29 August-4 September 2019

Stephen Evans provides expert comment for the BBC on a Lancet study suggesting an increased breast cancer risk for women using MHT. Stephen said: “This is a ‘tour de force’ in what has been done and the way it has been done – the findings cannot be dismissed.”

Stephen’s views have been quoted widely, including in the Daily Mail, the Irish Examiner, the Huffington Post, and local news outlets across the UK.

A BMJ paper co-authored by Martin McKee discussing public health issues in the event of a no-deal Brexit, was the subject of a Guardian article. The authors said: “likely consequences include rises in suicides, alcohol-related deaths and some communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV, especially among vulnerable groups.”

Kaye Wellings discusses reasons why people may be having less sex on the BBC’s The Inquiry (begins at 11.30), suggesting that the 2008 recession may be to blame. Kaye said: “We certainly think it could be to do with the global recession… There’s empirical evidence that shows a connection between lack of sexual interest and unemployment.”

This led to soundbites on local and national stations around the world.

Rachel Lowe speaks with Reuters about how climate change may increase outbreaks of dengue fever. Rachel said: ““As the temperature warms, mosquitoes can survive at higher altitudes and then people who haven’t previously been exposed to different infections, and don’t have immunity to the diseases, are more susceptible.”

Claire Thompson talks to the Financial Times (£) about the Royal Horticultural Society’s supporting of food banks for the first time. Claire said: “Food banks are no longer a temporary solution for many people experiencing hardship. They are now an established part of the welfare landscape.”

Heidi Larson speaks to the Guardian about Facebook directing vaccine searches to public health pages. Heidi said: “We welcome Facebook’s efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation about vaccines and connect people to sources of accurate information … social media response is an important dimension of our broader efforts to build trust and confidence in immunisation.”

LSHTM student Elliott Rogers speaks to the Guardian about his work on an international project run by the Urban Health Project, which works with local students to map ‘infection points’ in Brazilian favelas. Elliott said: “I’ve never seen research so connected to the community.”

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where Gillian McKay’s account of her deployment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo was featured in conjunction with our online course in Disease Outbreaks.

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