24 -30 August 2013

Lucy Tusting speaks to BBC News about a Cochrane Review led by the School evaluating mosquito larval source management for controlling malaria: The tremendous progress made in malaria control in the last decade is now threatened by mosquito resistance to the insecticides available for long-lasting insecticide treated nets and indoor residual spraying. Thus additional methods are needed to target malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Our research shows that larval source management could be an effective supplementary intervention in some places.” Also covered by over 50 other publications including BBC World Service, The Conversation UK (Lucy Tusting comment piece), Voice of America,  SciDev.Net, News Medical, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Radio New Zealand and Business Standard India.

Brendan Wren appears on BBC World TV discussing bubonic plague, following the death of a 15 year old boy from the disease in Kyrgyzstan.

Sanjay Kinra speaks to the Daily Mail about his research into whether having siblings affects your risk of suffering from allergies: “We think that when you have siblings in the house, they bring in more bugs. That process increases the more children there are. There’s a debate about whether the modern environment has caused the rise in allergic conditions, but the fact this link with siblings was true in the Thirties and Forties supports the hygiene hypothesis.”

Vikram Patel talks to Associated Press about a global survey of illicit drug use, and how countries should be tackling the problem: A decriminalized drug policy could potentially transform the public health approach to drug use. The enormous savings in the criminal justice system could be used to fund addiction treatment programs.” Covered by over 340 publications including CBS News, Huffington Post, Sky News Australia and Fox News.

Shunmay Yeung is interviewed by SciDev.net about artemisinin resistance, and the work being done to identify its causes and map where it is happening: “We need to map artemisinin resistance in order to understand where it is, to see how far it’s spread and how quickly it’s changing. If we don’t know where it is, we don’t know where to intervene in terms of containment, and indeed whether containment is still what we should be trying to do.”

Andrew Bastawrous is interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire (from 1 hour 26 mins) about the Peek smartphone tool: “If you want to do a detailed eye examination on someone, that requires expensive equipment and highly trained personnel to operate that equipment, and most of that equipment is designed to be used in a hospital and not travel. Our issue was how do we provide that level of examination for people in their communities and their homes, without having to take expensive equipment to them… As the idea grew it became more and more likely that all of these tests could be carried out using a smartphone.”

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