Don’t Die Of Ignorance.

In 1987 Aids became part of the public discourse. It came crashing into the awareness of many people complete with prejudice and ignorance.

In this radio programme from the BBC the extraordinary response of the government and some pressure groups is examined. Thirty years on it seems hardly credible that one of the ideas seriously discussed was the formation of modern leper colonies to quarantine people suffering from the disease. The radio broadcast can be heard HEREhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pfnqj

Have a listen to the show. The advertisement – Don’t Die Of Ignorance – is quite remarkable. The leaflet that is referred to was delivered to every single household in the UK shortly afterwards.

Why we still don’t understand sleep, and why it matters

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience symptoms of narcolepsy, a debilitating disorder that’s plagued him ever since. Sleep research is progressing, so why are he and others like him still waiting for a cure?

PTSD – We train soldiers for war. Let’s train them to come home, too.

Before soldiers are sent into combat, they’re trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.