20 – 26 August 2016

James Logan is interviewed by The Daily Telegraph for a feature on mosquitoes, why we get bitten, and the best methods to protect from bites. “We’ve tested [eating] garlic, [taking] vitamin B and [eating] Marmite and none of them worked. People also talk about alcohol but the only evidence we have is that beer could increase our mosquito attractiveness.” The article was also published by MSN.com. James also answers a series of mosquito questions for the Irish Independent and tests repellents for BBC 1’s Rip Off Britain.

Cheryl Whitehorn talks about the human botfly in a Daily Mirror article which focuses on former Great British Bake Off contestant Ian Cumming’s personal experience of the parasite: “They can develop on any part of the body and usually cause little long-term physical damage. But they have been found close to people’s eyes where the potential for damage is much greater.”

Vikram Patel writes an op-ed for The Hindu on the recent and long-awaited replacement of the Mental Health Act in India: “The most significant public health measure in the new law is to expand access to mental health care across the country, directly addressing the large treatment gap for mental illness in India.”

Also on the topic of mental health in India, Vikram Patel is interviewed by Link TV about Sangath, an NGO that trains people to administer counselling treatment: “Whatever we do must incorporate local realities. The best example of that in our programme is that we don’t use mental health professionals, we use ordinary people in the community.”

Kirstin Mitchell is quoted in Huck Magazine on why millennials are having less sex following her recent Natsal research into sexual problems faced by young people : “Pornography has become very available and while this can be a positive influence for some, it can also set unrealistic expectations of what sex is really about.”

An article on antibiotics by the Malaya Business Insight highlights Brendan Wren’s work to develop vaccines against a variety of currently resistant bacteria, including superbugs in hospitals and clostridium difficle.

Peter Piot is quoted in a Global Citizen report on the rise of HIV in 74 countries despite overall global decline:The continuing high rate of over 2 million new HIV infections represents a collective failure which must be addressed through intensified prevention efforts and continued investment in HIV vaccine research.”

The New Nation examine how vital breast milk is for the most vulnerable babies. The article mentions a partnership involving the School which is teaching hospital staff in Uganda how to feed preterm babies, especially those with disabilities.

The Science and Innovation Network, India, interview Simon Croft about his recent visit to Kolkata which aimed to develop support for the new Institute of Public Health in Kalyani in West Bengal: One of the reasons that I have been coming in for these past 30 years to India is because of the parasitic disease in Bihar, in Jharkhand, to a smaller extent in West Bengal and increasingly in Uttar Pradesh – a disease called Kala-azar or leishmaniasis.”

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