19 – 25 September 2015

Andy Haines speaks to BBC World Service Business Daily about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as the UN plans to unveil the goals formally this Friday (at 11m54s): “For the first time the SDGSs are going to include the non-communicable diseases; heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes… Some of the targets are rather vague. Some of the ones around climate change, for example, are aspirational but not hard targets.”

Paul Wilkinson speaks about the recent VW emissions scandal on Sky News Tonight: “The argument in favour of diesel is the fuel efficiency… but the emissions from a health perspective are more harmful from Diesel technology. Both forms of vehicle transport contribute to global warming, but there is a marginal benefit from Diesel technology for that, assuming the efficiency figures are as published.”

James Logan leads research showing that ticks carrying the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease have been found in South London parks, reported by the Evening Standard: “The overall risk of Lyme disease in London parks is very low, but precautions should be taken. Check yourself and your pets after frequenting parkland areas, and remove any ticks as quickly as possible using a tick removal tool. To minimise the risk stick to footpaths and wear an insect repellent.” The story is also reported by outlets including Polish Express, Infection Control Today and Science Daily.

Peter Piot is interviewed by BBC Afrique about the French version of his book, No Time to Lose, which discusses Ebola and the recent outbreak of the virus in West Africa: “After the discovery of the Ebola virus in 1976, I would never have thought that this virus could have caused a humanitarian crisis, a large epidemic… We have had about 25 other epidemics but they were limited in size, with at most 350 people having died, so this was completely new… We still don’t know exactly why this happened.” 

Phil Edwards speaks on the Mark Forrest show on BBC Local Radio about his recent study which found that switching off streetlights does not cause an increase in car crashes or crime. This research is separately mentioned by Berliner Morgenpost.

Martin McKee co-authors a recent BMJ Analysis questioning government recommendations on e-cigarette safety, which receives continued coverage in outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Europa Press mentions recent School research into human trafficking, in an article about the number of women forced into prostitution against their will. This leads to coverage in Spanish outlets including ABC, La Voz, El Dia and Heraldo.

The Guardian mentions earlier research by the School showing that medical tourism is a source of income for the NHS, in an article discussing the challenges of interpreting NHS data.

Bloomberg announces the 2015 Max Perutz Science Writing Award shortlist, which recognises School PhD student Carolyn Nielsen for her contribution: “A viral spanner in the works.”

Men’s Health mention a cleanliness recommendation by School experts.

Peter Piot’s earlier comment that Alzheimer’s is a “ticking time bomb” is mentioned in Huffington Post.

School experts are involved in research showing a link between Vitamin D deficiency and lower muscle mass, reported in The Deccan Chronicle.

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