14 August – 3 September 2017

The Guardian cover Punam Mangtani’s study which found the BCG vaccine which fights tuberculosis is effective for twice as long as previously thought: “This helps support a vaccine that is not often considered as being as important as some of the other infant vaccines.” The study is also reported in The New York Times (£), Hindustan Times (India), The Medical News (Australia) and Yahoo.

Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, speaks to BBC World Service Radio’s Newsday on the deployment of the team to Sierra Leone. Describing the country’s response following the tragic mudslide, he said: “It’s incredible to me how resilient the Sierra Leone population is, which doesn’t mean they are immune to the misery that these sort of things can bring, but nevertheless [the country] is amazingly still full of life and humour.”

There is further coverage from BBC News of the Rapid Support Team’s deployment, providing an update of the situation in Sierra Leone and how the Team is aiding efforts there.

A study co-authored by the School that found children who skip breakfast may miss key nutrients is reported by the Daily Mail, Reuters and The Scotsman.

Jennifer Evans is quoted by Reuters on a study that links impaired vision with cognitive problems such as dementia: “Be aware of the potential for vision loss either in yourself or in a family member with dementia or cognitive impairment.” The article generates coverage in Business Insider and ChannelNews Asia.

James Logan discusses mosquito attractiveness on BBC World Service Radio’s Crowdscience (from 17m00s): “We know that body odour, which is what mosquitoes are responding to, can be controlled by our genes…we are about to use twins to analyse their genome…to identify which genes are responsible for making you more or less attractive to mosquitoes.”

Chelci Squires gives a live interview to BBC World TV’s Impact programme on mosquito control: “If you live in an endemic country, we would recommend the use of bed nets and insecticide residual spraying…so you can spray insecticides on to the wall.”

Neil Pearce provides comment to AFP on a study that found asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease worldwide: “This study is a timely reminder that we must refocus our efforts to combat this dangerous disease. We still know very little about the causes of asthma, and why rates are increasing worldwide.” The article generates coverage in France24, Radio France Internationale, CTV (Canada), NDTV (India), ChannelNews Asia, Yahoo and MSN.

There is further coverage of new School research which looked at the rapid diagnostic tests for malaria (mRDTs) and a shift to antibiotic prescriptions. Heidi Hopkins is quoted by SciDev.net and AllAfrica: “To our knowledge, this is the largest and most comprehensive analysis that directly compares treatment practices in settings with and without mRDTs.”

James Logan is interviewed by The Guardian on Lyme disease and what to do if bitten by a tick: “The tricky thing is knowing if you have been bitten by a tick. They are hard to find and can be very small when they first attach because they’re not full of blood.”

Laura Rodrigues speaks to The Globe and Mail (Canada) regarding the questions that are still being addressed about the effect of Zika in north-eastern Brazil: “[The area] may have had a fast-moving outbreak of a particularly injurious strain of virus that swept through a Zika-naive population.”

India Times report on the findings from WOMAN Trial published earlier this year. Project Director Haleema Shakur is quoted: “If you can save a life for approximately $3, then I believe that’s worth doing.”

NDTV (India) write an article about World Mosquito Day and the event hosted at the School marking the 120th anniversary of Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery that malaria is transmitted via mosquitoes.

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