Will Stone writes for Thomson Reuters on a new study that identified malaria patients who produced antibodies able to prevent the spread of malaria: “A transmission-blocking vaccine, combined with effective drugs, mosquito-control, and a vaccine like RTS’S, could prevent its spread and bring eradication of this deadly disease one step closer.” The blog is also republished by AllAfrica.
The New York Times, NPR (US) and the Hindustan Times (India) cover research co-authored by LSHTM researchers that found an older malaria drug and a common laboratory dye can help to block transmission of the most common form of malaria in Africa.
Laurie Tomlinson writes a BMJ blog about a new study demonstrating how anonymised patient records can improve prescribing guidance: “Availability of large-scale anonymised health care records and growing skills in conducting such research have enabled increasingly rapid research into drug effects after issues of clinical concern have arisen.”
Martin McKee is interviewed live on the BBC News Channel discussing e-cigarettes, after they were recommended for prescription by Public Health England. Martin is also quoted by the Daily Mail: “England stands out internationally in embracing these products, with experts in the rest of the world expressing much more caution.”
Peter Piot joins BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth for a discussion on how diseases are named and the political, economic and social impact of disease names past and present: “For me, what’s important is that it’s scientifically rigorous on the one hand but also you need to be able to communicate it.”
Michael Marks is quoted by Nature on a recent World Health Organization workshop on yaws and the possibility that humans can catch the disease from primates: “It would be remiss not to pay attention to it.”
Peter Piot provides comment to Devex about pandemic preparedness from the World Economic Forum in Davos: “What’s most important for me is strengthening capacity on the ground. We can have a perfect global system, but it’s on the ground where action happens…And I don’t see the money going there.”
The Independent publish a blog co-authored by Claire Thompson that discusses the growing numbers of people using food banks across England.
Bustle cover the findings from a study using data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles that finds young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago.