Newsweek Mar-28-14

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getting cancer wrong

From his fourth-floor window at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, Robert A. Gatenby can look down to where patients stand waiting for valets to retrieve their cars. They have gone through chemotherapy, biopsies, radiation. They are pale, anxious, resolute. Some will live and some will die: a young woman with short hair, clutching her partner's hand; an older man, alone. Students from the nearby University of South Florida pop out of patients' cars. Peppy and dressed in blue vests, these cheerful valets look as if they could be working at a luxury hotel in the tropics. But nobody here is on vacation. Gatenby says he sometimes sees patients retching after chemotherapy, which reminds the 62-year-old radiologist that his Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department— the only full-scale outfit of its kind in the nation—does…

choking to death in tehran

You can see the air in Tehran—a faintly acrid orange haze that obscures the towering mountains that ring the sprawling metropolis. The white marble facades of the city's soaring cement buildings are covered with a thick layer of gray soot. Walking around the city center, women, children and the elderly can often be seen wearing facemasks, or clutching veils across their faces. In this smog, blinking stings the eyes; breathing burns the throat. And in the mornings, when the air is particularly bad, the sidewalks are empty. But the traffic—a mass of 3 million cars gridlocked and spitting out toxic exhaust—grinds on. According to the latest World Health Organization numbers, four of the 10 worst-polluted cities in the world are in Iran. The number one slot was awarded to the small Iranian…

frontiers without medicine

It did not take long for the infant to die. A half-hour after her parents brought her into the makeshift emergency room lit by hazy flashlights, she was gone. The 26-year-old doctor, a third-year resident, worked frantically over her lifeless body. He had not slept for a day, but was determined to save her life. The doctor, who goes by just the name Dr. Hamza, lost the battle. After a few minutes' resuscitation, the girl died. The doctor wrapped a triangular cloth around the small corpse. Her mother slumped on a chair, in shock. Her father paced the room. They had not yet named her. This baby did not die of shrapnel wounds or a sniper's bullet. She died from a respiratory illness. According to the charity Save the Children, the majority of…

ukraine's broken nuclear promises

Once, Ukraine boasted the world's third-largest nuclear arsenal. In the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR in 1991, authorities in newly independent Kiev found themselves in possession of 176 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers and 1,240 nuclear warheads, along with more than 3,000 tactical nuclear weapons. Fearful of Russian intentions, Ukrainians were in no hurry to surrender their weapons of mass destruction. The West, equally fearful that the nukes could get into the wrong hands after the Ukrainians began selling ballistic-missile technology to Iran in 1992, raced to disarm the fledgling post-Soviet republics. A deal was signed on February 5, 1994, by Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, John Major and Leonid Kuchma—the then leaders of the United States, Russia, United Kingdom and Ukraine—guaranteeing the security of Ukraine in exchange for the return…

boarding school predators

When John Rolfe was 12, he was a star rugby player at Caldicott, a Catholic boys' school near London whose famous alumni include the British deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. At Caldicott, being good at sport meant falling into the hands of Roland Peter Wright, a charismatic teacher who went on to become headmaster. Unfortunately for Rolfe, success on the rugby field came at a high price: sexual abuse. “Peter Wright would put his hand up my trousers and play with my genitals,” Rolfe told Newsweek. “I liked the attention and the buzz of being good at sport, but I didn't like his hand up my trousers.” His abuse came to an end only after he left Caldicott when he was 13. Rolfe, now middle-aged with a good job, a wife and two…

listening to herbert hoover

In 1928 on the eve of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover coined the phrase “rugged individualism” to encourage Americans to help themselves and not look to government for assistance. Whether by choice or by circumstances, more Americans today are heeding Hoover's advice when it comes to work. During the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath, a four-year period from 2007 to 2011, the number of single-person businesses increased 4 percent. During the same period, the number of people employed in traditional jobs dropped 6 percent. The figures are enormous. The number of single-person businesses increased by 800,000, from 21.7 million to 22.5 million from 2007 to 2011. Compared with companies with employees, nonemployer firms make up three-quarters of all U.S. businesses. According to the U.S. Census, most of the self-employed operate unincorporated businesses…