7 – 13 November 2015

Peter Piot speaks to the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about the international response to Ebola, as Sierra Leone is declared Ebola-free after no recorded cases for 42 days: “First of all it’s great news; when I was in Sierra Leone I could see how devastated it has been by this epidemic, but as President Karuma said, it [Ebola] will come back… so it’s a cause for celebration but there’s still a long road to recovery that’s necessary, and being prepared for the next outbreak.”

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Cheryl Whitehorn speaks to BBC Radio 4 about the natural history of fleas (from 07m55s): “Historically fleas have been one of the most significant carriers of disease to man. Before the advent of antibiotics mortality rates were very high, particularly in relationship to plague, and plague is the most significant disease that’s transmitted by fleas.”

Brian Greenwood speaks to Nature about Meningitis A vaccination in Africa, and the danger that following its widespread eradication other strains of the meningococcal bacteria may emerge: “These bugs are clever and they will fight back. They change very quickly, and they can swap DNA very easily.”

Adam Kucharski speaks to VICE NEWS about Ebola, and his recent research showing how the provision of Ebola treatment beds helped to control the outbreak in Sierra Leone: “Our results highlight the importance of a swift, comprehensive response when dealing with a new outbreak. The early addition of beds could also have helped reduce the resources required in future.” This research is also mentioned by outlets including Thomson Reuters Foundation, UK Immigrant Magazine, Bloomberg and Nigerian Voice.

Harry Rutter speaks to The Guardian about the challenge of maintaining residents’ health in cities:You have to get water and food in, sewage and waste out… Feeding large concentrations of people healthy, decent food provides a challenge.”

Heidi Larson is quoted by Boots Web Medical about a new report by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) affirming the safety of HPV vaccines: “The new EMA risk assessment report on the safety of the HPV vaccine should build confidence among those who have expressed safety concerns about this vaccine, as well as those administering the vaccines and making policy decisions.”

Hannah Kuper writes in SciDev about the importance of healthcare for elderly people with disabilities in countries where there is an ageing population: “Age-friendly environments to help older people participate as fully as possible in society, even if they have a disability, will also improve life for older people.”

Research fellow Luisa Pettigrew speaks to BMJ Confidential about her career as a GP: “Being a GP is a wonderful job that lets you into people’s lives in a way that few other jobs would. I do regret, however, that my training didn’t include structured opportunities to learn about global health: I had to find these for myself.”

Neil Pearce speaks on Deutsche Welle radio about a recent report by the World Health Organization which states that red and processed meat is carcinogenic.

Mike Galsworthy speaks to The Guardian as director of the lobby group ‘Scientists for the EU’ which advocates the importance of remaining in the EU for UK science: “The EU is one huge community of talent. You can put together multinational, innovative, bespoke teams to tackle the really big global challenges… Hoping British science would do as well if we weren’t [in the EU] is like imagining Lionel Messi would be the player he was without the Barcelona first team playing all round him.”

Previous research led by Cicely Marston is mentioned in New Statesman, in an article about violence against women, and the possible role of pornography.

Americas Quarterly mentions a School research project that aims to introduce rapid HIV and syphilis testing into indigenous communities in the Amazon, in an article about a film covering the story of health education in the region.

Nick Furnham’s recent research on allergies features in The Wellcome Trust Research Round Up and Technology Networks.

An earlier comment by John Edmunds is included in The Daily Mail after the good news that Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey has made a full recovery.

The Guardian mentions School research on the Public Health Responsibility Deal, in an article about a highly critical new assessment of the deal by the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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