Nobel winners: Release Suu Kyi

Address by Aung San Suu Kyi at the NGO Forum o...

“Nine Nobel Peace Prize winners are calling for fellow laureate and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed, calling her trial for violating her house arrest a ‘mockery,’ Costa Rica’s government said on Tuesday.” (Straits Times)

Nobel winners: Release Suu Kyi

Saberi’s Release Highlights Prisoners Left Behind

Roxana Saberi is Free

“As activists celebrate the release of U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi from Iran’s notorious Evin prison, human rights groups are speaking out about others still held there.” (NPR )

Welcome home, Roxana!

Saberi’s Release Highlights Prisoners Left Behind

Fatal Deer Tick Virus Raises Concern

Adult deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.

‘While deer ticks are widely know to be the source of Lyme disease, they are now linked to a death by encephalitis. “We were concerned to find this particular virus in deer ticks which are extremely common,” said Harvard University epidemiologist Sam Telford, who first discovered the virus 12 years ago.’ (WCVB Boston )

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Andrew Sullivan comments on the Cheney torture speech

Impeach Dick

“A simple note having now read the former vice-president’s despicable and disgraceful speech. It confirms the very worst of him, and reveals just how callow, just how arrogant, and just how reckless and unrepentant this man is and has long been. There was not a whisper of regret or reflection; there was a series of lies and distortions, a reckless attack on a graceful successor, inheriting a world of intractable problems, and a reminder that while serious men and women will indeed move on, Cheney never will. He remains a threat to this country’s constitution as he remains a stain on its honor and moral standing. I never believed I would hear a vice-president of the United States not simply defend torture but insist on pride in it, insist on its honor. But that is what he said, with that sly grin insisting that fear always beats reason, that violence always beats dialogue, and that torture is always an American value.” Read the entire column (The Atlantic).

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Don’t judge the chemo kid, says Rahul Parikh MD in Salon:

Hodgkin's lymphoma

‘The story of Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Minnesota with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, became tabloid fodder overnight. The boy and his mother are on the lam because the mother refuses, because of her beliefs, to authorize chemotherapy treatments for her son. Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a 90 percent cure rate with chemotherapy, and a 95 percent chance of killing a person without it. Chemotherapy will likely save Daniel’s life, and as a pediatrician I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend it.

But I would also like to turn down the volume on the talk-radio chatter and outraged editorials. That’s because nobody seems to be talking about what it takes to beat Hodgkin’s (or any other cancer). What it takes is a grueling regimen that can indeed give even a dying person pause. In fact, the Hausers didn’t refuse chemotherapy outright. They defied doctors and a judge’s ruling only after Daniel experienced some of its violent effects following one round. If you don’t understand why, listen to my friend, Arun Ponnusamy, 36, who beat acute lymphocytic leukemia. “Surviving cancer is one thing,” he says. “Surviving chemotherapy is another thing entirely.” ‘

via Salon.

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Don’t judge the chemo kid, says Rahul Parikh MD in Salon: