Jun 20, 2011

Keeping a lid on Argentina's 'secrets and lies'

By a relatively slight margin, the U.S. Congress has rejected an amendment by Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey to declassify files on Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The refusal to declassify the files is likely to stymie efforts to determine the fate of hundreds of babies ...

Jun 17, 2011

Novel approach to treating cancer

The discovery that two new drugs can control melanoma could revolutionize the treatment not only of melanoma but also of other cancers as well. Melanoma is cancer of the pigment cells in the skin. Although it accounts for only 4 percent of all skin ...

May 30, 2011

High-fat diet for treating epilepsy is revived

The ketogenic diet, a high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet, is regaining popularity in treating difficult-to-control cases of epilepsy, particularly in children. The classic ketogenic diet contains a 4 to 1 ratio by weight of fat to combined amounts of protein and carbohydrates. The diet ...

May 23, 2011

Health in hand with education

Better education, particularly among mothers, is widely associated with better health. Experiences in several countries have shown the power of education to increase the nutritional levels and the health status of the poor. Girls’ education is one of the most effective investments a nation ...

May 16, 2011

Rebel conductor making music for peace

He has been called “a real Jew hater” and a “real anti-Semite” by former Israeli Education Minister Limor Livnat. However, few musicians have done as much for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as Daniel Barenboim, the noted Argentine-born Israeli orchestra conductor. It will be ...

Apr 29, 2011

Attacks on physicians in Bahrain

The government of Bahrain has been conducting a systematic attack on doctors and other medical personnel, ostensibly because of the care they provide to protesters attacked and maimed by government forces. The United States, which has been quite clear in its criticism of repression ...

Apr 5, 2011

Equality for women helps to reduce hunger

NEW YORK — Giving women the same tools and resources as men, such as financial support, education and access to markets, could reduce the number of hungry people worldwide by up to 150 million, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. The agency estimates ...

Mar 28, 2011

Firms prefer pushing tobacco to the poorest

NEW YORK — Facing greater restriction in the United States and other industrialized countries, multinational tobacco companies are increasingly marketing their products in developing countries, particularly among women and adolescents. While smoking rates in some industrialized countries are decreasing at about 1 percent a ...

Mar 11, 2011

Cry against gender violence in Afghanistan

NEW YORK — Self-immolation committed by a large number of Afghan women is one of the most tragic responses to gender violence in that country. Aside from the horror of dying, surviving this act makes victims unfit for a normal life. They are often ...

Feb 28, 2011

Is it the destiny of Muslims and Jews to fight?

NEW YORK — Negative stereotypes and prejudices have been a constant source of friction and misunderstanding between Muslims and Jews. Can a level of understanding be reached between them that would make peaceful relations possible? I believe so. An almost forgotten episode during World ...