Category Archives: World Health

Help stop the spread of TB

On September 21, we briefly brought you the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless crusader who has several missions, one of which is to stop the spread of TB around the world.  Photographer James Nachtwey with XDRTB.org has the same mission.  To that end, he has created the 3 minute video below.  Warning:  this is not easy to watch.  But you should and then, if you are so moved, you should go to XDRTB and take action and if you have a website or a blog, please do as XDRTB asks and “Spread the Word.”

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PSA: White Rabbit Creamy Candy

White Rabbit Creamy Candy

White Rabbit Creamy Candy

If you have any of this White Rabbit Creamy Candy, toss it.  Authorities in both California and Connecticut have found bags of it tainted with melamine, expanding the tainted milk scandal rocking China onto our shores.  When ingested, melamine can cause kidney stones, kidney failure, and even, in extreme cases, death.  Children and infants are especially vulnerable.

For more on this story, see Candy With Chemical in Chinese Milk Found in Conn.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Through Boston.com’s The Big Picture, I just became aware that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I’m gonna lead with this picture because this is a politics blog, but visit The Big Picture for pictures that will both elate you and, literally, bring you to your knees.  They will also give you resources to help.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry tells Andrew MacKinlay, 15, of Norwell, that he is an inspiration before the start of the Pan Mass Challenge on Saturday, August 2, 2008, The PMC is a fundraising bike-a-thon for cancer research through the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund. MacKinlay is a leukemia survivor and is the youngest cancer survivor riding in the PMC. (Christine Hochkeppel for The Boston Globe) #

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry tells Andrew MacKinlay, 15, of Norwell, that he is an inspiration before the start of the Pan Mass Challenge on Saturday, August 2, 2008, The PMC is a fundraising bike-a-thon for cancer research through the Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Extra notes on the photo:  MacKinlay is a leukemia survivor and is the youngest cancer survivor riding in the PMC.  (Christine Hochkeppel for The Boston Globe.)

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Haiti

CARE’s email to me this morning requesting donations to help Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, recover from a series of storms that have further devastated that nation reminded me of a book I read years ago that profoundly impacted my view of my place in this world:

The book is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, who made it his mission to provide medical care to the poorest of the poor in Haiti.  He has since expanded that mission to other poor nations in the world.  I encourage you to read his book.  Here’s a short bit from him on service:

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