8 – 14 January 2018

Peter Piot and Heidi Larson write an article for WIRED on how fake news and distrust of science could lead to global epidemics. They write: Vaccines are one of the most important scientific inventions of all time…Yet these vital public-health tools are under threat from growing public mistrust in immunisation and the rise of so-called ‘fake news’ drowning out expert voices.”

Heidi discusses how ‘fake news’ can affect health on BBC World Service Radio Newsday programme (from 45m15s). Heidi also joins a discussion on BBC Radio 4 PM (from 51m27s) about the possibility of introducing mandatory vaccines in the UK.

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted by the Press Association, following continued coverage of the spread of flu in the UK. Jimmy says: “Flu is very infectious and spreads through droplets in the air, so try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell…it is not too late to protect yourself, so get vaccinated now.” Adam Kucharski is also quoted on the flu by The Sun.

The Guardian publish a series of letters on health following a busy week for the NHS, including a letter from Nick Black. He says: “While increased funding for the NHS in England may prevent some of the problems being experienced…additional expenditure alone will not create the health and care system we need.”

Andy Haines writes a BMJ blog on how climate change must be reframed as a health issue: “In 2018 leadership by the health community can play a crucial role in mobilising support to build on the achievements of Paris and redouble efforts to protect the health of today’s and future generations.”

Martin McKee speaks to Deutsche Welle (Germany) about the future of the NHS in a post-Brexit world. On the economic impact, Martin says: “The pound is worth much less and the NHS of course is dependent on importing large amounts of pharmaceuticals and technology from elsewhere.”

Martin also writes a BMJ blog on what a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would mean for the UK.

Meenakshi Gautham is quoted by The Hindu (India) on the future of India’s rural healthcare needs in the coming decade: “We can’t ask populations here to wait for ten years till we produce enough doctors. Neither can we wait for rural areas to become urbanised.”

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