World Immunisation Week – Day Five – Day Of Immunology

Tomorrow, Tuesday 29th April, is the Day of Immunology in Melbourne - but you can always find local groups, hospitals, support networks to join (for example, in Western Australia, I'm joining Immunisation Alliance at http://immunisationalliance.org.au; in Queensland they're currently running a petition here) nationwide and I'm certain worldwide! About the Day of Immunology Established in 2005 by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS), the success of Day of Immunology led to … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Four – Malaria

International Business Times - World Malaria Day 2014: How Close Are We to a Vaccine?AlJazeera - Injecting hope into the fight against malaria - Access to life-saving anti-malaria drugs is improving and the first vaccine against the disease may be on the way.World Health Organization (WHO) Q: “Is there a vaccine against malaria?” A: Currently there is no commercially available #malaria vaccine, despite many decades of intense research and development effort. The most advanced vac … [Read more...]

CosmoQuest 2014 36 Hour HangOutAThon – Donate To The Very Finish!

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My good friend Gold zipped me an invite to this on Google+, just as I ended up being unwell, so I've missed a lot - but I have not missed out on donating!Donate now: http://cosmoquest.org/x/hangoutathon-36-36-fundraiser/More info: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/04/hangoutathon-and-36-36-fundraiser/ From the site: As you may have noticed, the funding opportunities for science, astronomy, planetary science, and science education have not been ideal in the past year or so. Though we w … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Three – On Vaccine Hesitation And Other Resources

Podcasting

A few useful links and resources:From Science, 25 April 2014 Editorial, Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy - Barry R. Bloom, Edgar Marcuse, Seth Mnookin (viewable for free with registration): A recent report concluded that current public health communication about vaccines may actually increase misperceptions or reduce vaccination intention, and that attempts to increase concerns about communicable diseases or correct false claims about vaccines may be counterproductive. Research is needed to … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Two – Should Adults Get Vaccinated?

Today is also ANZAC day, which - for those of you outside of Australia - is essentially like Veteran's Day:Getting up at dawn to attend services at military sites or local monuments is a long standing tradition; so is marching in ceremonies held around the country.So, today I didn't do much in terms of looking at vaccinations - but I did do something yesterday in preparation for tomorrow, because today's a national holiday, and the doctor's office is shut.Tomorrow I'm taking a … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease

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The Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease e-book is available now as a free download on the iBook Store. Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease’ is a global meningococcal disease awareness campaign led by iconic photographer Anne Geddes and patient support groups from around the world. The campaign is aimed at educating parents about the threat of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention through inspirational photographs that celebrate s … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – The Immunisation Song

Check out Juicy Mutyaba and Bebe Cool's 'Immunisation Song', made possible by UNICEF Uganda, to see what we mean. Altogether now: "prevention is better than cure..." … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day One – World Meningitis Day

meningitis warning signs magnets

Back when I was involved with extra-curricular activities as a teacher, one of the strongest memories I have is standing around freezing my arse off during the Head of The River, while trying not to get the Official School Yearbook Digital Camera (which weighed about the same as my handbag, unlike the little credit-card size ones these days) soaked in the Swan River.Every student attending, no matter which school, had one of these: an individual water bottle.Every student. Because every … [Read more...]

#ITouchMyselfProject – Cancer Council NSW’s Breast Cancer Anthem

You can help keep Chrissy's dream alive by spreading her message. Visit http://itouchmyself.org.From the website: 'I Touch Myself' was the Divinyls' biggest hit and touched millions of fans around the globe. Released in December 1990, the single was No. 1 on the charts at home and reached the Top 5 in the US.It is a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other. Like Chrissy, it is bold, brave, and brassy. It rocked our world. And when Chrissy developed breast cancer, it was a … [Read more...]

Official Trailer For An Honest Liar With James Randi – Now Out!

“We could make a movie about just a simple biography of Randi and his background — but we’re a little more ambitious than that.” — Documentary Filmmaker Justin Weinstein. You can check out the interview with the documentary makers - or even just read the transcript taken from the Token Skeptic podcast. … [Read more...]

WAHOOO Thanks QEDCon and UK Skeptic Magazine – Win For Ockham’s Video 2013

Quick news - last year I took part in TEDxPerth and a short presentation I did was filmed; it was called Superstition 'Ain't The Way.On Friday morning, I was asked if I had something to either have said or presented via video as a finalist (which I didn't expect, as I didn't see a "finalists" list anywhere apart from a few great folk on Twitter saying that they made it to the finals in their categories). So, I didn't expect to win at such notice.Which is why I made a quick minute-long … [Read more...]


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