16-22 March 2013

Chris Grundy speaks to The Times for a feature on the Cartographies of Life & Death exhibition: “He was the first person to really look at this connection between diseases and what else was going on physically.” About.com also covers the exhibition.

James Logan co-presents BBC Four’s Insect Dissection: How Insects Work, part of the Alien Nation season. He also speaks to the Daily Record about insects’ sense of smell and the new programme: “A mosquito flying into a room will fly through a soup of chemicals but they are able to home in on us. We can use their antennae, which is their nose, as detectors. We are doing it to look for chemical smells which are associated with malaria. We can do it with TB and even to detect explosives and drugs.”

Sally Bloomfield speaks to the Telegraph about a new study looking at the so-called ‘hygiene hypothesis’: “The underlying theory that microbial exposure is crucial to regulating the immune system is right. But the idea that children who have fewer infections, because of more hygienic homes, are then more likely to develop asthma and other allergies does not hold up.” She is also quoted in a BBC News story about making babies happy, healthy and green.

Ian Roberts is interviewed for the Medical News thought leaders series about research into colloids: “It is ridiculous at a time when health services all over the world are short of funds to use an expensive treatment that is more dangerous than a cheaper alternative.”

Martin McKee writes an observation piece in BMJ about the government’s revised regulations on competition in the NHS: “…the contradictions within the regulations and with the act create a magnet for competition lawyers, including some of the peers who supported the act. The result is that the future of healthcare in England lies in the hands not of politicians and professionals but of competition lawyers.”

Clarence Tam speaks to The Grocer about a report by the Health Protection Agency into the outbreak of cryptosporidium which has been blamed on ‘ready-to-eat’ bags of salad: “Although the methodology appears sound, it is often difficult to obtain microbiological evidence of contamination in a specific food, because contamination is often transient or affects certain product batches, and it can be difficult to trace back to the exact product or supplier.”

The Daily Mail references the study by the School into the association between air pollution and increased death after heart attacks.

Ruth Mcnerney speaks to China’s CCTV News about antibiotic resistance.

Peter Piot is quoted in the Nyasa Times about the results of research by the Integra Project, which were announced by Malawian President Joyce Banda at Westminster: “Provision of integrated services for sexual and reproductive health and rights can be vital for reducing transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and reducing unintended pregnancies.”

Timothy Powell-Jackson comments in a SciDev.net article about a study highlighting major data gaps relating to the impact of development aid on efforts to meet the MDG on maternal and reproductive health.

A transcript of a video interview with Lucy Reynolds about the privatisation of the NHS appears in the BMJ.

BioPortfolio reports on the launch of the Vision Impact Institute – Claire Gilbert is a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board.

Charlotte Watts is quoted in In Profile Daily in a piece about Gender Based Violence: “Violence is not inevitable… Even if figures are shocking, we should be inspired by them to work and address them.”

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