24 – 30 September 2016

A study co-led by the School found that one in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed in an emergency had ‘red flag’ symptoms that could have been picked up earlier. The story was covered widely including by The Daily Telegraph BBC News, The Guardian Daily Mirror, The Huffington Post and Metro.

The Press Association also reported the research as well as a second study co-led by the School that found a clear association between cancer symptom awareness and cancer survival. Lead author Maja Niksic says: “Based on our research we think that health campaigns should focus on helping people to recognize cancer symptoms early– especially in socio-economically deprived areas, where cancer survival is generally lower.” The piece leads to articles in the Daily Mail, AOL, BT and numerous regional UK outlets.

Scientific American analyse findings from the recently published Vaccine Confidence Project report led by Heidi Larson. The article uses the raw data to create interactive maps based on responses to the survey.

Stephen Evans provides comment to BBC News on a study that links anti-inflammatory painkillers to an increased risk of heart failure. He says: “It is of very little relevance to most people below age 65 taking painkillers, but in the very elderly, say, above 80, that the effects are of more relevance.” His comments also appear on BootsWebMD and PharmaTimes.

The Daily Mail examine the likelihood of climate change attracting diseases such as malaria and Zika to the UK. On malaria, Jo Lines says: “It is very unlikely that we will have malaria back in the UK, even if it gets warmer, as long as we take precautions against the risk.” Jimmy Whitworth is also quoted on the possible introduction of Zika to Europe: “Countries in southern Europe, including France and Italy need to be especially vigilant.”

The Irish Examiner cover a Mark Petticrew led study which suggests a responsible drinking campaign in Ireland has done more harm than good: “The campaign presented education as an effective way to ‘change our culture’, though the evidence clearly shows that this has little effect.”

A study conducted by Cicely Marston and Ruth Lewis is discussed in Vice on the attitudes of the different genders of young people towards oral sex. Cicely is interviewed and says while “mostly for boys they get thumbs up from their friends for just about anything, [oral sex to a girl] is the only thing that was a bit more ambivalent.”

Adam Kucharski writes for Wired on the possibility of poker-playing robots bluffing better than humans: “The main obstacle is converting this perfect information into a strategy. There is a fixed set of rules out there, and if a computer can find them, it will achieve the optimal result in every game.”

The Guardian feature an obituary for Dr John Lane who was a prominent entomologist at the School.

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