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Nov 30 2009

The National Security Archive

Documents have been published this month on secret messages from senior Soviet officials to West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl after the fall of the Berlin Wall led directly to Kohl’s famous “10 Points” speech on German unification.

The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

The Archive obtains its materials through a variety of methods, including the Freedom of Information act, Mandatory Declassification Review, presidential paper collections, congressional records, and court testimony.

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Nov 30 2009

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  2. Plan B 4.0 by the Numbers — Data Highlights on Poverty and Population
  3. Geography of Homelessness, Part 3: Subpopulations
  4. Geography of Homelessness, Part 2: Prevalence of Homelessness
  5. Collaborating and Coordinating with Employers
  6. Third-party Program Evaluation by the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  7. More Budget Belt-Tightening Means More Job Losses for States
  8. Environmental Justice & Human Rights in the United States
  9. Multi-Country Study on Trusted Partners among Youth: Eritrea, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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Nov 30 2009

牙科新聞

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13– 30 November 2009

香港

 

1. 孩子換齒 脫牙不宜DIY  [置業家居] 2009-11-28 052 豆丁叻Book 郭賢珊

2. 剝智慧齒  [都市日報] 2009-11-26 P37 健康 健康口腔

3. 錯誤護牙觀念  [香港經濟日報] 2009-11-26 C08 健康 健康——智慧牙醫 吳子傑 牙科醫生

4. 怕見牙醫或因主觀認知不足  [am730] 2009-11-25 M26 健康

5. 醫知健:六成四巿民驚睇牙醫  [太陽報] 2009-11-25 A18 港聞

6. 擊退痱滋護口腔  [星島日報] 2009-11-25 E08 健康港 健康夠格 Ann

7. 誤用漱口水 可致味覺失調 [置業家居] 2009-11-21 050健康Life

8. 象牙質外露  [香港經濟日報] 2009-11-19 C08 健康 健康——智慧牙醫 吳子傑 牙科醫生

9. 勤刷牙或可預防老人癡呆  [頭條日報] 2009-11-16 P45 新聞

 

[Source: Wisenews]

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Nov 30 2009

China’s Uygurs

China’s Uygurs

The National Geographic website contains a considerable amount of content from the current issue of its magazine, as well as past issues. Visitors will enjoy the photos in the online articles, as they are every bit as stunning as those in the physical magazine. This article, “Uygurs: The Other Tibet”, is about a population of Muslims living in western China and it contains a “Photo Gallery”, “Map: Exploiting a Rich Frontier”, along with the “Feature Article”.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 15, Number 47, November 25, 2009]

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Nov 30 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. It covers 900+ social sciences related journals which include Anthropology, Ethnology, Gender Studies, Media and communication, Psychology, Sociology and General Social Sciences.

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Nov 30 2009

Electrification Coalition – Is it a good idea?

Published by under Engineering

There is a forum online re the nationwide government-supported electric car charging network. You may like to join the conversation and/or to share others thought.

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Nov 26 2009

New Acquisitions Highlights

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Oral and implant surgery: principles and procedures/ J. Thomas Lambrecht (editor) ; in collaboration with: A. Dunsche … [et al.].

D 617.67 O63 L

This book discusses the various clinical factors affecting outpatient surgery performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The text is based on the scientific literature from the last 10 years, with a focus on traditional oral surgery of the intraoral soft tissues and the hard dental structures.

 

 

Removable partial dentures: a clinician’s guide / John D. Jones, Lily T. García.

D 617.633 J7

It is a highly practical step-by-step guide to the diagnosis, treatment planning, and manufacture of removable partial prostheses. Through its systematic approach, the book demystifies the clinical practice of these procedures, providing the practitioner with essential information on this common modality for partially edentulous patients.

 

 

Clinically oriented anatomy / Keith L. Moore, Arthur F. Dalley, Anne M. R. Agur.

D 611 M82

Widely acclaimed for its comprehensive coverage and the relevance of its clinical correlations, Clinically Oriented Anatomy provides medical and allied health students with the clinically oriented anatomical information that they need in study and practice. The Sixth Edition of this best-selling anatomy text/reference has been further refined and enhanced based on extensive faculty and student feedback.

 

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Nov 25 2009

1st Symposium on Evidence-based Integrative Dentistry, 11 December 2009

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The Faculty of Dentistry, in collaboration with the HKU School of Chinese Medicine, The Faculty of Chinese Medicine of the Macau University of Science & Technology, and the journal Chinese Medicine, is organising the 1st Symposium on Evidence-based Integrative Dentistry, to be held on 11 December 2009 (Friday).

 

Evidence-based Integrative Dentistry (EBID) uses a contemporary, evidence-based approach to the application of complementary and alternative therapies, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to modern dentistry. By focusing on holistic treatments, the growing field of EBID aims to bridge the gaps between dental practice and basic, translational, and clinical research, while promoting advancement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professional education in Dentistry, Oral Biosciences, and Medicine.

 

This inaugural Symposium will provide a timely forum for research and knowledge exchange in EBID, particularly involving TCM. All researchers and practitioners interested or working in EBID, or using TCM in Dentistry, Oral Biosciences, and Medicine are welcome.

