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Public Release: 10-May-2016
Microbes and Infection
UTSA professor Janakiram Seshu explores new method to stop the spread of Lyme disease
Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study co-authored by Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Contact: Joanna Carver
University of Texas at San Antonio

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Journal of Microbiological Methods
Rapid diagnostics for multidrug resistant organisms in combat-related infection
With funding from a Fiscal Year 2012 Military Infectious Diseases Applied Research Award, Dr. Connie Price and her team at Denver Health are aiming to identify rapid microbiological diagnostics for multidrug resistant organism (MDRO) pathogens that afflict Wounded Warriors and Veterans and, furthermore, would help clinicians more effectively treat patients with serious infections.
Department of Defense Military Infectious Diseases Research Program Award

Contact: Gail Whitehead
US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Eliminating HIV is possible; UCLA, Danish researchers explain how
UCLA and Danish researchers report that global elimination of HIV is possible, if countries use the strategy planned by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. This 'treatment as prevention' approach has brought the HIV epidemic in Denmark to the brink of elimination, the authors said after analyzing two decades of data. However, this approach will only work in other countries if almost all patients adhere to their treatment regimens.

Contact: Phil Hampton
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Elsevier launches Portuguese and Spanish versions of Zika Virus Resource Center Online
Aedes mosquitoes carrying the bacterium Wolbachia -- found inside the cells of 60 percent of all insect species -- are drastically less able to transmit Zika virus, say researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in a study published May 4 in Cell Host & Microbe. This is the first report on the effect of Wolbachia bacteria on the Zika virus.

Contact: Christopher Capot

Public Release: 9-May-2016
A yellow fever epidemic: A new global health emergency?
Evidence is mounting that the current outbreak of yellow fever is becoming the latest global health emergency, say two Georgetown University professors who call on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations. In addition, with frequent emerging epidemics, they call for the creation of a 'standing emergency committee' to be prepared for future health emergencies.

Contact: Karen Teber
Georgetown University Medical Center

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Annals of Internal Medicine
MRI stronger predictor of major adverse cardiovascular events than standard scan
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a stronger predictor of risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) than single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) at 5 years follow-up. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Contact: Angela Collom
American College of Physicians

Public Release: 6-May-2016
A new paper-based test for the Zika virus
Researchers at MIT and other institutions have developed a paper test that can diagnose Zika virus infection in just a few hours.
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, MIT's Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 6-May-2016
Finding Zika one paper disc at a time
An international, multi-institutional team of researchers led by synthetic biologist James Collins, Ph.D. at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, has developed a low-cost, rapid paper-based diagnostic system for strain-specific detection of the Zika virus, with the goal that it could soon be used in the field to screen blood, urine, or saliva samples.

Contact: Kat J. McAlpine
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Preventing asthma in children: University of Arizona researchers are 1 step closer
Efforts to improve the health of children at increased risk for asthma will receive a major boost with the launch of a new University of Arizona Health Sciences-led, federally funded national clinical study. For Fernando D. Martinez, M.D., and his colleagues at the UA Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, this study follows 30 years of research to prevent and cure this chronic disease.
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Contact: Jane Erikson
University of Arizona Health Sciences

Public Release: 5-May-2016
PLOS Genetics
Trypanosomes evade detection by swapping coat proteins through chromosomal rearrangement
African trypanosomes establish deadly, chronic infections of trypanosomiasis in the bloodstream by using repetitive 70-bp regions in the genome to regularly change out the active coat protein gene. Galadriel Hovel-Miner and colleagues at Rockefeller University and George Washington University report this discovery and describe its role in the process that trypanosomes use to evade host antibodies on May 5, 2016 in PLOS Genetics.

Contact: Amy Yau

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Dengue fever's economic 'bite' estimated in Lancet Infectious Disease article
A study by Brandeis University researchers finds that the global cost of dengue is an estimated US$8.9 billion annually, higher than several other major infectious diseases such as cholera, rotavirus gastroenteritis, canine rabies and Chagas.
Sanofi Pasteur

Contact: Max Pearlstein
Brandeis University

Public Release: 4-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Children in developing world infected with parasite may be more prone
Children infected even just once with a certain type of waterborne parasite are nearly three times as likely to suffer from moderate or severe stunted growth by the age of two than those who are not -- regardless of whether their infection made them feel sick, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact: Stephanie Desmon
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Release: 3-May-2016
National Academy of Sciences Meeting
Van Andel Institute scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences to advise nation on medical and epigenomic policy and direction
Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) Chief Scientific Officer Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., today joined the nation's elite scientists as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the second VARI scientist elected into the academy, and joins molecular oncologist George Vande Woude, Ph.D., who has been a member of the Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology section since 1993.

