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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4 – 10 October 2018

Val Curtis speaks to Devex on India’s Swachh Bharat behaviour change campaign to achieve the goal of an open defecation-free India by the end of 2019: “I cannot think of any other campaign that has touched more people and had more demonstrable impact.”

Francesco Checchi is interviewed by…

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27 September – 3 October 2018

A new LSHTM-led study has found that birth order may play a significant role in sex education with first-born children more likely to report parental involvement than later-borns. Wendy Macdowall is quoted by Huff Post: “Young people tell us they want information from school and parents; schools…

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20 – 26 September 2018

A new LSHTM report estimates the conflict in South Sudan has likely led to 383,000 excess deaths in the country’s population since it began in 2013. Lead author Francesco Checchi said: “Humanitarian actors do extremely important work in what is often the most difficult of circumstances. Combatants need…

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13 – 19 September 2018

Pauline Paterson joined an expert panel on BBC’s Newsnight, discussing latest figures revealing a fall in proportion of children in England getting the MMR vaccination: “Vaccines are a victim of their own success and if, for example, a parent doesn’t see the disease within a community, they may…

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6 – 12 September 2018

Brendan Wren speaks to BBC News at Ten  (13m 57s in) on post-mortem results showing that a British couple died in Egypt from complications associated with e.coli infection. “It’s very unfortunate but it’s possible if both of them had a contaminated food source and it had…

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30 August – 5 September 2018

Martin McKee provides comment to the Guardian on news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has lost contracts assessing medicines for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as a result of Brexit. Martin said: “The MHRA has benefited enormously from its close links with the EMA. The fracturing…

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23 – 29 August 2018

Heidi Larson provides comment to Newsweek and the Daily Mail on a new study that reveals the extent of misinformation on vaccines spread by ‘bots’ on social media. Speaking to Newsweek, Heidi said: “[The study] should wake up the public to being more critical of the comments they’re reading…

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16 – 22 August 2018

Pauline Paterson provides comment on new World Health Organization figures that show cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high: “With a vaccine preventable disease, one case is one too many, and the numbers of measles cases so far this year is astounding.” Pauline is quoted in more…

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9 – 15 August 2018

Heather Wardle provides comment to The Guardian in an article assessing the growing consensus within the UK gambling industry that there is too much pre-watershed TV advertising: “We know from studies of 11- to 15-year-olds that 2% of children said they started to gamble or increased gambling…

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