9 – 15 July 2016

Peter Piot spoke to Channel 4 News on the impact of Brexit on UK science: “I think now is a time to see how we can make the best of it and making sure world class science is preserved. That requires openness because there are very few sectors in society that are so global.”

BBC News cover the report published by the Committee on Climate Change that assesses the climate change risks and opportunities to the UK. Dr Sari Kovats is a co-lead contributor on the report and said: We are far from prepared to deal with these changes. More heatwaves in the UK are also likely, yet there are no comprehensive policies in place aimed at reducing the risk of overheating in new and existing homes.”

Sir Andy Haines also spoke about the Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report to BBC News at One. He said: “Many hospitals and care homes are not fully equipped to deal with increasing levels of heat and we know that elderly people and sick people are more vulnerable to the effects of heat.” Additionally, he performed a live Q&A on BBC News’ Facebook page, which can be viewed directly here: [iframe src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbbcnews%2Fvideos%2F10153746537087217%2F&show_text=0&width=400″ width=”400″ height=”400″ style=”border:none;overflow:hidden” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” allowFullScreen=”true”]

Covered by Medical Xpress, Martin McKee co-authored a paper as part of a series in The Lancet that shows the mass imprisonment of drug users is driving the HIV epidemic. “This Series shows that prisons and other detention facilities play an important role in the AIDS epidemic.” The Series was also covered by Science Codex and Medical News Today.

Jessica Datta was interviewed by Reuters on her research showing that one in eight women in the UK experience infertility: “Our finding of inequalities in help seeking between those who are better educated and in higher status jobs is (perhaps) not surprising given evidence of unequal distribution of wealth and power and the associated differential access to health care.” The interview was also covered by Fox News, Channel News Asia and The Asian Age.

With the Tour de France underway, The Daily Telegraph covers Ellen Flint’s research that shows cycling may be the most effective activity to lose weight. She said: “Our study found that those who do manage to build physical exertion into their commute tend to be less heavy and have less body fat than people who drive all the way to work.” An AFP piece is covered by outlets worldwide including Yahoo FranceThe Hindustan Times and Malaysia’s The Malay Mail OnlineNHS Choices also write on the research.

Honorary Professor, Sally Bloomfield, is quoted in a BBC Future article about the approach to avoiding allergies. She said: “People think the problem is we’re too clean, but hygiene is not a state: it’s what we do in the times and places that matter. It’s not about having a clean room; it’s about what we do in that room.”

Janet Seeley speaks to Nature on HIV care over the age of 50 in Uganda and South Africa. Her work found that over 50s taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) to treat HIV were able to perform more daily activities than their HIV-negative counterparts. She says: “My first thought was ‘this must be wrong’, but it’s logical really,” as people will visit healthcare centres on a more regular basis.

The Guardian covers research that predicts the Zika epidemic may have reached its peak, with the current epidemic only to last a total of three years. Rosanna Peeling, commented on the study: “It will be still incredibly important that we continue to act now to develop better diagnostic tests, potential vaccines, and other tools that will help us bring the outbreak under control as quickly as possible.” Rosanna’s comments on the study were also covered by MSN.com and the South China Morning Post.

Mike Galsworthy, visiting researcher at the School gives his perspective in The Guardian on the way forward for UK science following Brexit: “We have no choice but to invoke Plan B: fighting to insulate what we can, and setting up systems to monitor the fallout.”

Sir Andy Haines writes a BMJ Blog on why health partnerships are good for global health, saying: “By scaling-up health partnerships, building on previous investments, we can ensure that we are supporting the backbone of any strong health system, health workers, and giving them the tools to provide better care for everyone.”

Vikram Patel’s work is highlighted in Sri Lankan outlet, The Island. He is part of an international collaboration that has found health care in developing nations will remain poor if research funding stays as heavily invested in developed nations.

Research led by Narat Punyacharoensin is covered by Healio. The findings estimate that a national strategy consisting of PrEP and early treatment programs could prevent nearly 7,400 new HIV infections amongst men who have sex have with men by 2020. Dr Punyacharoensin said: “Our results show that PrEP offers a major opportunity to curb new infections and could help reverse the HIV epidemic among MSM in the U.K.”

Health IT Central quote Nick Black who reviewed a paper about capturing a patient’s health status using tablets: “Although there has been much talk of such a development (and successful examples in Sweden), this is the first large scale demonstration in England.”

Kenya’s Business Daily writes on rising cases of blindness amongst the elderly population and how the country’s largest teaching hospital has adopted the Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) developed by the School.

German language outlet GMX report on research that people with elevated body temperatures, pregnant women and obese people tend to be more frequently stung by mosquitoes. web.de also publish an article.

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