Heidi Larson writes an opinion piece for Devex Global Views entitled ‘It’s time to rebuild public confidence in vaccines’. Heidi says in the piece, “New champions are needed who can communicate the importance of immunization at a human and emotional level. Teachers, educational toy companies, social networks, and the music and entertainment industries all have a role to play.”
Heidi also speaks to the New York Times (£) for an article exploring outbreaks of measles cases and how cases are moving from country to country. Heidi said: “The next country in line for an epidemic that could spread to the United States is Poland.”
Brendan Wren writes a piece for Science in Parliament about innovation in the field of vaccine development. (please note that this is not open access and access is for subscribers only). Brendan writes: “One of the most effective types of vaccine are ‘glycoconjugate’ vaccines. These have the potential to be low cost, mass produced, transferable to other health issues like parasites and cancer. These are being developed here in the UK.”
James Logan is quoted in Forbes about new research from Malaysia suggesting that mosquitoes behaviour can be affected by music. In this particular study, researchers found a song by artist Skrillrex had affected their behaviour. James said: “There certainly is evidence that mosquitoes can hear and that you can manipulate behaviour through sound. Mosquitoes detect frequencies and vibrations in the air, and communicate through sound.”
Martin McKee provides comment to The Guardian after a new study suggests there is a link between age-related discrimination and conditions such as arthritis. Martin said: “We need to challenge these views that older people are perfectly fine and they’ve stolen off the younger generation.”
The Guardian cover news that PhD student Ian Ross won ESRC’s national science writing competition, Better Lives. Ian’s winning article explored his research into improving the lives of 1.4 billion people who use a toilet that does not meet World Health Organisation standards for ‘basic’ toilets.
On social media
This week’s social media highlight is from the LSHTM twitter account, announcing LSHTM’s involvement in a new DFID funded consortium that aims to boost global sexual and reproductive health and rights.