11 – 17 January 2014

Liam Smeeth speaks to Sky News, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and Pulse on new proposals for the NHS to gather and share patient data: “This sort of information is not just important for running an effective health service, it is absolutely necessary…We need these sort of data to develop new drugs, new vaccines, new antibiotics that everyone wants and the only way we are going to get new and better drugs is by using these sorts of data.” His comments were also covered extensively in the local press.

Colin Sutherland on BBC Radio 5 Live discusses the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, and recent reports that it is now being used to prevent miscarriages: “We were using [chloroquine] for many years in Africa, and when we treated children, there were both good and bad side effects… So I commend Dr Shehata for making this connection… I think this is potentially a useful area of research. But there’s one thing we all know about chloroquine – it has very dangerous cardiotoxicity if used in an overdose. So it needs to be used under medical supervision, and it’s not something for people to be taking at home without supervision.”

Virginia Berridge speaks to BBC News Online on the use of medicinal alcohol through the ages: “It was not until the 19th Century that alcohol was regarded as a problem in a consistent way.”

Martin McKee and Ben Goldacre contribute to an open letter to the General Medical Council, published in the BMJ,  explaining why there should be a central registry of doctors’ competing interests: “Citizens can access MPs’ central register of their financial conflicts of interest, yet patients cannot find out whether their doctor has a financial conflict of interest.”

Wendy Macdowall answers a Mumsnet Q&A on the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes & Lifestyles: “I very much hope that the findings will be used to lobby for more comprehensive and more consistent sex and relationship education in schools…One of the challenges is that the relationship aspect of sex and relationship education is not statutory and provision is patchy… we know from the last survey in 2000 that young people wanted to know more about the psychosocial aspects of sex and that they wanted this information from an authoritative source.”

The School’s Centre for Global Mental Health is mentioned on Yahoo! Canada in an article on new mental health innovations. Also covered on specialist websites.

Yahoo! News highlights a study co-led by the School which found that one in six mobile phones in Britain are contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

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