19 – 25 July 2014

James Logan is on ITV’s This Morning giving Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford advice for keeping mosquitoes at bay: “You can see there are lots of different products that you can use to repel mosquitoes. But some of them that we’ve got on this side, like gin, which is a bit of myth, garlic, vitamin B and marmite, unfortunately, none of those things repel mosquitoes. But there are things which do work – proper repellents that contain active ingredients like DEET or PMD which is lemon eucalyptus, those work really well.”

James is also interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s PM (from 55 mins 20 secs) about the problem of biting insects in the UK: “This winter it was actually quite mild, so the chances are many of the insects have actually survived, and the type of weather we’re having now, where we’ve got warm, muggy and quite wet weather, that is just perfect weather for mosquitoes to breed in.” He also discusses the issue in an interview for ITV London: “There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence this year that people seem to be getting bitten more. I get a lot of people contacting me and telling me that they are getting bitten a lot more this year than they have in previous years.”

He also explains to BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine (from 1 hr 40 mins 40 secs) why some people get bitten by mosquitoes more than others: “It’s all to do with the way you smell. Most people smell normal to mosquitoes, because we all produce carbon dioxide and other chemicals through our skin which attracts them. But certain people, we reckon about 10% of the population, have this trait for being unattractive to mosquitoes… What we’ve found is that people who don’t get bitten are producing natural repellents, it’s as if their bodies have a natural defence against mosquitoes.”

Richard Stabler writes an article about Plague for The Conversation UK, following reports that a man recently died of the disease in China: “Many people think of plague as a disease of the past. In fact, plague is still endemic in several areas around the globe today, including the western United States, South-East Asia and southern Africa. Every few months there are suspected new cases or outbreaks in humans. Between 1964 and 2003, over 80,000 human cases and 6,500 deaths have been documented by the World Health Organisation. But human infection is rare and treatment is available. Speedy treatment is vital – as infection can kill very quickly – with antibiotics, such as Streptomycin and Chloramphenicol, able to do the job of curing patients.”

The Telegraph,The Independent, Daily Mail and Evening Standard quote James Logan for an article looking at the increase of biting insects in the UK: “Generally there is a trend that every year people are getting bitten more. We are finding different types of mosquito are coming into urban areas. There was a study recently that showed that the increased use of garden water butts were to blame as they provide perfect breeding conditions and pest control authorities are reporting increased problems.”

Peter Piot pays tribute to friend and HIV researcher Joep Lange who was killed with his partner, Jaqueline, in the flight MH17 disaster. He is quoted by Reuters, The Independent and Al Jazeera“My good friend Prof Joep Lange was one of the most creative AIDS researchers, a humanist, and tireless organiser, dedicated to his patients and to defeating AIDS in the poorest countries. Global health and the AIDS response have lost one of their great leaders.”

Peter Piot also writes an obituary for Joep Lange in The Guardian.

Peek, the portable eye examination kit, is mentioned in The Guardian for an article on technology-based mobile health in developing countries.

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