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The Ebola Emergency: A Scream-Un Cri/Grito/Grido!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Asia, Care, Death, Genocide, Health, Now, Politics, Racism, Security, Wars, Women, World |

“To put out this fire, we must run into the burning building. This is a transnational crisis, with social, economic and security implications for the African continent. It is your historic responsibility to act. We cannot cut off the affected countries and hope this epidemic will simply burn out… UN member states cannot focus solely on measures to protect their own borders. Only by battling the epidemic at its roots can we stem it.” – From the speech at the UN by Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF international president. […]

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Aspirin/Willow Bark Against Cancer?

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Cancer, Death, Health, Sci/Nat, Women |

… We don’t know exactly why it appears to work in fighting cancer. Aspirin reduces inflammation, and that may play a role in inhibiting the growth of tumors — perhaps by slowing the development of new blood vessels that nourish them, or by fighting old cells that keep growing when they should be dying off. It may also inhibit estrogen production, and we know that estrogen fuels the growth of most (but not all) breast cancers. If we could prove that aspirin were an effective treatment in a clinical trial, it would have major implications, especially for low-income patients. Modern hormonal treatments, used after surgery to try to prevent cancer from recurring, last a standard five years and can cost between $1,200 and $2,300 a year. But not everyone who needs them is actually taking them. Higher co-pays reduce the number of women who fill their prescriptions, according to a 2011 study. … It won’t take much to find out. A randomized study of approximately 3,000 women with Stage 2 and 3 breast cancer, lasting five years, would cost around $10 million. (We wouldn’t study women with Stage 1 disease because they have such a high survival rate already, nor women with Stage 4 cancer, because there is not enough evidence that aspirin would help when the disease has advanced that far.) … in the case of breast cancer, the most simple of drugs may be the next great weapon. Michelle Holmes and Wendy Chen are physicians and faculty members at Harvard Medical School. […]

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Sauvez Les Enfants du Dr. Beat Richner (Beatocello) – [Save his Children!]

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Asia, Cancer, Care, Death, France, Health, Music, Peace, Politics, Sci/Nat, Time, Youth | 4 comments

Every year he saves 100 000 lives – Jährlich rettet er 100 000 Leben – Chaque année il sauve 100 000 vies. Son credo : «développer une médecine de riche pour les pays pauvres»/His credo: «develop rich medicine for poor countries» – over 80% of all pediatric health care in Cambodia is provided by his hospitals.

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Yeb Saño: If Not Now When?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Afri, Asia, Care, Death, Eco, Education, Food, France, Future Tech, Health, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Middle-East, Native, Now, Politics, Sci/Nat, Time, World |

Before taking his vow of fasting during the UN Warsaw Conference on Global Warming: “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now… In Doha, we asked ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ (borrowed from Philippine student leader Ditto Sarmiento during Martial Law – Ed. AND borrowed from Hillel, the famous rabbi).” Integral Transcription Included [ …]

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