9 January – 15 January 2020

Heather Wardle appears on Football Focus (from 02:50) to discuss the negative impacts of gambling for football fans. Heather said: “Football clubs need to think about the impact of their actions because they are promoting a product that has a risk of harm. Gambling is not a risk-free commodity.”

Nason Maani and Mark Petticrew write in The Irish Times about improving alcohol health information. Nason and Mark said: “The peer-reviewed research we and others have performed has shown repeatedly that alcohol-industry-funded charities mislead the public on the links between alcohol and cancer.”

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted in The Telegraph (£) about a ‘mystery’ respiratory virus that has been detected in Thailand, the first known case outside of China. Jimmy said: “It doesn’t seem to be a virus that’s rapidly and easily transmitted in the human population, though this does raise the stakes slightly.”

David Heymann speaks to The Telegraph (£) about the importance of sharing information, following confirmation of the novel coronavirus in Thailand. David said: “It’s very important that the sequence is shared not only for confirming cases but also for developing diagnostic tests.”

Martin McKee provides expert comment for Reuters’ story on a new study that suggests a link between minimum wage increases and lower suicide rates. Martin said: “This study, taken with the other evidence, provides a strong argument for legislation to protect workers who are too easily exploited by unscrupulous employers.”

Heidi Larson’s vaccine-hesitancy research features in a Nature ‘Global problems need social science’ article. 

Research by LSHTM that looked at the variations in length of stay between countries after childbirth features in The Telegraph (£).

Research by LSHTM that is looking into brain function in football features in the Daily Mail.

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This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where we announced the launch of our brand new short course, Health Policy and Systems:

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