23 – 29 November 2013

Kaye Wellings speaks to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme (from 1h 34m) about the findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), co-led by the School and published in a special Lancet series, which reveal how sexual attitudes and behaviours in Britain have changed over the past 10 years: “It’s quite a complex picture here, we’ve seen a major change in the status of women over the last 20 or 30 years, which you would expect to carry through into their sexual lifestyles. You’ve also had, in the last half a century, a severance of sex from its reproductive consequences… It’s also about the media and social representations of women’s behaviour. But we just have to set these findings in context… We also found in the survey that one in 10 women have had sex against their will, now that’s a massively increased figure over the men’s figure, which was one in 70, and we have a larger proportion of women than men who have a sexually transmitted infection. On the one hand we’ve got this increasingly open society where people are able to exercise choice, but on the other hand we’ve got a sizeable group of women who are having sex of a kind they don’t want.”

The study generated over 800 pieces of media coverage and was splashed across the front pages of the Times, Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail and the i newspaper.

Kaye Wellings, Wendy MacDowall and Kirstin Mitchell were interviewed on programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, Sky News, BBC World TV, Channel 5 NewsTalk, BBC Radio London (Vanessa Feltz show from 2m – 30min interview), BBC Radio Sussex (from 38m), BBC Radio Northampton (from 5m), Voice of Russia, and commercial radio stations across the UK.

Other key pieces included three articles in the Guardian (here, here & here), two pieces on BBC News online (here – was most read on BBC website & here) further coverage in the Daily Mail and the Times, Metro, Sun, Express, Mirror, Evening Standard, Huffington Post (here & here), BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz (from 15m), Reuters, Bloomberg, Daily Star, Channel 4 News, Sky News, New Scientist, The Conversation UK and DIVA magazine.

There were comment pieces from School researchers in the Guardian, Huffington Post and New Statesman, and Kaye Wellings was profiled in the Lancet.

The research also led to numerous comment pieces in the media, with writers discussing the findings and their implications. These included: Zoe Williams, Stephanie Theobald and Tim Dowling in the Guardian, Alice Thompson and an anonymous comment in the Times, Kate Figes, Terri Apter, Judith Woods, Jim White and Gillian Reynolds in the Telegraph, Grace Dent in the Independent, Paul Thompson, Sarah Vine and five female writers in the Daily Mail, and Dominic Midgley in the Express.

Martin Hibberd talks to BBC News online about comments by Oxford’s Prof Simon Hay suggesting that Dengue Fever could be a significant risk for fans travelling to the World Cup in Brazil next year: “Brazil is doing well to improve its health profile. The anti-dengue team will be out looking for the breeding site of the mosquitoes and trying to reduce the number.”

Ian Roberts writes in the New Statesman that the clotting drug tranexamic acid has already been included in the White House Medical Unit treatment protocols for President Obama, but that more must be done to raise its profile: “If we do manage to raise the profile of this lifesaving treatment, the drug company will pay the FDA the license application fee, the FDA might give them permission to tell US doctors about tranexamic acid, the company will make some money and a few thousand Americans will not die.”

Andrew Bastawrous talks to Reuters while testing the Peek smartphone tool in Nakuru, Kenya: “It’s very hard to reach patients in remote settings and to get the standard expensive kit to them. Developing an app on a phone allows the healthcare worker to go to the patient.”

Carine Ronsmans speaks to IRIN about health services in Bangladesh following new research suggesting that the country is performing better than expected on health despite its widespread poverty: You have to pay, but because people now have fewer children they are willing to make that investment. [People can afford to seek private care a few times in a lifetime for births, but ongoing care is largely unaffordable.] High blood pressure, for instance, can easily be monitored in the community. But you need good referral to higher levels of care, and that means a good public sector which is free.”

The Lancet reports that Peter Piot is among the winners of the 2013 Prince Mahidol Award for his work on HIV AIDS.

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