19 December 2019 – 8 January 2020

Anne Mills highlights the progress made in the fight against Ebola in The Guardian‘s ‘science stories that made 2019’. Anne said: “We can now treat those infected as well as prevent spread of the disease as a result of large and innovate collaborations that demonstrate how to help develop new and effective technologies, now and in the future… however, we must continue to strive to address the fundamental causes of ill health.”

In The Daily Telegraph (£) Pauline Scheelbeeck discusses her new paper examining how climate change will affect the world’s fruit, seed and nut production. Pauline said: “We’re starting to recognise that the fruit and vegetable supply might not be as resilient as we thought…we will have to rethink how we can have a sustainable and resilient food system.”

Roz Eggo appears on the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (Episode 1 from 22:06) with Dr Hannah Fry to explain the mathematics of disease transmission.

Roz also provides expert comment to New Scientist about a viral pneumonia emerging in China. Ros said:“It’s hard to know how severe a disease is, especially a new infection, because you only see the cases that are severe enough to be detected.”

Jimmy Whitworth is quoted in The Telegraph (£) about an ‘unexplained’ disease outbreak in China. Jimmy said: “At the moment this outbreak appears to be under control, but until the cause has been identified, we must remain on high alert.”

Rachel Lowe talks to the New York Times and The Independent about the dengue outbreak in Honduras. Rachel said: “In general, climate change is one of the multitude of factors affecting dengue.”

Martin McKee is quoted by the Financial Times about the safety of e-cigarettes. Martin said: “There is not enough evidence that e-cigarettes are beneficial as a tool for quitting. The flavourings may have been tested for safety as food additives but that tells us nothing about when they are combined with the chemicals that make up the vaping liquid.”

A Lancet study co-authored by LSHTM on how Brexit will affect health services in the UK has been featured as one of the most discussed and shared research in the ‘2019 Altmetric Top 100’.

Punam Mangtani provides expert comment for the New Scientist’s story on a new study that found delivering the BCG vaccine via veins could increase protection against tuberculosis. Punam said: “The work is a very interesting proof of principle and could mark a step change in research.”

The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (Natsal) was featured in BBC News Africa. The survey which is co-led by LSHTM, is one of the largest studies of sexual behaviour and lifestyles in the world.

Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (a partnership between LSHTM and PHE), speaks to NPR about why the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak sped up vaccine trials. Daniel said: “We had accepted that clinical trails for drugs and vaccines were 10-year efforts, but with the West Africa outbreak, we found a new speed for clinical trials.”

Healio cover Jason Ong’s research suggesting PrEP programs could be an ideal place to test for, prevent and treat STIs as well as HIV. Jason said: “PrEP programs can be a gateway to offer comprehensive sexual health care which should not only diagnose and treat STIs, but also offer vaccination, mental health support, substance use support and reproductive health services.”

Arminder Deol talks to Vetinary Practice about initiatives to control and eliminate parasitic diseases. Arminder said: “The results of our paper will enable us to improve our approach to achieving the global control and elimination targets for schistosomiasis.”

Sally Bloomfield is quoted in Yahoo! News about how to avoid getting ill on a plane. Sally said: “It takes time for the cold virus to burrow to the tissues of your nose… if you catch it in the early stages, you can prevent a cold.”

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This week’s social media highlight comes from Twitter, where we unveiled the newly added names of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Florence Nightingale and Alice Ball to our previously all-male frieze:

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