19 – 25 January 2013

BBC News ask John Cairns for comments on a new European Commission-funded study testing the quality-adjusted life years (QALY) method used by NICE to assess the value of new drug treatments in England and Wales: “QALYs are certainly not perfect and we should be looking for better ways…

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12 – 18 January 2013

Heidi Larson writes in New Scientist about how a global treaty on mercury pollution will do more harm than good if it bans a vital medical preservative: “A number of developing countries have expressed concern over thiomersal’s proposed ban. Public health experts around the world, including the WHO, have…

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4 – 11 January 2013

Heidi Larson speaks to the Lancet about the problems behind the measles outbreak in Pakistan: “What we’ve seen with the surge in measles in Pakistan in the last year is really a reflection of a system breakdown. There was a devolution of the Ministry of Health to the provincial…

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29 December 2012 – 4 January 2013

Matt Yeo and Mark Rowland on BBC Nature’s Weirdest Events discussing kissing bugs, chagas disease and how to get botfly out of your body. (At 46m and 56m)

Nick Black speaks to the Press Association about the controversial Health and Social Care Act coming into force: “On April 1st…

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22 – 28 December 2012

Brian Greenwood on Voice of America discussing issues raised by the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2012: “We do have quite clear evidence that there is resistance to the artemisinins, particularly in Cambodia…It would be a disaster if those parasites got loose in Africa and our main…

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15 – 21 December 2012

John Edmunds and Alma Adler speak to Sky News about preliminary findings from the UK Flusurvey: “The data are very preliminary and flu levels are still very low but overall the results suggest that contrary to what we expected to find, there is no such thing as man flu.”Also…

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8 – 14 December 2012

Peter Piot and Sandy Cairncross speak to BBC News about the global burden of disease. Also covered by Reuters and numerous titles worldwide.

Brendan Wren in the Guardian on tracking the origins of the UK outbreak of C. Difficile: “Since these strains acquired resistance to this frontline antibiotic, not only…

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1 – 7 December 2012

Virginia Berridge speaks to BBC Wales about the tobacco display ban coming into force in Wales: “A reduction might be achieved but a smoke-free society is probably unrealistic. If we look at an area that is increasing parallel – the ‘war on drugs’ approach – that hasn’t achieved nil consumption…

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24 – 30 November 2012

Alma Adler speaks to BBC News about man flu and the UK Flusurvey: “We haven’t found any evidence of ‘man flu’ yet. The biggest risk factor is having children under the age of 18 and for this reason women are more at risk of flu. This year we have…

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17 – 23 November 2012

Alma Adler in the Telegraph for the launch of the UK Flusurvey and the risk of catching flu on your daily commute: “Last year we found no difference in the chance of reporting a flu-like illness in people who took public transport and people who did not. In fact…

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