15 – 21 January 2018

A new study co-authored by LSHTM finds that screening the entire population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations, rather than just screening those at high-risk of carrying the mutation, is cost effective and could prevent more ovarian and breast cancers. Quoted by HuffPost, Rosa Legood said: “This approach can have important implications given the effective options that are available for ovarian and breast cancer risk management and prevention for women at increased risk.” The study is also reported by The Times, Sky News, BBC News, The Express and Daily Mail.

James Logan appears on Rip off Britain, discussing the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. The programme explores how to stay safe when travelling and avoid being bitten by insects.

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted by Yahoo News following reports of an outbreak of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Uganda and South Sudan. Jimmy says:Local health authorities and the World Health Organization are monitoring the situation closely. As it is not uncommon for occasional cases or clusters of cases to be reported, it is too early to call this an outbreak.

Val Curtis is quoted in the National Geographic about how the human body can release particular smells when people are unwell, which people can detect. Val says:Humans are very good at detecting illness. Signs of sickness are some of the things people find most disgusting so it simply makes good evolutionary sense that we use our noses to notice illness.”

Martin McKee writes a BMJ blog about how the collapse of Carillion, an outsourcing company which was a major provider of NHS support services, exposes wider failings of governance.

Stephen Evans is quoted in The Mirror after a new study finds that taking antacid pills can double the risk of getting stomach cancer. Stephen says:The research is by no means proof of a casual effect.”

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