Our most daunting global health crisis is a pernicious, wasting disease that can be spread by a simple cough or sneeze and has been infecting humans since 4,000 B.C.
Tuberculosis (TB) — a treatable and curable condition — continues to grow in prevalence, mostly in the developing world, but even in pockets throughout Europe. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global health emergency.
But it’s the drug-resistant forms of the disease, MDR-TB (multidrug-resistant) and XDR-TB (extensively drug-resistant) — which are constantly mutating and require treatments so onerous that nearly one-third of all patients die — that pose the most serious cause for concern.
Drug-resistant TB is thriving because we have failed to adequately detect and treat ordinary TB. This is, sadly, a problem of our own
Archive for March 24th, 2012
Our most daunting global health crisis is a pernicious, wasting disease that can be spread by a simple cough or sneeze and has been infecting humans since 4,000 B.C.
What happens when you receive life-changing advice? Do you take it all in at once? Or does one particular sentence or even phrase stay with you, becoming a part of the way you look at an issue or challenge?
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past six years interviewing the oldest Americans about their lessons for living — advice they would like to pass on to future generations. As described in the book 30 Lessons for Living” the elders have outstanding advice on the “big picture” issues: love and marriage, child-rearing, choosing a career, health and of course, aging well.
One of the biggest surprises for me, however, has been the influence that a few profound thoughts or phrases have had on me. When confronted with a work problem, a stressful event, or just the usual tension that can build up during the day, I find that the voice of one or another of the elders will come to me and help me re-think the situation. I’ve come to call these my “elder mantras.”
Here are a few of these “mantras” that I find particularly helpful, all from wise people in their 80s and
It has been 10 years since the Arab League endorsed the Arab Peace Initiative (API), in which the leaders of the Arab World asserted that they would recognize and normalize relations with Israel if Israel were to withdraw from the territories occupied in the 1967 war and negotiate with the Palestinians a resolution of their decades-old conflict.
In issuing this API the Arabs made clear that their problem with Israel was not existential, it was a matter of borders, territory, and rights. This should have been seen as a dramatic breakthrough and a potentially transformative moment in the history of the conflict, sadly it was not. Instead, Israel scoffed at the Initiative and dismissed it, while the Bush Administration under-valued its
A man called my house last night and said, “OK, you’ll never guess who this is,” and took a big breath. Then he said, “Do you remember riding on a big white horse?” His voice got louder. “Do you remember playing ball in front of the house?” I was guarded as I tried to figure out who was trying to get something from me, and how he figured out details from my childhood. Was he dangerous? Why so excited? “It’s David!” He nearly shouted, “I found you!” He knew those details — and others, like fighting and skinny-dipping and roller-skating and watching Gilligan’s Island while eating Graham crackers together after getting off the bus — because he built them with
As the facts surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death continue to emerge, one truth compels us to watch the investigation — riveted: yet another Black child has been shot to death, and yet another set of grieving parents are left wondering if their boy would still be breathing were it not for his race. While the events of February 26 in Sanford, Florida increasingly suggest that the shooter was a rogue wannabe police officer whose actions caused Martin’s death, we would do this young man, his parents, and America a disservice if we reduce discussion of his death to the motives of his killer. Although it is tempting to fixate on the spectacle of George Zimmerman’s outrageous behavior and potentially racist intentions, the science of race and violence suggests that using race as a proxy for suspicion is not the exception, but the rule.
This results from what we refer to as the “cascade of suspicion,” the waves of psychological errors that can warp the perceptions of otherwise reasonable individuals. For instance, in a series of psychological studies, Jennifer Eberhardt, colleagues and I found that merely thinking about crime causes individuals to attend to Black male faces and ignore White ones — a kind of subconscious racial
This past weekend I was surrounded by some of my greatest teachers and friends. In this video I interview incredible Spirit Junkies like, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Danielle Laporte, Kris Carr, Mastin Kipp and more! We share with you what we learned from each other at Ignite!
Gabrielle Bernstein is the bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life — A hip guide to happiness. Gabrielle recently launched her second book, Spirit Junkie — A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles.
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This weekend I participated in a unique birthday celebration. While many birthday festivities involve some combination of a bar, lounge, or pub crawl, a close friend decided to try a “little experiment.”
And “do good” we did!
