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Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
A warming climate puts Europe at risk for seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever
Increasing temperatures will enlarge Europe's seasonal window for the potential spread of mosquito-borne viral disease, expanding the geographic areas at risk for a dengue epidemic to include much of Europe. The findings by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are published in the journal EBioMedicine.

Contact: Daniel Harju
Umea University

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
The Lancet
Globe's rising obesity, diabetes rates no surprise to Samoa researcher
As someone who has studied nutrition and health in Samoans over the last 40 years, Brown University public health researcher Stephen McGarvey provided data for new publications on the global trends in obesity and type 2 diabetes reported in The Lancet.

Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Study examines impact of 2 new antibodies in causing, treating myasthenia gravis
A study of patients from across the nation with myasthenia gravis is helping determine the incidence of two new antibodies believed to cause the disease, and whether these patients need different treatment strategies.
National Instiutes of Health

Contact: Toni Baker
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
Molecular Systems Biology
Maternal smoking during pregnancy leaves its lasting mark on the child's genetic make-up
If mothers smoke during pregnancy, they influence the epigenetic programming of their unborn child's genetic make-up in the long term. This may give rise to an increased risk of the development of disease risks later in the child's life. Researchers at the UFZ, the German Cancer Research Center and the Heidelberg University discovered that these changes are not limited to individual regions of DNA.
Heidelberg Center for Personalized Oncology

Contact: Dr. Irina Lehmann
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Public Release: 5-Apr-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
Uninfected or asymptomatic? Diagnostic tests key to forecasting major epidemics
Major epidemics such as the recent Ebola outbreak or the emerging Zika epidemic may be difficult to forecast because of our inability to determine whether individuals are uninfected or infected but not showing symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge. The finding emphasizes the need to develop and deploy reliable diagnostic tests to detect infected individuals whether or not they are showing symptoms, say the researchers.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contact: Craig Brierley
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Annals of Internal Medicine
NIH doctors describe severe case of Ebola virus disease
For more than a month in 2015, a multidisciplinary team at NIH treated a critically ill patient who had contracted Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone. A new report by the medical caregivers details the clinical course of the 34-year-old American healthcare worker who was admitted to the NIH Special Clinical Studies Unit on day seven of his illness. The patient survived his illness with intensive supportive care, despite multi-organ failure.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Anne A. Oplinger
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Nature Communications
Potential pathway for emergence of zoonotic malaria identified
The parasite responsible for a form of malaria now spreading from macaques to humans in South Asia could evolve to infect humans more efficiently, a step towards enhanced transmission between humans, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
National Institutes of Health, US Centers for Disease Control, Epidemiology of Infectious Disease and Biodefense Training Grant

Contact: Todd Datz
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Family plays important role in heart health throughout life
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and the burden is increasing -- much of which could be reduced through modifiable risk factors. A new review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examines the role of the family for heart health by focusing on interdependence of the family, shared environment, parenting style, caregiver perceptions and genomics.

Contact: Katie Glenn
American College of Cardiology

Public Release: 3-Apr-2016
American College of Cardiology 2016 Scientific Session
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
International technology-based competition associated with more exercise
A competition that used technology to encourage and track physical activity was effective at helping participants lose weight and exercise more in both developed and developing countries, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session.

Contact: Beth Casteel
American College of Cardiology

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Health Education & Behavior
Confronting diseases in Africa
The Society for Public Health Education proudly announces the publication of Health Education & Behavior's supplement, 'Noncommunicable Diseases in Africa and the Global South.' Co-edited by Collins Airhihenbuwa, PhD, and Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, the supplement includes 13 peer-reviewed articles devoted to the rise of noncommunicable diseases in Africa and other regions in the Global South and promising solutions to prevent and reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases.

Contact: Nakita Kanu

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Springer opens research articles that can make a difference
Springer is launching a new online initiative called Change the World, One Article at a Time: Must-Read Articles from 2015. The initiative focuses on articles published in 2015 in Springer journals which deal with some of the world's most urgent challenges. Those articles which are already open access are freely available online on a permanent basis and all other articles have been made freely available until July 15, 2016.

