UNs push against AlQaida yields results but States need more aid –

Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, the outgoing Chairman of the committee, based his conclusions on his extensive investigations, including visits to the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Libya, Iran and Switzerland. During these trips, he said, it became evident that the international community is dedicated to enforcing the sanctions, although in practice results have been uneven. Some of the countries clearly needed further assistance from the international community, he said, pledging to raise awareness of the need. A constantly evolving list of Al-Qaida and Taliban operatives maintained by the Committee has served as the basis for numerous arrests in various States as well as actions to stem the flow of money to terrorists. He said Iran had frozen considerable assets in four separate accounts of an individual on the list, namely, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and had apprehended a number of Al-Qaida operatives. Some countries, especially in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, had expressed frustration with what they saw as Western double standards in the fight against terrorism, Ambassador Muñoz said, adding that regardless of whether those perceptions were valid, they must be taken into account. Member States must not feel that there was a group of States that were designing sanctions and monitoring their implementation, but that all States were an integral part of counter-terrorist strategies, policies and implementation efforts, he stressed. Only then could the most challenging battle of the current time be won for the benefit of each State and individual on the planet, and guarantee their right to live free from fear of terrorist attacks. read more

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Twin with breast cancer donates skin and fat tissue to sister who

first_imgIDENTICAL TWINS KELLY McCarthy and Kristen Maurer have shared a lot in their lives so when one was diagnosed with breast cancer, she urged the other to get tested.Maurer was told the bad news that she too had the disease.Now the 34-year-old twins from Chicago are sharing a medical rarity. Maurer donated skin and fat tissue for McCarthy’s breast reconstruction.“It wasn’t a question, she didn’t have to ask me,” said Maurer. “Having a twin is very like having a child. You would do anything for them … in a heartbeat.”TwinsThe first successful organ transplant was between identical twins in Boston in 1954 and involved a kidney.Since then, identical twins have been involved in many other transplant operations, involving kidneys and other organs, bone marrow, and stem cells. But breast reconstruction between identical twins has only been done a handful of times; Maurer and McCarthy, a nurse, are among the youngest patients.Identical twins are ideal donors because their skin, tissue and organs are perfect genetic matches, explained Dr David Song, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. And that eliminates the need for anti-rejection medicine, he said.SurgerySong performed the twins’ surgeries on Tuesday and both fared well.Typically, breast reconstruction surgery involves implants or a woman’s own tissue, sometimes taken from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. But McCarthy is among women who don’t have enough extra tissue; plus, radiation treatment damaged tissue near her breasts. So Maurer offered to be a donor.McCarthy said her sister’s sacrifice, “just so I can feel better about myself … is really humbling.”Discovering breast cancer in identical twins isn’t unusual because of their exact genetic makeup, Song said. With twins, there’s also often a “mirroring effect,” with breast cancer developing in the opposite breast, he said. That’s what happened with McCarthy and Maurer.While their mother died from colon cancer last year, there was no family history of breast cancer.DiagnosisMcCarthy was diagnosed first, in December 2011, with triple-negative breast cancer, a hard-to-treat form of cancer whose growth is not fueled by hormones. She was nine months pregnant and her son was born a week later. Soon after she started treatment, chemotherapy, surgery to remove her right breast, and radiation.Maurer was diagnosed with a very early-stage cancer in her left breast a few months after her sister.“Kelly was more upset than I was during my diagnosis, and likewise, when she was diagnosed I was a mess,” Maurer said.Maurer had a double mastectomy, recommended because her sister’s cancer was so aggressive, but she didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation. She had reconstruction with implants after the birth of her second child last March.McCarthy’s operation this week involved a second mastectomy, and reconstruction of both breasts. Some of her own tissue was used to fashion one breast. At the same time, surgeons essentially performed a “tummy tuck” on Maurer, removing lower abdominal skin and fat tissue and transplanted it to her sister to create a second new breast.The twins have always been extremely close, sometimes speaking in unison or completing each other’s sentences. But now, McCarthy said, “I feel closer. Her tissue is over my heart.”Kristen Maurer , Finley Maurer, Richard Maurer, Kelly McCarthy, Grey McCarthy, Robert McCarthy (AP Photo)Read: Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer>Read: Cancer sufferer holds dance party moments before double> mastectomy>last_img read more

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