6 – 19 November 2017

A new School-led study that demonstrates major bleeds must be treated with tranexamic acid quickly is reported by The Guardian. Ian Roberts says: “Responding quickly can be the difference between life and death and that means patients must be treated urgently at the scene of injury or as soon as the diagnosis of haemorrhage is made.” There is also coverage of the study in The Nursing Times, The Courier, AllAfrica, All4Women (South Africa), ABC.es (Spain) and Yahoo UK. The findings were also discussed on BBC World Service Radio’s Health Check programme (from 16m15s).

The new research findings were part of a discussion at a special event on postpartum haemorrhage hosted at the School. AllAfrica published an article that transcribed Toyin Saraki’s speech (Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation) at the event and Toyin Saraki also writes on the topic for the Huffington Post.

New research that suggests giving birth on due-date could be less risky for older first-time mothers is reported by BBC News. Lead author Hannah Knight said: “There appears to be evidence that bringing forward the offer of induction to 40 weeks would be beneficial. It should be something that women and doctors discuss together.” Hannah is also quoted by the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and New Scientist.

Antonio Gasparrini is quoted by Daily Mail on the largest study to date of the potential temperature-related health impacts of climate change: “The good news is that if we take action to reduce global warming, for instance by complying with the thresholds set by the Paris Agreement, this impact will be much lower.” Antonio’s comments are also covered by the Daily Telegraph.

A major clinical report published by the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) detailing how NHS services deliver improvements for women and babies is covered by the Press Association. Jan van der Meulen, chair of the NMPA said: “This national audit, the largest of its kind in the world, makes it possible for the first time to compare the care that maternity units in England, Scotland and Wales provide to 750,000 pregnant women and their babies each year.” The article generates coverage in over 200 UK regional outlets.

Chelci Squires provides comment to Scientific American on a new chemical innovation that lures and kills mosquitoes: “This sort of technique of using odours is an exciting technology and is really quite promising.”

James Lopez Bernal is quoted by New Scientist on a study that shows reorganising the NHS in England failed to increase the amount of care taking place in the community: “It’s hard to say whether the policy as a whole is a failure. But we know that the idea was to shift more care into the community, and our findings suggest that’s not been happening.”

James Logan provides comment to BBC News on a study that shows ‘breath-prints’ could be used as a test for malaria: “A new diagnostic tool, based on the detection of volatiles associated with malaria infection is exciting.”

Brian Greenwood speaks to Nature on the success of seasonal malaria chemoprevention measures, despite initial concerns on its effectiveness: “They are seeing the same level of efficacy against malaria that we saw in clinical trials and reducing hospital admissions. I am very happy.”

Martin McKee writes for BMJ blogs on the impact of Brexit on the European Health Insurance Card.

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