Contact: Joan Robinson

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Journal of Infectious Diseases
Novel vaccine strategy produces rapid and long-term protection against Chikungunya virus
New research from The Wistar Institute has demonstrated how a novel vaccine strategy that boosts the immune system by rapidly producing antibodies against CHIKV, combined with a traditional DNA-based vaccine approach, can provide both short term and long term protection against the virus. Study results are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Contact: Ben Leach
The Wistar Institute

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
PLOS Pathogens
Cold-adapted attenuated polio virus -- towards a post-eradication vaccine
With only 74 cases reported worldwide in 2015, poliomyelitis eradication is in sight. However, polio vaccines will be required for the foreseeable future to prevent re-emergence of the disease. A study published on March 31 in PLOS Pathogens reports the generation of promising new cold-adapted vaccine strains that are unable to multiply at the temperature of the human body and therefore highly unlikely to cause poliomyelitis in humans.

Contact: Barbara P. Sanders

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
GHIT announces investments, including malaria vaccine targeting 2 deadliest strains
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) announced today that it's investing US$1,383,785 in a pair of innovative malaria eradication tools -- a vaccine that could block transmission of two species of the deadly disease and a rapid field test that can reveal a malaria infection in minutes.

Contact: Katy Lenard

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Diagnosing ear infection using smartphone
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have developed a method that simplifies the diagnosis of ear infections (otitis media), something which annually affects half a billion children worldwide. The software-based method automatically analyses images from a digital otoscope and enables highly accurate diagnoses. The method is described in the journal EBioMedicine.

Contact: Daniel Harju
Umea University

Public Release: 29-Mar-2016
Infection and Immunity
To keep or not to keep a hookworm
Researchers in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside have identified an immune protein in mice that is quickly triggered in the body following infection and serves to protect the body's tissues. Called 'RELMalpha,' this protein (homologue in humans is 'resistin') is responsible more for protecting the body than attacking the parasite -- important evidence that mammals have regulatory systems in place not to kill pathogens, but instead to dampen the immune response.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 29-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Scientists unlock genetic secret that could help fight malaria
A group of scientists, including one from the University of California, Riverside, have discovered a long-hypothesized male determining gene in the mosquito species that carries malaria, laying the groundwork for the development of strategies that could help control the disease.

Contact: Sean Nealon
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New drug combinations could significantly improve tuberculosis treatment
Researchers from UCLA and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have made an important step toward a substantially faster and more effective treatment for tuberculosis, which infects some 10 million people and causes 1.5 million deaths each year.

Contact: Matthew Chin
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Preventive Medicine
Study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers
As of Jan. 31, 2016, a total of 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths have been attributed to Ebola, figures that may significantly underestimate the actual scope of the 2014 outbreak in West Africa. One strategy recommended by the WHO required exit screening at airports for passengers who depart from countries with Ebola. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provide an alternative policy for Ebola entry screening at airports in the United States.

Contact: Sheldon H. Jacobson
University of Illinois College of Engineering

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
American Entomologist
An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs
A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at that time would have included the dinosaurs. Researchers say it may have been involved in their extinction.

Contact: George Poinar, Jr.
Oregon State University

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Nature Chemical Biology
Stanford scientists resurrect an abandoned drug, find it effective against human viruses
Stanford scientists have resurrected a discarded drug that helps human cells in a lab dish fight off two different viruses. Based on what they learned about how the drug works, it might also help fight the viruses that cause Ebola, dengue and Zika, among others.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Burt and Deedee McMurtry Stanford Graduate Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Director's New Innovator Award Program, Stanford ChEM-H

Contact: Amy Adams
Stanford University

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
New mouse model for Zika virus to enable immediate screening of potential drugs and vaccines
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston announce the first peer-reviewed mouse model for Zika infection reported in decades. Until now a mouse model -- a critical stage in preclinical testing -- has not been available for research institutions and companies with vaccine and drug candidates in the pipeline. The study, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, removes a treatment screening bottleneck.

Contact: Bridget DeSimone

Public Release: 24-Mar-2016
EGPAF wins award to scale up innovative PMTCT medications in Uganda
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has been selected to receive the prestigious Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Award for its model to nationally scale up use of the innovative 'Pratt Pouch' to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda. EGPAF's model will introduce the easy-to-use pouches during antenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care services in Uganda with the goal of reaching 40,000 infants in three years.
Grand Challenges

Contact: Johanna Harvey
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Public Release: 24-Mar-2016
World TB Day: Medical trial to tackle tuberculosis in South Africa
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have been awarded a grant worth more than £400,000 to conduct a medical trial focused on controlling tuberculosis epidemics in South Africa.
Medical Research Council

Contact: Simon Wood
University of Liverpool

Public Release: 23-Mar-2016
Sterile Box offers safer surgeries
A Rice University team validates its Sterile Box, a mobile, solar-powered facility to sterilize surgical instruments in low-resource settings.

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

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