Almost 35 people came out on Sunday to join the service crawl in New York City. Many of us helped distribute blankets, socks and towels among the city’s needy. Another group helped clean a park, while others baked cookies and distributed them among the
Author’s note: This is the third entry in a three part series on the major party players in the 2012 presidential election. For the whole series, you can also read The Irony of the Tea Party here, and Is the GOP Losing Faith? Now for one evangelical Christian’s take on the Democratic Party.
“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” That’s the sort of thing you learn while growing up in small Kansas town. Robert Frost is reported to have written this sentence, but I like to think he cribbed it from a Midwest-hayseed at some point; after all, Frost did die on Kansas Day in 1963. “Don’t make love by the garden
Contrary to popular belief, Muslim women have served as revolutionary and heroic leaders. However, in recent years, due to the global socio-political climate, the phrase “Muslim woman” might conjure an image of a demure un-empowered woman sheltered by her burqa. Yet this image is not what our history records or what our present reflects. For example, the current Prime Ministers of Bangladesh (Sheikh Hasina Wazed) and Mali (Ciss Mariam Kadama Sidib) are Muslim
Based on her recent track record, we know that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer does not care much about increasing tourism from Mexico into her state; but could current constraints on legal tourism from Mexico also be hurting America’s bottom line? A new NPI report underscores that the current system of processing legal travel from Mexico, our second largest market for international tourism, may actually be depressing the economic benefits of being neighbors with the 11th largest country and the 12th largest economy in the world.
Despite overwhelming economic evidence that our relationship with Mexico along the Southwest border region is helping our economy, there are still those like Governor Brewer who insist on characterizing Mexico as a failed state and our border as broken. This view is not only ignorant, but completely out of touch with the reality of the economic integration of the region. Mexico has problems to be sure, but to dismiss our countries relationship out of hand like that is shortsighted and irresponsible
Currently the United States utilizes a 20th Century system to process people legally into our country which does not take into account a globalized 21st Century market. In 201 international visitors spent more than $153 billion throughout the United States, which represented an increase in tourism exports of $19
Any day now Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will announce a second round of “reforms” to the disgraced “Secure Communities” deportation program, S-Comm. And once again, it appears that ICE is more interested in spin than substance. The timing of the announcement–immediately before the DHS Office of Inspector General Report–seems primarily designed to take the pressure off of ICE rather than an honest attempt to address the fundamental flaws of the program.
We’ve been here
When people hear the name “Lil Wayne,” music of resistance and social criticism is not what comes to mind. However, I was sitting in L.A. traffic last week when my friend played a song I had never heard before. It was Lil Wayne’s “Misunderstood” from Tha Carter III album, and it resurrects an ugly monster that haunts boys and men of color across the country, and certainly here in Los
After North Carolina’s 73-65 overtime win against Ohio, the debate over whether Kendall Marshall is really integral to the Tar Heels should be completely quelled. Marshall, out with a fractured wrist, could only cheer on the Carolina bench as he watched his team’s offense sputter its way to complete dysfunction down the stretch of regulation and into the extended session.
With all due respect to freshman fill-in Stilman White, he isn’t a shade of Marshall, who at his best runs his offense with the same precision of a highly trained Navy Seal. Marshall doesn’t just excel on the fast break — sure he does plenty of that — but he is a magician in the half-court, perfectly attacking gaps and knowing exactly when to dish off pick-and-roll.
With Marshall unable to go, Harrison Barnes — Carolina’s primary source of offense –found himself in a bevy of isolation situations, forced to try and bail out one poor possession after
When a delegation from the L.A. Chamber of Commerce visited Congress earlier this month to lobby for passage of the federal surface transportation reauthorization, members were greeted warmly by federal transportation officials who noted that L.A. was providing a model for Congress on how to get things done.
“You check your politics at the door,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who with
When someone lives as a minority, they experience the world differently than those of us who live in the majority.
We may occupy the same physical space, but we don’t occupy the same psychic space. I think it’s important to look at the issue through the eyes of experience.
Let’s start with a review of some of today’s stories:
Today on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera blamed the hoodie for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Today in Louisiana, a woman at a gun range yelled to Rick Santorum to pretend that he was shooting president
From Republican presidential candidates to radio “entertainers” to rap stars, the discourse this country churns out is a buffet of hateful language. It seems no group gets out unscathed. And we blithely accept it. How is that working out for you?
