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Advance genetics study identifies virulent strain of TB
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) LSTM's Dr Maxine Caws is co-lead investigator on an advanced genetics study published in Nature Genetics(link is external), which has shown that a virulent strain of tuberculosis (TB) has adapted to transmit among young adults in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uganda:UVRI Partners With London School for Cancer Research
[Monitor] Kampala -The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct research into cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Taxing sweet snacks may bring greater health benefits than taxing sugar-sweetened drinks
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) A 10 percent tax on sweet snacks could lead to a similar reduction in consumer demand as taxing sugar-sweetened drinks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Universal snake bite cure may be possible
Antivenoms are usually made for a specific snake and don't work for different types of venom, but scientists from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have made a breakthrough. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Selection of a pyrethroid metabolic enzyme CYP9K1 by malaria control activities
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM, with partners from a number of international institutions, have shown the rapid selection of a novel P450 enzyme leading to insecticide resistance in a major malaria vector. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Children infected with malaria parasites produce odor more attractive to mosquitoes
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Researchers smell opportunity for new malaria test and control methods after odor study carried out with Kenyan children. Finding is a major step forward in malaria research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

International Coordinator for the Quality of Medical Devices
DepartmentMSF currently operates activities in 35 countries with a wide spectrum of programs. The Medical Project Unit in MSF New York is part of the Medical Department of Operational Center – Paris (OCP) and provides technical support for: Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases (including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), medical quality, and medical article writing and publication.  ProjectLanguage English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rosanna Perri Source Type: news

Novel mosquito net provides children with greater protection against malaria
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) A novel class of bed net that neutralizes mosquitoes' ability to resist pyrethroid insecticide is shown to significantly reduce malaria infection in children, according to new research published in The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stay Hungry, Not Foolish: What We Can Learn From A Career In Fighting AIDS and Ebola
What can we learn from someone who spent his career chasing highly mortal disease like ebola, and convincing the world to use condoms to combat AIDS? Peter Piot, the former head of UNAIDS and head of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, did it all. Here are his career lessons. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: World Economic Forum, Contributor Source Type: news

'Exciting' pill can make blood poisonous to mosquitoes
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine experts discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Exciting' pill can make blood POISONOUS to mosquitos
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine experts discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study shows drug that kills mosquitoes could be used to fight malaria
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) have shown the large potential impact of a completely new type of antimalarial drug that kills mosquitoes, as opposed to existing drugs that target the parasite, to reduce the spread of malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu makes people six times more likely to suffer a heart attack
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine found the virus increases sufferers risk of a heart attack for up to a week and stroke for up to one month. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH experts call for transformative research approach to end tuberculosis
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A more intensive biomedical research approach is necessary to control and ultimately eliminate tuberculosis (TB), according to a perspective published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In the article, authors Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Robert W. Eisinger, Ph.D., special assistant for scientific projects at NIAID, discuss the need to modernize TB research by applying new diagnostic, therapeutic, and vaccine approaches. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Brief education intervention boosts tetanus vaccination rates in rural India
(PLOS) Education of mothers on the benefits of tetanus vaccination increased immunization coverage in a randomized trial set in rural India, according to new research this week in PLOS Medicine by Timothy Powell-Jackson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Vaccine-Autism Myth Started 20 Years Ago. Here ’s Why It Still Endures Today
Anti-vaccination headlines—like “HPV vaccine leaves another 17-year-old-girl paralyzed”—populate the Internet. That, and “Mom researches vaccines, discovers vaccination horrors, goes vaccine free,” are just a few examples of the fake science news stories shared this month on Facebook. If you are a parent on social media, you’ve likely seen many posts just like these. Maybe you’ve even clicked on one, curious. What’s the harm, right? As a family physician with four decades of experience fighting preventable disease around the globe and a professor of anthropology, risk a...
Source: TIME: Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH and Heidi Larson Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Global Health: Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017
Outbreaks across the continent infected 21,000 and killed at least 35 people. Now governments are moving to make vaccinations mandatory. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Epidemics Measles Vaccination and Immunization Romani People Centers for Disease Control and Prevention London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine World Health Organization Europe Source Type: news

Oregon woman first human infected with eye worms once only seen in cattle
(Burness) North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously thought to irritating and potentially dangerous infections with two different types of tiny but tenacious eye worms, according to two studies published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

