19 – 25 March 2018

Charlotte Warren-Gash speaks to the Daily Mail on a new LSHTM-led study that found people suffering from flu or pneumonia aged over 40  could be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke in the days after infection. Charlotte said: “As people age, having more than one medical condition becomes more common, so it is even more important to understand the links between different diseases.” The study is also reported by the Irish Times (Ireland), The Hindustan Times, Business Standard and Deccan Chronicle (all India).

Adam Kucharski appears in Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic, a documentary involving scientists from LSHTM and the University of Cambridge that used smartphone data to simulate the spread of a Spanish-flu type outbreak across the UK.

Petra Klepac, lead author on the study behind the documentary is quoted by Times Higher Education on the dataset of 30,000 smartphone app users generated by the programme: So far, studies have either focused on collecting the contact data or self-assessed movement data, and it turns out that people are quite wrong when they assess the distances they have travelled. Meanwhile, even “the largest UK study of contact mixing to date has [only] about 5,000 participants.”

Daniel Carter is quoted by The Guardian on new LSHTM co-authored research that shows eliminating the most extreme forms of poverty could dramatically reduce cases of tuberculosis. Daniel says: “Biomedical innovation takes money and time – two things TB patients do not have. Anti-poverty policies are available now and the evidence suggests they work. The battle to end TB is not just against a pathogen, but an ideology.”

David Heymann speaks to Deutschlandfunk on the challenges faced by the World Health Organization in its 70th anniversary year. On new Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, David says: “Control and strengthening health care, he says, it’s two sides of the same coin, and that’s right, you can not have one without the other.”

Sam Miles provides comment to Pink News on research that finds gay porn is surprisingly popular with straight men: “Gay porn tends be based on a narrative of hyper-masculinity and this might appeal to straight men as an intriguing and different kind of sexual relationship to what they normally see in their regular porn.”

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