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HPV vaccines in Brazil. Credit Gabriel Jabur/Agência Brasília

Could a single dose of HPV vaccine be enough?

Mark JitBy 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

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Flibanserin for female sexual desire disorder: finally evening the score for women?

Dr Kirstin MitchellBy 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

Drip stands at the Kerry Town the Ebola treatment centre. Credit: Ankur Gupta-Wright

Improving the clinical care of Ebola patients

Dr Ankur Gupta-WrightBy 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

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School experts named among top 100 Clinical Leaders

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

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Embracing complexity in health and social systems

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

Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola

Image: Ebolavirus. Credit: Frederick A MurphyThe 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

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School-based first aid kit for malaria named among 25 innovative solutions to global health problems

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. Read more

Child survival in Tanzania soars but mothers and newborns left behind

Mother with baby in Tanzania  by Jordi Matas for Save the ChildrenTanzania 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