23 – 29 April 2016

Ford Hickson’s research which found that young gay and bisexual men are six times more likely to attempt suicide than older men in that group is covered by the Independent“Our study showed that among gay and bisexual men, age and ethnicity had a significant impact on mental health, as did income and education. This is possibly because men are better able to cope with homophobia the older they are, or if they are relatively privileged in other areas of their lives.” The study generates widespread international coverage in more than 229 outlets including Daily Mail, Huffington PostTimes of India, CBS News (US) ReutersGay Times and Attitude Magazine.

David Heymann speaks to The Daily Telegraph about Zika virus, as the World Health Organization warns that it could come to Europe: “It’s not what we know but what we don’t know that is concerning. We can’t make recommendations for prevention if we don’t understand the full potential of a virus or bacteria.” AFP report the story, leading to global coverage in outlets including Jamaica Observer, Malay Mail, Daily Monitor, Daily Mail, Brabants Dagblad (Netherlands), and multiple UK radio stations including LBC Radio and Juice Brighton.

Jimmy Whitworth is interviewed by International Innovation about current high-priority research investigating the Zika virus: “One of the key challenges for researchers studying Zika is the lack of knowledge we have about the virus (although this is changing quickly). In many ways, we have started from scratch.”

Mojca Kristan speaks to The Guardian about her recent research showing that despite growing concerns that mosquitoes are becoming resistant to insecticides used to treat bed nets, the chemicals may still be effective in preventing malaria: “We recognise that insecticide resistance remains a major threat to malaria control. What our study indicated was that the pyrethroid-treated nets seem to remain partly effective despite increasing resistance through their effect on the malaria parasite.”

Heidi Larson writes an opinion piece about polio eradication for Thomson Reuters Foundation examining whether the ‘Big Switch’ could be the final piece in the jigzaw.

Laura Rodrigues is interviewed by Rádio França Internacional (Brazil) about the ongoing epidemic of Zika virus in Brazil, where she is conducting research into the possible link between the virus and congenital birth defect microcephaly.

Vikram Patel writes for The Financial Express (India) about alcohol abuse being a public health, not moral problem, as alcohol prohibition returns to India’s political agenda.

Val Curtis is quoted in Slate Magazine in an article about hand hygiene, and the relative effectiveness of paper towels versus air hand dryers: “Even just washing hands not that well gets rid of most of it. Wash your hands with soap. If you’re still concerned, wash yourself with soap a bit better.”

James Logan is quoted in Net Doctor about avoiding bed bug infestations: “It’s sensible to take precautions when travelling, like zipping up luggage and storing it off the floor in hotel rooms. ​Bedbugs are very good piggy backers. And once bedbug numbers have escalated, a professional team of exterminators may need to be called in to use a powerful insecticide.”

Jon Faulkner is interviewed by Computing about his role as Chief Information Officer at the School.

Adam Kucharski features in Times Higher Education as author of a new book, The Perfect Bet: How science and maths are taking the luck out of gambling.

The School is mentioned in a Financial Times article about the role of malaria in maternal health.

The School is mentioned in ABC (Spain), as recent research showing that schools may affect girls’ chances of developing eating disorders continues to generate coverage. Femme Actuelle also reports the story.


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