30 November – 6 December 2013

Vikram Patel is interviewed in Wired Magazine about how to deal with the high burden of mental illness in low and middle income countries:  Most of the ­people who make decisions about global health are in the US and Western Europe. There, the mental health care sys­tem is dominated by highly trained, expensive professionals in big hospitals, who often see patients over long periods of time. This simply can’t be done in rural Africa or India. Who the hell can afford that kind of care? The real innovation is redefining who is a mental health care provider.Times of India reports on a study co-authored by Vikram and Abhijit Nadkarni looking at the course and outcome of alcohol use disorders in men in Goa.

James Logan talks to Observer Tech Monthly  about infecting himself with hookworms and trying leech therapy to investigate possible health benefits: Since the hookworms, I’ve also tried leech therapy to help cure a muscle injury. There’s anecdotal evidence that leeches can help by stimulating the flow of blood through the muscle, helping it to heal. So I gave it a go when after four months of physio a quad injury wasn’t getting any better. I let three leeches feed on my leg for about an hour, until they were the size of big sausages, full of blood. Amazingly, about a week later my injury had disappeared. Whether it was coincidence or not, I don’t know, but it certainly raises the possibility.”

Jessica Datta writes a guest blog for Mumsnet about the results of the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal):  Sex is an important health issue. It is no longer as taboo as it once was to discuss erectile dysfunction, infertility or sexually transmitted infections but people and health professionals may still find it difficult to talk about sexual problems. One in six people reported having a health condition that had interfered negatively with their sex lives but less than a quarter sought help or advice from a healthcare professional.” Mumsnet are also running a Natsal Q&A with the School’s Wendy Macdowall.

Additional Natsal coverage includes an interview with Wendy Macdowall on Newstalk Radio Ireland (at 49m), and further articles in the Telegraph, Evening Standard,  Economist, Express, and the Daily Mail.

Paul Wilkinson speaks to the Guardian about calls for tighter controls on Britain’s coal-fired power stations, forcing them to reduce their emissions. It comes as the Health and Environment Alliance releases analysis showing that British coal power plants cause 1,600 premature deaths per year: “The costs of reducing greenhouse gases by reducing coal-powered generation would be partially paid back because of lower health costs.”  Also covered by the Gulf Times.

Thomson Reuters Foundation, CNN, Il Mondo  and All Africa cover the Include Us! report from the School and Plan International, which shows that children with disabilities are being held back from education across the developing world.

Peter Piot is quoted on Fox TV online talking about Janssen Pharmaceutica’s gift supporting nine scholarships for global mental health at the School:  “Lack of mental health care remains one of the most neglected problems worldwide. Hundreds of millions of people around the world with mental, neurological or substance-use disorders do not receive even the most basic care, even though effective and low-cost treatments exist. Our MSc in Global Mental Health trains mental health leaders to improve access to care in countries around the world, and we are delighted to be working on this pioneering program with the Institute of Psychiatry.” Also covered by over 180 other publications including International Business Times (Japanese edition) and The Calcutta Telegraph.

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