11 – 17 May 2013

James Logan speaks to BBC News about new research into the manipulation of mosquitoes by the malaria parasite, which makes them more attracted to human odour:  We think it is giving them a heightened sense of smell. We are hypothesising there is an alteration somewhere in their olfactory system that allows them to find us quicker.” Also covered by BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme (1hr 24mins), BBC Health Check,  BBC Radio 5 Live (2hr 49min 35secs), BBC World Service Newsday (53mins), BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Berkshire (2hr 49min 30secs) and in over 100 other publications including CNN, Financial Times, BBC Mundo and New Scientist.

Val Curtis is interviewed on BBC World Service’s The Why Factor about disgust: “However rational we are we can’t actually help that feeling when we see something nasty, it’s deeply ingrained in us, almost innate. It’s very clear that it has one major function, to keep us away from things that might give us an infectious disease.”

Heidi Larson speaks to IRIN news about a new global surveillance tool, being developed by researchers at the School, that detects and monitors real time public concerns about vaccines:  “The world has changed a lot in the last decade. What we are seeing is that you don’t have to have a computer in every household. People hear something on the radio, they tell their neighbour, they tweet it, and there are waves of information. We hadn’t anticipated how ubiquitous cellphones and smartphones were going to be, and that makes this work even more relevant.” Also covered by over 190 other publications around the world including Nature and Sydney Morning Herald.

News Medical include Camille Maringe in their Thought Leaders section, discussing her study into bowel cancer survival in the UK.  “Low bowel cancer survival in the UK was already known. The specific aim of the study was to understand the role of stage at diagnosis in explaining low cancer survival. UK patients will benefit from the findings of this research if they are encouraged to seek help earlier in order to be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage; if investigation of stage at diagnosis is more systematic, and if patients then obtain the best possible treatment for the stage of disease that they are diagnosed at.”

The Lancet includes an article about the first meeting of a new Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, led by Peter Piot.

Research from Lucy Reynolds is mentioned in a Guardian Comment is Free piece.

The Thompson Reuters Foundation speaks to Damian Brown, Master’s student at the School, about his book – Band Aid for a Broken Leg – that describes his experiences working overseas for MSF.

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