19 September-2 October 2019

LSHTM’s decision to add the names of Florence Nightingale, Alice Ball and Marie Sklodowska-Curie to our Keppel Street frieze – and our video announcing this – appeared on Canadian television, featuring on breakfast show Your Morning.

Jeremy Brown and Ian Douglas’s study suggesting that younger children in the UK school year may be more likely to be diagnosed with depression by 16 than their older peers was covered widely around the world, appearing in the Independent, Evening Standard, the Spiegel Online, the Chicago Tribune, Biobio Chile and elsewhere, appearing in over 450 outlets.

Speaking to the Independent, Ian said: Just 1 per cent of the youngest quartile in a school year will be diagnosed with depression by age 16, and fortunately there is an increasing awareness about mental health as a priority. However, we should focus on reducing the number of children affected.”

Sam Martin features in BBC documentary Vaccine Wars (at 7:56), tracking the online global spread of vaccine hesitancy. Sam said: “When social media platforms stop misinformation on one social network, users spread this information across other networks.”

Sam’s comments also appear in a Daily Mail review of the documentary.

Heidi Larson speaks to the Guardian about a marked decline in childhood vaccination rates in England among many diseases. Heidi said: This is not a blip, but an incremental, persisting decline over multiple years.”

Heidi also appears on BBC Radio 4 (at 13:58) speaking about vaccine hesitancy, and her work on vaccine confidence in the Philippines was cited in Wired and Esquire Philippines stories on dengue vaccine.

James Logan’s comments in a Lancet report on West Nile Virus appear in an Independent story on a case of the virus being reported in Germany. James said: “There is still a bit of a mindset that mosquito-borne diseases tend to be a tropical issue – actually they are coming much closer to home these days.”

Alison Grant provides expert comment in a New York Times story about the challenges of treating and preventing TB. Discussing the low completion rates of drug courses and some doctors’ reluctance to prescribe antibiotics, Alison said: “[Doctors] just stay away from it, despite the evidence showing otherwise.”

Rachel Lowe talks to CNN about setting up early warning systems where dengue is present to help prepare for potential outbreaks. Rachel said: “Climate change is altering weather patterns across the globe…making it harder to predict where epidemics occur.”

Mishal Khan speaks to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism about her work interviewing ‘invisible’ pharmacists in Cambodia, calling on international health organisations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide more support to these informal sellers of antibiotics. Mishal said: “We can’t say you can only access antibiotics with a prescription…there aren’t enough doctors to prescribe and only 1 in 10 people arrive with a prescription.”

Martin McKee’s previous comments on the UK’s “out of step” position on vaping in comparison with other parts of the world appear in a Daily Mail story about vaping-related lung injuries, as well as appearing widely across the regional UK press.

The work of Serge Mostowy and team featured in a BBC story on bacteria ‘stripping off’ in order to evade antibiotics and survive.

Kaye Wellings’ May 2019 BMJ study on declining sexual activity in adults was cited in a Telegraph story about Gucci fashion designer Alessandro Michelle, discussing the role that his ‘demure, geeky aesthetic’ may have played in this decline.

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, as we celebrate the School’s 120th anniversary by sharing just five of our innovations since 1899:

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