Archive for August, 2012
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
The 100 women identified by Forbes Magazine as women “who run the world” because they matter most are to be recognized; it should also be recognized that they stand on the shoulders of many trail-blazers. Six of the trailblazzers identified in this blog are: Marie Curie, Maria Montessori, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Rosa Parkes.
Monday, August 27th, 2012
OneWorld Progressive Institute writes that Juvenile Review Board (JRBs) have proven to be effective in diverting juveniles from the penal system and from crimes in general. More of CT’s major cities need to invest having in JRBs. They need to invest in education, in after-school and crime prevention programs and activities to prevent adult criminal activities. It costs less to educate children than to imprison them. This blog is based on the NPR article titled: KIDS BEHIND BARS.
ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION: SHOULD MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE (SUCH AS THOSE WITH AUTISM) BE DENIED ORGAN TRANSPLANTS?
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Should mentally and emotionally handicapped people be denied organ transplants? How important is it that patients be able to actively participate in their care and recuperation after an organ transplantation? Given that donated organs are a very scarce resource, should the medical community have more stringent standards for organ recipients than for other types of medical procedures? Paul Corby is a 23-year-old with autism and a mood disorder that causes occasional outbursts. He also has a deadly heart condition that requires a transplant. These are some of the issues to be addressed in this blog.
Sunday, August 12th, 2012
Families NEED to have conversations about final wishes regarding Organ and Tissue Donation. The most significant barriers to organ donation are myths, ignorance, fear, lack of knowledge and understanding, and not knowing what was the final wish of the deceased loved one. Disproportionate numbers of Black 33,686 and Hispanics 18,528 need new transplanted kidneys. Too many die waiting while healthy organs are put in the ground. People live additonal 20-30 years due to transplants. Read about Bryan Donahue’s case in CT. Thousands are alive today because of organ and tissue donation. Learn more by visiting OneWorld’s health literacy section at: http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/organ_donation.html
Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th – Who Is Jamaica? By Carolyn Cooper & The Many Faces of Jamaica – by N’Zinga Shäni
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
According to Carolyn Cooper, a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, as we reflect on and bask in the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from British rule: “The roots of our distinctive music, religion, politics, philosophy, science, literature and language are African. But the culture of African Jamaicans has been marginalized in the construction of the nation-state. Fifty years after independence, we must revise our fictive national motto, rejecting the homogenizing myth of multicultural assimilation.”