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Malaria in Africa halved since 2000

September 16th, 2015

Episode 52 of 158 episodes

In this week’s Health Check, Claudia Hammond discusses new research revealing a dramatic halving of malaria cases across Africa since the year 2000. The widespread introduction of insecticide-treated nets to communities has made much the biggest impact. But what needs to be done to make sure progress continues? Claudia talks to Dr Samir Bhatt of the University of Oxford. Is there a link between taking SSRI antidepressants and increased risk of committing violent crime? Professor of psychiatry Seena Fazel at the University of Oxford discusses his team’s analysis of a huge database on antidepressant use and criminal convictions in Sweden. They found no association in people aged 25 years and older but they found a one in young people aged between 15 and 24 years old on low doses of SSRI’s. Also in the programme: how coffee can shift your body clock, portion size and over-eating, and how to banish musical earworms. Picture: Anopheles gambiae Credit: Science Photo Library

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