19 – 25 February 2018

Karl Blanchet speaks to BBC Newsday about the humanitarian situation in Ghouta. Karl says:The persistent attacks and bombings on civilians in Eastern Ghouta are shocking and horrific. The International Humanitarian Law, specifically created to protect civilians, has been blatantly and deliberately flouted again and again. The Syrian situation is once more the obvious demonstration of the incapacity of our international legal system to function and control human cruelty and violence.”

Julie Nossier is quoted in Thomson Reuters talking about an LSHTM-led study which showed that men with prostate cancer are just as likely to suffer after-effects with robotic surgery as with other operations. Julie said:The results suggest that men shouldn’t be making surgery decisions based solely on whether the procedures will be done using robots. The expertise and skill of an individual surgeon, and comparative performance of a surgical center should drive treatment decisions.”

Martin McKee is quoted by The Guardian on an article he co-authored titled ‘Why is life expectancy in England and Wales ‘stalling’?’ Martin says: “It is imperative to look at the severe cuts in social care – the evidence is that the NHS is struggling to cope.”

Dan Bausch, Director of the Public Health Rapid Support Team speaks to BBC Health Check about the current outbreak of Lassa Fever. Dan says: “It’s very difficult to tell people have Lassa Fever in the beginning. They present with headache and fever so distinguishing that it from other very common diseases like malaria and Typhoid Fever is quite difficult.”

Peter Piot is quoted in The Times from a letter he wrote to Universities UK about negotiations with the University and College Union about pension strikes. Peter writes: “A further actuarial valuation of the scheme is needed.”

Sculptor Moira Purver writes for Society Women Artists about how the WOMAN Study and Sculpture raises awareness of maternal deaths. “I was commissioned to produce a sculpture to help to highlight the problem of women dying in childbirth and the results of the WOMAN Trial. The International research shows that a low-cost, drug called tranexamic acid could save the lives of thousands of women a year if given quickly to new mothers who suffer deadly bleeding. Severe bleeding after childbirth, or post-partem haemorrhage, kills around 100,000 new mothers each year.”

Luis Nacul talks to BBC Solent about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its symptoms. Luis says: “It is a long term and debilitating illness. One of the main symptoms is exhaustion and a profound lack of energy. About 20 to 25% of people affected are housebound and many are bedbound as a consequence. People also suffer other symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscles, problems with their blood pressure and balance problems.”



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