17 – 23 November 2012

Alma Adler in the Telegraph for the launch of the UK Flusurvey and the risk of catching flu on your daily commute: “Last year we found no difference in the chance of reporting a flu-like illness in people who took public transport and people who did not. In fact, people not taking public transport reported marginally higher rates.” Also on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Lancashire (at 2h 36m), BBC Berkshire(at 50m), BBC Merseyside, BBC Three Counties Radio  and numerous online publications worldwide.

John Edmunds talks to BBC Radio 5 Live about man flu and other topics the UK Flusurvey team plan to study in more detail this year: “In our previous years we have looked at whether there is an excess of flu in men or not and in fact it seems to be the opposite. Women tend to report more flu and when they get respiratory symptoms they tend to report more of them and it’s probably because they have more contact with children… Children are a real risk factor for getting flu.” Interview at 1h 27m. Also on BBC West Midlands (at 36m).

Diana Lockwood in a Metro feature on the forgotten fight against leprosy and hopes for eradication: “We’ve got to take a much longer term approach to the elimination of leprosy. I think it will be over 50 or 60 years, partly due to improved living conditions and programmes to detect patients early.”

Alison Grant speaks to SciDev.Net about a new test for drug-induced liver damage that could make tuberculosis and HIV treatment safer: “Experience of other point-of-care tests suggests that in addition to initial training, staff need refresher training periodically to be sure they are using the test correctly, and this support needs to be taken into account when estimating the true cost of the test.”

Liam Smeeth speaks to Reuters about Canadian research into links between E. coli and heart disease: “It’s not crystal clear because it was a relatively small study.” Worldwide coverage from New York to South Africa.

Stephen Evans speaks to BBC News about Swedish research that suggests muscular young men may live for longer: “Sadly the trials of an intervention to increase exercise have not shown notable benefits, though that does not discourage me and many others from exercising.”

Brian Greenwood in SciDev.Net on how injectable malaria infection could speed up vaccine testing: “With this formulation you go to the freezer and get out your test tube. It makes the process much easier and quicker. It will also make it possible to do volunteer challenge studies in Africa, which is very difficult because no African centres have a colony of mosquitoes.”

Jennifer Stevenson in National Geographic Hungary on the recent discovery of a new malaria-transmitting mosquito in Kenya.

LSHTM sanitation exhibition profiled in the Guardian for World Toilet Day. 

LSHTM ‘Toilets for Health’ white paper featured in the Guardian. Also covered worldwide from Ireland to India.

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