24 – 30 November 2012

Alma Adler speaks to BBC News about man flu and the UK Flusurvey: “We haven’t found any evidence of ‘man flu’ yet. The biggest risk factor is having children under the age of 18 and for this reason women are more at risk of flu. This year we have included some new questions, such as ‘How bad do you feel?’ People can answer on a number scale of one to 10.” 45 articles worldwide, including the Daily Mail, Scotsman, Scottish Sun and Times of India.

Martin McKee in the Telegraph on how baby boomers are facing unseen health crisis: “A combination of actions and failures to act by the Government will mean that many older people will be much poorer than they had expected. This has profound implications for health.”

BBC Focus ask Richard Coker and John Edmunds about the odds of human extinction due to a global pandemic: “A large fraction of the world lives in East or South East Asia. Due to farming and market practices in these countries, there tends to be slightly higher levels of contact with domestic animals such as poultry or pigs. Most experts think that this is the most likely region… It’s likely that a pandemic will originate from a pathogen that’s transmitted via the respiratory route, through droplets.” The December issue of BBC Focus is available to purchase now.

Michel Coleman on ecancer TVdiscussing the disparities of cancer mortality and incidence across the globe: “The incidence of cancer is in some cases higher, in some cases lower, in the UK than in comparable European countries and mortality follows the same kind of pattern… The fact that is the case generally might sound like it is a data artefact. It’s not.”

BBC Asian Network speak to Dr Punam Mangtani about her research on smoking and lung cancer among Asian men: “The rates of lung cancer are falling in the general population but don’t seem to be falling among South Asians…There are high smoking rates in certain groups.” (At 1m 40s)

Andrew Bastawrous in Venezuela’s  El Nacional newspaper explaining his work in Kenya testing technology to improve prevention of blindness.

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