18 – 24 June 2016

The Huffington Post UK report on the National Gay Men’s Sex Survey conducted by the School. Lead researcher Ford Hickson said: “Half of the men we surveyed didn’t know that doctors in the UK recommend they test for HIV at least once a year.” The story is also covered by Daily Mail Online, PinkNews, Gay Times Magazine, Gay Star News, DNA Magazine (Australia), Capital Bay, Medical Daily and Medical Xpress.

Ford Hickson writes on the topic for The Conversation: “One agency alone cannot end HIV, but all individual institutions can recognise the part they play in promoting risks and inhibiting precautions – and to reverse them.” 

Jimmy Whitworth provides comment for The Times on the news that golfer Rory McIlroy pulls out of the Rio Olympics over fears around Zika: “The most credible estimates put the probable number of Zika cases at between 10 and 20 among the half million athletes and visitors who will descend on Rio.” Jimmy was also quoted by Daily Mail Online, The Irish Times, and via the Press Association and AFP to over 400 outlets globally.

Jimmy was also interviewed by RTE Radio 1 (Ireland) on the issue (from 49m10s).

Reuters report on research involving the School that predicts thousands of New York citizens could die from intense heat due to climate change beginning about 60 years from now. The research findings are also covered by The New York TimesDaily Mail Online, International Business Times, The Indian Express and Science Daily.

School director Peter Piot is interviewed on the Humanosphere Podcast (from 9m15s). He discusses the history of tropical medicine and global epidemics such as HIV and Ebola: “It’s important in between epidemics to prepare much better. Making sure there are vaccines for the pathogens that we know but [also] where there is no market incentive at the moment.”

The Independent publish an open letter signed by 96 UK university vice-chancellors, including, Peter Piot, backing a vote to stay in the European Union: “Cutting ourselves out of the world’s largest economic bloc would undermine our position as a global leader in science and innovation.” The letter is also reported as a separate article in The Independent and in the Times Higher Education.

The Lancet Podcast speaks to Martin McKee on why continued EU membership is good for UK and European health: “Infectious diseases pay no respect to borders and we need an international response to that. We have that mechanism in Europe, we have the European Centre for Disease Control, which is a very effective system for ensuring co-ordination for disease surveyance across Europe.” Prof McKee also wrote a letter to the Belfast Telegraph on the importance of the EU to Northern Ireland.

BBC News report that abortion requests have soared across Latin America amid worries surrounding Zika. Jimmy Whitworth said: “This apparent increase in making requests for abortion looks plausible and is not surprising given the situation with the epidemic and societal pressures.” Jimmy’s quote was also used by the International Business Times.

Spanish digital daily newspaper El Confidencial writes about research into a new method to defeat malaria. Helen Fletcher is quoted [translated]: “It has been tried before seeking a malaria vaccine based solely on antibodies, but it has not worked.”

The Scotsman writes on the collaboration between the School and Scottish universities on the advancement of treating eye disease in Africa.

The Daily Mail writes on how asbestos could still be present in UK buildings and the danger this poses, quoting Julian Peto from a previous conference: “The problem is, by trying to get rid of asbestos you may do more harm than good by raising the dust.”

The Times report on a study into the eye movements of blackjack players. Adam Kucharski, author of The Perfect Bet, a book on the mathematics of gambling, said: “Unfortunately it won’t help gamblers much, because in blackjack players receive their cards face up.” The story is also covered by Daily Mail Online.

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