31 July – 13 August 2017

Research led by Rebecca Baggaley that shows offering HIV testing to people when they register at a new GP surgery in high-prevalence areas is cost-effective and will save lives, is covered widely by UK media. There were over 70 articles including:  BBC News, Sky News, ITV News, The Times (£), The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent and The Guardian and researchers conducted interviews on BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News and BBC World Service.

The New York Times feature School research which found rapid diagnostic tests for malaria are reducing overuse of malaria medications but negative test results often prompted a shift to antibiotic prescriptions. Lead author Katia Bruxvoort says:We found that in many places a reduction in the use of artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) was accompanied by an increase in the use of antibiotics, which may drive up the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. We also don’t yet understand why some patients who tested positive for malaria were not treated with ACTs. The study was covered by over 30 outlets including the New Scientist, AllAfrica and the Seattle Times.

The Guardian covers research co-authored by the School that found a new antibiotic class was found to be effective against gonorrhoea in the laboratory. Victoria Miari, lead author, says: “The results of our initial laboratory studies show that closthioamide has the potential to combat N. gonorrhoeae. Further research is needed, but its potential to successfully tackle this infection, as well as other bacteria, cannot be underestimated.” Daily Mail, Hippocratic Post, Pharmacy Times and News Ghana are among the other outlets that run the story.

Paul Wilkinson provides comment for Channel 4 News on a study that estimates extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change. Paul also conducted interviews with the BBC News Channel and LBC radio, and gave written comment to the Press Association which generated global coverage: “[The study] is yet another reminder of the exposures to extreme weather and possible human impacts that might occur if emissions of greenhouse gases continue unabated.”

Paul is quoted in over 400 articles including: Reuters, BBC News, Sky News, Evening Standard, The Guardian, Independent, Al Jazeera, Euronews, The Times of India, Channel NewsAsia (Singapore) and CBC (Canada).

Huffington Post cover a study co-authored by the School that found a large increase in midwife-led units co-located with obstetric units, increasing birthplace choice for pregnant women – but also describes variation in availability of staff, facilities and services. Study was also covered by the Guardian, Scotland Herald and Nursing Times.

Helena Helmby gives the New Scientist her reaction to the news that a type of pig worm is being evaluated for approval as a food ingredient in Germany. “Self-medication with any type of worm is not recommended and it is important to remember they’re not in any way completely harmless, and may cause quite severe side effects if not monitored very carefully by a doctor.” Helena’s comments are also used in articles by the Metro, Men’s Health, IFL Science, and Science Alert.

Andrew Prentice’s research showing that it takes several generations to undo the effects of poor nutrition in pregnancy is covered by the Mail Online. Andrew says: “This study shows that it may take several generations to eliminate growth failure and stunting because of these intergenerational influences.” Daily Express and Science Daily also cover the story.

Corine Ngufor speaks to SciDev.net about a new WHO-recommended mosquito net developed in collaboration with the School: “We observed that Interceptor G2 systematically eradicated a significant proportion, around 75 per cent, of malaria vectors that had become resistant to pyrethroids.”

 Katie Harron writes a blog for The Conversation on what England could learn from Canada to reduce child hospital emergency admissions. Yahoo also features the blog.

Oona Campbell is interviewed by Devex on the UN sustainable development goals on maternal health: “We see in some settings that women assume someone is a midwife but may be the cleaner. Or in some private sector settings, unskilled providers wear white coats and are called doctors.”

James Logan writes a blog for The Conversation on midges found in the Scottish Highlands and how research into their attractiveness to humans could help malaria research.

Research co-authored by the School is referenced in a Romper article that looks at the link between exposure to air pollution and preterm birth.

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