3-9 October 2019

LSHTM’s launch of NEST360 is the subject of six BBC interviews, including Newsday and Focus on Africa, and a Telegraph story. Speaking to the Telegraph, Joy Lawn said: “most devices are not built and designed for work in Africa… This approach is exciting because we’re moving beyond the one device at a time approach to tackling newborn mortality.”

Chris Whitty, who became Chief Medical Officer on 1 October, is named as one of London’s most influential people in technology and biotech in the Evening Standard.

Tom Shakespeare provides expert comment to Associated Press on a Lancet Neurology study on a robotic exoskeleton enabling a paralysed man to walk. Tom’s comments appeared in over 800 outlets worldwide, including in Reuters, where he said it was a “welcome and exciting advance” but challenges still remain:“Proof of concept is a long way from usable clinical possibility… Even if ever workable, cost constraints mean that high-tech options are never going to be available to most people in the world with spinal cord injury.”

Rachel Lowe speaks to the Washington Post about 2019’s global rise in dengue outbreaks, explaining how unplanned city growth and “warmer, wetter conditions more favourable to the mosquito” can contribute.

LSHTM research published in 2018 was also mentioned in a Wired story about dengue outbreaks in the Philippines and its links with the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy.

Alison Grant’s comments feature in an Independent feature on a new drug course developed to treat TB, previously published in the New York Times. Alison said of standard, months-long courses: “Traditionally, completion rates have been very poor.”

Kara Hanson discusses health insurance schemes and routes to Universal Health Coverage on the BBC World Service (at 19:42). Kara said: “Anything that can be done to protect people from the costs of healthcare at the time they’re sick is a really good thing.”

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, which was covered widely following its publication last month, appears in The Times and The Week

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Instagram, where we highlighted NEST360 through an Instagram stories quiz (full version not accessible via desktop without extension):

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