13 – 19 August 2016

Kaye Wellings and Adam Kucharski appear on this week’s BBC Radio 4’s More or Less.  Kaye discusses teenage pregnancy and the portrayal of young women in the media: “U18 births fell faster in England than they had in other European countries. They fell most in the areas where the government had spent the most.” (13m00s)

Adam talks about how mathematical strategies have influenced gambling and vice versa: “I think throughout history, a lot of gamblers and indeed academics have been motivated by games of chance to try and understand random events and how you can beat them.” (from 23m09s)

The Guardian report on Pippa Grenfell and Lucy Platt’s BMJ editorial which examines the harms of cutting NHS services for sex workers: “Decriminalisation is likely to be a crucial step towards improving sex workers’ health and safety. It is vital that specialist services for sex workers, are also protected.”

Times Higher Education feature the success of the School’s Ebola Mooc and how it can be used as an example of how best to deploy digital learning.

David Heymann is quoted in a SciDev.net article that looks at the public health successes and challenges in South Asia: “Surveillance and continuation of control interventions are necessary to maintain achievements in infectious disease control.”

The Press Association speak to James Logan for a piece on BT.com giving advice to travellers on how to protect themselves from malaria: “Remember that no anti-malarial is 100% effective. So, it’s important to stop contracting malaria by not getting bitten by the mosquito that carries it.”

James Logan appears on London Live Morning News to provide advice to travellers’ on how to avoid mosquito bites and the risk of Zika: “[Unless pregnant] People should travel to these destinations and there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself. Look for the active ingredient DEET between 20-50% or PMD, a lemon eucalyptus, which is a natural alternative.”

The Camden New Journal report on the Shakespeare Hut centenary event. Project leader Rebecca Tremain said: “The project will lift the lid on what life was like for those who used the building, and relive stories of those who fought and lived through the Great War.”

Polly Roy is quoted by Horse Talk, New Zealand following research into making a stable vaccine to stop the African horse sickness virus: “These defective viruses have the potential to be used for the development of safe and stable vaccine candidates.”

News Ghana write about efforts to support parents of children with cerebral palsy. The School’s collaboration with the University of Ghana on evaluating community-based schemes is mentioned.

The Daily Thanthi in India profile Sir Ronald’s Ross work ahead of World Mosquito Day on the 20 August.

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