13 – 19 June 2015

Research involving the School on the effects of marriage and divorce on health is discussed on BBC Radio 5 Live (from 49m15s) and ITV’s Loose Women (from 04m04s). The study appears globally in outlets including the Independent, the Telegraph, the Guardian, Belfast Telegraph, New Zealand Herald, New Indian Express, L’Huffington Post, International Business Times and CNN Indonesia.

Julian Peto speaks to BBC News about the cancer risk caused by asbestos in schools: “Because the levels of asbestos are [often] so low in schools, actually ripping it out could be more dangerous. It’s a very nasty problem to get sorted.” He also appears on the BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire show (from 01h33m)

Harparkash Kaur is interviewed on BBC World Service Health Check about the presence of fake and substandard anti-malaria drugs in Nigeria (from 19m13s): “Looking at the packages will not tell us which one is fake and which is not, or the one that hasn’t got the right amount of active pharmaceutical ingredient that you need to treat your malaria”

An article in New Scientist about what would happen in a hypothetical experiment in which 100 babies are abandoned on an island quotes Val Curtis: “Our minds come pre-equipped with structure that allows us to behave adaptively.”

The Naked Scientists interview David Baker about using Viagra against malaria parasites: “And so here, we had a situation where increasing cyclic AMP levels with Viagra, we could make these sexual cells, malaria parasites, become stiff as well”

A BBC video about why Dutch people are on average the tallest in the world discusses earlier work by Gert Stulp

Reuters writes about how the success of supressing the Ebola virus in West Africa has left vaccine trials in limbo: Brian Greenwood comments that if scientists had had “another three or four months, we’d have been able to do it.” The article leads to global coverage including Mail Online, Kuwait Times, Channel Africa and Standard Digital News Kenya

Karen Devries’ research into reducing violence in Ugandan teachers is reported by the Daily Monitor in Uganda, Science Newsline and Medical News

Stephen Evans is quoted in the Mirror on a new watchdog figure revealing health costs of participation in clinical trials: “Ideally the type of patients tested will be the same as those who will be treated by that drug in the future. In reality, frail, elderly, pregnant and very young patients are often excluded.” 

Fox News speaks to Helena Helmby about the health risk of tapeworms: “Food import and export is increasing and increasing risks of consuming infected goods… We need to be able to treat these infections, that’s the challenge at the moment.” 

Heidi Larson speaks to El Mundo following the first Diphtheria case in Spain in 30 years

Colin Sutherland comments on a new compound that may be able to treat and prevent malaria simultaneously, in a SciDev.net article: “The chemical compound of this potential drug is different from any other antimalarial compound in that it interacts at many different stages of the parasite life cycle”

Peter Piot is among medical experts writing a letter to the Lancet about the need for Hepatitis E immunisation in Nepal, reported in the Guardian

An article in Leggo about the continuing threat of Ebola throughout 2015 quotes Peter Piot

David Heymann provides expert comment on research showing that the Ebola virus mutated slower than previously thought, in a Reuters article that is syndicated by global outlets including the Mail on Sunday, Fox News, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia and on multiple radio networks.

Andy Haines writes an accompanying Editorial to a study showing that aid to developing countries has increased since 1990. This is quoted in multiple resources for medical professionals including Drugs.com, Doctors Lounge and Medicine Net.

Down to Earth writes about Laia Maynou’s study on the potential impact of the global financial crisis on cancer drug reimbursement

Mumbai Mirror reports that the Indian Institute of Bombay will seek advice from Vikram Patel following recent concerns about student suicides at the establishment

Jackie Cook writes for Clinical Laboratory International about malaria diagnosis and the role of point-of-care testing

Ford Hickson’s research into the levels of homophobia and HIV receives continued coverage in Newsweek, Science Daily, Mamba Online and Gay Star News

Mike Galsworthy writes for the Guardian about the potential danger of Brexit to science

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