26 February – 4 March 2018

Heidi Larson writes for the Financial Times about how governments must regain social trust to eradicate measles and restore confidence in vaccines. The piece marks twenty years since the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s faulty research into the MMR vaccine. Heidi says: “The long cherished dream of eliminating measles is…

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19 – 25 February 2018

Karl Blanchet speaks to BBC Newsday about the humanitarian situation in Ghouta. Karl says: “The persistent attacks and bombings on civilians in Eastern Ghouta are shocking and horrific. The International Humanitarian Law, specifically created to protect civilians, has been blatantly and deliberately flouted again and again. The Syrian situation is…

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12 – 18 February 2018

Anne Mills is quoted by Times Higher Education on fostering collaboration with Commonwealth countries ‘pointing to attempts by funders such as the Wellcome Trust to shift towards a model whereby money is managed within Africa rather than through a “top down” approach.’

The Brussels Times (Belgium) report on the European…

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5 – 11 February 2018

Will Stone writes for Thomson Reuters on a new study that identified malaria patients who produced antibodies able to prevent the spread of malaria: “A transmission-blocking vaccine, combined with effective drugs, mosquito-control, and a vaccine like RTS’S, could prevent its spread and bring eradication of this deadly…

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29 January – 4 February 2018

A new LSHTM study finds that although there have been global improvements in cancer survival, there are still wide and persistent disparities between countries, particularly for some childhood cancers. CONCORD-3, the latest in a series of reports from the Cancer Survival Group, is the largest study of population-based…

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22 – 28 January 2018

New research co-authored by LSHTM finds that a sugar tax levied on soft drinks could have the unintended consequence of increasing consumption of alcohol.  Richard Smith said: “Taxing soft drinks may affect alcohol consumption because increasing the price of one type of product may also affect purchases of other…

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15 – 21 January 2018

A new study co-authored by LSHTM finds that screening the entire population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations, rather than just screening those at high-risk of carrying the mutation, is cost effective and could prevent more ovarian and breast cancers. Quoted by HuffPost, Rosa Legood said: “This…

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8 – 14 January 2018

Peter Piot and Heidi Larson write an article for WIRED on how fake news and distrust of science could lead to global epidemics. They write: “Vaccines are one of the most important scientific inventions of all time…Yet these vital public-health tools are under threat from growing public mistrust…

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1 – 7 January 2018

Steven Cummins is quoted by Reuters on a study linking smaller waistlines and lower BMI to living near physical activity facilities: “It is likely that communities without the neighbourhood resources needed to encourage a healthy lifestyle put their residents at a higher risk of obesity.” The article generates coverage in…

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18 – 31 December 2017

A new study that finds providing internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested including among high-risk groups is widely reported by UK media. Quoted by The Independent, Caroline Free said: “Sexual health clinics play an important role in community health…

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