21 – 27 January 2017

BBC Online report on School research which found sex is painful for nearly one in 10 women. Kirstin Mitchell says: “Often sex education is about STIs and pregnancy, but it should also prepare people to think about what makes sex enjoyable and how to communicate what they like and dislike in a trusting and respectful relationship.” The story is covered widely by the UK media, including the Huffington Post, the Sun and the Mail Online, as well as by many international outlets such as the Star (Kenya) and La Opinion (California).

TES feature research co-authored by Mark Lyons-Amos which found young people who study in further education are just as likely to be happy in their later lives as those who go to university. Story is covered by numerous outlets including Mail Online, Daily Telegraph, Voice, City AM and This is Money.

Jimmy Whitworth speaks to the Associated Press in Brazil about the sudden rise in Yellow Fever cases there: “It’s unusual (rise in cases), the more cases you have, the more chance that it’s going to light up and take off in urban areas.” The article with Jimmy’s comments is picked up by over 100 outlets worldwide, including BBC Online, the Australian, and ABC America

BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health interview Nick Black (from 1m) about preventable deaths in hospitals. Nick’s comments include: “One in 25 hospital deaths could be defined as avoidable using School methods.”

James Rudge speaks to WIRED for an article debunking the myths about bird flu: “What we can’t say is when or how severe that kind of scenario will be – whether it will be a fairly mild scenario, like we had with the 2009 outbreak, or whether we will have something like the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 which caused millions of deaths.”

BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours (from 26m) cover the news that councils are turning off more streetlights. During their piece they play an interview with Phil Edwards who conducted research on the topic: “Our results found no evidence that reduced nighttime street lighting is associated with an increase in casualties or crime.”

Peter Piot is named one of the 500 most influential people in Britain by Debrett’s. The Daily Telegraph showcases the candidates.

MDalert.com feature research by Eleanor Hutchinson that showed distributing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria through the retail sector in Uganda has a host of unintended consequences, including increasing antibiotic sales. Eleanor says: “The decreasing sale of malaria medication appears to be related to an increase in sales of antibiotics and this has implications in terms of the increase in antibiotic resistance.”

Alan Dangour speaks to Asia One about new evidence that suggests taking daily omega-3 fatty acid supplements doesn’t provide any protection against declines in thinking and memory skills in older adults: “The evidence suggests, from what is available at the moment, that taking supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids is not going to benefit cognitive health later in life.”

David Moore is part of the research team in a new Médecins Sans Frontières funded clinical trial in Uzbekistan, which aims to develop a radically improved course of treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. European outlets which cover the story include AKI Press (Kyrgyzstan), Science.apa (Austria) ArtzeZeitung (Germany) and Panorama Magazine (Italy).

Pharmacy Magazine cover Sara Thomas’ research which found that there has been a sharp fall in GP visits for acute gastroenteritis following the introduction of the rotavirus vaccination: “We found that the expected seasonal peak of acute gastroenteritis in the months when rates historically would have been high, completely disappeared,” says Sara.

Further coverage of the launch of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) includes an article by Chemical Engineer. Peter Piot, Vice-Chair of CEPI, says: “The concept of CEPI was born out of the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa which killed 11,000 people.”

Philanthropy News Digest report on Wellcome Trust’s grants announcement of £29 million, which includes Alan Dangour’s £5m project to investigate sustainable and healthy food systems.




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