15 – 21 August 2015

Ron Behrens talks to BBC News and BBC Radio 4 Today (at 1h38m) about the controversy surrounding the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, or Lariam, and its use in military personnel: “One in 10-15,000 people have a serious neuropsychiatric reaction to the drug, and about 20-30% of people had bad dreams on it. There’s no doubt that there are alternatives… it’s a combination of cost, compliance, adverse events profile and efficacy, and that’s what the Scientific Committee puts together as which is the best choice.” The story is featured on Rocket News and Healthcare Asia.

Hannah Kuper speaks to The Guardian about a Human Rights Watch report revealing that 500,000 children with disabilities are not in education in South Africa:  “Many, if not most, of disabled children are not enrolled in schools in developing countries.” This leads to an article on Sentinel Republic, and Hannah appears on Al Jazeera TV.

Val Curtis suggests that our revulsion of cockroaches may have evolutionary underpinnings, in The New Yorker. She proposes that ancestors that avoided unsanitary material associated with the insects may have had a reproductive advantage, and passed on the trait to make their descendants: “more disgustable themselves, and so on, till the present day, and us.” Genetic Literacy Project also runs the article.

Jeroen Ensink speaks to The Guardian about the public health risk posed by the presence of E. Coli and faecal bacteria on a beach in South Italy, following the news that the Mayor has refused to close the beach: “I would not be surprised if in certain parts of the south some of the original sewer pipes still end in the sea.” The article also runs on MSN.

Sally Bloomfield speaks to Glamour magazine about home hygiene, which is featured in their September edition (now on shelves): “Being hygienic isn’t about creating a sterile environment, but targeting specific bacteria super-highways.”

BBC Radio 4 More or Less discuss the numbers behind the debate on deworming following recent School research that reanalysed a flagship study of mass deworming programmes. Co-author Richard Hayes is interviewed: “When we reanalysed the data again we found that there had been errors in that analysis, and that in fact when we reanalysed the data there was no significant indirect effect in those schools.” This is subsequently broadcast on the BBC The Thought Show (at 02:30), and a summary of the programme is published on BBC News. VOX also write about the research.

Reuters write that NHS workers often have difficulty identifying victims of human trafficking, following a survey by the School and King’s College London. This leads to coverage by The Daily Mail, London South East and Metro Radio (Hong Kong).

Anna Crepet, who studied at the School and now works for MSF, speaks to The Independent about the suffering and abuse of migrants travelling to Europe.

David Schellenberg speaks to Radio Slovenia about the significance and history of the School’s World Mosquito Day commemoration. The event is also mentioned on Democratic Underground, the Londonist, and DNA Syndication.

David Conway co-authors research into the genetic variation of Plasmodium falciparum in Ghana, which is mentioned on TheScientist.com Genome Digest.

Meenakshi Gautham is quoted in the Deccan Herald (India) in an article about the shortage of doctors in rural areas of India: “The social environment and physical infrastructure at the CHCs [Community Health Centres] are not conducive to attract the specialists. The government has failed to recruit the newer graduates to the CHCs and the whole system now needs radical reform.”

The Wellcome Trust blog covers how ISSF funding has helped universities including the School, where the grant was used to implement and develop a public engagement strategy.

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