13-18 December 2019

Heidi Larson speaks to BBC Radio 4 (from 03:40) about the spread of vaccine misinformation online. Heidi said: “The Wakefield paper was published in 1998 – people forget that was the same year Google opened their doors, and that was followed by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If that paper had come out 10 years before, I think we’d be in a very different place.”

Val Curtis discusses the importance of increasing access to safe hygiene facilities to combat disease on BBC World Service. Val said: “There’s still a huge job in global hygiene be done and huge rates of disease that can be prevented. Half the world still doesn’t have decent water sanitation.”

Rebecca Glover comments on the world’s first subscription-style payment model to incentivise pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for resistance infections in Raconteur. Rebecca said: “Companies could hold back incentives in the future in the hope that perceived value will increase as antimicrobial resistance rates get worse.”

Stephen Evans speaks to Newsweek about how research linking oral contraception to brain structure change in women should be treated with caution. Stephen said: “Oral contraceptives are among the most carefully studied medicines and their adverse and beneficial effects are very well known. While investigation of effects seen on MRI may be worth pursuing, this study should not be used to change any woman’s oral contraceptive use or planned use.”

Andy Haines talks to The BMJ about the important role health professionals play in advocating for stronger climate action. Andy said: “Each person has to act on their conscience.”

Research by LSHTM and The Health Foundation on the state of quality improvement in general practice in the UK was featured by Pulse. The report said: ‘The lack of protected time to plan and design improvement emerged as a major challenge for almost 80% of GPs.’

Marko Kerac talks to Devex about how to achieve scalability and sustainability in research. Marko said: “If a project is to be scaled, it has to be jointly owned, rather than being a product of one organization and set of investigators. It has to have a much larger ownership. By being open and having that sense of shared output with the larger group, you can maximize success.”

On social media:

This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where we marked International Migrants Day by debunking common negative stereotypes that exist around migration and health:

December 18, 2019

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