All posts by LSHTM Communications Team

8 – 14 November 2018

Jimmy Whitworth provides expert comment on rabies after PHE announces that a UK resident bitten by a cat on holiday in Morocco has died from the disease after returning home. Jimmy said: “Seeking prompt care and getting vaccination is so important. In this tragic case the person didn’t get…

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1 – 7 November 2018

New research led by the MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that good housing with indoor plumbing may be key in eliminating childhood malnutrition and stunting. Andrew Prentice is quoted in The Guardian: “The takeaway message from our research is that there…

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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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18 – 24 October 2018

Heidi Larson authors a new report published by the EU Commission on vaccine confidence in Europe, finding that while it is improving in some countries it is decreasing in others and that coordinated approaches are needed to remind people of the importance of vaccines. Heidi said: “Vaccine confidence is dynamic…

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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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4 – 10 October 2018

Val Curtis speaks to Devex on India’s Swachh Bharat behaviour change campaign to achieve the goal of an open defecation-free India by the end of 2019: “I cannot think of any other campaign that has touched more people and had more demonstrable impact.”

Francesco Checchi is interviewed by…

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27 September – 3 October 2018

A new LSHTM-led study has found that birth order may play a significant role in sex education with first-born children more likely to report parental involvement than later-borns. Wendy Macdowall is quoted by Huff Post: “Young people tell us they want information from school and parents; schools…

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20 – 26 September 2018

A new LSHTM report estimates the conflict in South Sudan has likely led to 383,000 excess deaths in the country’s population since it began in 2013. Lead author Francesco Checchi said: “Humanitarian actors do extremely important work in what is often the most difficult of circumstances. Combatants need…

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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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6 – 12 September 2018

Brendan Wren speaks to BBC News at Ten  (13m 57s in) on post-mortem results showing that a British couple died in Egypt from complications associated with e.coli infection. “It’s very unfortunate but it’s possible if both of them had a contaminated food source and it had…

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