8 – 14 February 2014

Charlotte Watts speaks to NBC News  on a new study published in The Lancet revealing that one in 14 women worldwide report non-partner sexual assault: “The U.S. figures are high, but the differences seen between regions may be due to varying levels of underreporting by women. If anything, women will tend to underreport their experiences, and so the figures provide low-end estimates.”  The study is also covered by CBS News, The Times of India and The Hindu.

She is also interviewed on BBC World News: “We need serious action…what this data is showing us is that this is a common reality, it’s not just the events that hit the news that are occurring, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Shah Ebrahim speaks to The Daily Telegraph on proposals to advise more people to take statins to lower their cholesterol: “It is a concern to have to mass medicalise the whole of the British public in this way. A lot of this is about the food we eat – the saturated fat and processed foods and about the failure to control the food industry. In the long term, we need to move away from the idea that ‘drugs for everybody’ is the way to tackle this problem.”

Katie Greenland is interviewed on ITV News about the threat of disease from the UK floods compared to other countries: “The water and sanitation systems in this country are very good, we don’t have a lot of environmental pathogens, and we also have different types of pathogens. We don’t have cholera for example, so the risk level is definitely very different.”

Colin Sutherland on BBC West Midlands discusses the use of the anti-malaria drug chloroquine in preventing miscarriages: “Chloroquine is quite effective in some arthritis cases, and also for lupus, so there is a precedent in using chloroquine to dampen down the immune response… [This use of chloroquine to prevent miscarriages] is very much an exploratory result at the moment and I don’t think anyone is suggesting that women who want to have a baby should be taking malaria drugs.” (Interview at 1h 51m)

Alan Dangour provides a comment for a DFID blog on the nutritional benefit of food crops: “Considerable agricultural research efforts are underway around the world to develop crops that have improved nutritional quality. For example in Bangladesh crops such as spinach and okra are part of the traditional diet, and if they can be bred to have enhanced nutritive value, such as greater beta-carotene levels, this may result in important benefits for nutrition and health.”

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