World AIDS: $4.7 Billion -- WorldCom: $35 Billion
The entire worldwide campaign to save tens of millions of people is a distant second to the campaign to save one corporation.
UNAIDS Report for 2003: Most Deaths and New Infections Ever; Some Good News
The global AIDS epidemic is still getting worse. There have been successes, however, and many countries are at a critical stage where they could prevent a major epidemic if they act now; while some are beginning to do so, others are not. Overall there has been a big growth in commitment by governments of rich countries and developing countries alike, though financially the current effort is only about half of what is needed. Stigma remains a major obstacle to stopping the spread of HIV and getting those infected diagnosed and treated.
New Neuropathy Treatment Guidelines
These expert guidelines for treating neuropathic pain are particularly important, since most of the treatments are off label -- meaning that they have been approved by the FDA but not for this particular purpose. These guidelines will help educate doctors about what treatments are best, and should also help in getting insurance reimbursement for care that clearly represents expert consensus but is not in the official labeling at this time.
Revised U.S. Adult and Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines; Also Revised Pediatric Guidelines
Both the U.S. adult and pediatric guidelines were revised in November 2003.
AIDS Treatment News: Changes Next Year
During the next year we must change our traditional business model. Also, we plan to do more reporting online, and continue the printed newsletter as well.
Subscriptions to Share: New Way to Sell Content or Help Fundraising Online
While exploring business models for the newsletter we found a radically different way to sell information or help raise funds online. A system designed to encourage sharing allows subscribers or donors to use parts of their subscription to create new subscriptions for others, without the publisher's involvement -- eliminating registration, reducing transaction costs, encouraging larger subscriptions or donations, and creating opportunities for bringing people together around an idea, purpose, or cause.
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