27 September – 3 October 2018

A new LSHTM-led study has found that birth order may play a significant role in sex education with first-born children more likely to report parental involvement than later-borns. Wendy Macdowall is quoted by Huff Post: “Young people tell us they want information from school and parents; schools need the support of parents and issues raised at school can be a useful starting point for discussions at home.” The study is also reported in The Independent and Daily Mail.

Joy Lawn provides comment to The Guardian on a new study that finds 32% of stillbirths occur before 28 weeks of pregnancy yet are not being officially recognised: “Part of the problem for stillbirths, especially the earlier ones, is if we don’t count them and don’t look at the trends, people don’t invest in changing them.”

Jimmy Whitworth writes for The Independent following a third case of monkeypox identified in the UK: “It’s imperative that the UK continues its strong support to help low-income countries stop disease outbreaks in their tracks. This will save lives “on the ground”, and will also help prevent dangerous infections reaching our shores.”


Rachel Lowe speaks to The Daily Telegraph on how the significant increases of West Nile virus cases in Europe could ultimately be linked to climate change: “When the temperature is warmer mosquitoes breed more quickly…and when you have warm weather people tend to spend more time outdoors. The climate affects the virus, the mosquito and human behaviour.”

Val Curtis writes for Livemint (India) on the success so far of India’s Swachh Bharat campaign to achieve the ‘impossible goal’ of an open defecation free India by October 2019: “Of the 110 million households that had no toilets in 2014, a reported 85 million households have now constructed them, taking the national rural sanitation coverage to over 95%.”

Ahead of the introduction of the new mosquito emoji to all smartphones, Chelci Squires speaks to ITV News at Ten (from 26m20s) on how the emoji may be able to benefit public health messaging around the world.

Martin Hibberd is quoted by CNN International on the first case of rat hepatitis E discovered in a human, in Hong Kong: his example of it actually occurring means that we probably should start looking more for it, especially in immunocompromised people” adding that it’s “very unlikely” the virus could be transmitted between humans.

On social media

This week’s social media highlight is a post from the LSHTM Archives Twitter account that marks the 119th anniversary of the opening of our School at its first location at the Royal Albert Docks in 1899!

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