About a week ago I came across a trending topic on Twitter that was so hate-filled I couldn’t just let it pass this
Those damn experts are at it again! Once again they seem compelled to express their opinion on a topic in which they have advanced degrees. It’s difficult to understand why they feel such a compulsion to speak out on a subject their research has defined. But they’re making themselves heard and, because of the nature of politics in Republican-controlled states, no one in power seems to care.
The issue is a simple one. Legislators in Tennessee have apparently decided that it is critical for them to reexamine what should have been settled by the Scopes Trial in Dayton, TN in
That title is a hoary old doctor joke, and the punchline is, of course, “…but the patient died on the table.”
Two years ago, Joe Biden was famously quoted for saying to Barack Obama upon the occasion of health care reform legislation finally passing: “This is a big [expletive deleted] deal.” In the past week or so, the White House has rolled out a big media push to support Obama’s signature legislation. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the subject of whether the law, as written, passes constitutional muster or not.
We’ll get to all of that in a moment, but we have some Republican primary prognostication to quickly take care of first.
As always, we believe all political pundits should, much like their counterparts in the sports world, publish their rolling stats on how accurate they’ve been during any particular season. In keeping with this spirit, here’s my score so far:
I picked up a pretty easy win this Tuesday by calling Illinois for Romney, and it’s looking like another fairly easy pick today. Louisiana is next in line, and thankfully some polling has been done to gauge the current feelings of the pelican state’s Republican
It’s quite an unsettling feeling to watch my gay friends on Facebook discuss the much-lamented dismissal of Willam Belli from RuPaul’s Drag Race while my black friends mourn the loss of Trayvon Martin. To be honest, I’ve been avoiding Trayvon’s story. Growing up in Philadelphia, you constantly feel endangered as a black male. The knowledge that one mistake or dumb move can lead to jail or death is beaten into your head the moment puberty
When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently expressed in an interview opposition to LGBT rights — specifically decriminalization — and was vague about support for increased criminal penalties for LGBT people, a shockwave was felt around the world. LGBT Liberians everywhere and all who have great respect for Sirleaf — a former political prisoner herself — were appalled and saddened. Such a narrow and discriminatory view from a revered and world-honored leader is unfathomable.
Currently, under Liberian penal law, “voluntary sodomy” is a first-degree
Aside from the Republican presidential sideshow making a brief appearance here in Illinois, the biggest story in Tuesday’s primary came the day after when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel announced five Illinois districts will be heavily targeted in the committee’s ‘Red to Blue’ campaign to win back the House in November.
Chicago’s unions were among those who picked sides in the primary, putting some organizations at odds with others in efforts to help their candidates advance to the general election. However, the chance to put a dent in the Republican control of the House and run up the score for hometown President Barack Obama gives local unions more than enough reason to unite around candidates who can win back seats in a favorably-drawn map.
In particular, two important Democratic primaries in the Chicago area, the 8th and 10th Congressional District races, had labor groups on both sides and the Illinois AFL-CIO remaining neutral.
In the 8th District, both Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tammy Duckworth had notable support from organized
I was in kindergarten when I first became consciously aware that I might be different from other boys. During recess my classmates split into two groups. The boys were all football players, and the girls were all cheerleaders. I didn’t feel like I belonged to either group, so I sat on the sidelines watching the other children
“It’sthe economy, stupid!” That was the rallying cry for the Clinton campaign in the 1992 presidential election. It’s even more true today. With the U.S. suffering from the effects of a long and painful recession (I know, I know — it’s technically over) — the economy is the number one issue for women and men alike going into the 2012 elections.
But women arguably have a bigger stake.They lost more jobs as the downturn continued (men lost more in the beginning), and have gained far fewer back as employment slowly and painfully inches up.On top of that, women earn less in the first place, hold more forced part-time or temporary jobs, and have fewer benefits.All of that adds up to a compelling reason to understand and pay attention to the economy.And we’re not stupid — we’re just mad as hell — and who can blame us?
The temptation is just to vote ‘em all out of
In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama ran on a foreign policy platform of increased engagement with America’s adversaries. Obama was particularly critical of the Bush administration’s refusal to negotiate with Iranian leaders without preconditions. Yet aside from a “single roll of the dice” at diplomacy — as Dr. Trita Parsi refers to it in his new book on the subject — Obama’s Iran policy bares an uncanny resemblance to that of the Bush administration’s pressure-only