1 – 7 December 2012

Virginia Berridge speaks to BBC Wales about the tobacco display ban coming into force in Wales: “A reduction might be achieved but a smoke-free society is probably unrealistic. If we look at an area that is increasing parallel – the ‘war on drugs’ approach – that hasn’t achieved nil consumption and a war on smoking probably won’t either.”

Peter Piot, Anna Vassall and Michelle Remme op-ed in the FT for World AIDS Day on the economics for ending Aids: “Despite remarkable achievements and a wave of recent optimism, the stark truth is that the end of Aids is not in sight… The global economic crisis and the hope for an end to Aids do not justify a reduction in our efforts. Rather, they require a new economic argument.”

Martin McKee explains to Science Omega why increasing poverty in older age is bad news for health: “In our paper, we focused on the ‘disappointment paradox’ – a phenomenon whereby people are more significantly affected by losing what they were expecting than they would have been by an inadvertent gain… The point that we are making is that older people are going to be hit in a number of ways. Many will be significantly poorer than they had anticipated and this is likely to adversely impact their health outcomes.”

Eleanor Riley in Nature on the RTS,S  vaccine: “It’s going to save lives…The question is: how many lives and how much is that going to cost?”

Chris Drakeley on domain-b explaining research which highlights that people with low levels of malaria infection could be a source of transmission.

Medical News Today feature research led by Kalpana Sabapathy into the uptake of home HIV testing in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Bristol Post highlight that Nick Black is among the 1,000 new names in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who.

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