5-11 September 2019

The additions of Florence Nightingale, Alice Ball and Marie Sklodowska-Curie to the frieze of our Keppel Street building are the subject of an exclusive feature in the Telegraph (£). Peter Piot said: ““It’s a statement and it’s about the future as much as it’s about the past. This restores a historic injustice, to a certain degree.”

Following the Telegraph’s exclusive, the news was also featured around the world in the Times (£) and generated huge interest on social media.

Pauline Scheelbeek speaks with the Guardian about a BMJ study, of which she was lead author, finding that a ‘snack tax’ of 20% on biscuits, cakes and sweets could reduce obesity by 2.7%. Pauline said: “That is, on a population level, a huge impact.”

Pauline’s comments were covered widely, including in the Independent, the New Statesman, the Daily Mail and the Week.

Heidi Larson appears on Newsnight (at 22:29) discussing the reasons behind low immunisation rates and ways to improve vaccine confidence. Heidi said: “What people refer to as the anti-vaccine movement is a very small proportion of the public. A bigger issue is hesitancy, questioning and uncertainty.”

Andy Haines discusses the challenges surrounding estimating the mortality impact of climate change on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less. Andy said: “”It’s easier to estimate direct effects like floods than more indirect effects like migration.”

Judith Glynn talks to the Telegraph (£) about research she co-authored suggesting that survivors of Ebola are five times more likely to die in the year following recovery than the general population. Judith said: “We know that Ebola can infect the kidney. If you get acute kidney problems it can give rise to acute renal failure later so this as a cause of death is possible. I would emphasise that the evidence is quite weak for most cases. For most people the cause of death was based on interviews with family members.”

Judith’s comments are picked up widely, including in the Daily Mail, Haaretz and Canada.com.

Rachel Lowe speaks to AFP about this year’s rise in outbreaks of dengue, and her comments were also picked up by the Daily Mail

Jimmy Whitworth provides expert comment for BBC News following a study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases reporting that a new strain of strep A has been identified in the UK. Jimmy said: “This important study gives us a plausible clue to the worrying recent increase in cases of scarlet fever in children in England.”

Martin McKee speaks to the Times (£) and the Telegraph (£) on a study he co-authored suggesting that e-cigarettes may damage the heart.

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where our video revealing the names of Florence Nightingale, Alice Ball and Marie Sklodowska-Curie proved very popular:

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