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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

Many new cancer drugs show 'no clear benefit', argues review
Conclusion Most of us assume that when a drug has been approved by a regulator for use, that means it has been shown to work. This study suggests that is not necessarily the case, or that even if it works they might not make a meaningful difference. The absence of evidence about the two outcomes that matter most to patients and their families – how long they will live, and how good their quality of life will be during that time – from half of the cancer drugs approved during a five-year period, is worrying. Patients cannot be expected to make informed decisions about which treatments to take, without good quali...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Women more likely than men to lose interest in sex
Conclusion This study appears to suggest that many factors increase the likelihood of both men and women reporting a lack of interest in sex. Overall, women seem to be more likely to lose interest than men. While this large study provides some insight into the possible reasons behind having a lack of interest in sex, it has a few limitations: As so many factors were considered, there were bound to be some that showed statistical significance – this could just be by chance. The cross-sectional nature of the study means we can't be sure if the specific factors reported on caused the lack of interest, or vice versa. Peo...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Interventions for treating tuberculous pericarditis
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from South Africa and Canada have carried out a Cochrane review update to assess the safety and effectiveness of corticosteroids for treating tuberculous pericarditis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drinks industry accused of downplaying 'alcohol-cancer risk'
Conclusion This qualitative analysis aimed to determine the accuracy of health information circulated by the alcohol industry on the links between alcohol and cancer. It found the industry and affiliated organisations use three main approaches: denial of the link between alcohol and cancer misinterpretation of the risk distraction by focusing on other risk factors This analysis highlights how these strategies could be detrimental to public health. Of course, it's possible, given this data was collected in 2016, that some of the websites and documents analysed by the researchers have since been updated. Regardless, the...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Alcohol industry misleading the public about alcohol-related cancer risk
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) The alcohol industry (AI) is misrepresenting evidence about the alcohol-related risk of cancer with activities that have parallels with those of the tobacco industry, according to new research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre | Editorial
Vegans are often unfairly mocked. They should instead be praisedJeremy Corbyn is “going through the process” of eating more vegan food, he has said – he just has to bring himself to give up the brie, verboten under vegan rules, along with eggs, milk and everything animals produce. Later, as if fearful of a backlash, his spokesperson issued a statement denying he was vegan. But the Labour leader was right to be proud of his efforts. Vegans are often unreasonably mocked as do-gooders and sniped at for making dinner parties awkward for those who don’t like lentils quite so much. This is unfair: the die...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Veganism Life and style Food Environment Food science Source Type: news

How effective is an online community of practice (CoP) in reality?
Improving mechanisms for knowledge translation (KT) and connecting decision-makers to each other and the information and evidence they consider relevant to their work remains a priority for public health. Virtual communities of practices (CoPs) potentially offer an affordable and flexible means of encouraging connection and sharing of evidence, information and learning among the public health community in ways that transgress traditional geographical, professional, institutional and time boundaries. This paper reports on research into the effectiveness of such a CoP (alcohol harm reduction), undertaken by the UK Health For...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ASTMH 66th annual meeting: Preeminent meeting of infectious disease experts
(Burness) With Zika infection numbers falling but still threatening, cholera exploding in Yemen and East Africa, and an obscure mosquito-borne disease possibly on the move in South America, thousands of disease experts from around the world will gather in Baltimore in November for the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The conference provides a vital forum for sharing the latest research and strategies for tackling some of the world's most dangerous diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BCG jab may protect against TB for nearly twice as long as previously thought
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) The world's only licensed tuberculosis (TB) vaccine could offer protection against the disease for nearly twice as long as previously thought, according to new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

80 percent of Ebola survivors suffer disabilities one year after discharge
(University of Liverpool) New research, conducted by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, highlights the need for long-term rehabilitation of Ebola survivors after almost 80 percent of those interviewed were found to have major limitations in mobility, cognition and vision. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

It takes several generations to undo poor nutrition
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found mothers who were malnourished in the womb tend to have smaller babies, while fathers have shorter toddlers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: Rapid Malaria Tests Work, but With Unexpected Drawbacks
Tests that take only 15 minutes mean fewer people needlessly get malaria drugs, but many instead get antibiotics they don ’ t need, a study finds. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Antibiotics Tests (Medical) Africa Gates, Bill and Melinda, Foundation American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene World Health Organization Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Source Type: news

