25 September – 1 October 2017

A review led by Martin McKee that shows Brexit is likely to have far-reaching effects on UK health and the NHS receives wide UK media coverage. Quoted by Buzzfeed News, Martin said: “Although the UK’s desired outcome remains unclear…Brexit in any form poses major risks to almost every part of the NHS, with a ‘no deal’ scenario potentially catastrophic.” Further coverage included The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post, The Irish Independent and an article by the Press Association generates coverage in over 200 regional outlets.

Janet Seeley provides comment to CNN on a new study that finds HIV rates are climbing among over-50s in the UK and Europe: “It highlights the need to use a condom because even if pregnancy is no longer likely, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, are.” The CNN article generates coverage in over 50 regional outlets in the US and Janet’s comments are also published by The Guardian, BBC News, i News, Daily Mail and Die Welt (Germany).

The School, in partnership with the BBC and University of Cambridge, have launched a nationwide citizen science project that will use smartphone data to simulate disease spread within the UK. The launch is reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and Yahoo UK.

There is continued coverage of Mark Petticrew’s study that found the alcohol industry is misrepresenting evidence about the alcohol-related risk of cancer in El País (Spain).

James Logan discusses head lice treatments with Which? Magazine: “Parents quite often say that a treatment hasn’t worked and the lice have returned but it may be that the head lice never left because the treatment didn’t get rid of all of them – lice eggs included.”

Sally Bloomfield speaks to Vice’s Tonic website on the importance of hand-washing and it’s links to antibiotic resistance: “Think about it: If you’re not passing along germs, and therefore infections, that means that a lot less people are getting sick and needing antibiotics.”

Devex report Peter Piot’s appointment as the first Chair to lead the HMG Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board.

A News.com.au article discusses personal hygiene, citing a 2011 study led by Val Curtis that found one in six mobile phones in the UK is contaminated with faecal matter. The New York Post and New Zealand Herald also posted the article.

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