1 – 7 January 2018

Steven Cummins is quoted by Reuters on a study linking smaller waistlines and lower BMI to living near physical activity facilities: “It is likely that communities without the neighbourhood resources needed to encourage a healthy lifestyle put their residents at a higher risk of obesity.” The article generates coverage in Business Insider, MSN.

Val Curtis speaks to the Daily Telegraph on the raw water health fad in California, which sees water taken directly from a natural source: “It’s all very well for one person to go and drink raw water but the problem is once you’ve drunk it, you could become an infectious problem to someone else.” Val is also quoted by the Daily Star.

Peter Piot is interviewed by Science on how Germany’s role in global and public health research is growing rapidly: “Germany is getting rid of its post–World War II inhibitions to finally play a role that is commensurate with its economic weight and its intellectual leadership.”

The Guardian cover a letter signed by LSHTM’s Martin McKee & Shah Ebrahim and UEA’s Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, urging the World Health Organization to rectify the issue of ageism by leaving out older people and dementia from its General Programme of Work.

There is wide UK coverage regarding the spread of flu around the country. Many outlets, including the Daily Mirror, The Independent, The Sun, Evening Standard and Metro, report the findings from Flusurvey showing that flu levels have risen. The project was set up in 2009 by the School in conjunction with Public Health England, and relies on people self-reporting the illness.

Mishal Khan is interviewed live on BBC World TV’s Newsday programme, discussing a variety of global health challenges for 2018: “Countries such as Pakistan, Myanmar, are investing less than 1% of their GDP on healthcare…there’s a lack of human resources, health facilities and people are having to turn to informal providers.”

Heidi Larson is quoted by CNN International on how countries around the world try to encourage vaccination: “Countries with high levels of schooling and good access to health services are associated with lower rates of positive sentiment, pointing to an emerging inverse relationship between vaccine sentiments and socio-economic status.”

Brendan Wren provides comment to the Daily Mail on research that indicates a sugar additive could be fuelling the rise of antimicrobial resistant ‘superbugs’: “This study provides a good example of how changes in human activity can have unintended consequences relating to the emergence and ultimately the global spread of an infectious agent.”

Andrew Bastawrous is interviewed by New Scientist on the mission to use technology that empowers healthcare providers to deliver quality eye care across the world: “If vision is on the [Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London] agenda, it could change the lives of millions, or even billions, of people.”

Ajay Aggarwal is quoted by the Daily Mail about robotic surgery on a study published in October that found surgical cancer centres invest heavily in unproven technologies to attract patients: “NHS trusts appear to have bought the robots not because they are better, but because they pull in more customers.”

VICE report a new School-led study that found providing e-STI testing could increase the number of people being tested among high-risk groups.

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