Higher education: UNISON wins SOAS commitment to end outsourcing
UNISON has won a major victory at London’s School of Oriental and African Sutides, with an agreement to end the outsourcing of core support services by September 2018 and bring more than 120 staff back in house. The announcement by the university follows and expands on an agreement reached with UNISON last year after talks at Acas, where the employer had agreed to bring all cleaning services back in house by September 2019. But more talks between the university and UNISON earlier this year have seen employer has widened the plan to include all core support services. This covers staff employed in a range of roles, inc...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News education services Greater London higher education outsourcing privatisation universities Source Type: news

Study links malaria rapid diagnostic tests to more antibiotic use and finds ignored results
(Burness) Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria are reducing overuse of malaria medications but may also produce a range of unintended results, according to a comprehensive new study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cochrane seeks Managing Editor for Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group - Liverpool, UK
The Department of Clinical Sciences has an exciting opportunity for a Managing Editor to work in  the Cochrane Infectious Diseases GroupThe Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases.   This includes the Centre for Evidence Synthesis in Global Health, which houses the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG), one of the first Cochrane Groups and highly successful, and well known for its exacting standards.As the Managing Editor of CIDG you will help organize review production across over 600 authors from some 52 countries. ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Taking vitamin supplements may slow down the progression of a common eye disease
Latest evidence published in the Cochrane Library suggests that taking a multivitamin supplement that includes vitamin E, carotenoids (beta-carotene or lutein or zeaxanthin), vitamin C, and zinc may slow down the progression of the common eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD).See additional resources at the bottom of the pageAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive and sight-threatening disease affecting the central area of the retina and affects large numbers of people across the world. Population-based studies suggest that in older people (80 years and older), approximately one in three people...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Taking vitamin supplements will not prevent a common eye disease
Latest evidence published in the Cochrane Library suggests that taking vitamin supplements, such as vitamin E or beta-carotene, may not prevent the common eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  See additional resources at the bottom of this pageAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive and sight-threatening disease affecting the central area of the retina and affects large numbers of people across the world. Population-based studies suggest that in older people (80 years and older), approximately one in three people have early signs of the disease.There are numerous unanswered questions in ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Calls for GPs to offer HIV screening in high-risk areas
Conclusion The results of this study suggest it seems to be cost-effective to screen new patients for HIV when they register at a GP practice in areas where HIV is particularly prevalent. This conclusion is based on projections making use of a wide range of data from the UK, and making certain assumptions about HIV prevalence over time and the behaviour of people who've been newly diagnosed with HIV. The researchers used good methods, and their recommendation to roll out screening in areas where there are high rates of HIV is consistent with current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Stud...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news

GP-based testing for HIV is cost-effective and should be rolled out in local authorities
(Queen Mary University of London) Offering HIV testing to people at health checks when they register at a new GP surgery in high-prevalence areas is cost-effective and will save lives, according to a study involving over 86,000 people from 40 GP surgeries, led by Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Despite testing program, children with HIV remain undiagnosed
(PLOS) A two-year clinic-based HIV testing program in Zimbabwe failed to diagnose many cases of HIV in children in the surrounding area, Dr. Victoria Simms from the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine, UK, and colleagues, report in PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

LSTM awarded £ 6.4 million to strengthen capacity to control malaria and other diseases
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers at LSTM have been awarded £ 6.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund to strengthen the global capacity to control vector-borne diseases. Professor Hilary Ranson, Head of LSTM's Department of Vector Biology, will lead a team of experts working with leading research institutes and national disease control programs in three African countries with exceptionally high burdens of disease, to develop evidence based solutions for integrated vector control. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

