1 – 7 April 2017

Reuters cover research led by James Milner that found a moderate change in typical Indian diets could benefit both health and the environment. In the article James says: “In India, the proportion of freshwater available for agricultural production may already be unsustainably high. Modest dietary changes could help meet the challenge of developing a resilient food system in the country.” The article generates coverage in over 50 outlets across India, including in NDTV, The Hindu, Deccan Herald and The Hindustan Times and Factor Daily.  

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted by CNN in article detailing seven reasons we’re more at risk than ever from a global pandemic: “We’re only as secure in the world as the weakest country. […] “Infectious diseases respect no boundaries [and] there are little clusters of outbreaks occurring all the time, all over the place.” The CNN article generates content in regional outlets across the United States and Jimmy’s comments are also published by the International Business Times.

Australia’s ABC Radio National interviews Martin McKee on the impact populist politics has on public health: “The example of vaccination exemplifies this perfectly. In the US & Australia, you have people campaigning to refuse to have their children immunised, which poses a danger for everybody because if you’re going to control a disease you to need to have very high levels of immunisation.”

Val Curtis speaks to the Daily Mail Online on bathroom hygiene, offering this advice: “Carefully washing your hands with soap after using the toilet will help to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading around the bathroom.”

AllAfrica cover the launch of a large clinical trial of candidate Ebola vaccines in West Africa by the PREVAC international research consortium, which includes the School.

Martin McKee writes a blog for the BMJ on the future of UK health and science now that Article 50 has been formally triggered: “Most attention has focused on withdrawal from the European Medicines Agency, which will have to move from London, will delay access to innovative medicines in the NHS, and damage the UK pharmaceutical industry.”

The Daily Mail profile Marmite following research linking the spread to improved brain health. The article references School research that showed Marmite has no repellent effect on mosquitoes.   

Following a recent study into mobile phone hygiene, the Daily Express reference a School study from 2011 showing one in six smartphones was found to have traces of faecal matter.

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