12 – 18 March 2018

An editorial by Lucinda Hiam and University of Oxford’s Danny Dorling is reported widely by UK media. Based on latest mortality statistics from the Office for National Statistics, they state that the government is failing to investigate a clear pattern of rising death rates in England & Wales. Lucinda is quoted by the Daily Mail: “The figures for this year make the case for an investigation both stronger and more urgent with each passing day.” Articles are also published by the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Times (£), i News, BBC Wales, The Herald (Scotland), Yahoo News UK and Die Welt (Germany).

A study led by the LSHTM Cancer Survival Group found that despite the introduction of national cancer strategies since 2000, further improvement of cancer survival in England has rarely been observed. Lead author Aimilia Exarchakou is quoted by the The Times (£): “We found little evidence that cancer policies have had a direct impact on survival in England, with outcomes consistently worse among the more deprived patients.” The study is also reported by the Daily Mail.

Suzanna Francis is quoted by Times Live (South Africa) on an LSHTM-led study that found young women in rural South Africa are more likely to carry two common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than young men. Suzanna said: “STIs can cause serious morbidity‚ including pregnancy complications‚ cancer‚ infertility and enhanced HIV transmission. Most of these … are preventable if STI testing and treatment is implemented.

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