11 – 17 September 2017

A study presenting findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, co-led by the School, which finds British women living with a partner are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex compared to men living with a partner, and that a significant number people found it distressing not to be interested in sex, is covered widely. Outlets include: Forbes, BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Metro, Newsweek, USA Today and NHS Choices.

Peter Piot is interviewed by The Economist about a new Gates Foundation report from that spells out the biggest risks to future progress on tackling disease and poverty. On the prevalence of HIV in Africa, alongside the growing youth population on the continent, Peter says: “If we continue to do what we are doing now—which is already a considerable effort—that is not going to be good enough.”

Peter also writes a joint piece for the Conversation post the launch of a major new Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Financial Times, KBC, Xinhua and myjoyonline also cover the launch of the report which was co-authored by the School.

Rashida Ferrand is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Focus on Africa programme on her research which investigated how to combat the rising death rate of adolescents living with HIV since they were children: “The striking finding is that over the past 10 years, mortality rates in older children and adolescents has continued to rise whereas we have seen a drop in mortality rates in infants and adults. One reason for this is that adolescents and older children find it difficult to adhere to their treatments.”

Heidi Larson appears on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire (19m 20s) show to discuss the tough measures taken by some European countries against parents who don’t get their children vaccinated. Heidi is also interviewed by BBC World Service’s Newshour (20min) about the development of new technology to make all vaccinations single jabs, potentially removing the need for boosters. Heidi says: “On one hand there’s useful issues on access if you do it all at one time…but we are already getting from the public some resistance to there being too many vaccines in one injection.”

Heidi also co-writes a blog with Neisha Sundaram for The Straits Times (Singapore) on innovation in public health: “Let us not let more people succumb to infectious diseases while hesitating to adopt available life-saving innovations.”

Mark Petticrew is interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Health Check, following his study that found the alcohol industry is misrepresenting evidence about the alcohol-related risk of cancer: “Most people do drink, most people drink at low levels. This isn’t an anti-alcohol study, this isn’t even an anti-alcohol industry study, but it’s about how consumers should be given accurate information about the risks of the products they consume.”

Cicely Marston is quoted by Mosaic in an article investigating the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in India and the USA: “If you are really genuinely anti-abortion then it makes sense to increase access to contraception to as many people as possible.”

Martin McKee writes for BMJ blogs on the WHO Europe Committee meeting in Budapest where priorities on the Sustainable Development Goals were set out.

Mike Galsworthy, visiting researcher and founder of Scientists4EU records a podcast for The Guardian, discussing how leaving the EU will affect universities and research.

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