By Dr Mark Jit, Senior Lecturer in Vaccine Epidemiology.
Year 8 schoolgirls in the UK (12-13 years old) receive two doses each of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that causes cervical cancer as well as genital warts and a number of other unpleasant cancers. Until 2013, they received three doses of the vaccine each. Read more
By Rebecca Tremain. Time travel was the order of the day at this year’s annual Mosquito Day celebration on 20 August. ‘Sir Ronald and Lady Ross’ were joined by three of the School’s leading researchers to bring the story malaria control to life.
The action was set in 1928, 31 years after Ross’s discovery of the mosquito vector for malaria transmission, and two years before the famous ‘tiffin’ photograph that inspired staff at the Malaria Centre to re-establish Mosquito Day on the calendar. Read more
By Dr Kirstin Mitchell, Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the School.
I was disheartened to learn last week that the US Federal Drug Administration approved flibanserin for treatment of low female sexual desire. The decision was claimed as a victory for women. But as a researcher working in sexual dysfunction and interested in the medicalisation of sex, the victory tasted a little bitter. Read more
By Dr Ankur Gupta-Wright, Clinical Research Fellow at the School.
Recent positive results from the Guinea Ebola vaccine trial, which suggested a vaccine could provide high protection against the virus, were welcome news. However, it’s also essential that we continue to carry out research to ensure Ebola patients are receiving appropriate care and effective treatment. Read more
Two of the School’s ongoing healthcare projects, Flusurvey and Peek, form part of an exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum.
The free permanent exhibition Who am I? invites visitors to explore the science behind our identity through objects, artworks and hands-on exhibits. As part of this exhibition, a new display entitled Too Much Information? Health Tests Today questions the future availability of healthcare in our homes, now that technology has made medical devices smaller, cheaper, and faster. Read more
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2015 list of top 100 Clinical Leaders has included Professor Nick Black, who has been selected for the third year in a row, Professor David Heymann and Dr Ben Goldacre.
The annual list recognises leaders whose clinical background enhances the work they do and those who have either made a significant impact on health service policy, healthcare delivery or medical/clinical advance in the last 12 months – or are likely to do so in the next 12 months. Read more
By Dina Balabanova and Fiona Campbell.
Our Faculty of Public Health and Policy held its annual research day on Monday 29 June, focused on the theme of 'Health and Social Systems'. Speakers from across the Faculty addressed the issue of how to make sense of health systems and explain why seemingly well-designed policies lead to unintended consequences. Read more
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, and analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them. Read more
A programme that trains teachers to manage uncomplicated malaria in school children in Malawi has been recognised by the WHO’s Social Innovation in Health Initiative.
Tanzania has achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 for child survival, but there has been insufficient progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country, according to a case study published in The Lancet Global Health to mark International Day of the African Child.
The country was selected as a Countdown to 2015 case study, in which researchers collected and analysed the best available data from 1990 (MDG baseline) to 2014. They assessed changes in maternal, newborn and child mortality, looked at the reasons behind these changes, and identified which groups were being left behind. Read more