12 – 25 April 2014

David Heymann is interviewed by CNN on the latest Ebola outbreak.

David Heymann also discusses new cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia for Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Business Week: “Whenever there’s an emerging infection from the animal kingdom into humans, it’s a cause for alarm. These are random events, and should this virus mutate tomorrow in a way that could infect people, it could be very serious.” Leads to coverage by The Edge Malaysia

Tom Walker talks to The Guardian on whether genetically engineered mosquitoes have a role in fighting disease: “Genetically modified mosquitoes are much more applicable for diseases like dengue because malaria is carried by so many different kinds of mosquitoes. Another potential drawback is that the sterile males may not be as fit as regular males.” 

Andrew Bastawrous’s Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) is announced as winner of the Digital category for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year, and is covered by Design Week. Peek is also featured in All Africa and The Star (Kenya)

Shah Ebrahim’s study into the health benefits of polypill for heart disease is covered by The Express,  The ScotsmanBoots WebMD Medical Express and Health Canal:  “Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In Britain, they cause about a third of all deaths – more than 180,000 each year. Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels by introduction of a polypill could simplify treatment, improve adherence and thereby save lives and reduce health care costs.”

Martin McKee talks to the Financial Times on e-cigarettes and role of the tobacco industry:  “This is not a respectable industry, and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is very clear that governments should not be having discussions with the tobacco industry.”

Brendan Wren talks to Bloomberg on the dangers of bowel infections in hospitals saying it’s “a major, major problem in hospitals.”

Heidi Larson is interviewed by Deutsche Welle on vaccines and the role of social media: “I think the challenge is how do we mix the scientific facts and yet be sensitive to emotions, and recognise when people are open to a conversation and when they are not. And I think we need to engage when people want to talk about their concerns and issues.”

Adam Bourne talks to SW Londoner on his new study into ‘chemsex’: “Gay and bisexual men need better information and advice as well as access to gay-friendly drug and sexual health services that are able to address the psychosocial aspects of chemsex.”

Matthias Borchert is interviewed by The Economist for a feature on how to contain an Ebola outbreak.

The latest findings from Flusurvey, showing that vigorous exercise can reduce flu risk, are covered by Time Magazine and Women’s Health

Rachel Pullan’s study into sanitation and water in sub-Saharan Africa is covered by Voice of America and All Africa.

Polly Roy talks to Nature on how to build synthetic viruses for vaccine development for Blue Tongue Virus (BTV): “I have utilised multiple techniques and approaches including molecular biology, physical and biochemical techniques, cell biology and immunology to understand BTV down to the most precise details. This meant that I knew exactly how to make it synthetically.”

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