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World Aids Day 2013: No time for complacency, Health

World Aids Day 2013: No time for complacency

Sitting in conversation with Professor Sharon Lewin in Bangkok, it is difficult not to be stunned into silence by her encyclopaedic knowledge of HIV. Lewin is a basic scientist, physician and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University and Co-Chair of the international AIDS conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne next year.

By | Health, Notebook | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 4:00 am

World Malaria Day: highlighting awareness of a preventable disease that still kills thousands, Notebook

World Malaria Day: highlighting awareness of a preventable disease that still kills thousands

Almost half the world’s population – an estimated three billion people – live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Endemic to 107 countries in the tropics and subtropics, it is responsible for around one million deaths globally every year, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 10:00 am

World Tuberculosis Day 2013: The second biggest global killer, Health

World Tuberculosis Day 2013: The second biggest global killer

Ask most people what the second biggest global pathogen killer is after HIV/AIDS and few will know. The answer is tuberculosis. Nine million people a year contract the airborne bug while a further 1.4 million die from it. Meanwhile, one quarter of HIV/AIDS fatalities actually die from TB.

By | Health, Notebook | Sunday, 24 March 2013 at 6:00 am

Wear the red ribbon on World AIDS Day, Notebook

Wear the red ribbon on World AIDS Day

TOMORROW: World AIDS Day.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and tomorrow will mark the 25th World AIDS Day.

By | Notebook | Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:41 am

If only we had been educated that HIV isn’t a curse, my family might still be with us, Health

If only we had been educated that HIV isn’t a curse, my family might still be with us

Last night, you may have seen me in the ITV1 documentary Corrie Goes to Kenya. During the show, you will have seen Kenya through the eyes of the four Coronation Street actors who visited us, and will have noticed the culture shock they experience in my country.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 20 August 2012 at 4:00 am

Russell Brand shouldn’t speak for everyone on drugs policies, Health

Russell Brand shouldn’t speak for everyone on drugs policies

So because it worked for him, Russell Brand is persuaded that abstinence-based recovery, rather than reliance on methadone, is the best way to help those with the “greedy disease” of opiate dependence.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 12:00 am

Post AIDS 2012 – The race to save lives, Health

Post AIDS 2012 – The race to save lives

The 19th International AIDS conference may have concluded last week but the work to really end AIDS continues.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 3 August 2012 at 1:20 pm

The star studded International AIDS Conference closing ceremony and some reflections, Health

The star studded International AIDS Conference closing ceremony and some reflections

The IAS conference concluded last Friday after an exhausting but fascinating week of presentations, meetings, networking and, dare I say it, information overload!

By | Health, Notebook | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 9:25 am

The unsung heroes of the International AIDS Conference, Health

The unsung heroes of the International AIDS Conference

The 19th International AIDS Conference is drawing to a close and it is time for us as delegates to reflect on what messages we are going to take away from the conference.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 27 July 2012 at 12:14 pm

The elderly and black communities within HIV discussion, Health

The elderly and black communities within HIV discussion

Many delegates have been horrified about what is going on – or not going on – regarding HIV in the US, especially the extent to which it impacts on African-Americans who make up 14% of the US population yet account for 44% of new HIV infections.

By | Health, Notebook | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 12:43 pm

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