17 – 23 May 2014

Joy Lawn talks to The Guardian, New York Times, Al Jazeera, AFP, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Inter Press Service about her new research showing that 5.5 million newborns die each year without being recorded: “In most countries stillbirths do not get birth or death certificates, which contributes to their invisibility; hence, most of the world’s newborn deaths and almost all stillbirths enter and leave the world without a piece of paper to record their existence.” Leads to nearly 200 pieces of global coverage including the IndependentVoice of America, L’Express (France), Times of India, The Hindu, Pakistan Today, Asahi Shimbun (Japan), Bangkok Post, Shanghai  Daily, The China Post, Malay Mail (Malaysia), The Citizen (South Africa), Premium Times (Nigeria), The Jordan Times, Arab Times (Kuwait). The research is also covered  in The Guardian Data Blog and Live Mint (Wall Street Journal).

Sinead Langan speaks to the New York Times about the increased risk of stroke following shingles: “If you vaccinate people and prevent shingles, you could potentially reduce the stroke rate. It’s more incentive to get the vaccine, isn’t it?”

Heidi Larson speaks to The Economist about the transmission of polio in Pakistan.

Branwen Hennig talks to the Financial Times Weekend Magazine on her new  research showing that a mother’s diet can affect her offspring’s DNA: “[It’s] 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 lifelong impact.”

Adam Coutts is interviewed by Thomson Reuters Foundation on the issues of Syrian refugees seeking medical care in Lebanon: “The biggest challenge and barrier to the health response in Lebanon are costs and the privatised healthcare system which makes up to 80 percent of services. Half of the Lebanese population themselves are uninsured and unable to access services. There are enough services in Lebanon to cope with the crisis. It just costs!”

Martin McKee is interviewed by Associated Press TV (at 42s) on e-cigarettes and role of the tobacco industry, which was syndicated to several broadcasters around the world.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is quoted in The Daily Mail giving figures of avoidable patient deaths, attributed to a study carried out by the School.

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