5 – 11 October 2013

Eleanor Riley on Sky News discussing the latest results from the RTS,S vaccine study: “It would be great if the vaccine had 80-90% efficacy, but it has taken us 15 years to get this far with this vaccine. The question is: can we wait another 15 years before we roll out a vaccine that is going to save lives?” Also appeared on BBC World News TV, BBC World Service Newsday (at 19m), Channel 5 News and covered by the Press Association, Daily Telegraph, Mirror, Metro, Daily Mail, Economist and more than 140 titles worldwide.

Brian Greenwood speaks to New Scientist about the latest RTS,S results: “One-third of the children in the trial have now received a booster dose, so we’ll learn in the next year if this protects the children for a further period.”

Brian Greenwood speaks to SciDev.Net about a malaria vaccine based on genetically modified parasites: “[It] is a valid approach to the development of a human malaria vaccine but it still has a long way to go. It would be a disaster if a large number of people were immunised with a parasite that had not been weakened sufficiently to prevent it causing clinical malaria in some recipients.”

On World Mental Health Day, Dr Ellen Flint speaks to Reuters about new research looking at links between the London Living Wage and better mental health, using a special scale of mental wellbeing: “[The wellbeing scale] measures optimism about the future, feeling useful, feeling relaxed, feeling interested in other people, having energy to spare, thinking clearly, feeling good about yourself, feeling close to other people, feeling confident, making your own mind up about things, feeling loved, being interested in new things and feeling cheerful.” Also covered by more than 20 titles in the US and India.

Marc Baguelin speaks to Press Association about new research which shows that targeting flu vaccinations for children would have significant impact: “Targeting children would likely have prevented more cases and deaths for similar numbers of doses, even if low levels of coverage (30%) had been achieved…in terms of efficiency, the potential is that child vaccination at this point would have been a more efficient use of resources.” Also covered by Sinc, PLOS blogs, Nursing Times, Deutschlandfunk, numerous UK regional newspapers and science websites.

Heidi Larson commentary in the Lancet on the signing of the Global Mercury Convention: It will not be an easy path to implementation of the Convention, as the world effectively tries to undo the damage of mercury. But the risks of anything less than a concerted global effort are clear.”

Peter Piot op-ed in Yomiuri Shimbun on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Fiji Times highlight the School’s work to eliminate typhoid and leptospirosis.

Gerry Stimson writes to the Financial Times ahead of the European Parliament vote on smokeless tobacco.

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