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Elton John to write book about Aids

Love Is the Cure, due in July, will include reminiscences about Freddie Mercury and teenage activist Ryan White

Elton John is writing his first book, a collection of memories and meditations on the fight against Aids. Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global Aids Epidemic, due in July, will be accompanied by an audiobook read by the singer.

“[Aids] is a disease (sic) that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine,” John wrote, “but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion.” The singer said he wants to combat the stigma surrounding the disease, telling personal stories of friends he has lost – and those he has kept. These will include reflections on Freddie Mercury, the Queen frontman, who died of an Aids-related illness in 1991, and the teenage activist Ryan White.

“Why are we not doing more?” John asked. “This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer – and to help change – by writing this book.” Hodder & Stoughton will publish the work in the UK, and Little, Brown in the US, with proceeds going to the Elton John Aids Foundation. Over the last 20 years, John’s organisation has raised more than £145m for Aids-related initiatives.

Meanwhile, John is planning a “surreal” biopic musical for which he hopes to enlist Justin Timberlake. According to John’s lawyer, the 64-year-old has no plans for a conventional written memoir.

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Steve Jobs and HIV Apps for iOS

Steve Jobs was an extraordinary man. He has left his mark on four industries: personal computers with Apple II and Macintosh, music with iPod and iTunes, phone with iPhone, and animation with Pixar.  With no college education, he managed to build an empire and became a multi-millionaire in a few years. He was is now widely acknowledged as one the world’s most eminent business executives and an unrivalled visionary. He has, quite literally changed millions of lives by making technology easy-to-use, exciting and beautiful. Steve Jobs announced he was suffering from pancreatic cancer in 2004 and on Wednesday, 5th October died at his home. His death was announced by Apple.

One of his creations is the mobile platform iOS which can be found on iPod, iPhone and iPad. Mobile computing has revolutionised the way we use our mobile phones. Allowing us to do much of what can be achieved on a laptop on the move. If it weren’t for Steve Jobs many of the advanced mobile operating systems would have taken much longer to create.

To celebrate the life of Steve Jobs and the developments he pushed forward, we share with you 3 iOS apps which may be use for individuals living with HIV.

iChart

Use this application to search for potential drug-drug interactions between anti-HIV drugs and other medications an HIV+ patient may be taking. Results are presented as a “Traffic Light” system (red, amber, green) to indicate the recommendation. A brief summary of the interaction is given, along with a grading of the quality of evidence (very low, low, moderate, high). The application is available free of charge and has been developed by the HIV Pharmacology Group at the University of Liverpool through support from MSD, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Janssen

PozTracker

PozTracker is simple and secure health management tool for people living with HIV/ AIDS. It is designed to help you stay on track with your medication, record your test results & monitor your progress.

HIV iConference

HIV iConference puts HIV/AIDS conferences in the palm of your hand. Within hours of a national meeting or international conference, HIV iConference brings breaking news, clinical trial results, abstracts, expert commentary, and interactive meeting features right to your iPhone. Access same- or next-day content through a user-friendly interface. Follow program discussions. Archive relevant meeting highlights. All that—and earn CME credit, too. HIV iConference coverage is selected and edited by renowned faculty who share their expert perspective on the clinical implications of breaking results. They’ll put you up-to-speed with new knowledge and ready to translate relevant clinical findings to patient care.

Do you know of any more we could include in the list? – Let us know in the comments below

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