LSTM awarded £ 11 million by National Institute for Health Research
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) LSTM has been awarded £ 11 million by the National Institute for Health Research as part of their latest UK-wide call for funding into Global Health Research Units. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New ways to create and deliver medications for immune-medicated neuropathies
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers at LSTM are looking at new ways to create and deliver medications for a wide range of immune-medicated neuropathies, by developing new synthetic versions of the treatment currently seen as the last resort option by doctors; intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 6, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Malaria control in African schools dramatically cuts infection and reduces risk of anemia
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Schools that provide prevention education, insecticide-treated nets and antimalarial treatment, in regions where malaria is highly seasonal, could reduce the risk of schoolchildren developing anemia and improve their cognitive performance, according to new research by the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Review of Evidence Supporting the Sphere Standards
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 03/22/2017 This 42-page review, a collaboration between Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Sphere Project, examines the evidence supporting the Sphere standards. It contributes to the 2018 revision of the Sphere Handbook by providing rigorous analysis of existing evidence and supporting the production of new empirical evidence where appropriate. Its objectives were to analyze and classify Sphere indicators from the water, sanitation, and hygience (WASH), food security, and health action chapters; an...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists are Using Dirty Socks to Understand Why Some People Are Mosquito Magnets
We may soon understand why some people spend vacations furiously swatting away mosquitoes — and others remain totally untouched. British researchers launched an investigation this month to see if genetics play a role in mosquito targeting or the odds of someone being an actual mosquito magnet, Scientific American reports. To do so, they will collect dirty socks from 200 pairs of twins born in the U.K. and Gambia. The socks will then be placed in a wind tunnel with mosquitoes so that researchers can study the bugs’ movements. The idea is to see if they smell of socks acts as a natural repellant that researchers ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized Mosquitoes onetime Source Type: news

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today on co-production in the field of substance use research
Proposal of Special Issue on Co-production in substance use research in Drugs and Alcohol Today   Dr Jo Cairns1,2 and Dr James Nicholls1,3 1 Alcohol Research UK 2 Newcastle University 3 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine   Contact details: jo.cairns@alcoholresearchuk.org Alcohol Research UK, 27 Swinton Street, London WC1X 9NW 1. Theme and topics In this special issue, we are inviting authors to submit papers which explore key principles, methods, ethical considerations, and practice or policy implications of co-production in the field of substance use research. Unlike the fields of social care, soc...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - June 19, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: Call for Proposals News Source Type: news

Male farmers at highest risk of contracting 'monkey malaria' in Malaysia
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Adult male farmers in Malaysia are more than twice as likely to contract Plasmodium knowlesi malaria -- an infection usually found only in monkeys -- than other people in their communities, according to a new study by the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine and Menzies School of Health Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

LSTM launches new Transposon Registry
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) LSTM has launched a new Transposon Registry which will serve as a repository of information on all bacterial transposons for the scientific community. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 31, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

LSTM and partners develop molecule that may lead to first synthetic one-dose antimalarial
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers at LSTM, working in partnership with the University of Liverpool and other colleagues, have developed a molecule which has the potential to become the first fully synthetic, one-dose treatment for malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Undetected Ebola infection in international healthcare workers very unlikely
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Undiagnosed Ebola virus infection was probably very rare in international workers who were deployed during the 2013-2015 outbreak of the virus in West Africa, despite mild and asymptomatic cases of Ebola being known to occur, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Responders to recent West Africa Ebola epidemic show little evidence of infection
(PLOS) Responders to the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016 who returned to the UK and Ireland included many who reported possible Ebola virus exposure or Ebola-associated symptoms, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Catherine F. Houlihan of the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine, UK and colleagues, also reports that the vast majority showed no evidence of Ebola virus infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

First molecular diagnostics for insecticide resistance in sandflies
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) A study led by LSTM identifies a potent molecular mechanism for insecticide resistance in the world's most medically-important sandfly species and develops DNA-diagnostics for monitoring future impact on visceral leishmaniasis control and elimination programs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Statins side effects 'have been overstated', says study
Conclusion This is a complex study that provides a plausible explanation for the difference in reports of adverse effects of statins in RCTs and observational studies, some of which have suggested as many as 1 in 5 people get side effects from statins. However, we need to be aware of some limitations and unanswered questions: When people knew they were taking statins, they were more likely to report muscle pain than those not taking statins. But they were less likely to report muscle pain than in the first phase of the study, when they didn't know whether they were taking statins or placebo. We don't know why this is. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Statins side effects 'have been overstated,' says study
Conclusion This is a complex study that provides a plausible explanation for the difference in reports of adverse effects of statins in RCTs and observational studies, some of which have suggested as many as 1 in 5 people get side effects from statins. However, we need to be aware of some limitations and unanswered questions: When people knew they were taking statins, they were more likely to report muscle pain than those not taking statins. But they were less likely to report muscle pain than in the first phase of the study, when they didn't know whether they were taking statins or placebo. We don't know why this is. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news