 

Date: 2009/12/11 (Friday)

Time: 9:00am-12:30pm; 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Topic:1st Symposium on Evidence-based Integrative Dentistry

Venue: Lecture Theatre I, Prince Philip Dental Hospital
Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong
(34 Hospital Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong)

Language: English

Details and Registration: Please refer to the link below.
http://www.facdenthk.org/news00.htm

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Nov 25 2009

Eight-year trend shows new HIV infections down by 17% – most progress seen in sub-Saharan Africa

Joint News Release WHO/UNAIDS/35

Efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are bringing AIDS out of isolation


24 NOVEMBER 2009 | GENEVA / SHANGHAI – According to new data in the 2009 AIDS epidemic update, new HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years. Since 2001, when the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed, the number of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa is approximately 15% lower, which is about 400,000 fewer infections in 2008. In East Asia HIV incidence has declined by nearly 25% and in South and South East Asia by 10% in the same time period. In Eastern Europe, after a dramatic increase in new infections among injecting drug users, the epidemic has leveled off considerably. However, in some countries there are signs that HIV incidence is rising again.

 

The report, released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights that beyond the peak and natural course of the epidemic – HIV prevention programmes are making a difference.

 

“The good news is that we have evidence that the declines we are seeing are due, at least in part, to HIV prevention,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “However, the findings also show that prevention programming is often off the mark and that if we do a better job of getting resources and programmes to where they will make most impact, quicker progress can be made and more lives saved.”

 

In this first double issue, the UNAIDS Outlook report further explores how “modes of transmission” studies are changing the approach of HIV prevention efforts. The new magazine-style report looks at new ideas and ways to use the data collected in the companion epidemiological report.

 

Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support

 

Data from the AIDS Epidemic Update also show that at 33.4 million, [31.1 million–35.8 million] there are more people living with HIV than ever before as people are living longer due to the beneficial effects of antiretroviral therapy and population growth. However the number of AIDS-related deaths has declined by over 10% over the past five years as more people gained to access to the life saving treatment. UNAIDS and WHO estimate that since the availability of effective treatment in 1996, some 2.9 million lives have been saved.

 

Dr Margaret Chan, Director- General of WHO said: “International and national investment in HIV treatment scale-up has yielded concrete and measurable results. We cannot let this momentum wane. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, and save many more lives.”

 

Antiretroviral therapy has also made a significant impact in preventing new infections in children as more HIV- positive mothers gain access to treatment preventing them from transmitting the virus to their children. Around 200 000 new infections among children have been prevented since 2001.

 

In Botswana, where treatment coverage is 80%, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by over 50% over the past five years and the number of children newly orphaned is also coming down as parents are living longer.

 

AIDS out of isolation

 

One of the significant findings of the report is that the impact of the AIDS response is high where HIV prevention and treatment programmes have been integrated with other health and social welfare services. Early evidence shows that HIV may have a significant impact on maternal mortality. Research models using South African data estimate that about 50,000 maternal deaths were associated with HIV in 2008.

 

“AIDS isolation must end,” said Mr Sidibé. “Already research models are showing that HIV may have a significant impact on maternal mortality. Half of all maternal deaths in Botswana and South Africa are due to HIV. This tells us that we must work for a unified health approach bringing maternal and child health and HIV programmes as well as tuberculosis programmes together to work to achieve their common goal.”

 

The AIDS epidemic is evolving and HIV prevention programmes are not rapidly adjusting to the changes

 

The double report also shows that the face of the epidemic is changing and that prevention efforts are not keeping pace with this shift. For example the epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia once characterized by injecting drug use is now spreading to the sexual partners of people who inject drugs. Similarly in parts of Asia an epidemic once characterized by transmission through sex work and injecting drug use is now increasingly affecting heterosexual couples.

 

Data show that few HIV prevention programmes exist for people over 25, married couples or people in stable relationships, widowers and divorcees. These are the same groups in which HIV prevalence has been found to be high in many sub-Saharan countries. For example in Swaziland people over the age of 25 accounted for more than two thirds of adult infections yet very few HIV prevention programmes are designed for older people.

 

Funding for HIV prevention has become the smallest percentage of the HIV budgets of many countries. For example in Swaziland, just 17% of the country’s total budget for AIDS was spent on prevention despite a national HIV prevalence rate of 26%. In Ghana, the prevention budget was cut in 2007 by 43% from 2005 levels.

 

Building capacity: new social networking site for global AIDS community

 

Building on the need to maximize results and to better connect the 33.4 million people living with HIV and the millions of people who are part of the AIDS response, UNAIDS has launched AIDSspace.org. This social networking site is open to the community and is free.

 

AIDSspace.org aims to expand informal and established networks to include more people interested in HIV to maximize resources for a stronger AIDS response. The premise behind AIDSspace is simple: if hundreds of millions of people can connect on some of the most popular social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube) to connect, exchange ideas, post and share HIV-related content, they can do the same for HIV related content – including key policies, case studies, multimedia materials, conference posters, reports and other essential resources. Users can also find and post jobs and reviews on service providers on AIDSspace.org.

 

For more information please contact:

 

UNAIDS

Sophie Barton-Knott

T: +41 22 791 1697

E: bartonknotts@unaids.org

 

WHO
Saira Stewart
T: +41 22 791 2511
E: stewarts@who.int

 

Note to the media:

 

UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations, bringing together the efforts and resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response. The Secretariat headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland—with staff on the ground in more than 80 countries. The Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Contributing to achieving global commitments to universal access to comprehensive interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is the number one priority for UNAIDS. Visit the UNAIDS website at www.unaids.org

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. For more information, please visit www.who.int

 

AIDSspace.org is an online community for connecting people, sharing knowledge, and accessing services for the 33.4 million people living with HIV and the millions who are part of the response. Sign up today at www.aidsspace.org

 

All WHO information can be found on www.who.int

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Nov 25 2009

LSE Public Lectures

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) official website offers information on the latest public lectures and events, click here for access.

For the past public lectures, click here for videos and here for podcasts.

To receive the latest information on new LSE public lectures and events, you can subscribe to the “LSE events email subscription service”.

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