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Disease in the Developing World

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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

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
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
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
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

Public Release: 12-Feb-2013
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
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
Brown University

Public Release: 11-Feb-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Unchecked antibiotic use in animals may affect global human health
The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which is used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics' ability to fend off diseases -- in animals and humans.

Contact: Layne Cameron
Michigan State University

Public Release: 8-Feb-2013
Combining plasma screening methods better identifies diagnostic and therapeutic targets
For the first time, scientists have combined genomic and proteomic analysis of blood plasma to enhance identification of genetically regulated protein traits. This could be applied to any large association study of civilization diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer, where blood plasma has been collected. This method could vastly improve a clinician's ability to identify disease susceptibility in individuals and populations.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Contact: Phyllis Edelman
Genetics Society of America

Public Release: 7-Feb-2013
Surveillance system can identify and track emerging infectious diseases
A team of researchers developed a method to identify the cause of infectious disease outbreaks based on online reports about the symptoms, the season, and the ratio of cases to fatalities. Using data from the Internet outbreak reporting system ProMED-mail, the researchers applied this method to more than 100 outbreaks of encephalitis in South Asia, recently identified as an emerging infectious disease "hotspot," to determine which of 10 infectious diseases was causing symptoms of encephalitis
United States Agency for International Development

Contact: Stephanie Berger
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Public Release: 7-Feb-2013
First anti-tuberculosis medicine under USAID-supported PQM program achieves WHO prequalification
Helping to increase the availability of affordable, high-quality medicines to treat patients worldwide suffering from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, technical assistance provided at no cost to manufacturers under the Promoting the Quality of Medicines program -- a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program that is implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention -- has yielded its first anti-tuberculosis medicine to achieve prequalification status from the World Health Organization.

Contact: Francine Pierson
US Pharmacopeia

Public Release: 7-Feb-2013
Lancet Infectious Diseases
New study highlights Chagas disease as a growing health and socio-economic challenge
Today, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a new report that examines the global economic burden of Chagas disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers measured the health and economic impact of Chagas disease and found that the total economic burden of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study

Contact: Johanna Harvey
Sabin Vaccine Institute

Public Release: 6-Feb-2013
Has the 'Golden Age' of global health funding come to an end?
Despite dire predictions in the wake of the economic crisis, donations to health projects in developing countries appear to be holding steady, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. After reaching a historic high of $28.2 billion in 2010, development assistance for health dropped in 2011.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Rhonda Stewart
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Public Release: 6-Feb-2013
New England Journal of Medicine
Antibiotic cream has high cure rate, few side effects in treating cutaneous leishmaniasis
An international collaboration of researchers from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Tunisia and France has demonstrated a high cure rate and remarkably few side effects in treating patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) with an investigational antibiotic cream. CL is a parasitic disease that causes disfiguring lesions, with 350 million people at risk worldwide and 1.5 million new cases annually. The results were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Contact: Carey Phillips
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 5-Feb-2013
Human bacteria sequencing project involving CU raises $340,000 online
In hopes of better understanding nutrition and health, the University of Colorado Boulder is playing the leading science role in a "crowdfunding" effort that has raised more than $340,000 for a project designed to sequence the gut bacteria of thousands of people around the world.
American Gut Project

Contact: Rob Knight
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 5-Feb-2013
Cell Metabolism
Scientists discover protein that allows safe recycling of iron from old red blood cells
Scientists have long hypothesized that our bodies must have a special protein 'container' for transporting heme -- the form of iron found in living things -- during the breakdown and recycling of old red cells and other types of heme metabolism. Now a research team led by scientists from the University of Maryland have identified this long-sought heme-iron transporter and shown that it is the same HRG1 protein found in a common microscopic worm.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lee Tune
University of Maryland

Public Release: 4-Feb-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Injection-free vaccination technique could address global vaccine challenge for HIV, malaria
Scientists at King's College London have demonstrated the ability to deliver a dried live vaccine to the skin without a traditional needle, and shown for the first time that this technique is powerful enough to enable specialized immune cells in the skin to kick-start the immunizing properties of the vaccine.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Katherine Barnes
King's College London

Public Release: 1-Feb-2013
The FASEB Journal
Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies
Smoking tobacco is bad for your health, but a genetically altered version of the plant might provide an inexpensive cure for the deadly rabies virus. In a new report in The FASEB Journal, scientists produced a monoclonal antibody in transgenic tobacco plants shown to neutralize the rabies virus. This antibody works by preventing the virus from attaching to nerve endings around the bite site and keeping the virus from traveling to the brain.

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Public Release: 31-Jan-2013
UCSB anthropologists study effects of modernization on physical activity and heart disease
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, and a sedentary lifestyle is often cited as a major contributing factor. Among the Tsimane, an indigenous population in the lowlands of Bolivia's Amazon basin, however, indicators of heart disease are practically non-existent -- cholesterol is low, obesity is rare, and smoking is uncommon.

Contact: Andrea Estrada
University of California - Santa Barbara

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