9 – 14 August 2019

Peter Piot speaks to the Financial Times (£) about the results of a new study which found that treating Ebola patients early with two drugs resulted in a 90% survival rate. Peter said: “This is great news for all Ebola patients and will hopefully increase community confidence in the Ebola treatment centres. It also shows that high quality research is possible in epidemics and conflict zones, and that controlled trials are essential to find out what works and what doesn’t.”

Brendan Wren is co-author on new research which finds that Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species, with one group adapting to live in the guts of people with poor diets. Brendan said: “This largest ever collection and analysis of C. difficile whole genomes, from 33 countries worldwide, gives us a whole new understanding of bacterial evolution.”

The news was covered by The Telegraph, Daily Mail, i News, Sky News, and the Scotsman. Newswire Press Association also covered the news and their copy was picked up by more than 300 outlets.

Heather Wardle is interviewed by Panorama for a programme about people struggling with gambling addiction. Heather said: “I don’t really think we know enough about problem gamblers in the UK or about the level of gambling related harms that are generated from gambling in the UK. In terms of the number of problems gamblers we think our numbers are a conservative estimate but this doesn’t tell us how many new cases there are every year.”

Richard Stabler speaks to Scientific American about new research which found that samples collected from hospitals, public washrooms and ticket machines in East and West London contained bacteria resistant to two or more frontline antibiotics. Richard said: “As long as you wash your hands after going out into public areas, it should be fine. I certainly recommend washing your hands after being out in London.”

Rachel Lowe provides expert comment to The Telegraph about the rise of dengue across the world. Rachel said: “Warmer climates have created the optimum conditions for dengue to spread more quickly, as the virus replicates faster and mosquitos breed more quickly. But at the same time, we have seen massive rates of population growth and increased levels of unplanned urbanisation, which often leads to inadequate services and infrastructure.”

Alan Dangour is quoted in the Japan Times about the environmental impact of the cattle industry. Alan said: “It is clear that reducing the demand for meat in diets is an important approach to lowering the environmental impact of the food system.”

On social media

This week’s social media highlight comes from the LSHTM Twitter page sharing news that LSHTM have launched a new free online course to teach about disease outbreaks and respond to them.

Since the new online course launched, we have also been doing an ‘Instagram takeover’ on our Instagram page, in partnership with photographer Louis Leeson. Louis visited Bangladesh and Nigeria documenting the work of LSHTM outbreak response teams and partners.

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