A new LSHTM-led study looks at the emotion of disgust, finding six common categories of things people find disgusting and which protect us from disease (poor hygiene, insects carrying disease, risky sexual behaviour, skin conditions – such as lesions or boils, rotting food and people with an atypical appearance). Lead author Val Curtis said: “Although we knew the emotion of disgust was good for us, here we’ve been able to build on that, showing that disgust is structured, recognising and responding to infection threats to protect us.”
The research was featured on the front page of The Times and in the Independent, Daily Mail, The Guardian and , CNN. The story was also covered in over 100 outlets via Press Association. Val Curtis was interviewed by BBC World Service’s Health Check (17m 45s) and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the research.
Dina Balabanova speaks to BBC World Service’s The Evidence, discussing what the ‘ideal’ health system looks like: “We have to design health systems in a way that they can change. Nothing can be static, even if the system is fully resourced.”
James Logan is quoted in The Sun after an LSHTM study found that children infected with malaria parasites produce a distinctive odour, making them more attractive to mosquitoes. James said: “We hope this study will give us more insights into the mechanisms that help change our body odours to make us more or less attractive to mosquitoes. If we can identify important genes, perhaps we could develop a pill or medication that would allow the body to produce natural repellents to keep mosquitoes away.”
In a new Lancet Comment, LSHTM experts including Robert Marten, Richard Smith and David L Heymann, join colleagues from other leading institutions calling for a more integrated approach and action on sugar, tobacco and alcohol taxes (STAX) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Comment received strong engagement and traction on LSHTM’s Twitter – including 117 retweets and 118 likes.
A recent LSHTM study linking severe eczema in adults with an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, is featured in the Nursing Times top research and practice stories from May 2018.
Martin McKee writes in a letter to The Times about Ireland and Brexit negotiations.