World AIDS Day 2021

  Today marks the annual World AIDS Day, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987. The theme for this year’s awareness day is “End inequalities. End AIDS.”  Apart from COVID-19, HIV/AIDS remains the only other ongoing pandemic affecting the world today. In stark contrast to COVID-19, HIV vaccines largely remain in development, though […]

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

Source: WHO (https://who.canto.global/v/campaigns/album/VH579).   At BMJ Open, we wish to highlight events and topics of significance to our readers. Today saw the launch of the annual Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November 2021), promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2015. The theme for this year’s awareness week is “Spread awareness, stop resistance.” A series […]

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World Alzheimer’s Day – rate of undetected dementia, education of health professionals, and automated detection of dementia.

“Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s” is the theme for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day with a focus on raising awareness of symptoms and diagnosis of dementia. Globally there are over 50 million people living with dementia, and this number is predicted to rise to 150 million by 2050.1 In both England and Wales the leading cause […]

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Clinical Influencers – the medical professionals promoting health on social media

Throughout 2020, social media companies were dragged into the spotlight of the traditional media over the spread of misinformation. Debates raged over corporate responsibility to prevent their channels being hijacked to spread harmful misinformation, both of a political nature in the US elections and for medical and scientific messages relating to the pandemic. This issue […]

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