International Medical Help After Typhoon Haiyan
More than 30 countries and organisations sent medical teams and supplies to help the Philippines following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Steve Mannion, a British orthopaedic surgeon, talks about his experience in Tacloban, and the lessons learnt to improve the international emergency medical response the next time there’s a disaster.
Adolescents with HIV
Thanks to anti-retroviral therapy children with HIV are surviving into adolescence. But these teenagers are growing up with chronic illness, disability and social stigma. Dr Rashida Ferrand, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine works with this lost generation in Zimbabwe and is raising awareness of the plight of these young people in an article in The Lancet.
Cancer Computer Game
Researchers are far better at collecting vast amounts of scientific data than they are at actually analysing them. To combat this problem, the charity Cancer Research UK has just launched a mobile phone game, 'Genes In Space', that farms statistical analysis out to the public. Under the guise of flying a spaceship through a meteor storm, game players actually navigate their way through genetic sequence data from breast cancer patients. The information on the virtual path they take is automatically uploaded to the database and fed back into the scientific process. Reporter Tim Cockerill tries out the game.
(Photo: Residents wait for their turn to get relief supplies in Tacloban Hospital, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Credit: Jeoffrey Maitem, Getty Images)