4 – 10 January 2014

Ruth McNerney is featured on BBC One London’s Inside Out programme (from 2m14s) in a report on tackling drug-resistant tuberculosis in London: “We’re starting to see a problem in the UK and in London because there’s a limited number of beds. So to have a TB patient, especially a drug-resistant patient, you want to put them in a high security room really – and so it’s only going to take a handful of patients, and the rooms will be full.”

Alan Dangour talks on the BBC World Service’s Newshour (from 38m45s) about an Overseas Development Institute report which says that the number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has tripled to around one billion: “… in poor countries what is happening to a greater extent is that people are moving into cities, and when they’re in cities they’re more exposed to advertising, more exposed to street foods, more exposed to fatty foods. They have less time to prepare their own foods and they switch from their traditional diet, which was traditionally high in fibre, high in fruit, high in vegetables, to a diet which is much more processed, much more refined, and frankly less healthy.”

Jim McCambridge talks to the BMJ about the close relationship between the alcohol industry and the British Government, and their U-turn over minimum unit pricing for alcohol: “Within these long term relationships what you see is quite astonishing levels of contact… What I found most indicative of industry influence were the reasons given by Jeremy Browne for the policy switch, in flat contradiction to what had been stated previously and very in line with the messages about the evidence the industry had been keen to get across.”

David Mabey is quoted in the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network on the challenges of managing neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma, an infection affecting the eyelids: “…surgery is simple and the idea was to train nurses in every district to carry out the operation…But in practice nurses might only do a couple of operations every now and then, so the outcome isn’t good. Some studies have found recurrence rates of trichiasis of 20-30%. If done well, it should be less than 10%.”

Health Service Journal reports on a study co-led by the School showing that the NHS could shorten hospital stays for critically ill children and save around £12 million a year by controlling patients’ blood sugar levels. Also covered by other specialist publications.

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