Tony Barnett speaks to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (42m 14s) about the threat of pandemics: “Let’s remember that we’re still living through the longest wave epidemic that we’ve seen, indeed pandemic, which has been going on for 30 or 40 years – the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That has killed millions of people and has gobbled up resources.”
Sandy Cairncross talks to CNN about Guinea worm: “There is no treatment or vaccine. Its eradication involves simple interventions such as clean water and sanitation and the use of community health teams.”
David Heymann is interviewed by BBC World News TV about the threat of MERS corona virus: “Whenever there’s a new virus, such as MERS corona virus, we should be very concerned, because we don’t know what this virus will do in the long term. It could mutate, it could change in such a way that it becomes a disease which stays with humans until the end of time… It is very difficult, and at the start, because so little is known about an organism, the measures to prevent its spread must be quite draconian. And then as more information is obtained, and it’s understood the source of the virus and how it’s transmitted, the recommendations can change.”
David Heymann is also quoted in the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times on the virus: “Whenever you don’t fully understand a disease, it’s a problem. The problem is that studies don’t tell us how this is transmitted to humans.”
Heidi Larson is interviewed in a SciDev.Net podcast on whether polio is making a comeback: “There have been a few ’emergencies’ in the polio eradication effort over the years, but this one is significant because it’s a different type and it’s about where the virus is emerging and its persistence. It’s very critical to contain the existing cases.”
The School’s study showing an increased risk of shingles for several medical conditions is covered by the Press Association leading to 17 pieces of coverage including ITV.com, Medical Xpress, Medical Daily, Medical News Today and the Jersey Evening Post.
Matthew Cairns speaks to the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network on the dangers of humans spreading malaria: “Mosquitoes live for a few weeks at most and only feed every couple of days. So an infectious mosquito could only infect a handful of individuals, 10-20 people at most. An infected person on the other hand could be bitten by many mosquitoes every day and infect all of them. The individual could then remain infected for a long time, potentially years, especially if they don’t show any symptoms and therefore don’t seek treatment”.
Branwen Hennig and Andrew Prentice speak to Singularity Hub about their research showing that a mother’s diet can affect her offspring’s DNA: “Our results represent the first demonstration in humans that a mother’s nutritional well-being at the time of conception can change how her child’s genes will be interpreted, with a life-long impact.”
Andrew Prentice is also interviewed by The Daily Beast on the study: “This is why this study is so important—it nails these effects [on DNA methylation] to the very early days after conception. So now we can say that these very early changes in nutrition affect the methylation of the babies.”