5 – 11 September 2015

Ligia Kiss speaks to BBC World Service Health Check (at 11m20s) about new research showing severe mental health problems including depression, suicide attempts and self-harm are commonly experienced by child trafficking survivors: “What was most shocking for us were the rates of self-harm and suicide attempts. 12% of kids tried to end their lives or hurt themselves… We would recommend that these children have access to medical and psychological mental health urgently.” More than 63 pieces of global coverage including the GuardianIRIN News, Phnom Penh PostKorea Observer and Fox News. Reuters report the story, leading to coverage in outlets including The Daily Mail, Tuổi Trẻ Online (Vietnam), Jakarta Globe and Times LIVE (South Africa).

Andy Haines writes in the Huffington Post about Sustainable Development Goal 7 – to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all: “When the effects on human health are taken into account, it is becoming increasingly evident that we are massively subsidizing fossil fuels.”

Islay Mactaggart writes about the importance of mental health care in crises in SciDev.net: “Mental health specialists are few and far between during emergencies, and, in the rush to provide more basic support, mental health treatment can be easily overlooked.” AllAfrica re-publish the article.

Vikram Patel also speaks to Next City about the need for mental health care for refugees, and whether we have the knowledge to provide psychological support for non-Westerners: “I myself was a skeptic. Twenty years ago, for example, I seriously doubted the validity of depression in non-Western settings… but after years of empirical research, I began to replicate findings … [in] places as different as urban Zimbabwe and rural India.”

Martin McKee writes in the BMJ about the government’s claim that seven-day working in hospitals would save 6,000 lives a year: “The claim turned out to come from a single study that shows nothing so simple…Given the changing nature of medicine some changes to working patterns are probably necessary, but it would be useful to have a better understanding of the reasons for any increase in deaths at weekends, details of what is being proposed, and evidence to justify any changes.

Liz Corbett in the Times of India on new research showing that HIV self-testing is safe and accurate: Scaling up HIVST could have a sustained impact on the coverage of HIV testing and care in Africa, especially for men and adolescents.” Also covered by NDTV, The Hindu, Hong Kong Herald and Knoxville Times.

Hans Verhoef speaks to Voice of America about a study showing that taking iron supplements does not result in greater malaria risk for pregnant women, but benefits the birth weight of their child: “In those women, we do find an increase in birth weight by 250 grams, which is absolutely massive… [iron supplementation] certainly should go full steam ahead and we should really try to increase coverage of that.” This leads to coverage in The Hong Kong Herald, Knoxville Times and Toronto Telegraph.

Peter Piot speaks about global health, development, Ebola and HIV at the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Basel. Covered by Swiss media including Grenchner Tagblatt, Solothurner Zeitung and Aargauer Zeitung.

South China Morning Post writes about DEET in mosquito repellents, commenting that the School endorses this active component as an effective repellent.

The Times Higher campus round-up mentions recent School research showing that health workers in Nigeria are wasting valuable malaria medicines.

Emeritus Professor James Busvine comments on the need to solve the twin problem of pest resistance to chemical insecticides, and environmental contamination by these chemicals, in Farming Life: “I cannot put the case strongly enough for the need for new measures. It is no exaggeration to say the future of world agriculture may well depend on it.”

New Straits Times Online writes about the School’s zoonotic malaria project, Monkeybar, in Southeast Asia, and the use of drones as a tool to monitor disease spread and control.

Amplitude Clinical writes about recent research led by Jenny Neuburger showing the success of an initiative to improve hip fracture care, which caused “substantial improvements in care and survival of older people with hip fracture[s]”

Humanosphere continue the deworming debate following the School re-analysis of a flagship deworming study.

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