16 – 22 October 2017

A new study led by Steven Cummins which found that a levy of 10p per drink to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Jamie’s Italian UK restaurants is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in sales, is widely covered by UK and international media. More than 400 outlets reported the research, including: BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Huffington Post and via the Press Association to over 200 UK regional outlets. International coverage included an article by CNN, which helped to generate coverage in over 60 regional outlets in the US, Chicago Tribune (US), WIRED (Italy) and Detik (Indonesia).

Quoted by the Daily Mail, Steven Cummins said: “Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is an important contributor to these potentially life-threatening conditions but we still don’t have a clear answer on how best to encourage people to consume fewer of them.”

Martin McKee and Lucinda Hiam are quoted by the Huffington Post on their editorial exploring the newly introduced upfront charges for overseas visitors using the NHS. Lucinda said: “We’re adding a layer of work to people who really don’t need it. Adding something else they’ve got to do when they’re barely managing to cope.”

Mishal Khan is interviewed by The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia) on a new study that urges for more effective investments in TB research that result in meaningful healthcare improvements: “Without better coordination, I could see a major problem. As funding is getting more and more restricted with Cambodia transitioning to a lower-middle income country, priority research areas are getting neglected.”

Ajay Aggarwal is quoted by iNews on a School-led study that found surgical cancer units invest heavily in unproven technologies to attract patients: “It appears that patients use the availability of robotic prostatectomy as an indicator of high quality care, despite a lack of evidence of its superiority compared with open surgery.”

Heidi Larson provides comment to Devex on Indian drug development, following the success of a rotavirus vaccine: “India’s vaccine and drug development industry is becoming a big player in the world. While the research and development end is growing, India will continue to be an important producer.”

Jimmy Whitworth provides comment to The Sun on the plague outbreak in Madagascar: “It has been a long time since we have seen the plague in an urban environment. The risk of it spreading internationally is low. But the risk of this continuing to spread within Madagascar is still quite high.” Jimmy’s comments are also published in the Daily Express.

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