8 – 21 April 2017

CBC Canada cover research led by Audrey Bonaventure that found global inequalities in survival from childhood leukaemia have narrowed but still persist. Audrey said: “Most leukaemias in children are treatable, so these inequalities reflect the lack of access in many countries to optimal treatment and early diagnosis.” The study generates coverage in outlets around the world, including The Guardian, Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), Sky News Australia, Der Standard (Austria), La Informacion (Spain) and MSN.

Brian Greenwood is interviewed by Voice of America about his previously unpublished research into the devastating consequences of Guinea worm infection: “I hope that we have been able to document what a horrible disease this was and it is really important that people realize that. If we do get eradication in the next year or two, which I hope will be the case, that this will not just be seen as a minor thing, but to be a really very important public health triumph.”

Research showing that an antimalarial prescribed during pregnancy could also protect against sexually transmitted infections is covered by SciDev.net. Lead author Matthew Chico said: “We hope this evidence will support efforts by programme managers and policymakers to scale-up the coverage.”

David Mabey speaks to CNN on how a recent outbreak of elephantiasis in Uganda could be down to volcanic minerals: “Little crystals get into your lymphatic system…after many years, they block it so the lymph can’t draw back and your foot swells up.”  The article generates coverage in regional outlets across the United States.

David is also quoted by the Financial Times (£) on the challenge faced in eradicating yaws disease.  “No funds have been raised, no drugs have been donated, there has been no attempt to map the disease globally for over 30 years, so we don’t know where it is still a problem or how many cases there are — except in a few countries such as Ghana.”

Following his award of the Edinburgh Medal, Peter Piot is interviewed on BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme (from 0h54m55s) about epidemic preparedness: “What used to be a local outbreak can be a worldwide problem now…so we have to be prepared for the next one. The next big one could be a pandemic of flu…we’re better equipped in terms of diagnosis and drugs but we need to have drills for epidemic preparedness.” Peter is also interviewed by Herald Scotland, and his talk is covered by The Edinburgh Reporter.

Heidi Larson speaks to CNN about the Italian measles outbreak and the increase in negative attitudes towards vaccines in Europe. On public confidence, Heidi says: “We are in a very vulnerable place. If we resist and say this is still fringe, we risk losing.”

Heidi is also interviewed by La Nacion (Argentina) on the issue of vaccine confidence in Argentina and around the world.

Will Nutland is quoted on BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme (from 01h51m35s) following the decision to fund HIV-prevention drug PrEP via NHS Scotland: “PrEP has the option, for the first time ever of massively reducing HIV incidence within our communities.”

Readers Digest reference a previous School study that found a severe case of shingles can raise the risk of heart attack.

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