25 – 31 January 2014

Martin McKee is interviewed on ITV News about the ban on sales of e-cigarettes to under-18s: “I welcome the ban… but only as a first step. The real danger is that this is exploited by the tobacco industry to say that e-cigarettes are for adults only and therefore they become something that kids aspire to. We need to be very clear: It is the act of smoking that is being pushed, regardless of whether or not it is e-cigarettes or real cigarettes.” Also featured on The Telegraph website.

Martin McKee is also interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health (2m 29s) on e-cigarettes: “What concerns me is the way tobacco manufacturers have got in on the market… They don’t just look a bit like cigarettes, they look exactly like cigarettes, and when you’ve got bans on cigarette advertising, you can put these things all over the place.”

David Leon is quoted in The GuardianABC News and Fox News on a recent study into the lethal effects of vodka in Russian men: “If you’re drinking vodka you get a lot more ethanol in that than if you were drinking something like lager. It’s not considered out of order to drink until you can’t function in Russia. It just seems to be part of being a guy in Russia that you are expected to drink heavily.” Also covered in The Conversation.

The School hosts the media launch for BBC 4’s Infested! Living with Parasites, leading to wide coverage by the nationals including The Telegraph and The Independent. James Logan tells The Independent: “We evolved with parasites. It’s only recently that we’ve had the medication and hygiene to get rid of them. Our bodies are designed to live with parasites. There are some hypotheses that the reason we reason we have more allergies, more asthma today, is because of a lack of parasites.”

Sandy Cairncross and Brendan Wren are interviewed in The Metro for a feature about the plague and cholera: “Many of the things that were life-threatening to people in Britain in the Middle Ages or even up until the 18th or 19th centuries are still fairly common in developing countries.”

Diana Lockwood discusses leprosy on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire (41m 16s) for World Leprosy Day: “People think it’s a disease of the past, but unfortunately it’s a disease of the present, and even the future. Globally there are 250,000 new cases of leprosy diagnosed each year, so it continues to be a significant global problem... Nobody needs to be isolated for leprosy any longer, so that’s the myth. When someone is diagnosed they’re just basically put on treatment… We see about 15 to 20 new cases of leprosy in the UK every year.”

Peter Piot is quoted in Asia One (Singapore) and The Nation (Thailand) after  winning the Mahidol Award for his work on HIV and AIDS: “We need to devote more attention to the protection of homosexual men and drug users and continue fighting stigma, especially among the young, which is very important to fight against the epidemic…We still have a long way to go to win the fight against HIV/Aids. It is not over. We need to double our efforts to end the epidemic.”

James Logan is interviewed by Reuters on how to take precautions against ticks. Also leads to coverage in several global lifestyle and health publications.

The Nation reports on the School’s new collaboration with Thailand’s National Health Security Office to improve the country’s national healthcare fund. 

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