11 – 17 December 2017

Kate Mason is quoted by the Daily Mail on a new School-led study that finds living near to physical activity facilities is linked to smaller waistlines, lower BMI and lower body fat percentage. Kate explained: “Urbanisation is recognised as a key driver of obesity, and certain features of neighbourhoods are likely to add to this.” The study is also covered by the Daily Express and The Hindu (India).

Peter Piot provides comment to Science on a new paper that shows forty years after the first documented Ebola outbreak, some of the survivors still have antibodies against the virus. Peter said: “This paper illustrates how a combination of working together, being present locally, and—perhaps above all—the power of long-term friendship, can produce these long-term data.”

Joy Lawn speaks to The Star (Canada) about the prevalence of Rhesus disease: “The (estimates) of deaths from Rhesus disease…[is] as many as the child deaths from HIV. But I think the political difference is that HIV has big political momentum and Rhesus hasn’t.”

Martin McKee is quoted by The London Economic on a study that suggests Coca-Cola failed to disclose their influence in research papers on obesity: “In recent years, large corporations have been seeking to minimize concerns about conflicts of interest in the research they fund. As our paper shows, the situation is actually much more complicated and there is a need for considerable caution.”

Mishal Khan is interviewed by The Phonm Penh Post (Cambodia) on a study published last month that finds external donors influence national health care policies in Cambodia. Mishal said: “External donors can influence health polices because domestic policy makers rely on them for technical knowledge and for skills around turning scientific evidence into polices.”

Vox cover a new paper co-authored by Martin McKee that demonstrates austerity policy was a key factor in helping the Nazi party rise to power in 1930s Germany.

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