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Siobhan Gallagher
Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus

Public Release: 26-Feb-2013
DNDi receives BBVA Foundation award for delivering new treatments for neglected diseases
Today in Madrid, Spain, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative received the BBVA Foundation 'Frontiers of Knowledge and Culture Award for Development Cooperation'. This EUR 400,000 award will be presented at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain, in June of this year.

Contact: Violaine Dällenbach
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative

Public Release: 26-Feb-2013
Breakthrough camera to improve detection of blinding eye disease and diabetes
The world's first intelligent retinal camera will accurately and rapidly detect and eventually diagnose sight-threatening conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The camera is being designed for ease of use in the most extreme environments so that it can be used by technical support staff and in the most remote and under-served locations, especially to close the gap in eye health in Australian Aboriginal communities.

Contact: Stephen Davis
Brien Holden Vision Institute

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

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
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
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
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
The Research Council of Norway

Public Release: 21-Feb-2013
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
Harvard School of Public Health

Public Release: 21-Feb-2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
University of Melbourne

Public Release: 17-Feb-2013
2013 AAAS Annual Meeting
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
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
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
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
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
University Health Network

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