16 – 22 February 2013

James Logan and Nina Stanczyk are interviewed on  BBC News online,  BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland, ABC Australia and Voice of Russia about new research showing mosquitoes exposed to DEET once are less repelled by it a few hours later: “We were able to record the response of the receptors on the antenna to Deet, and what we found was the mosquitoes were no longer as sensitive to the chemical, so they weren’t picking it up as well.”  Also covered in 100 other publications including BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC 6 Music, Times, Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Fox News , Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and  Le Figaro.

Catherine Tonne talks to the Daily Mail about a study linking air pollution with increased deaths following heart attacks: ‘We found that for every 10 microgram per cubic metre increase in PM2.5 there was a 20 per cent increase in the death rate… This raises the possibility that exposure to air pollution may explain, in part, the differences in prognosis among heart attack patients from different backgrounds.” Also covered in 443 other media outlets including BBC London News, ITV London News, Telegraph, Daily Star, The Scotsman, Sky News AustraliaMSN and AFP.

Medical Express covers research from the International Centre for Eye Health about age-related macular degeneration in Kenya: “Despite the long held belief that age-related macular degeneration is not a public health concern in Africa, this study provides evidence not only that age-related macular degeneration is as prevalent as in some other world regions, 12.4% in this population, but also that it is an important problem contributing to both visual impairment and blindness in Africa.” Also covered on other specialist news sites.

Neil Pearce co-authors a comment in the Lancet about the place of asthma in the global NCD agenda: “Asthma afflicts individuals, families, and society by causing symptoms and morbidity, but it rarely causes death. Thus NCD targets focused largely on preventing deaths are inappropriate for asthma. People with symptomatic asthma lose time off school or work and are less productive, with direct and indirect costs to themselves and society. Asthma most commonly starts in childhood, which is not a target age group of the NCD agenda.”

New Zealand’s Safeguard Magazine interviews Neil Pearce (a recipient of the Safeguard Lifetime Achievement award) about his views on the recommendations made by the Pike River Commission’s report into the 2010 mine explosion: We need a new independent OSH, staffed by people with the appropriate qualifications and training (occupational medicine, nursing, hygiene, public health specialists), and not just by generic policy analysts. This is not so dif­ficult – the Ministry of Health manages to have a good mix of people with both health training and policy skills, and would provide a good model, and a good partner, for the new OSH agency.”

Enas Newire speaks to the Independent and i newspaper about her Master’s in infectious disease at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for a feature on distance learning: “I wanted a quality degree from a high-ranking institution… In 2010 I met my teachers and project supervisor during a five-week blended learning module, which I studied in London. It was really great to meet all the instructors I had been communicating with through emails for quite a long time. I found the London post-graduate school a very familiar, warm and friendly environment.”

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