In the news – media highlights 2018

School research and expert comment have been making headlines around the world in 2018. Here’s some of our top stories from the year.

CONCORD-3

In January the Cancer Survival Group published CONCORD-3 in The Lancet; the largest and most up-to-date study of population-based cancer…

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06 – 12 December 2018

New LSHTM–led research finds that sex workers who experience repressive policing, including arrest and imprisonment, are three times more likely to go on to experience sexual and physical violence and twice as likely to have HIV and/or other STIs. Co-author Pippa Grenfell said: “Decriminalisation of sex work…

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29 November – 05 December 2018

Cathy Zimmerman speaks to The Guardian about a new UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health. Cathy was senior author on the report, which was developed over two years and led by 20 leading experts from 12 countries. Cathy said: ““Governments around the world are well aware that their economies…

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22 – 28 November 2018

New LSHTM research published in the Lancet finds that an approach called restorative practice, could help tackle bullying, improve mental health and lower rates of regular smoking and drinking alcohol in secondary school. Restorative practice involves bringing together pupils involved in bullying, conflict or misbehaviour, encouraging them to appreciate the…

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15 – 21 November 2018

Colin Sutherland speaks to The Telegraph about the WHO World Malaria report 2018, which shows that that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. Colin said: “The UK government must continue its leading role in combating malaria, in particular focusing on the high burden…

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8 – 14 November 2018

Jimmy Whitworth provides expert comment on rabies after PHE announces that a UK resident bitten by a cat on holiday in Morocco has died from the disease after returning home. Jimmy said: “Seeking prompt care and getting vaccination is so important. In this tragic case the person didn’t get…

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1 – 7 November 2018

New research led by the MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that good housing with indoor plumbing may be key in eliminating childhood malnutrition and stunting. Andrew Prentice is quoted in The Guardian: “The takeaway message from our research is that there…

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25 – 31 October 2018

New research led by LSHTM, Durham University, Medical Detection Dogs and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has found that trained dogs are able to detect the scent of the malaria parasite in samples of socks worn by infected children. The study is the first to show…

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18 – 24 October 2018

Heidi Larson authors a new report published by the EU Commission on vaccine confidence in Europe, finding that while it is improving in some countries it is decreasing in others and that coordinated approaches are needed to remind people of the importance of vaccines. Heidi said: “Vaccine confidence is dynamic…

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11 – 17 October 2018

Heidi Larson writes a commentary for Nature News warning that the biggest risk factor for pandemic spread is not a lack of preventative technology but the rapid spread of misinformation undermining public trust in vaccines: “Dialogue matters. Strategies must include listening and engagement. We have to get better at this…

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