Reporter 437, 24 May 1999

In the news

Communications Studies lecturer Dr David Morrison received widespread coverage for his report on violence on television.

The study showed viewers found violence on TV more acceptable if is is "fair and justified". The study - which was commissioned by the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5 and the Independent Television Commission - involved Dr Morrison and his team gathering views from 96 television viewers on a variety of programmes.

Dr Morrison said of TV viewers: "If they can see the violence to have a point and a purpose, they think it's more acceptable than if it doesn’t."

The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post all featured his work and he was interviewed on BBC Television Breakfast News.

The Independent this week featured the research of biologist Professor Mike Hollingdale into the development of a malaria vaccine.

Professor Hollingdale and his team have been working in Papua New Guinea as well as their laboratory in Leeds, one of the few places in the world able to breed mosquitos under conditions which effectively mimic what goes on in sub-Saharan Africa. His work was described as the ‘Holy Grail of tropical medicine’ - over two decades of research into the vaccine have seen little success.

Professor David Hunter of the Nuffield Institute was featured in the Guardian this week with his views on the Government’s health strategy for Britain. Professor Hunter suggested the government could have greater success if it developed central leadership whilst still building strong local partnerships.

Professor Hunter believes "there is every reason to believe that the new health strategy can succeed," if the correct policies are introduced.

A new report co-written by Professor Waqar Ahmed into ethnic minority families with disabled children was featured in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post last week.

The report shows that families from ethnic minority groups face greater problems than white parents in caring for a severely disabled child. Professor Ahmed, of the Centre for Primary Care Research, worked with collegues at the universities of Bradford and York on the study which shows that "financial difficulties, unmet needs and inadequate support networks" are greater intensified in ethnic minority families. Professor Ahmed urged policy makers to take on these findings "as a matter or urgency."

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