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Stories by Hilda Bastian

Generation Open: Sneak Peek Into Science’s Future at OpenCon 2014

Generation Open: Sneak Peek Into Science’s Future at OpenCon 2014

“What is your generation going to do? You don’t have a choice. You will make a mark. Will it be the mark of apathy? Or will you make the internet what it could be?” Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and one of the founders of the Creative Commons.

November 16, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Airborne? Memories of Another Virus and Panic’s Rise and Fall

Airborne? Memories of Another Virus and Panic’s Rise and Fall

She started by asking me something like, “We understand you know a lot about AIDS, is that right?” “A fair bit, I guess. Why?” It was 20 years ago, in Sydney – before the antiretroviral drug combinations arrived.

October 26, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
The Hepatitis C Escalation: Baby Boomer Ripple Effects

The Hepatitis C Escalation: Baby Boomer Ripple Effects

There’s never been anything quite like this. The latest ripple effect of the 1945-65 baby boom will be a drug bill so high, that paying it, says Australia’s advisors, “is not possible.” How high is this bill going to be?

October 10, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Alzheimer Disease: How Soon Would You Want To Know?

Alzheimer Disease: How Soon Would You Want To Know?

Have you been forgetful lately? Any difficulty concentrating? Trouble recalling names? Answer “yes” to even one question like that, and there are some who want you to head to a clinic for memory screening.

August 25, 2014 — Hilda Bastian

Is a Baby Aspirin a Day the New Apple?

His first big clue came when people started hemorrhaging after chewing gum. Lawrence Craven did tonsil and adenoid surgery in his office. And it usually went well.

August 17, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Vacation: What’s the Point?

Vacation: What’s the Point?

It’s not really news when a journalist goes cherry-picking for juicy tidbits to fit a narrative, is it? We all fall into the trap of going too easy on the things we want to believe.

July 24, 2014 — Hilda Bastian

Science in the Abstract: Don't Judge a Study by its Cover

A competition for attention lies at the heart of the scientific enterprise. And the abstract is its “blurb.” A scientific abstract is a summary used to attract readers to an article and to get a piece of research accepted for a conference presentation.

May 12, 2014 — Hilda Bastian

The Pitfalls of Disease Prevention Strategies

Act I: An ounce of “prevention.” “Prevention is better than cure.” Aphorisms like this go back a long way. And most of our dramatic triumphs against disease come from prevention: clean water, making roads and workplaces safer, antiseptic routines in hospital, reducing smoking, immunization, stemming the spread of HIV.

March 23, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
(Hi)stories our bodies tell: Experiencing racism

(Hi)stories our bodies tell: Experiencing racism

Guest post by Michelle Munyikwa I am currently still reveling in Black History Month. Yes, it is no longer February. But I hope to retain that mindfulness, grasping onto this moment each year that forces us to pay attention to the stories of black peoples across America and draws into stark relief how histories have [...]

March 9, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Out from the shadows of racist anthropology

Out from the shadows of racist anthropology

Guest post by Michelle Munyikwa The skull was smaller than I expected it to be, shockingly light in my hands. Despite its yellow-stained surface it had the appearance of being well kept, almost as if it had been polished.

February 22, 2014 — Hilda Bastian