8 – 14 June 2013

Helena Legido-Quigley speaks to Reuters about new research on how austerity cuts are dismantling the Spanish healthcare system: “If no corrective measures are implemented, this could worsen with the risk of increases in HIV and tuberculosis — as we have seen in Greece where healthcare services have had severe cuts — as well as the risk of a rise in drug resistance and spread of disease.” Also covered in more than 160 articles, including major Spanish news titles El Pais, El Mundo, Cadena SER Radio, Telecinco, 8TV, La Sexta, Materia, Basque Public Broadcast EITB , El Confidencial, Radio Televisión Española and El Periódico.

Judith Green talks to the Evening Standard about an analysis from the School showing that free bus travel for young people benefits the environment and may help curb road traffic injuries: “The introduction of free bus travel for young Londoners has been beneficial in a number of ways. Although the proportion of short journeys young people took by bus increased, it did not reduce the amount of walking they did overall because they were making extra trips and getting out and about more often. Free bus travel has also led to a reduction in the use of cars.”

Ken Eames is interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live (from 1hour 22mins) about the School’s flusurvey project, following a session on the research at the Cheltenham Science Festival: “The biggest risk factor for getting flu is working with kids.”

Phil Edwards speaks to BBC Radio Sussex (from 1hour 38mins) about 20mph speed limits linked to a national campaign by road safety charity, Brake, calling for motorists to slow down  around schools and homes: “There’s clear evidence that the slower cars are moving then should a person get hit then the risk of injury is reduced… A child’s height is such that if hit by a car it’s going to cause severe damage and potentially give a child a head injury.”

Peter Piot is quoted in International Business Times talking about the new World Bank, WHO and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine report – HIV in the European Region: vulnerability and response: “Now is an important time for Europe. The momentum of HIV prevention must be maintained in a climate of economic and funding uncertainty… The evidence gathered through our collaborations with the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization show how institutions can work together to generate the evidence and the policy to do this.”  Also covered by other specialist and international sites.

AFP and other news sites also reference the report in an article reporting that former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski has called for drug decriminalisation to curb the spread of HIV.

Ruth McNerney speaks to BBC World Service’s Focus on Africa about the growing problem of drug resistance.

Ben Goldacre co-authors an editorial in BMJ about bicycle helmets and the law: The arguments are often heated and personal; but they also illustrate some of the most fascinating challenges for epidemiology, risk communication, and evidence based policy.”

Peter Piot takes part in a Q & A for the New England Journal of Medicine blog about his recent article about AIDS and the global response: “AIDS also put global health at the highest political agendas, where it had never been – a necessary condition for major policy and financial commitments. “

BBC News includes research from the School on bacteria on public transport and which groups in the workforce have the cleanest hands in a ‘7 questions on germs’ quiz.

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