23 – 29 August 2018

Heidi Larson provides comment to Newsweek and the Daily Mail on a new study that reveals the extent of misinformation on vaccines spread by ‘bots’ on social media. Speaking to Newsweek, Heidi said: “[The study] should wake up the public to being more critical of the comments they’re reading online.”

Heidi is also quoted in The Economist (£) on how a rising anti-vaccination sentiment in Europe could be linked to the record number of measles cases in the region.

Rachel Lowe speaks to The Guardian on the growing threat of European tropical disease outbreaks linked to rising temperatures due to climate change: “Mosquitos thrive in humid conditions and rainfall can increase breeding sites. But something we found is that drought conditions can also increase breeding, because of the ways people store water.”

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted by CNN after a case of MERS virus is confirmed in England – the first in five years: “MERS-CoV is a disease we worry about because we don’t have any specific countermeasures to it. We’ve got no specific drugs, no specific vaccine, or anything to deal with it. Essentially we need to identify cases, get them into isolation and to give them intensive supportive care until they get better.”

Mishal Khan, Sonia Rego and Julia Spencer write for BMJ blogs on how prescription-only access to antibiotics could exacerbate health inequalities in LMICs.

Laurie Denyer Willis is interviewed by Cultural Anthropology on how in Rio de Janeiro’s subúrbios Pentecostalism, margins and smells are put to work to construct new kinds of affective space.

On social media

Our graduates find a wide range of career paths open to them and are based all over the world. This week’s social media highlight is an insightful infographic, tweeted from @LSHTM, displaying the geographic destinations of LSHTM graduates.

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