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What supervised injection sites can teach Canada about health and drug addiction

The Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which the clients affectionately refer to as the “shooting gallery,” opened in 2001, the first of its kind in the English-speaking world (the pioneer was in Bern, Switzerland, in 1986) and still the only such facility in the southern hemisphere.

It is noteworthy that not a single OD death has been recorded at any of the world’s 92 supervised injection sites, including Insite in Canada.

Addicts’ safe haven in Vancouver helps control HIV

Vancouver has been called the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, has a darker side. More than 4,000 intravenous drug users live in its downtown Eastside area, turning alleys around Hastings Street into open-drug markets and shooting galleries.

The community responded to the crisis by opening Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility, in 2003.

Beth Mendelson reports

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Damning report renews calls for new Burnaby Hospital

Problems at Burnaby Hospital highlighted in a recent review of Fraser Health have renewed calls for a new facility.

“We need a new hospital in Burnaby, and nothing is being done about it,” NDP Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA Kathy Corrigan told the NOW last week. “It was promised before the (2001) election, and it has not happened. Now it’s not even in the long-term capital planning.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: AIDS scientist Joep Lange did pioneering research with Canadians

The medical community lost one of its luminaries Thursday in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, a pioneering AIDS researcher equally adept at examining assays in the laboratory and browbeating politicians on the world stage.

Joep Lange, a Dutch physician and professor of medicine at the University of Amsterdam, had been studying HIV since the discovery of the virus 30 years ago, rising to international prominence in a sometimes fractious field in part for his prescient and impassioned activism on everything from treatment regimes to health policy.

AIDS expert Joep Lange among victims of MH17 attack over Ukraine

MELBOURNE—Influential AIDS expert Joep Lange was among the 298 passengers on the jet that was shot down over Ukraine, a colleague confirmed Friday. Lange spent more than 30 years researching and fighting HIV and AIDS and was known for advocating cheap access to treatments in poor countries.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Joep Lange, AIDS fighter, feared killed

The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts, including veteran researcher Joep Lange of the Netherlands, were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fuelling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer.

AIDS researcher Joep Lange confirmed among dead in Malaysia jet shoot-down

Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.

The victims were on their way to the International AIDS Conference that begins this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, a trip halfway around the world that necessitated a change of planes in Kuala Lumpur.

Joel Achenbach and Ariana Cha report

Close friend of BC AIDS expert may be among dead on crashed Malaysia Airlines jetliner

The shooting down of Malaysian airlines flight 17 in Ukraine has hit home for the director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Julio Montaner says he is shocked to learn one of his close colleagues may be among the dead.

“My colleague, my friend, my very close collaborator, Dr. Joep Lange, may have been on this plane and we are devastated just to think about this loss. It is something that I can’t even think about. ”

He says Lange may have been on the plane heading to an AIDS conference in Melbourne.

Shane Woodford reports

New BC HIV/AIDS study shows need for routine testing because early symptoms are too hard to pinpoint

Early HIV infection is difficult for doctors to diagnose using clinical exam skills alone, according to a new BC study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

The report, published in the July 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from 24,000 patients and found early symptoms of HIV are often too non-specific for doctors to recognize, meaning they may miss opportunities to refer patients for HIV testing.

Difficult to detect early HIV without blood tests, BC researchers say

A study led by BC researchers published Tuesday concludes that early HIV infections are more difficult to detect than previously thought by observing symptoms alone.

Within the first six months of infection, symptoms can include genital ulcers, weight loss, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes, according to the study in this week's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, It examined 16 previously published research papers covering a total of 24,745 patients, 1,253 of whom had an early HIV infection.


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