20-26 June 2015

Peter Piot co-authors the key UNAIDS and Lancet Commission report: “Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Health”, which warns that world efforts to fight HIV/AIDS must drastically increase to prevent a resurging epidemic. This has generated more than 100 items of global media coverage to date, including interview in the Financial Times (paywall), and articles in The Guardian, Bloomberg Business, Fox News, GlobovisionAll Africa, The Times of India, Shanghai Daily and many more: “We must face hard truths — if the current rate of new HIV infections continues, merely sustaining the major efforts we already have in place will not be enough to stop deaths from AIDS increasing within five years in many countries.”

A London-based study led by Jaana Halonen showing a link between exposure to road traffic noise and risk of stroke, heart disease and related mortality is covered by national press including the The Guardian, ITV News, Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun and Express: “Road traffic noise has previously been associated with sleep problems and increased blood pressure, but our study is the first in the UK to show a link with deaths and strokes. Our findings contribute to the body of evidence suggesting reductions in traffic noise could be beneficial to our health.” More than 400 pieces of coverage globally, including: Newsweek, the South China Morning Post, MSN Japan, Bolton News and Le Figaro. AFP reports the story, which is syndicated globally by Malaysian Times, Channel News Asia, Notre Temps and others. Press Association coverage is syndicated by regional outlets across the UK, including the Yorkshire Post, Shropshire Star and Bicester Advertiser.

Peter Piot cited and quoted in Times Higher Education leader column on research impact and funding.

The Wellcome Trust blog features Rosemary Green in its Researcher Spotlight

Richard Hayes speaks to Cosmos Magazine about a trial to prevent HIV transmission in South Africa: Central and east Africa was where the virus first started to propagate – but now southern Africa is by far the worst affected region in the whole world.” Peter Piot also comments: “HIV is difficult because it’s about sex and sexuality. You don’t fix that with a few drugs”

Record TV Uganda reports on the effectiveness of a Raising Voices toolkit to reduce teacher-pupil violence in schools, evaluated by the School: “This kit gives learners a platform to share ideas with their teachers…. It is high time the Government, through the Ministry of Education, adopts this Good School Toolkit for the whole country.” The project is also mentioned on regional radio stations including Uganda Radio Network.

Swedish research showing a possible link between the use of Viagra and skin cancer is reported widely by outlets including the Daily Mail, the Mirror and the Telegraph. The coverage includes an expert comment from Stephen Evans: This study is extremely weak evidence for an increase in risk of malignant melanoma with ED drugs, and seems much more likely to be associated with other factors, especially exposure to sunlight.”

Joy Lawn’s comments at Uganda’s national maternal and newborn health conference are reported in New Vision: “We have made gains [in reducing newborn deaths and stillbirths]. But the progress is much slower than for child and maternal mortality.” Joy also features on UBC TV and Radio, on NTV’s weekly women’s hour session, and in further articles in New Vision and the Daily Monitor.

Gerry Stimson co-writes open letter to the Government of Singapore, reported in TR Emeritus, to advise on improving nicotine policies

Bloomberg Business quotes Umberto D’Alessandro about a bloodless test for malaria, developed by MRC Unit, The Gambia, which has passed preliminary tests in humans: “This completely new diagnostic approach has the potential to play a major role in malaria elimination as it could be used to identify and treat infected individuals.”

An article in the Telegraph about encouraging physical activity in primary school children mentions earlier research by the School showing that many parents can fail to realise that their child is obese.

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