26 November – 2 December 2016

Voice of America covers a study co-authored by Stefan Flasche which found that the dengue vaccine is effective in highly endemic regions but could be problematic in places where the disease is less common: “It’s now up to the global health community and to decision-makers on a local level to identify those areas where we can use that vaccine until we have better means of prevention of dengue.” Stefan also writes a blog for Thomas Reuters Foundation.

Astrid Fletcher speaks to The New York Times (£) about her new research that suggests UVB light exposure early in life may offer protection against near-sightedness: “Spending time outdoors is good advice for trying to reduce the chance of getting myopia.” Astrid is also quoted in the Daily Express and the research is covered by the New York Daily News, Daily Mail, Drugs.com and HealthDay.

Jimmy Whitworth speaks to BBC News on reports of the first likely case of sexual transmission of Zika in the UK: “News that one case of sexual transmission of Zika has occurred in the UK is not unexpected. About 60 cases of sexual transmission of Zika have been reported worldwide, so we think this is quite rare.” Jimmy’s comments are reported by The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, and via the Press Association to BT.

Brendan Wren provides comment for The Daily Telegraph on a study demonstrating that half the strains of Campylobacter found in supermarket chickens are resistant to the strongest antibiotics: “This not only has implications for treatment, but also for the dispersal of antibiotic resistance to other bacteria in the food chain.”

Heidi Larson is quoted by Science in a report investigating the anti-vaccine sentiment trends in Texas and the issues scientists face: “I think it’s important that they bring attention to this trend and not wait for an outbreak.”

Further coverage of Paul Milligan’s research into seasonal malaria chemoprevention includes an interview with Voice of America: “By expanding the age range, we are treating a larger fraction of the parasite reservoir, which is the source of infection to mosquitoes.”

Cicely Marston is quoted by New Scientist in relation to a study suggesting libido can be altered by a brain stimulation device: “To think you can fix a problem by fixing the physiological components is overly simplistic, but if it works, there would be a huge market for it.”  

Ben Hawkins co-authors a blog for The Conversation on the role the tobacco industry plays in e-cigarette policymaking: “Investment by tobacco companies in e-cigarettes raises important concerns regarding the renormalisation of the industry, and the impact on tobacco control policies.”

Maria Zurrmond is quoted by the Ghana News Agency regarding a School project that is treating and managing cerebral palsy in the country: We found that the knowledge about the child’s condition improved significantly, which was particularly important given that most had never received proper diagnoses about their child’s condition.” There is also coverage on Ghana Web and Modern Ghana.

Peter Piot co-writes an op-ed with Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar on the topic of epidemic preparedness, for Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun (£ & Japanese language).

University Herald cover the Times Higher Education Awards, including the School’s University of the Year 2016 win.

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