9-15 March 2013

To mark the opening of the Cartographies of Life & Death exhibition, Ros Stanwell-Smith talks to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme about the history and legacy of John Snow’s work on cholera: “He comes to the idea, which is outrageous to people living at the time, that it might be some agent, that gets into the water and can somehow reproduce itself, and of course we now recognise this as germs… He starts systematically to investigate (the outbreak) and in his investigations he used many of the principles which we now use today.”

Paul Fine speaks to ABC Radio and ITV London News about the bicentenary of John Snow’s birth, and the exhibition and events taking place at the School: “The logic of what he did and the pragmatism of his response has made this an iconic event in the history of public health. So many people talk about ‘looking for the pump handle of this’ or ‘remove the pump handle for that’.”

Tom Koch from the University of British Columbia – a speaker at the March John Snow conference  – joins BBC Radio 4’s Material World in Soho to discuss Snow’s work linked to the bicentenary exhibition and events at the School.

Chris Grundy is interviewed in Times Higher Education about the Cartographies of Life & Death exhibition and mapping today: We were keen to make clear how ingrained maps have become in public health… Snow’s [map] is probably the most famous disease map ever made, but ever since we’ve used maps to link information and to show environmental factors, such as land use, elevation and rainfall, which often have an impact on the spread of diseases.”

Evening Standard and Time Out run features on Amy Sharrock’s pop-up Water Bar and Museum of Water, a live artwork taking place in Soho as part of the Cartographies of Life & Death exhibition.

Culture Voyage and Camden West End Extra run features on the exhibition, and it is also covered by Guardian and PLoS blog in articles about the John Snow bicentenary. Londonist includes it for a second time in an events piece.

Alma Adler appears on BBC Bang Goes the Theory discussing germs and public transport: “However we look at the data there’s no increased risk of getting flu-like illnesses from taking public transport, and we even looked at people who take public transport for over 1.5 hours each day, and even in those cases there’s no increased risk.”

James Logan returns to Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, investigating the healing properties of leeches.

Jennifer Quint speaks to Associated Press about the implications of Pope Francis only having one lung, leading to coverage in 625 publications around the world including the Guardian, Washington Examiner, New York Daily News, India Today, Jamaica Observer: “If he were going to have any major complications from the surgery (to remove the lung), he would have had them by now… I would recommend a yearly flu vaccination and an occasional pneumonia vaccine to avoid infection.”

Ian Roberts writes a viewpoint piece in the Lancet about the Global Burden of Disease study.

John Cleland writes a comment in the Lancet on a study into national, regional, and global rates and trends in contraceptive prevalence and an unmet need for family planning. His comments are covered in 190 publications, including Medical Xpress and MSN.

The announcement that Peter Piot is awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research by the Government of Japan is covered by the Lancet, News Medical and other news sites. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, congratulates Peter in Newstime Africa.

Julian Peto is interviewed on a number of BBC local radio stations including BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Radio Derby about the Education Committee examining  asbestos in schools: There’s concern that there could be a small but not negligible risk from the small amount that remains in the buildings… but there haven’t been adequate studies about how much there is in the air and how much people are actually breathing in.” Also covered on sites including SecEd.

Bloomberg reports on comments by Andy Haines about a World Health Organization report highlighting that alcohol consumption in the European region is the highest in the world.

Richard Coker speaks to Bloomberg  about virus risk in Hong Kong: “Cities are where some infectious diseases love to move between people nice and efficiently.”

Hounslow Chronicle writes that Julie Bristow’s work to prevent trachoma has been shortlisted in the SET for Britain competition run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

The School’s review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is covered online.

Vikram Patel is interviewed in Your Voice magazine about improving mental health care in developing countries.

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