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31 October-13 November

Peter Piot writes in Scientific American about how human innovation shapes global health, highlighting the vital role of frontline workers. Peter said: “Innovation is so much more than the discovery or launching of new therapies, vaccines and/or apps. It is first and foremost about finding better ways of reaching…

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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.”

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21 – 27 March 2019

Heidi Larson speaks to BBC World Service (9m 50s in) for a piece on autism and the MMR vaccine and how Andrew Wakefield’s flawed research still impacts confidence in the vaccine. Heidi said: “The notion of vaccines causing autism and developmental disabilities is circulating in Eastern Europe and South…

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14 – 20 March 2019

Julian Eaton speaks to The Economist (£/register) about what disasters can reveal about mental health care. Julian said: “We used to assume that people need professional counselling but it turned out this was not so. Most people got better with simple, appropriate help that anyone could provide. Known as ‘psychological…

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03 – 09 January 2019

Peter Piot writes an article for Wired on why harnessing machine learning to improve health is a major ambition in the healthcare industry, and the potential for using it to manage health on a global scale. Peter says: “Artificial intelligence can democratise patient power and people’s ability to manage…

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15 – 21 November 2018

Colin Sutherland speaks to The Telegraph about the WHO World Malaria report 2018, which shows that that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. Colin said: “The UK government must continue its leading role in combating malaria, in particular focusing on the high burden…

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25 – 31 October 2018

New research led by LSHTM, Durham University, Medical Detection Dogs and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has found that trained dogs are able to detect the scent of the malaria parasite in samples of socks worn by infected children. The study is the first to show…

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11 – 17 October 2018

Heidi Larson writes a commentary for Nature News warning that the biggest risk factor for pandemic spread is not a lack of preventative technology but the rapid spread of misinformation undermining public trust in vaccines: “Dialogue matters. Strategies must include listening and engagement. We have to get better at this…

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13 – 19 September 2018

Pauline Paterson joined an expert panel on BBC’s Newsnight, discussing latest figures revealing a fall in proportion of children in England getting the MMR vaccination: “Vaccines are a victim of their own success and if, for example, a parent doesn’t see the disease within a community, they may…

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5 – 11 March 2018

Hilary Bower is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Newsday programme on the current outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Hilary is a member of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UKPHRST) and said: “The cases are falling at this stage, which we would expect as this is…

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