19 – 25 June 2017

James Logan is interviewed by Scientific American on a new study that will use twins to find clues about the genetic basis of mosquito attraction: “We hope this study will give us more insights into the mechanisms that help change our body odours to make us more or less attractive to mosquitoes.” The article generated coverage in TIME magazine, PBS Newshour and Bustle. James also speaks to the Sunday Post and the Press Association about the study, generating coverage in the Daily Express, Scottish Sun, NetDoctor and Yahoo UK.

Stephen Evans provides comment to the Daily Telegraph about the implications of a European Court of Justice ruling that courts can consider lawsuits in which plaintiffs claim wrongdoing by vaccine makers even if there is no scientific evidence supporting the link between an illness and an immunisation: “Vaccines are one of the greatest global health achievements. While it is vital that we identify adverse effects of vaccines that are real, we must be very careful not to damage public trust in vaccines.” Stephen’s comments are also published by Yahoo UK.

Kaye Wellings provides comment to Elle UK on recent studies that link cuts to sex education with a falling teenage pregnancy rate: “Firstly, it is a myth the funding stopped… but also all these things that were happening in the 2000s didn’t kick in straight away, they gradually took effect.” Kaye’s comments are also published by Yahoo UK.

NewsDeeply cover School research that shows a malaria prevention drug given to pregnant women not only protects them from the disease, but also reduces their risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.

Joy Lawn is quoted in a Daily Mail article looking at research that compares the health of men and women: “Even in the womb, girls mature more rapidly than boys, which provides an advantage because the lungs and organs are more developed. In the UK, an extra 6,000 boys or so are born pre-term each year.”

Martin McKee writes for BMJ blogs on the commencement of Brexit negotiations and the effects on the NHS and UK health policy.

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