11 – 17 June 2016

David Heymann chairs an expert panel convened by the World Health Organization to consider the potential risks of Zika transmissions from events such as the Olympic Games. He is quoted by more than 600 news outlets worldwide including Time Magazine: “And the committee concluded that there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympics and Paralympics, which is already low.” Other coverage includes BBC News, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Kaye Wellings speaks to BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme (from 22m48s) about why teenage pregnancy rates in England have reached a record low: “Young people are having sex often enough to get pregnant but what they are doing is protecting themselves more. They are using better methods of contraception; they are protecting their sexual health once they are sexually active.”

Vikram Patel talks to The Guardian about rates of alcohol abuse among Indian men and the effect this has on society: “Policies that combat the deep-rooted gender inequality in India, for example through empowering women with sexual and reproductive rights, must remain the most important strategy to reduce violence against women.”

The Times feature an obituary of Dr Sylvia Meek, a leading figure in malaria prevention and control worldwide, who was the Global Technical Director of the Malaria Consortium and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School.

Krishnan Bhaskaran is quoted in coverage of his research demonstrating that impotency drugs are not likely to raise the risk of skin cancer, reported on Health Day: “Our observations pointed towards the small apparent increase in risk of melanoma being explained by greater sun exposure, rather than a side effect of the drugs themselves.” The research is also reported in The Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Science Daily, Drugs.com, Medical XPress and in numerous local US outlets. Lead author Anthony Matthews speaks to MedicalResearch.com.

The School’s Kaye Wellings comments in the Mail Online on research suggesting male viewers of soft-core porn more likely to have a negative view of women: “To be able to mount public health action to help people deal with pornography, we need a better understanding of the drivers, and for that we first need bigger and better studies.”

Cicely Marston writes on this issue for The Conversation: “Telling a simplistic story about pornography being the key danger in young people’s sex lives distracts us from our responsibility for sexuality education.”

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted by Mail Online in a report on where Zika is most likely to be found in areas of Europe this summer: “The mosquitos that spread Zika are not found naturally in the UK – our climate is too cold, even in summer. However, a UK- wide contingency plan for invasive mosquito control should be developed. This infection is a travel-associated risk for the UK, and the Government has issued clear travel advice.”

Laura Rodrigues talks to Sweden’s Sveriges Radio about the relationship between Zika and microcephaly (Swedish language broadcast). 

Vikram Patel writes an opinion piece in the Indian Express on why India is a particularly dangerous place for a pedestrian, driver or passenger. “If there is one place where our country is in the throes of anarchy, defined by a total disregard for the law coupled with the utter capitulation of the law enforcement agencies, it is on our roads.”

In the Times Higher Education round-up of research council grant winners, Jan van der Meulen is included as the winner of the Health Services and Delivery Research Programme grant from the National Institute of Health Research, for a project on surgical care for female urinary incontinence in England.

Phys.org covered the news that Umeå University in Sweden will host an international consortium on Zika research named the Zika Preparedness Latin American Network (ZikaPLAN). The School is named as one of the research partner institutions.

School research carried out last year into the impact of street lighting and crime is referenced on localgov.co.uk following the news that Cambridge City Council is to introduce changes to night-time lighting.


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