30 August – 5 September 2018

Martin McKee provides comment to the Guardian on news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has lost contracts assessing medicines for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as a result of Brexit. Martin said: “The MHRA has benefited enormously from its close links with the EMA. The fracturing of those links will impact severely on its budget, much now from the EMA, and its ability to attract and retain skilled staff.”

Martin also comments in OnMedica about new research published in the European Heart Journal, which reports a correlation between smoking and alcohol in teenage years and vascular damage. Martin said: “This paper highlights the importance of examining the combined effects of exposure to agents that act through different mechanisms on the cardiovascular system as the adverse effects are likely to be greater than with either on its own.”

Sanjay Kinra co-authors new research covered in Times of India which finds that one out of every 10 students of Delhi’s private schools suffer from obesity, high blood pressure and increased levels of bad cholesterol. Authors say: “this is the first research to report on the distribution of multiple risk factors for NCDs in school students in India, comparing low socio-economic status to high socio-economic status.”

Naomi Stewart authors a blog for London International Development Centre about drug resistant tuberculosis in South Africa and explores the Umoya omuhle project, which is working to develop a health systems intervention that can help stop new infections.

On social media

This week’s social media highlight tweeted from @LSHTM is an expert opinion piece by Joe Tucker and Jason Ong looking at whether crowdsourcing could be a catalyst for increasing HIV testing in China.

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