02 – 08 May 2019

New LSHTM-led Natsal research published in the BMJ finds that there has been a general decline in sexual frequency in Britain between 2001 and 2012, with the biggest falls seen among over 25s and married or cohabiting couples. The research looks at three successive waves of Natsal and involved…

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25 April – 01 May 2019

Gates Notes publish a feature recognising Peter Piot and the work of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST). As part of the feature, Gates Notes interview Peter, along with members of the UK-PHRST including Dan Bausch, Katie Carmichael, Olivier Le Polain and Ben Gannon. “In just…

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18 – 24 April 2019

Brian Greenwood provides expert comment to Reuters on the world’s first ever malaria vaccine, after final trial data showed that it offered partial protection for up to four years. Brian said: “Given that there were an estimated 198 million malaria cases in 2013, this level of efficacy potentially translates…

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11 – 17 April 2019

Stefan Flasche is quoted in The Telegraph on news that the UK is to become the first country in the world to cut the dosage for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, from three to two. The recommendation was made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, after research published in the…

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04 – 10 April 2019

Heidi Larson writes an opinion piece for Devex Global Views entitled ‘It’s time to rebuild public confidence in vaccines’. Heidi says in the piece, “New champions are needed who can communicate the importance of immunization at a human and emotional level. Teachers, educational toy companies, social networks, and the…

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28 March – 03 April 2019

Vaccines in the news

Beate Kampmann appears on the Victoria Derbyshire show giving advice and information about vaccinations to parents considering whether they should be vaccinating their child. Beate said: “The main allergy concern is some vaccines, such as MMR, contain traces of egg. You know if you have a…

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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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07 – 13 March 2019

Dan Bausch is quoted in The New York Times for an article about why responding to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo also involves tackling distrust, fear and alienated communities. Dan said: “The epidemic continues to smolder, and could still flare more dangerously – I don…

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28 February – 6 March 2019

New LSHTM-led research finds that new HIV infections in southern Africa could be reduced substantially by offering entire communities voluntary HIV testing, and immediately referring those who test positive for HIV treatment in line with local guidelines. Richard Hayes said: “Although during the trial we found a 30 per…

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