Perceptions of, attitudes towards and barriers to male involvement in newborn care in rural Ghana, West Africa: a qualitative analysis
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:269 (12 August 2014)
Thermal care for newborn babies in rural southern Tanzania: a mixed-method study of barriers, facilitators and potential for behaviour change
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:267 (11 August 2014)
The effects of health worker motivation and job satisfaction on turnover intention in Ghana: a cross-sectional study
Human Resources for Health 2014, 12:43 (9 August 2014)
Identification of a novel AMPK-PEA15 axis in the anoikis-resistant growth of mammary cells
Breast Cancer Research 2014, 16:420 (6 August 2014)
Equisetum arvense (common horsetail) modulates the function of inflammatory immunocompetent cells
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014, 14:283 (4 August 2014)
An open-label study examining the effect of pharmacological treatment on mannitol- and exercise-induced airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatic children and adolescents with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
BMC Pediatrics 2014, 14:196 (2 August 2014)
Effect of deworming on school-aged children’s physical fitness, cognition and clinical parameters in a malaria-helminth co-endemic area of Côte d’Ivoire
BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:411 (25 July 2014)
Health education and the control of intestinal worm infections in China: a new vision
Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:344 (24 July 2014)
A health education package, incorporating the video 'The Magic Glasses', can prevent STH infections in Chinese students. It can be incorporated into the school curriculum as part of a regional de-worming program. Image: A screenshot from 'The Magic Glasses' video cartoon.
Effect of home-based counselling on newborn care practices in southern Tanzania one year after implementation: a cluster-randomised controlled trial
BMC Pediatrics 2014, 14:187 (22 July 2014)
Newborn care practices in rural southern Tanzania were significantly improved by implementation of a home-based counselling strategy that relied upon local volunteers.
Protecting newborns from pertussis – the challenge of complete cocooning
BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:397 (17 July 2014)
The implementation of ‘cocooning’, via immunization of close contacts, to protect newborns from pertussis is challenging and usually remains incomplete, with parents often lacking knowledge of both the threats and transmission of this disease.
Evidence of an ‘invitation’ effect in feeding sylvatic Stegomyia albopicta from Cambodia
Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:324 (11 July 2014)
Stegomiya albopicta females arriving at a human host appear to be positively influenced in their choice of landing site by the recent presence of conspecifics. Image: A female Stegomyia albopicta attracts others to her feeding site.
Plasmodium falciparum infection and clinical indicators in relation to net coverage in central Côte d’Ivoire
Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:306 (3 July 2014)
The study provides a contribution to malaria prevention and highlights the relationship between long-lasting insecticidal nets and parasitaemia among children in a rural part of Cote d'Ivoire. Image: Child with a long-lasting insecticidal net at home.
Fluorescent sperm in a transparent worm: validation of a GFP marker to study sexual selection
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:148 (30 June 2014)
Experimental validation confirms that a transgenic line of free-living flatworms expressing GFP in their sperm cells present a unique opportunity to follow sperm and sperm competitive dynamics in a single individual over time.
Corticosteroid treatment for community-acquired pneumonia - the STEP trial: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Trials 2014, 15:257 (28 June 2014)
Community-acquired pneumonia is one of the leading infectious causes of death worldwide. The use of systemic corticosteroids in addition to standard treatment is controversial; therefore, this trial will investigate the effect of adjunct glucorticosteroids in 800 patients with community acquired-pneumonia requiring hospitalization, in particular, differences in time to clinical stability.
Institutional evolution of a community-based programme for malaria control through larval source management in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:245 (25 June 2014)
Paper describing the growth and development of a large malaria control programme based around larval control. This programme was pioneering and will be of interest to those establishing their own larval control programmes in different parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Progress in mosquito net coverage in Papua New Guinea
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:242 (24 June 2014)
The research article describes a range of indicators of long-lasting insecticidal net ownership, access and use in Papua New Guinea in 2010/11 after an ongoing free LLIN universal coverage campaigns. It compares indicators in four regions in PNG between 2009 and 2011 and investigates a range of reasons of LLIN ownership and use.
Enhanced neutrophil extracellular trap generation in rheumatoid arthritis: analysis of underlying signal transduction pathways and potential diagnostic utility
Arthritis Research & Therapy 2014, 16:R122 (13 June 2014)
Reliable in vitro studies require appropriate ovarian cancer cell lines
Journal of Ovarian Research 2014, 7:60 (7 June 2014)
A household randomized, controlled trial of the efficacy of 0.03% transfluthrin coils alone and in combination with long-lasting insecticidal nets on the incidence of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax malaria in Western Yunnan Province, China
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:208 (31 May 2014)
First robust clinical evaluation of transfluthrin mosquito coils as a means to reduce malaria - the high degree of infection prevented would indicate they represent a potentially highly effective tool, which could be integrated into larger vector control programmes.
Radiotherapy in patients with distant metastatic breast cancer
Radiation Oncology 2014, 9:126 (30 May 2014)
Safety of artemether-lumefantrine exposure in first trimester of pregnancy: an observational cohort
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:197 (27 May 2014)
A useful, well-designed study addressing a major aspect of case management of malaria during pregnancy. Currently, the treatment of uncomplicated malaria during the first trimester remains quinine although it has multiple known side-effects, and the feasibility of a switch to ACT needs to be evaluated with all the available evidence, since it is still unethical to conduct clinical trials at this phase of pregnancy.
Mass distribution of free insecticide-treated nets do not interfere with continuous net distribution in Tanzania
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:196 (27 May 2014)
The key components of the National Treated Nets Programme (NATNETS) seem to work harmoniously, leading to a high level of net use in the entire population. This calls for the continuation of this effort in Tanzania and for emulation by other countries with endemic malaria.
The epidemiology of malaria and anaemia in the Bonikro mining area, central Côte d’Ivoire
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:194 (27 May 2014)
Cross-sectional survey which adds to the data of malaria and anaemia already collected in different regions and confirms that it is a considerable health problem which needs to be addressed. The way of how it could be addressed by including the private sector may be a good way forward to improve the situation.
Surveillance-response systems: the key to elimination of tropical diseases
Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014, 3:17 (27 May 2014)
To identify and prioritize strategic research on elimination of tropical diseases, current strategies and the NTD roadmap were reviewed and a priority research agenda within a "One Health-One World" frame of global health was developed, on the basis of the results from the "1st Forum on Surveillance Response System Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination" convened in Shanghai in June 2012. Image: the open ceremony for the first forum on Surveillance Response System Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination.
Evaluating the optimal timing of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Trials 2014, 15:188 (24 May 2014)