ASBESTOS WORKERS LOBBY PARLIAMENT

By LINDA WALDMAN STEPS Centre member ‘Disgraceful’, ’a class decision’ and ‘an outright injustice’ were just some of the angry phrases heard as people from all over the country joined forces to express outrage at the House of Lords’ decision that pleural plaques can no longer be compensated in English law. Asbestos victim support groups…

HARD TO SWALLOW

“Vaccination is one of medicine’s greatest achievements, so why do so many people fear it?” Jim Giles of New Scientist asks this question of STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach and others in this week’s magazine. The feature covers many of the issues Melissa and James Fairhead write about in their new book, Vaccine Anxieties.

RISK IN INDIA: NEW CROP TECHNOLOGIES OR NEW DISEASE?

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member A deadly strain of disease has been identified as spreading fast across the wheat fields of Asia and Africa and scientists are worried that it could potentially cause mass starvation, according to new reports in the Indian and the UK press. The Hindu recently picked up on an article…

AAAS DAY 3: HIV/AIDS – LEARNING FROM US EXPERIENCE

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007An important ‘topical lecture’ was given by Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), on ‘HIV/AIDS: 25 Years and Counting.” Fauci noted that despite an increasing US federal research budget and more powerful drugs have led to…