Contact: Beth Hinshaw Hall
Van Andel Research Institute

Public Release: 3-May-2016
New England Journal of Medicine
Ebola vaccine: Promising phase I trials
The clinical phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus has been successfully completed at four partner sites in Africa and Europe. The safety of the tested vaccine 'rVSV-ZEBOV', which induces persistent antibodies against the virus, has been confirmed. The results are currently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Contact: Press Department
German Center for Infection Research

Public Release: 3-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Bacteria use traffic-cop-like mechanism to infect gut
A study has found that a cellular syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop -- directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling them to efficiently carry out infection. This mechanism is critical to a pathogen's success.
WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Contact: Leigh Knodler
Washington State University

Public Release: 3-May-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Early warning: Current Japanese encephalitis vaccine might not protect
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of viral encephalitis (infection of the brain) in Asia. There is no specific treatment for Japanese encephalitis (JE) which can cause death or serious long-term disability, and WHO recommends JEV vaccination in all areas where the disease is recognized as a public health priority. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases suggests that current vaccines may fail to protect individuals against an emerging strain of the virus.
National Natural Science Foundation of China, State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

Contact: Guodong Liang

Public Release: 2-May-2016
Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care
Study shows long-term improvement in health-related quality of life after bariatric surgery
Significant improvement in health-related quality of life was reported by patients 12-14 years after undergoing an uncommon form of bariatric surgery at one US medical center. Follow-up of the 27 patients who underwent biliary pancreatic diversion surgery with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) by the same surgeon is described in an article in Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 2-May-2016
ACM CHI 2016
Health sensing tool measures lung function over a phone call, from anywhere in the world
University of Washington researchers have developed SpiroCall, a new health sensing tool that can accurately measure lung function from anywhere in the world over a simple phone call. It is designed to work with older mobile phones and landlines, not just smartphones.
The Life Sciences Discovery Fund, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and University of Washington

Contact: Jennifer Langston
University of Washington

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Stansfield honored by Southern Society for Pediatric Research
Dr. Brian K. Stansfield, neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Georgia and a 2004 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, has received the 2016 Clinical Science Young Investigator Award from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research.
American Heart Association, US Department of Defense

Contact: Toni Baker
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa
Ebola virus samples taken from Liberian patients in June 2015 are genetically similar to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to research published today in Science Advances. The study sheds light on several aspects of the 'flare-ups' that have occurred in Liberia since the country was declared free of the disease. Among the findings: These cases were not a re-introduction from a neighboring country, but came from a persistently infected source within Liberia.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Global Emerging Infections System, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Biosurveillance Technology Initiative, US Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and others

Contact: Caree Vander Linden
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
HPV infection can be identified in self-collected vaginal swabs
High risk, potentially cancer causing human papillomavirus infections are common among women in Papua New Guinea. But self sampling with vaginal swabs may provide materials that screen as accurately as the more labor-intensive approach using cervical samples obtained by clinicians. This finding is critical to developing same day screening and treatment, which is key to ensuring that women with precancerous lesions are treated in this largely unconnected (electronically) country, and in others like it.

Contact: Aleea Khan
American Society for Microbiology

Public Release: 28-Apr-2016
Journal of Women's Health
African-American women with ovarian cancer -- can obesity mask early symptoms?
African-American women with ovarian cancer are more likely to die from the disease than are White women and they are also much more likely to be obese. These factors may be linked by the new finding that excess abdominal fat in overweight and obese women could interfere with the detection of early symptoms of ovarian cancer, as presented in a study published in Journal of Women's Health.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 28-Apr-2016
USAMRIID receives Technology Transfer Award for experimental Ebola treatment
Scientists from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases were recognized for their work on ZMapp, a therapeutic monoclonal antibody 'cocktail' designed to treat Ebola virus infection, at the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer national meeting held this week. ZMapp made headlines in August 2014 when it was used to treat two American medical workers in Liberia, who both recovered. USAMRIID research protects US service members and contributes to global public health.

Contact: Caree Vander Linden
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 28-Apr-2016
Scientific Reports
UEA drug research could prevent secondary cataract
Scientists at the University of East Anglia may have found a way to prevent complications from surgery to treat cataract -- the world's leading cause of blindness. It's estimated that by the year 2020, 32 million people will need cataract surgery -- which works well to restore vision, but can lead to 'secondary cataract' forming. The research team reveal how a new focus for drugs to treat age-related macular degeneration could reduce the need for millions of follow-up eye operations.
Fight for Sight

Contact: Lisa Horton
University of East Anglia

Public Release: 28-Apr-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
A 'tropical' parasitic disease emerges in the Canadian Arctic
An outbreak of an intestinal parasite common in the tropics, known as Cryptosporidium, has been identified for the first time in the Arctic. The discovery was made in Nunavik, Quebec, by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The discovery, which was documented in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, could have long-term implications for the health of children in Nunavik and Nunavut's communities.
Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, ArticNET, the Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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

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