14-27 November 2019

Harriet Forbes speaks to the Times (£) about her work indicating an increased risk of dementia diagnosis in the months following partner bereavement. Harriet said: “We think simply that it may be that your partner has been covering for you… After their death perhaps you will also be in contact with GP services and your family more, together increasing the chance of undiagnosed dementia getting noticed.”

Sinéad Langan and Kate Mansfield’s research exploring links between atopic eczema and increased fracture risk was featured by Newsweek, Daily Mail, International Business Times and PulseSinéad said: “Previous research has shown associations between atopic eczema and osteoporosis, and between atopic eczema and fracture. However, this is the first evidence that eczema precedes fractures and that fracture risk increases with more severe eczema.”

Grace Ryan talks to the BBC World Service (from 16:02) about how creative solutions, such as friendship benches, can help to tackle mental health in developing countries. Grace said: “By looking further afield, we can discover something really exciting and transformative that could improve mental healthcare all over the world.”

Julian Eaton talks to Devex about the importance of mental health and ensuring it is prioritised on the global health and development agenda. Julian said: “As interest and investment in mental health grows, it’s essential that we work toward pragmatic but principled solutions.”

Peter Piot talks to the Telegraph about the Cube, a portable Ebola treatment unit developed by Richard Kojan, winner of an innovation award at the Reach the Last Mile Forum. Peter said: “This allows a better dialogue with patients and it brings back the humanity. It’s a game-changer for caring for patients with Ebola and other highly infectious diseases.”

Heather Wardle speaks to the Guardian about HSBC’s decision to allow customers to stop themselves placing bets online. Heather said: “The financial sector is a key enabler of the gambling industry – without them online gambling couldn’t exist. So it’s right that banks and other financial institutions take the protection of people from gambling harms seriously.”

Johanna Hanefield discusses her research on perceptions of AMR in Pakistan with the Express Tribune. Johanna said: “We performed a framing analysis to look at how the issue of AMR is presented…we found that economic cost and human security narratives are the most dominant frames.”

Tom Shakespeare discusses the ethical questions surrounding genetically modifying human embryos with BBC Radio Scotland (from 01:00). Tom said: “It would introduce huge risks, and also open up the door to very socially divisive opportunities.”

Heidi Larson discusses the factors behind public distrust of vaccines and why communication is key in Rachel Botsman’s Trust Issues podcast (Part 1). Heidi said: “If there’s a critical inflection point, it’s to do the best to be open and have a conversation.”

Martin McKee speaks to the Telegraph and the Daily Mail about the dangers of misrepresenting the health effects of Vaping products. In the Telegraph, Martin said: “Even if you accept Public Health England’s claim that e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than conventional ones – which hardly any health organisation outside England does – they are still hazardous.”

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where our #WorldToiletDay post was the featured tweet in Global Health NOW news:

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