18 – 24 May 2013

Bob Carpenter speaks to BBC News online and numerous other publications about a new study looking at the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among babies that bed share: “The conclusion was that bed sharing is a risk factor even if parents do not smoke, and in the first three months of life the relevant risk factor of bed sharing compared to having the baby sleeping in a cot next to the parents’ bed is a fivefold increase in the risk of SIDS”. Covered by over 450 publications in the UK and worldwide including BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s PM (37mins), BBC Radio 5 Live (35mins 44secs), Sky News, BBC Radio London (1hour 30mins), ITV News, ITV Calendar, CBC Radio (Canada), the Telegraph (front page story), the Times, the Guardian, BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Daily Mail, Daily Express, BBC Radio 1, Evening Standard, Independent, Metro, Daily Star, Grazia (France), Le Parisien, Times of India, LBC Radio, NHS Choices, STV News and US TV stations including Fox News and CBS.

BBC World News’ monthly Health Check TV programme is hosted from the School, and includes an interview with James Logan about his new research into how malaria parasites manipulate mosquitoes – clip available at BBC News online. James Logan and Will Stevens  also talk to Health Check on BBC World Service Radio about the next stage of the research: “By understanding more about the mosquito’s olfactory system and how they find us, and particularly ones that are infected with malaria, the better we can develop attractants for traps and repellents to protect people from malaria mosquitoes.” Interview at 12mins.

Martin Gorsky is interviewed on The Editors for a piece about future spending on the NHS: “In recent years we have seen a lot of political controversy especially where the ideas of rational planners who want to distribute the NHS resources more fairly and effectively clash with the wishes of the local population, it’s come into focus many times recently over A&E departments.” Interview broadcast on BBC One and BBC World – feature also available on BBC News online.

Colin Sutherland talks to the Daily Mail about a new, highly sensitive LAMP blood test for malaria which has been tested at the School: An important advantage of Lamp is that non-specialist staff in any hospital in the UK will be able to accurately and rapidly detect the presence of malaria parasites, and immediately begin treatment without waiting for confirmation from local experts or specialist laboratories.” Also covered in BBC London news bulletins and numerous other publications.

Phil Edwards speaks to BBC Radio Sussex about the introduction of a 20mph speed limit in Brighton: “Research shows that children are less likely to be injured when the average speed is reduced. Other research shows children are unable to detect vehicles approaching at speeds greater than 20mph.” Interview at 1hour 36mins.

Alan Dangour is interviewed by ABC Radio’s Health Report about his research into the omega-3 fatty acid supplements and cognitive decline: “For cognitive function, from our trial there’s no evidence that there’s a benefit.”

Alison Grant is interviewed on Arise News about recent developments in the study of HIV to mark 30 years since the discovery of the virus: The explosion in interest in research around a cure is very exciting, but I think the work on cure is still at a very early stage and in terms of people living with HIV at the moment, they’re not about to be able to access something that can cure them.” Interview at 25mins 45secs.

Medical Xpress reports on a new study led by the School which shows that failure to link electronic health records may lead to biased disease estimates. Also covered by other specialist publications.

Ahead of the 2013 Women Deliver conference, Health Canal covers two new studies on women’s health from the School, published in the Lancet.

The Guardian reports on a recent forum on mosquito nets at which Jo Lines was a speaker.

Ben Goldacre talks to the Independent about students taking part in clinical trials.

Ruth McNerney speaks to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague about a study by researchers in the US suggesting that high doses of vitamin C can wipe out drug-resistant strains of the bacteria that cause TB.

STI Journal reviews Sexual Health: A Public Health Perspective – a text book by Kay Wellings, Kristin Mitchell and Martine Collumbien.

The Grocer covers a study by researchers at the School examining the effectiveness of the government’s Responsibility Deal with the food and drink industry.

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