16 – 22 August 2014

Ellen Flint on BBC Good Evening Wales discussing her new study which shows active commuters have a lower BMI (from 24 mins 30 secs): “We found that those who walked, cycled or used public transport had a lower BMI and also a lower percentage of body fat than their car commuting counterparts”.

Ellen’s study received 260 pieces of worldwide coverage, including the front page of The Telegraph and articles in The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, MSN news, Yorkshire Evening News, Yahoo News, Reuters, Medical Research News , Medical News Today, Fox News , Madrid Press, The Telegraph India,Pakistan Observer , Oman Observer and Spiegel Online.

David Heymann speaks to NPR about the current Ebola outbreak: “This disease has spread quite rapidly and penetrated quite well urban areas, it’s a complex issue, it’s a very important issue, it’s the most important health issue in the world at present and it must be dealt with properly or economies are going to start having real difficulty sustaining themselves in the long term”.

David Heymann also comments in numerous other publications including Bloomberg, The Independent , The Guardian, DW Radio (scroll down to item) and DW News.

Eleanor Riley speaks to Guardian Global Development Professionals about the latest medical science for preventing and treating Ebola:  “We have no data about the hazard of the vaccine itself, but we have no evidence to say that it’s dangerous. At this particular stage the cost benefit definitely lies with giving the vaccine. If we give to people and several of them start to develop unpleasant side effects, we would have to stop. But those side effects would need to be quite serious”.

David Mabey addresses the danger of bogus Ebola cures in New Scientist“Many West Africans believe in local, natural remedies or magic cures. If rumoured cures and preventatives give people a false sense of security and cause them to neglect infection control, this will cost lives.” 

Martin Hibberd in ZZ am Sonntag (Swiss Science magazine) on why the virus is so aggressive and why finding an effective drug/cure has been so difficult.

Joy Lawn explains how infant mortality can be preventable with simple approaches in The Washington Post:“The day of birth is the most dangerous day of your life. Most of these deaths are preventable with simple approaches, but a sense of urgency is key.” Also covered by NewsweekBloomberg, Yahoo Finance! and KazInform.

James Logan on BBC Countryfile talking about ticks (from 33 mins 50 secs): “Ticks can be found in vegetation, they go onto our pets, onto livestock, but they also climb onto us, and when they do they suck our blood and they can spread disease”.  

On World Humanitarian Day (19 Aug), Bayard Roberts speaks to Scidev.net about the impacts of exposure to conflict on mental health:It really takes a concerted effort to try and help young people (who have experienced conflict) because of this long-term impact that can play out over their life course into adulthood”.

Virginia Berridge talks to BBC Radio 4 (from 23 mins 40 secs) about our changing attitudes over the years to alcohol, tobacco and drugs: “The boundaries between what was seen as medical use and recreational use or sometimes in the 19th century called ‘luxurious’ use weren’t as formal as what they’ve become now in the 20th and 21st century”. 

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