Peter Piot and Michael Marks provide comment to WIRED on the control of the Ebola outbreak in DRC and the work of the LSHTM Open Research Kits (ORK) team in supporting vaccinations. Michael, co-academic lead of LSHTM ORK said: “Our tools are there to support and enhance data collection on the ground, but without people to…physically track down Ebola contacts, it doesn’t matter how good your tools are.”
Ahead of the 70th birthday of the NHS, Martin McKee joined BBC Newsnight (from 26m41s) for a discussion on the social structure of health systems and the future of the NHS.
Nick Thomson is quoted by the Dhaka Tribune on a new study that finds nearly 80% of cholera transmission in Dhaka, Bangladesh occurs between people who share a household. He said: “Our fine-scale genomic data can help identify which control strategies could have the most impact.” The study is also reported by News-Medical.
Ian Roberts provides comment to CNN on research that finds a new formulation of the drug carbetocin could prevent excess bleeding after childbirth (postpartum haemorrhage). He said: “Heat stable carbetocin is much more expensive than oxytocin. The drug company that makes it has an agreement with WHO to make it available at a reasonable price in poor countries but the devil is in the detail.”
James Logan speaks to BBC Scotland about the effect of the UK heatwave on midge populations: “When the weather is very hot and the sun is out, they tend to disappear. You might still get bitten in forested areas but they will stay out of the direct sunlight.”