15 – 21 February 2014

Val Curtis, Helena Helmby and James Logan are featured in BBC Four’s ‘Infested! Living with Parasites’. Following the School hosting the BBC’s media launch for the programme, there were numerous pieces of coverage including the Independent and Telegraph.

Anna Goodman talks to LBC Radio, BBC News, Metro, Yahoo! News, Londonist and ITV.com on new research into the health benefits and risks of Boris Bikes: “When the cycle hire scheme was introduced, there were widespread concerns that increasing the number of inexperienced cyclists in central London would lead to higher injury rates. On the contrary, our findings suggest that the scheme has benefited the health of Londoners and that cycle hire users are certainly not at higher risk than other cyclists.”

Martin McKee speaks to The Independent on a new study showing the impact of spending cuts on the Greek health system: “There are a whole series of infectious diseases which have been kept at bay over the past 50 or 60 years by strengthened public health efforts. If you lift up your guard, as the Greek example shows, they can very easily exploit those changes. The experience of Greece demonstrates the necessity of assessing the health impact of all policies carried out by national governments and by the European Union.” Also covered by numerous international titles including RT, Palo, La Repubblica and Irish Independent.

Rashida Ferrand discusses the risks facing HIV positive teenagers in Zimbabwe for BBC World Service’s Health Check (report at 13m 01s) and  Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Testing being missed is a huge issue in this age group. The vast majority of older children get tested when they present with an AIDS defining illness. By which time, they are already very immune suppressed.”

Simon Brooker talks to SciDev.Net on mapping neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria: “Data on the geographical distribution of NTDs are required to target treatment to areas of greatest need and to estimate drug and resource requirements.”

Richard Hayes is featured in a SciDev.Net podcast where he discusses a new ways to deal with HIV in Southern Africa. “In terms of the African epidemic, now Southern Africa is by far the worst affected region in the whole world. So in many parts of Southern Africa, especially South Africa, large proportions of the male population migrate to take up work and that can be associated with familial break up or disruption, and larger numbers of sexual partners, and this can speed up HIV transmission.”

Michael Marks speaks to Guardian Global Development about yaws eradication: “Monitoring for the development of resistance in the yaws bacteria will be extremely important during the yaws eradication programme. Although there are challenges to overcome, if we can maintain the momentum we have, then worldwide elimination is a realistic goal.”

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