8 – 14 August 2015

Chris Drakeley and Ron Behrens are interviewed by the Financial Times about malaria vaccines, and current precautionary measures travellers should take to protect against the disease. Chris Drakeley comments that the EMA’s recent endorsement of the world’s first malaria vaccine is: “a huge fillip to the vaccine community.”

Sally Bloomfield tells the Daily Mail her best practice on avoiding bacteria and infection at home: “We have evidence that one particular germ – salmonella – can breed if it’s left in a wet dishcloth overnight.” The article is syndicated by Georgia Newsday and Capital Bay.

Val Curtis writes a comment piece for the Guardian about the need for global hand hygiene to prevent infection and control disease: “Handwashing is a moral cause, something that we should both do and that we should advocate for globally. It’s our best hope in our species’ battle against invisible microbes that are out-evolving us, and that could beat us if we don’t stop them through the simple behaviour of washing our hands.”

Phil Edwards in the FT Weekend Magazine (£) on recent research showing that reduced street lighting does not increase collisions or crime: “At a time when local authorities need to make spending cuts, our findings show that by carefully assessing risks, street lighting can be reduced without an increase in car crashes and crime.”

Vikram Patel talks about the ‘dark side’ of psychiatric care institutions in Outlook India.

Peter Piot is interviewed by Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) about the lessons we have learned from the Ebola outbreak.

The Week writes about recent School research that questions a flagship study showing the educational benefits of deworming children. The article quotes Calum Davey: “Our findings suggest that on the basis of this study alone, we should be cautious about concluding that there are educational benefits from deworming children.” The Economist also discusses the research.

Islay McTaggart writes for SciDev about the need for inclusivity in the new Sustainable Development Goals:By having the right tools in place, we can monitor whether people with disabilities really are included in SDG-based programmes and policies. Only then can we ensure that, this time, they are not left behind.”

Stuff (New Zealand) mentions previous research by the School showing that parents may not realise that their child is overweight, in an article about the societal problem of obesity.

One year after the WHO declared the Ebola crisis an international emergency, BBC iWonder produce an interactive timeline describing the origination and rapid spread of the virus in West Africa. David Heymann is the expert scientific consultant that assisted in the creation of the timeline.

The CEO of the Freedom Fund charity, which aims to end modern slavery, mentions a School project in an article for Huffington Post.

The Christian Science Monitor mentions research by Steve Cummins, in an article about how school gardens can provide fresh fruit and veg in ‘food deserts’ in the US.

School research showing that wheat flour may be the best vehicle for Vitamin D fortification is reported by Insight.

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