OHSU, CDC unravel mysterious eye infection
(Oregon Health& Science University) A 26-year-old Oregon woman was the first known case of a human being infected with the cattle eyeworm Thelazia gulosa, which normally affects large animals. She was likely infected while being around cows near her rural home, experts conclude in a paper published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mini-primaquine does help stop people infecting mosquitoes with malaria
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) A single dose of primaquine is thought to stop people with P. falciparum malaria infecting mosquitoes, which could help bring down malaria transmission. In this Cochrane Review update co-ordinated through the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, researchers added recent data to examine this question. Their findings are relevant to the global recommendation by the WHO that mini-primaquine be given to all people unwell with malaria in areas where transmission is low to reduce transmission further. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to avoid the hookworm skin infection on your next winter vacation to Mexico and the Caribbean
Cases of the hookworm-related skin infection that afflicted one Ontario couple Katie on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic are not that uncommon among travellers to developing countries, a tropical medicine specialist says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

How to avoid a hookworm skin infection on your next vacation
Cases of the hookworm-related skin infection that afflicted one Ontario couple Katie on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic are not that uncommon among travellers to developing countries, a tropical medicine specialist says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Polio labs equipped to study rare tropical diseases
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM have investigated the possibility of utilising the Polio network of 145 labs set up around the world to help tackle neglected tropical diseases which impact on the lives of about a billion of people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sugar tax on soft drinks may drive up alcohol consumption
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine found raising the price of sugary drinks causes people to purchase greater amounts of lager as their spending habits change. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO accused of 'institutional ageism' over five-year work programme
Academics strongly criticise World Health Organisation for leaving older people and dementia off its proposed list of funding prioritiesThe World Health Organisation (WHO) is being accused of institutional ageism by academics, who say older people and dementia have been left out of its work programme for the next five years.In aletter published in the Lancet medical journal, the academics say WHO is “washing its hands” of older people. “This is entirely unacceptable. If the proposed programme is approved, it will considerably diminish WHO’s global authority and will brand it as a champion of age dis...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: World Health Organization Ageing Dementia Science Society Source Type: news

Experts call for World Health Organization to rethink 'unacceptable' plans
(University of East Anglia) The World Health Organization (WHO) has been accused of 'washing its hands of older people' in its proposed priorities for future work.In a letter published online in The Lancet, experts on ageing from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) say the draft WHO 13th General Programme of Work makes no reference to older people or to conditions associated with later life, such as dementia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Introducing internet-based testing for STIs doubles testing uptake in South London boroughs
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Providing internet-based testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, including among high-risk groups, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dennis Bidwell obituary
My father-in-law, Dennis Bidwell, who has died aged 88, played a crucial part in the development in 1976 of the microplate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa), a laboratory tool that has had a lasting impact on the diagnosis of disease.The microplate consists of an eight-by-12 plastic grid of 96 small indentations numbered A1 to H12, which enables multiple tests to be carried out at the same time, rapidly and cheaply, using very small volumes ofblood or other liquid samples. Research carried out by Dennis and his colleague Alister Voller demonstrated that the Elisa was superior to existing diagnostics for diseases in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 19, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Brian Higgins Tags: Immunology Viruses Medicine Science London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine World Health Organization Source Type: news

New chronic kidney disease audit published
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups and primary care practices must all work together to improve outcomes for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to the national Chronic Kidney Disease Audit published today. The Audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and conducted by the Informatica Systems, the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine, UCL (University College London) and Queen Mary University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

40 years after first Ebola outbreak, survivors show signs they can stave off new infection
Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks, according to a new study led by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.UCLA researchers located the 14 Ebola survivors of the 1976 outbreak who, in January 2016, were still living in the same small, remote villages in the forests of the Équateur Province of northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The researchers obtained blood samples and health history reports from them. The data revealed evidence ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Epidemiologist (Fever Diagnostic Program) (part-time consultancy)
DepartmentMSF currently operates activities in 35 countries with a wide spectrum of programs. The Medical Project Unit in MSF New York is part of the Medical Department of Operational Center – Paris (OCP) and provides technical support for: Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases (including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), medical quality, and medical article writing and publication. Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rosanna Perri Source Type: news

