18 – 24 February 2017

The Guardian cover research co-authored by Harparkash Kaur that involved the development of a new device that can distinguish perfectly between life-saving malaria drugs and deadly counterfeits.

The Daily Telegraph quotes Martin McKee following his appearance at the Health Select Committee on how Brexit will affect UK health services. Commenting on the potential cost of pensioner travel insurance Martin said: “Effectively they will not be able to travel – or at least they can travel but they would take a risk if something goes wrong.” Martin is also quoted by The Independent, The Sun and the Press Association.

Val Curtis speaks to The Indian Express about her work with the Public Health Foundation of India and the Indian Institute of Public Health-Gandhinagar to reduce open-defecation, by encouraging people to build and use toilets: “Instead of talking about toilets as something for backward people, […] people should be encouraged to build beautiful toilets that they are proud of.”  

James Logan appears on Channel 4’s Staying Healthy (from 24m50s) to demonstrate just how effective mosquito repellents are: “The thing about Zika is that there is no vaccine. The best way to stop yourself from getting the virus is to stop the mosquito from biting you.” The Huffington Post write a summary of the programme, quoting James’ advice on using DEET.

Will Nutland is interviewed on the Naked Scientists podcast about UK access to HIV-prevention drug PrEP: “Evidence shows that if PrEP is targeted at those most likely to be involved in HIV exposure, not only will HIV be prevented in those individuals but if enough people start using PrEP, we can finally start to see HIV diagnosis going down.”

Bustle cite School research that found 21% of women aged 16-21 experience sexual problems, in an article providing advice on what to do if a partner can’t finish.

There is further coverage of the School study linking 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to failures in the health & social care system in IFL Science, quoting co-author Lucinda Hiam: “Simply re-organising and consolidating existing urgent care systems is unlikely to be sufficient to meet the challenges that high levels of hospitalization of vulnerable people are likely to present in the future.”

Heidi Larson is quoted by In-PharmaTechnologist on the impact of high-profile support for anti-vaccination campaigns on vaccine safety: “These impacts vary by country and situation, but we have seen deaths in recent years by diseases for which there has been a vaccine available.”

Seb Funk speaks to Contagion on research he co-authored regarding so-called ‘super-spreaders’ during the recent West African Ebola outbreak: “Tracing back how many cases were found to have been infected by a super-spreader, we were able to assess the proportion of cases ultimately linked to super-spreading events.”

Vikram Patel is interviewed by Times Higher Education for their ‘HE & me’ section: “The best indicator of the change in attitudes is the strong, and sensitive, attention to mental health in the media and the fact that I am no longer embarrassed – on the contrary, I am proud – to describe myself as a psychiatrist.”

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