14 – 20 November 2015

Richard Stabler speaks to Press Association about the dangers of antibiotic resistance, reported in The Mirror: The worst-case scenario is that we can’t do cancer therapy because the drugs won’t work. No-one would go on holiday anymore because the vaccinations won’t work. Public health would be going back to the Victorian era where people die of toothache. The doomsday scenario is not upon us yet, but we shouldn’t dish them out like sweeties.” Further coverage of the story is in outlets including Metro (print), The Irish Mirror and The Scottish Daily Record.

Sally Bloomfield is quoted in BBC Future, in a feature about cleanliness and the hygiene hypothesis: “There is no scientific data which could allow us to explicitly state how often we should change bed linen, towels etc.”

Kaye Wellings is quoted in The Telegraph in article about sex and happiness: “There’s a strong relationship between unemployment and low sexual function, according to the literature… That is to do with low self-esteem, depression.” The article references the most recent National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NatSal), led by Kaye.

Sarah Moxon blogs for the BMC Series about the importance of caring for sick newborns in an article recognising World Prematurity Day:  As a neonatal nurse and now a health systems researcher, I found some of the most interesting results to be the differing challenges for various components of care for premature and sick newborns.”

Kimberley Fornace speaks to New Sabah Times about the School’s Monkeybar project, which has just begun a new survey of zoonotic Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in Malaysia: “We hope to get a better understanding of the types of environments where malaria is likely to occur. This will help us to predict areas that have a higher risk and target public health interventions.” This leads to coverage in outlets including The Star (Malaysia) and Brunei Times.

Paul Wilkinson speaks to the Philippine Star about climate change, air pollution and health: “Each country is unique and will have to adopt different approaches.”

Die Welt mentions earlier School research about handwashing, in an article about various differences between men and women. The research surveyed 250,000 visitors to toilets, and showed that not even one in three men used soap and water, compared to 64 percent of women. The story is reported in more German outlets including Ärte Zeitung, Der Westen and Focus.

NDTV mentions earlier School research showing that inadequate sanitation in urban areas and especially slums can pose a particular risk to women and girls: “Fear, violence, shame, discrimination and lack of protection were the biggest concerns.”

FastCoExist writes about the School’s ‘Tiger Toilet’ project, which uses worms as decomposers in a composting toilet, on World Toilet Day.

The Loop (Canada) mentions earlier School research in an article about the risk of catching respiratory diseases on public transport.

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