Heather Wardle provides comment to The Guardian in an article assessing the growing consensus within the UK gambling industry that there is too much pre-watershed TV advertising: “We know from studies of 11- to 15-year-olds that 2% of children said they started to gamble or increased gambling due to advertising. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it equates to 60,000 children.” Heather also writes a blog for Huff Post on the issue ahead of the start of the English Premier League season.
Martin McKee is quoted by the Financial Times (£) on new figures that show the share of European funding allocated to British universities has fallen: “We have no idea how the UK will be able to participate in the next EU programme and government reassurances are completely worthless as they are based on nothing more than hope.” Martin also takes part in this week’s Financial Times Health Q&A.
James Rudge speaks to the Daily Telegraph in an article exploring the prevalence of zoonotic diseases: “There’s good reason for [flu] to be one of the most worrying zoonotic diseases.”
BBC News write an in-depth article on LSHTM co-led research that demonstrates mass radio campaigns in low-income countries increase under-five consultations for certain diseases.
On social media
The announcement of a new £1.9m grant to help meningitis research is this week’s social media highlight. Congratulations to Joe Jarvis who has been awarded a Global Health Professorship from the National Institute of Health Research, which will support vital research into improving the management of meningitis in HIV-positive African adults. Our Facebook post has received more than 104 reactions, comments and shares to date.