12 ­-18 December 2015

Caroline Minassian speaks to New York Times Well blog about a new School study showing that patients face an increased risk of heart attack and stroke after shingles: “We’ve highlighted when patients with shingles may be most susceptible to vascular events, so this could potentially help prevent these events.” The study is also covered by more than 80 publications around the world including Huffington Post, Live Science, Health Day, Spiegel (Germany), and Fox News.

Kim Fornace is quoted by Reuters on her new research which suggests that deforestation is linked to the rise in cases of zoonotic malaria in humans in Malaysia: “The dramatic rise in the number of P. knowlesi malaria cases in humans in Malaysia in the past ten years has been most common in areas with deforestation, as well as areas that are close to patches of forest where humans, macaques and mosquitoes are coming into closer and more frequent contact.” Leads to coverage on sites including Reuters India, Yahoo News, Asia One, Malaysian Digest. There is also coverage in outlets including Outbreak News Today.

Will Nutland speaks to Channel 4 News (2mins 44)about the antiretroviral HIV drug PrEP, which is not currently available on the NHS, following reports that men in the UK are buying it over the internet from India: “There is a network of international HIV prevention activists who have started testing this drug from this website and drugs from about half a dozen other websites around the world. People are taking the drugs that are bought from these websites, and then they are going and having blood tests to measure to ensure that they have sufficient level of drug in their blood to be protected against HIV.”

Adam Kucharski speaks to Reuters about reports that a flare-up of Ebola in Liberia could be due to a female survivor becoming infectious again after her immune system was weakened by pregnancy. He says he thinks that transmission from recrudescent survivors, if proven possible, would be extremely rare. Leads to coverage on global sites including Reuters India and Fox News.

Sally Bloomfield speaks to The Suns Fabulous Magazine about hygiene hazards around the home at Christmas time: “Raw meat should never be put in the same bag as other foods and a bag that has contained raw meat should not be used again without being washed… If you pick up your phone while cooking, your hands will be full of bacteria that you transfer to it.”

Peter Piot is quoted in The Financial Times (paywalled) about the race to end antibiotic resistance as chair of the Longitude Prize, a UK initiative offering a financial incentive for anyone who develops a cost-effective method of quickly diagnosing bacterial infections: “Although they were bold, innovative and, for the most part, useful, none met the extremely difficult criteria we set to win the prize.”

Rosanna Peeling speaks to The Financial Times (paywalled) about the need for better and more readily available diagnostic tests in medicine: “We don’t have good tests for fever or pneumonia. We really need industry to come up with the holy grail of the ‘fever stick’, which could be different in each country and even within countries in different seasons. It is not that easy.”

Vikram Patel writes for the Hindustan Times about the need for a root and branch reform of the Indian healthcare system.

Andy Haines and Soledad Cuevas write a commentary in The Lancet about the health benefits of carbon tax: Evidence exists that carbon pricing can lead to important health co-benefits.”

Peter Piot features in a Bayerischer Rundunk podcast about Ebola: “I would say that a vaccine against Ebola would change everything.”

Andy Haines is quoted in What’s up Doc (France) about the importance of considering health in the recent climate talks in Paris: Some people think that health is solely one point among others among the issues of climate change, but this is false; health is interdependent with all the issues and goals that we must reach.

David Conway speaks to Swiss Radio about research by the University of California which has modified malaria­carrying mosquitoes to make them infertile (from 05m55s).

Brendan Wren is quoted in Farmers Weekly Interactive about a new project to develop poultry vaccines: Developing effective, inexpensive vaccines for livestock has multiple advantages, not just in protecting animals from the disease, but also in reducing infections in humans and antibiotics in the food chain that are often used in rearing livestock.“ Also covered by specialist sites including Meatinfo.com, Zootecnica and The Poultry Site.

Hindustan Times covers a study involving Vikram Patel suggesting that a parent-based therapy that helps children with autism communicate better with their families works when adapted and localised to fit low-resource settings in south Asia.

The School is mentioned in Futurity as a partner in research preventing mosquito access to housing by blocking openings and installing “eave tubes” that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting.

Rebecca Sears writes in The Psychologist about population dynamics, fertility and the importance of psychologists.

The School is mentioned in outlets including Bloomberg, Pharma Times, ParmaBiz, as an advisory to a five year project between GSK and Comic Relief which will provide targeted grants to organisations tackling malaria.

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