20 – 26 November 2017

A study using data from the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles is widely reported. It finds that sexually active young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago. Quoted by the Daily Mirror, Kaye Wellings said: “It is important to keep up to date with trends in sexual lifestyles to help young people safeguard their health and increase their well being.” The findings were covered in over 150 outlets across the world including: BBC News, the Daily Telegraph, Metro, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Newsweek (US), RT (Russia), Die Welt (Germany), 20minutes (France), IFL Science and Cosmopolitan (US).

Cathy Zimmerman is interviewed by Reuters on a new study that calls for human trafficking to be tackled as a global health problem: Approaches to tackling human trafficking need to go a step beyond seeing it as just a violation of human rights, and consider the global health burden … (and) the cycle of generational harm.” Cathy also writes a blog on the topic for Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ian Douglas is quoted by Business Standard (India) on a study he co-authors that shows a common gastric acid medicine may target TB: “The results of this study raise the possibility that lansoprazole, a well-established treatment for stomach complaints, may also be useful for treating tuberculosis.” Ian’s comments are also published by The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, India Today, India.com and Deccan Herald.

Joy Lawn is interviewed as part of a panel discussion by BBC World TV on the custom of ‘postnatal confinement’ traditionally practised in China and some African countries. Joy said: “I think there are some positive benefits but also major risks, for example discarding the first milk because it looks yellow…yet that milk has the highest amount of antibody concentration, it’s like an immunisation without an injection.”

The School’s Roz Eggo, Adam Kucharski, David Heymann and Ngozi Erondu all feature in a podcast by BBC Tomorrow’s World, investigating the future of pandemics, in particular looking at how they are predicted, monitored and stopped.

David Heymann speaks to CNN on the causes of hepatitis B identified in a recently-defected North Korean soldier: “Hepatitis B is mainly transmitted either through unsterilized needles or syringes.” The CNN article generates coverage in over 150 US regional outlets as well as the Daily Mail.

Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, writes for the Huffington Post on maternal healthcare in Nigeria, referencing the WOMAN Trial published earlier this year.

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