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In the news – media highlights 2017

The School’s research and expertise have been making headlines around the world this year, covering everything from Ebola vaccines to young people’s sexual practices, and malaria treatment failure to a royal visit. Here is a selection of some of our top stories from 2017. Read more

4 – 10 December 2017

Peter Piot is featured in NHK World’ Direct Talk discussing why planning ahead is vital to combat future epidemics. The interview covers Peter’s work leading research into HIV/AIDS as founding Executive Director of UNAIDS to co-discovering the Ebola virus in 1976: “A big question is are we…

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27 November – 3 December 2017

New World Health Organization research shows that 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low and middle-income countries is either falsified or substandard. The WHO estimates use an LSHTM model to address the question of the health and economic impact of sub-standard and falsified antimalarials. The findings were…

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20 – 26 November 2017

A study using data from the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles is widely reported. It finds that sexually active young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago. Quoted by the Daily Mirror, Kaye Wellings…

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6 – 19 November 2017

A new School-led study that demonstrates major bleeds must be treated with tranexamic acid quickly is reported by The Guardian. Ian Roberts says: “Responding quickly can be the difference between life and death and that means patients must be treated urgently at the scene of injury or as soon…

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30 October – 5 November 2017

Joy Lawn and Anna Seale lead the first global study showing the impact of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection on pregnant women which estimates it causes 150,000 stillbirths and infant deaths every year, and that an effective vaccine may prevent 231,000 infant and maternal GBS cases. The research…

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23 – 29 October 2017

Sequencing of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) whenever someone is detected with the strain, and combining this with information on when and where transmission may have occurred, could link cases and detect outbreaks much sooner, reports Sharon Peacock and colleagues in a new study. The study was covered widely including…

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16 – 22 October 2017

A new study led by Steven Cummins which found that a levy of 10p per drink to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Jamie’s Italian UK restaurants is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in sales, is widely covered by UK and international media. More…

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9 – 15 October 2017

Harry Rutter provides comment to BBC News on a new analysis of global obesity figures, showing that child and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last four decades. He said: “This is a huge problem that will get worse. Even skinny people are heavier than they would…

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2 – 8 October 2017

A study led by Ajay Aggarwal that finds surgical cancer units invest heavily in unproven technologies to attract patients was reported by the Daily Mail and The Times (£). Quoted by the Daily Mail, Ajay said: “We have to accept there is a market within the NHS. People are choosing and…

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