28 January – 24 February 2012

Highlights: 18 – 24 Feb 2012

Comments by Peter Piot in The New York Times in a feature on the new executive director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé: “You can’t say ‘no’ to Michel, I was at a conference in Ethiopia in December, and for the first time, I felt I was hearing ‘ownership’ of AIDS by African countries. They weren’t talking so much about the donors, but about it as their own problem. I think he had a lot to do with that.”

Peter Piot comments in The New York Times on the future of Tropical Medicine: “The colonial legacy gave rise to schools of tropical medicine, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal — all colonial powers had them.” Article also reported in Daily Me

Nick Black stands his ground on NHS performance being higher than previously believed in a letter to The Guardian. Nick’s study has received more than 100 mentions worldwide in the past 10 days.

David Heymann and John Edmunds comment on the decision by WHO to make the new controversial flu-research public:  Although adding and deleting genes can create super-strains that put the entire world at risk, Heymann said, the work is vital to developing effective vaccines and diagnostic tests which will be needed quickly if a pandemic hits.  Sunday Mail.

In an article in the BMJ, Nick Mays comments about the LSE study on  the effect of more competition in the NHS: “It demonstrates the importance in this future world of ensuring the same data are collected from the public, private, and third sector. If the NHS is paying, the public deserves to know what is going on.”

Polly Roy nominated for the BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year 2012 award: she was nominated for her work onBuilding viruses from scratch: platform technologies to generate unconventional but safe vaccines for animal disease”.

Virginia Berridge mentioned in a critique of the NHS reforms: for her study on the role of history in health policymaking.

Highlights: 10 – 17 February 2012

Nick Black on NHS productivity research published in The Lancet and covered on BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mail, BMJ, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Daily Express, Daily Star Medical Express, also covered by the Press Association and reported in Express and Star, and more than 100 other international and local media including the Chicago Tribune and the International Business Times. Also on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme (13.02.2012)

David Heymann and John Edmunds comment on the future of H5N1 research after calls for censorship of two scientific papers on the genetic modification of bird flu. Reuters, Reuters Alertnet, London South East, Yahoo News, National Post (Canada) The Peninsula (Qatar) and reported by more than 40 other international media.

James Logan describes his experiences experimenting with hookworm and mosquitoes for the forthcoming series of Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’; coverage in the Scottish Sun

David Horn research on sleeping sickness drugs feature in SciDev Net: “This is a neat and promising concept. The goal now will be to develop a deliverable toxin (…) which exhibits anti-trypanosomal activity in the fly.” Also covered in BBC News, All Africa, Pressetext Austria, Wallstreet Online

Vikram Patel comments on the impact of trained lay people in mental health care in The Guardian Poverty Matters Blog: “We need to empower everyone to be able to understand the commonsense ways in which first they can promote their own mental health (…) secondly, to provide mental healthcare when someone close to them is in a crisis”.

Philip Gothard and Sanaa Said on our new East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in The Economist. Dr Said, one of the first graduates, is now going on to teach on the Diploma.

Highlights: 4 – 10 Feb 2012

James Logan and Mark Rowland on BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth: how malaria parasites can manipulate the behaviour of mosquitoes and human victims and how insecticide-treated bed nets can be an efficient way to control malaria infections. Listen on BBC iPlayer (25-28’).

Val Curtis on the role of disgust in evolution and society In Focus feature in Metro “We tend to think that what’s driving evolution is the survival of the fittest but, actually, it’s the survival of those that can avoid getting sick.”

Brian Greenwood on the historical use of voluntary malaria infections: “Malaria was also used more widely. Even fairly recently, in the last 20 years, it was used to treat certain autoimmune diseases in some countries.” Reuters, Reuters Alertnet, International Business Times, Fox News, Yahoo News, CBS, Pretoria News, Euronews, and 40 other outlets worldwide.

Martin McKee replies to the Secretary of State Andrew Lansley in a letter to the BMJ: reported by Associated Press and in the Evening Standard, Daily Express, International Business Times, Belfast Telegraph, MSN News, Liverpool Echo, Oxford Times and over 50 local and online media.

Combined treatment and prevention of HIV, malaria and diarrhoea can save lives on a budget, study by LSHTM researchers in Plos ONE: scientists have demonstrated that confronting several diseases at once can make the most of thinly-stretched donor dollars and national health care budgets, to help to save lives. Health Canal, UCSF, Science Daily, News Blaze and News Wise

Good Health at Low Cost – 25 Years On by Dina Balabanova, Anne Mills and Martin McKee reviewed in The Lancet.

David Horn welcomes drug candidate for sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis: “Any multi-purpose, once daily, oral drug that could safely treat both sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis would be very good news.” SciDevNet

Global Health Lab event: “What has feminism done for global health?” chaired by Martin McKee reviewed in the Lancet.


Highlights: 28 Jan – 3 Feb 2012

Teun Bousema research published in PLoS Medicine to reduce malaria by targeting hotspots of transmission: “Malaria hotspots appear to maintain malaria transmission in low transmission seasons and are the driving force for transmission in the high transmission season. Targeting the hotspots would mean the most infected and most diseased households would be prioritized.” Yahoo News India, Daily India, MedCompare, New Kerala, PhysOrg, Science Codex, Ivanhoe, Daily India, also on MediLexicon, The Eagle and Bioportfolio.

David Schellenberg comments on research claiming deaths from malaria may be much higher than previously believed: BBC News, BBC Mundo, AP and more than 100 outlets worldwide including USA Today, Times of India, Irish Times, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox 19, NBC NewsKenya Broadcasting Corporation.

Simon Croft comments on the London Declaration, a major coordinated effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases:  Sky News, StrayFM, Classic FM, LBC, 106Jack, and interviews broadcast on Al Jazeera English and Sky News

Martin McKee continues his appraisal of the NHS Bill in a letter to the Guardian and comment by Tom Chivers in The Telegraph, while BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee quotes him on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Good Health at Low Cost – 25 years on, edited by Anne Mills, Dina Balabanova and Martin McKee mentioned in the Bangkok Post and Asian Correspondent

Joanna Busza comments on a new study dispelling the myth that major sporting events fuel sex trafficking:  on our intranet Chariot blog, New Internationalist and Trust Law

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