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Truth or Scare?

Professor David Phillips, Genetic & Environmental Toxicology Group, Analytical & Environmental Sciences Division was interviewed for the BBC 1 programme Food; Truth or Scare, looking at the cancer risk from red and processed meat. 

Professor Phillips was interviewed as part of the programme's investigation into whether we should really be giving up bacon and sausages, after new research suggested they're bad for us. The programme also explored why eggs, for years demonised as unhealthy, are now firmly back in fashion and apparently now about as healthy as you can get. Could butter or dripping be next?

Drivers exposed to highest levels of air pollution

The article focuses on air pollution and how people can decrease the amount of toxic air to which they are exposed. Dr Ben Barratt, King's College London, said: ‘There is a growing awareness of the dangers of air pollution. As well as respiratory problems, it can have effects on mental health, cardiovascular conditions and child development. So the urgency behind this issue is becoming much greater.’

Is there a place on your body that you shouldn't put your phone?

Dr Mireille Toledano provides comments for an article in the Independent titled "Is there a place on your body that you shouldn't put your phone?"

How can we combat air pollution in mega cities?

The Non-Communicable Disease Forum at Imperial College held on 19th November 2015 was led by Imperial’s Dr John Gulliver and heard from members of the NIHR HPRU HIEH and MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health. 

Professor Frank Kelly talked about air pollution challenges in mega cities and Dr Sean Beevers discussed the London Hybrid Exposure Model. 

Watch the full recording here.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?

An exercise by Ben Barratt of King's College London, the Healthy Air Campaign, and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London.  See video for details.

All choked up: did Britain's dirty air make me dangerously ill?

Professor Frank Kelly and Drs Ian Mudway and Ben Barratt contribute to an article in The Guardian by John Vidal titled "All choked up: did Britain's dirty air make me dangerously ill?" 

London Smog: Just How Bad Is the Air in the UK Capital?

Dr Heather Walton contributes to an article in VICE titled "London Smog: Just How Bad Is the Air in the UK Capital?"

Tonight: The Air We Breathe
 
Professor Frank Kelly appeared on ITV Tonight in a programme that investigated why levels of pollution are so high and what is being done to protect the nation’s health from the air we breathe.
 
Professor Kelly helped to find out what the levels of pollution were for four volunteers around the UK. Three volunteers along with presenter Fiona Foster each carried a personal air quality measuring device with them for a 48 hour period.

 

Better Call Saul: is electromagnetic hypersensitivity a real health risk?

Another example of public engagement by HPRU members  - An article by Dr James Rubin and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Department of Psycholocial Medicine on Non-ionising radiation, published in The Guardian online.

Dr Anna Hansell contributes to Nature podcast

Click on "Read more about this media item" below to hear Dr Anna Hansell discussing how noise can affect health.