23 – 29 August 2014

David Mabey talks to Channel 4 News about ZMapp as a possible treatment for Ebola (from 2 mins 15 secs):ZMapp was given to the two American Missionaries who have now recovered. Whether that was the reason they recovered we’re not sure because the only previous case of Ebola we’ve had in this country was 38 years ago and he recovered without any specific treatments”.

David Mabey explains to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme that British Ebola patient William Pooley poses no risk to others in the UK: “Everything that goes out of that tent is incinerated and it has its own separate entrance so there’s really no risk to anyone, to health care workers or the public.” He also appears on ITV Good Morning Britain and Sky News and is quoted in numerous publications including The Independent  and The Telegraph (with video).

Peter Piot is interviewed by Libération about the environment in which Ebola is spreading : A general lesson, even in an age when health systems are very sophisticated is that epidemics are still there and can profoundly destabilize society.” Les épidémies sont toujours là et peuvent profondément déstabiliser une société.His comments are also used in several other publications including Yahoo News and Focus.

David Heymann is interviewed on a BMJ Podcast where he discusses the history of the outbreak. “From between 1980 – 1985 we knew that Ebola periodically emerged but that it usually didn’t cause outbreaks.”

David Heymann speaks to Bloomberg about Ebola and his comments appear in numerous publications including The Washington Post and Science Magazine .

David Heymann is also quoted inReuters Africa where he talks about the spread of Ebola to Guinea: “There is a whole series of issues in terms of recognition by health workers, a system in which to report, then the need to take the data and act on it, and there have been weaknesses in Guinea in all three of those areas.”

Eleanor Riley is quoted in IRIN News this week: “Back in the 70s when Ebola was first identified, people thought it was a one-off [outbreak]. Since then there were occasional small outbreaks and it wasn’t seen as a priority.”

Tony Barnett talks to The Live Mint (India) about the spread of Ebola: “There is no sign that this is going to become a pandemic. But, of course, viruses and other disease pathogens do try to evolve to maximize their population.”

Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad talks to Adam Kucharski about the outbreak: “It shows how an important local problem can soon become a global issue. It raises questions like what are the threats to human health, what is the likelihood of some kind of pandemic, are humans getting more resistant or more prone to such diseases and in what form will we see the virus etc.”

Adam is also on BBC World News TV talking about the Ebola outbreak in terms of measuring the spread of infection.

This week’s University Challenge sees the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine beat the London School of Economics 150 to 140. Sarah LeGrand, the School’s captain, got the team off to a good start answering the very first question: After his death it was 2000 years before the world produced any philosopher who could be regarded as….”  to which LeGrand quickly answered‘Aristotle” .

Sally Bloomfield speaks on the BBC2 Horizon documentary ‘Allergies, Modern Life and Me’ (from 47 mins 20 secs) “Good hygiene is about recognising that there are certain super highways by which germs are spread and by which we become exposed to them, and targeting our hygiene at those surfaces at the right time”.

Ellen Flint’s research on active commuting and body weight makes the front cover of BMJ magazine.Ellen also speaks to Super Human Radio (from 34 mins 35 secs) “The average man in our sample who actively commuted was 6.5lbs lighter that his car commuting counterpart. The average woman was 5.5lbs lighter” andto Austrian radio station ORF.

Tanya Abramsky writes article for The Guardian on domestic violence in Uganda: “Violence prevention work has often focused on small group-based activities, but the Sasa approach mobilises whole communities to address the issues.”

David Moore speaks to The Guardian about the new drug PaMZ and what it means for TB and HIV treatment: “A pill-only regimen will also greatly facilitate community-based TB treatment, something we have been working on in high burden countries to alleviate pressure on hospitals and to minimise the risk of infections.”

David is also quoted in The Citizen“There are some boroughs of London where the incidence of TB is between 70 and 150 per 100,000 of the population per year, which is about the rate of TB in Sudan.”

Martin McKee argues for investment in health systems during an ASMS conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Radio New Zealand interview Martin on the subject: “GP fees deter people from seeking care when they need to”.

Martin speaks to the Otago Daily Times about the policy of healthcare fees in New Zealand “It did not raise much money, it did not deter unnecessary treatments, and it became complicated and expensive over time because of exemptions”.

Martin McKee also writes a piece about possible mutual ownership for the NHS in England for the BMJ Few people would disagree with the need to improve employee engagement. But, in the absence of adequate legal safeguards, it seems somewhat foolhardy to rush rapidly into a model of ownership that might be achieved in other ways…”

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