16 – 22 May 2015

Antonio Gasparrini’s study about hot and cold weather deaths receives more than 360 pieces of global coverage, including the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Huffington Post Canada, the Weather Network, the China Post, Africa News Network, CBS Radio Network (interview), the Local and ABC News: “It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heatwaves. Our findings show that the majority of these deaths actually happen on moderately hot and cold days, with most deaths caused by moderately cold temperatures.”

Laura Cornelsen writes a report for the Food Research Collaboration about taxing unhealthy foods to reduce obesity. She is quoted by Press Association and this generates coverage in the Daily Mail and multiple regional outlets including the Herald Series, Oxford Times, Shropshire Star, York Press, and Guernsey Press: “While not a silver bullet, a well-designed tax has potential for positive health impact if implemented in combination with other strategies and policies that aim to improve our food environment, tackle obesity and nutrition related disease.”

Jennifer Quint speaks to ITV Tonight about the ill-effects of air pollution for respiratory diseases (from 14m20s for a limited period): “A number of observational studies have suggested that people who are exposed to high levels of air pollution are at increased risk of death, of having heart attacks and strokes, and of developing respiratory diseases such as COPD; but also that people that have underlying respiratory diseases are at risk of those diseases getting worse”

CNN quotes Karl Blanchet on infection control following the Nepal earthquakes: “You now have a concentration of people in one place, so you can expect infections. We need to manage the transmission between people, that’s why we talk about vaccinating measles right away”

A Nature feature about mapping the impact of India’s eating habits on the climate quotes Alan Dangour:It is about signalling that the transition from a traditional to a much more processed diet has poor consequences for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and health”

A Buzzfeed post features Chris Grundy’s map of London’s population by ethnic diversity.

Peter Piot’s co-discovery and naming of the Ebola virus is mentioned in the Spectator.

Lori Heise’s keynote at the 1st International Seminar of the Culture of Violence against Women receives coverage in Brazil, including O Globo, Dom Total and its largest outlet Folha de S Paulo.

The Times of India reports that experts at the School are among a panel that has predicted negative effects of a large scale screening program for diabetes in India.

School research into the use of Viagra against malaria parasites continues to receive global coverage, including the Daily Mail, Capital News, the Cape Times and This is money.

Asahi Weekly features a brief biography of Peter Piot and his international fight against Ebola and AIDS.

Harparkash Kaur is quoted in the Pharmaceutical Journal on substandard medicines.

Brian Greenwood speaks to Health Canal about the rates of meningitis in the sub-Saharan ‘meningitis belt’ following a vaccine.

The Guardian includes an obituary of Professor Ralph Lainson, an alumnus of the School, written by Jimmy Whitworth.

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