18 – 31 December 2017

A new study that finds providing internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested including among high-risk groups is widely reported by UK media. Quoted by The Independent, Caroline Free said: “Sexual health clinics play an important role in community health but some people may find them inconvenient or stigmatising, which can stop them attending.” The study is also reported by The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Sun, London Evening Standard, Metro, Huff Post, MedPage Today, Yahoo UK and MSN UK.

Richard Stabler provides comment to The Independent on a study that has identified a ‘weakness’ in antibiotic-resistant bacteria: “This work identifies a potential new target for novel antibacterial therapies that could be used to treat bacteria that are resistant to other classes of antibiotics, but there is a long way to go before this could lead to new drugs.” The article generates coverage in Yahoo UK and MSN UK.

Ngozi Erondu is quoted by Devex in an article exploring how US funding impacts global health needs and policies. Discussing what happens once that funding is cut, Ngozi said: “I definitely think that it is a good thing that local governments are thinking about how they can uphold their own systems. It’s something the global community has been talking about a long time.”

There is further coverage of a study linking smaller waistlines and lower BMI to living near physical activity facilities in Medical News Today. Kate Mason said: “Designing and planning cities in a way that better facilitates healthy lifestyles may be beneficial and should be considered as part of wider obesity prevention programmes.”

Sally Bloomfield speaks to the Daily Mail on how to avoid food poisoning when preparing a Christmas Day meal and warning not to rinse turkey under the tap: “You may splash bacteria from the raw meat on to your surfaces.”

In an article on how to stick to exercise-focused New Year resolutions, the Daily Mail cites a 2014 study that found commuting to work by active (walking or cycling) and public modes of transport is linked to lower body weight compared with those using private transport.

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