Cochrane review of effectiveness of strategies to improve access to treatment for TB
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) In a new Cochrane Review, researchers from Tanzania working with colleagues in LSTM have evaluated the effectiveness of strategies to improve people's access to treatment for tuberculosis (TB). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Young people in sub-Saharan Africa integral to shaping future HIV/AIDS policy
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) 'To end HIV/AIDS it's crucial we start engaging with young people in sub-Saharan Africa who are affected -- interventions to improve their lives needn't be complex and costly, just sustainable, targeted and developed closely with them,' said Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine and Handa Professor of Global Health, today, World AIDS Day. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 1, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gastric acid suppressant lansoprazole may target tuberculosis
(University College London) A cheap and widely used drug, used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers, could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), according to new research published in PLOS Medicine, from UCL and the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Up to one in five millennials have had anal sex
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine and UCL believe young people, particularly girls, may feel pressured into having anal sex, which can be painful or not involve condoms. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes in young people's sexual practices over the last 20 years revealed
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, such as oral and anal sex, with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine and UCL. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa:New Breath Examination for Malaria
[East African] People with malaria exhale a distinctive "breathprint," insights scientists have used to develop a new breath test for diagnosing the killer disease in a group of African children, according to a new study published in the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Inducing older first-time mums earlier reduces stillbirths
Inducing women over 35 on their due date reduced stillborn cases by two thirds, found researchers from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Cambridge. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:The Trial Explained
[The WOMAN Trial] The WOMAN trial, coordinated by the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is an international clinical trial of the effect of tranexamic acid on death, hysterectomy and other maternal outcomes, in women with PPH. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 10, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa:Toyin Saraki Says Why Drug Trial for Women is Close to Her Heart
[allAfrica] London -Toyin Saraki was speaking at the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine to raise awareness of the issue of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), which kills around 100,000 women each year, and to highlight the findings of the WOMAN trial, which uses tranexamic acid to treat PPH. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New study finds extra bite of blood transforms invasive Asian tiger mosquito from poor to potent spreader of Zika virus
(Burness) The invasive Asian tiger mosquito now rapidly spreading in parts of the United States and Europe may have been significantly underestimated as a potential source of Zika and dengue virus infections -- and for one simple reason: they were underfed, according to a new study presented today at the 66th American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MRIs of West Nile virus victims -- even symptom-free -- show evidence of long-term neurological damage
(Burness) Brain images of people who developed neurological complications from West Nile virus found that many of them -- including those who had experienced mild symptoms or none all -- showed evidence of brain damage years after the original infection, according to a new study presented today at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Severely bleeding patients must receive lifesaving drug within minutes, not hours
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Major bleeds must be treated with tranexamic acid (TXA) as fast as possible since deaths occur quickly and the drug's life-saving benefits diminish with each passing minute, according to a new study published in The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Group B Streptococcus infection causes estimated 150,000 stillbirth & infant death
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) 21.7 million pregnant women carry this bacteria according to the first global study of Group B Strep -- most of them are currently unidentified and untreated. Study shows for first time that a maternal vaccine may prevent 231,000 infant and maternal GBS cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

At ASTMH Annual Meeting, researchers report breakthrough in malaria breathprinting that could pave way to electronic nose to ‘ smell ’ disease
(Burness) Scientists have discovered that people with malaria exhale a distinctive 'breathprint,' insights they have used to develop a new breath test which was highly successful in diagnosing malaria in a group of African children, according to a new study presented today at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 6, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cochrane review looks at the effectiveness and side effects of mefloquine
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group publish two systematic reviews this week about the safety of mefloquine (Lariam) for preventing malaria in travellers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New combination therapy of registered drugs shortens anti-Wolbachia therapy
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM's Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics have found a way of significantly reducing the treatment required for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis from several weeks to seven days. By targeting Wolbachia, a bacterial symbiont that the filarial parasites need to live, the team has discovered a drug synergy that enables effective treatment over a shorter time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 24, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

HIV prevention drug could save NHS £1 billion over 80 years
Conclusion Evidence to support the use of Prep is building. Studies have shown that it is very effective at reducing the chances of becoming infected with HIV, for men at risk of infection through unprotected sex with men. The question is more about the cost of treatment – and who should fund it – than whether it works. NHS England previously went to court to say that it should not be responsible for funding Prep, as it is a preventive treatment, and therefore should come under health promotion budgets held by local authorities. The High Court ruled that the NHS was able to fund the drug. NHS England has since ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news