26 July – 1 August 2018

Antonio Gasparrini is quoted by The Times (£) on a new study he co-authors that shows without adaptation strategies to mitigate climate change, there could be a dramatic rise in heatwave-related deaths in tropical regions. Antonio says: “Several countries are experiencing deadly heatwaves which, since 2000, are thought to have been responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, including the regions of Europe and Russia.”

The research is reported worldwide in more than 250 outlets including Reuters, Daily Mail, The Independent, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Metro, China Daily (China), Euronews, Health.com (USA).

A new LSHTM-led study suggests boys might be more ‘cliquey’ than girls, forming the most tight-knit bands. Social mixing patterns are commonly used in mathematical models of infectious disease which can play a vital role in public health planning. Lead author Adam Kucharski said: “[The study] an interesting social insight but for mathematical modellers this type of information is also extremely valuable.”

The research was covered by more than 50 outlets including BBC News, The Times (£), Daily Mail, Huff Post, Independent.ie (Ireland) and The Times of India (India).

Kate Mandeville is quoted by The Independent on a study co-led by LSHTM that reveals nearly 83% of doctors believe Brexit will have a negative impact on the NHS. Kate said: “On Brexit their opinion is very clear: Brexit is bad for the nation’s health.”  The study is also reported by UK outlets including the Daily Mirror, Business Insider, The Scotsman and Esquire UK.

Peter Piot is quoted in Science magazine on a new International AIDS Society-The Lancet commission that warns the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is at risk of ‘dangerous complacency. Peter said: “International solidarity and funding will be necessary for decades to come. Let’s not fool ourselves.” Peter Piot also curated the weekly Financial Times ‘FT Health’ newsletter, focusing on the challenges for HIV/AIDS campaigns.

James Logan is interviewed by BBC Radio Wales (from 33m30s), discussing how to avoid insect bites and stings this summer: “There are things you can do to protect yourself against mosquito bites, and the best thing you can do is to use a good repellent.”

Research co-authored by Martin McKee and Lucinda Hiam is referenced in a BBC News article analysing the excess deaths in the UK recorded last winter.

On social media

Heidi Larson’s Q&A with the London International Development Centre (LIDC) on the public trust in vaccines and epidemic preparedness was this week’s LSHTM’s social media highlight. To date, our tweet has received 39 retweets and 36 likes, including from Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI.

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