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Government must face ‘mounting evidence’ for taxes on unhealthy food

The UK Government must face growing evidence in support of taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, according to a new report co-authored by Dr Laura Cornelsen and Angela Carriedo from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The paper, published by the Food Research Collaboration (FRC), reviews the impact of taxes overseas and concludes that the growing obesity epidemic must be tackled by making unhealthy products with low nutritional value more expensive to reduce their consumption. Read more

Charlotte Watts elected to Fellowship of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Charlotte Watts has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her excellence in medical research. Prof Charlotte Watts This year, 48 new Fellows were elected for their contribution to the advancement of medical science. Prof Watts follows Prof Eleanor Riley, who was elected into the Fellowship this time last year. Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.” Read more

AIDS Between Science and Politics

AIDS Between Science and Politics coverThe School’s Director, Prof Peter Piot charts the social, political and human history of the AIDS epidemic in his newly released book, AIDS Between Science and Politics, which also looks at the ongoing challenges in tackling the disease. Prof Piot, who was the founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist tackling the disease from its onset in the early 1980s to today. The AIDS pandemic was not only disruptive to the health of millions worldwide, but also fractured international relations, global access to new technologies, and public health policies in nations across the globe. As he struggled to get ahead of the disease, Prof Piot found science does little good when it operates independently of politics and economics, and politics is worthless if it rejects scientific evidence and respect for human rights. Read more

The key to finding and supporting children with disabilities

Cover of 'Using the Key Informant Method: A Working Guide'A new tool to help identify children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries and ensure they get the support they need has been published. The free resource from researchers at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine provides an evidence-based guide and materials to identify children in an affordable and reliable way using community volunteers. Read more

Domestic violence deters contraception

Condoms-300 Women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception, exposing them to sexually transmitted diseases and leading to more frequent unplanned pregnancies and abortions, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. Read more

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Greater use of food banks linked to higher unemployment, sanctions and cuts in welfare spending

The mass expansion of food banks across the UK is associated with cuts in spending on local services, welfare benefits and higher unemployment rates, a new study published in the BMJ has found. The study was carried out by researchers from Oxford University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Liverpool University. They linked data covering 375 local authorities of official government data on welfare changes, sanction rates, and economic changes to food bank statistics from the Trussell Trust, the only source of routinely collected surveillance for the past decade. They found that food banks were more likely to open in local authorities with higher unemployment rates - and that greater welfare cuts increased the likelihood of a food bank opening. Read more

Image: Anne Mills lights the holy lamp at the launch of the CCCC in India. Credit: PHFI

First of its kind Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions launched in India

A new international partnership has launched in India to tackle the growing health crisis of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. The Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) is a partnership between four leading institutions: the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi, Emory University, and the Public Health Foundation of India. The School’s Professor Vikram Patel is one of the Centre’s Directors. Read more

Dr Anna Goodman and Professor Dame Sally Macintyre at the ceremony (Dr Goodman wears the heirloom pendent). Credit: Kiki von Glasow, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre

Anna Goodman receives Suffrage Science award

The School’s Dr Anna Goodman has been recognised for her research at an event celebrating the achievements of leading women scientists. She was among 12 scientists in the fields of engineering, physical sciences and medicine, to be presented with a piece of Suffrage Science heirloom jewellery at the award ceremony, which took place at the Royal Society on International Women’s Day. The event was supported by the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society and L’Oréal. Read more

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB. Credit: Flicker/NIAID.

How can we reach, treat and cure everyone with TB?

Progress against tuberculosis (TB) is being threatened by drug resistance and all patients with the disease should be tested to find out which treatments they respond to, according to a publication in the BMJ. As World TB Day approaches with this year’s theme of “reaching, treating and curing everyone”, David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-authors James Millard and Cesar Ugarte-Gil set out current challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis globally. Read more

MRI scan of a person with ALS

Head trauma in sport and neurodegenerative disease

As the Six Nations rugby union championship continues amid much concern about concussions caused on the field, a team of leading epidemiologists have called for a major research effort to explore the links between head injuries in sport and long-term links to neurodegenerative disease. Writing in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Queen Mary University of London say that while there is a great deal of evidence about the short-term effects of head injury, there is relatively little known about the long-term effects on cognitive function, dementia, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Read more