15 – 21 June 2013

Charlotte Watts, Karen Devries and Heidi Stöckl discuss new research revealing that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions: “This new data shows that violence against women is extremely common. We urgently need to invest in prevention to address the underlying causes of this global women’s health problem.” More than 1,000 pieces of coverage worldwide, including Associated Press, Reuters, Huffington Post, BBC News, Guardian, Daily Mail, ABC News, Washington Post, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Le Figaro, Spiegel, Times of India, Xinhua News, The ConversationLe Vif, Irish Times and Voice of Russia.

Robert Aunger in Metro taking a look at our handwashing habits: “We don’t believe there is very good evidence that the techniques you use to wash hands with soap matter very much in terms of protection from illness.”

Allen Foster speaks to Channel 4 about using GM crops to tackle vitamin A deficiency and blindness in children: “Over the last 20 years there has been a reduction in blindness from Vitamin A deficiency due to better education and the provision of vitamin A with immunisation programmes. Golden Rice has more vitamin A than conventional white rice, however it needs to be accepted by the communities and families in which vitamin A deficiency occurs.”

Lucy Tusting speaks to The Conversation about new research that shows socioeconomic development should be a key part of interventions against malaria: “Our analysis represents a comparison of the poorest and least poor children within highly impoverished communities, so the two-fold difference in malaria risk between these children is striking.” Also covered by numerous sites including Voice of America.

Daily Telegraph report preliminary findings from Sarah Willis looking at using MRI scans to detect prostate cancer: “The key to improving outcomes in prostate cancer is to really target treatment on those who need it. These findings suggest that the use of MRI and ultrasound not only detects far more cases, but leads to fewer false positives, in which significant disease is wrongly diagnosed.” Covered by numerous other national titles.

Louise Pealing visits El Salvador for Al Jazeera to look at a HPV self-screening revolution: “Cervical cancer kills more than a quarter of a million women worldwide every year and that’s despite it being a preventable and treatable disease. 80% of those cases occur in the developing countries… I’m going to see a new screening technique that could save thousands of lives all over the world.” An interview with Louise Pealing about her experience is featured in GP online.

Ruth McNerney on Radio Free Europe commenting on research that suggests silver could be used to tackle antibiotic resistance: “We’re not sure what the toxicity of silver would be in terms of, will it damage people’s kidneys or their liver. And it also might then make the antibiotics more toxic, as well. So until longer-term studies are done, we really won’t have answers to those questions. But it is a very interesting study.”

Times Higher feature School research on the health impacts of free bus travel for young people.

BBC News and France 24 highlight air pollution research by Krishnan Bhaskaran and Cathryn Tonne in articles about the health impacts of the ‘Singapore smog’.

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