Seventy-five percent of current illegal immigrants are coming from countries in Central America, South America, the Middle East, West Africa, China, India, Pakistan and others far beyond Mexico where multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is common and extremely widespread in children and adults. Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) is an even more serious form of TB accounting for about 10 percent of cases in these countries, particularly Central/South America and India. Many illegal border crossers now flooding the U.S. southern border, are carrying an invisible, disease-causing co-traveler: the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium.
MDR-TB does not respond well to treatment, even with complicated and expensive medications that must be taken over a two-year period and can cause severe adverse drug reactions. XDR-TB doesn't respond well even to second-line drugs and therefore is more likely to cause death.
Tuberculosis, or "consumption" as it was called in the past, is a highly contagious disease that killed millions before being essentially eradicated in the U.S. In the 1920s, TB was the 8th leading cause of death in children 1-4 years old. By the 1960s, with improved sanitation, medical care, and antibiotics, TB was drastically reduced. The last remaining TB hospital in the U.S. recently closed its doors. more >>
A debate over legalizing assisted suicide for the terminally ill in the U.K. has unfurled in the Anglican Communion after a number of former Anglican archbishops backed a proposed bill, while the Church of England confirmed its opposition.
"Some people opine that with good palliative care there is no need for assisted dying, no need for people to request to be legally given a lethal dose of medication," Anglican archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace laureate, wrote for The Observer.
"That was not the case for Craig Schonegevel. Others assert their right to autonomy and consciousness – why exit in the fog of sedation when there's the alternative of being alert and truly present with loved ones?" more >>
The state of Kentucky is set to start licensing Christian mental health counselors so they may be covered on insurance plans for those seeking religious guidance for a variety of struggles, including marital problems, addiction and behavioral issues.
Senate Bill 61, a law permitting the state licensing of pastoral counselors, will go into effect Tuesday and provide about 30 Christian counselors with licenses in the state. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, those licensed as pastoral counselors must meet the requirements of other licensed counselors in the state, as well as have a pastoral counseling degree. The other requirements include a master's degree in counseling along with clinical hours and supervised practice hours.
Proponents of the newly-passed bill argue that allowing pastoral counselors to be licensed by the state will broaden the opportunities for Kentuckians to receive mental health counseling. Under the new law, insurance companies may offer the option of coverage for pastoral counselors, should their customers seek religious counseling. more >>
Despite the heated political debate about whether or not to deport the tens of thousands of immigrants who've entered the U.S. illegally through Texas, Christian charities operating in border states say they're serving those in need with a heart of Christ.
"The need is massive," pastor Chad Mason of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, told The Christian Post Saturday. "The goal is to do the best we can to serve with the heart of Christ in Matthew 25. We still have a lot of work to do."
Mason estimates that last month alone, Catholic Charities and other volunteers in McAllen helped 6,000 Central Americans who've crossed into Texas seeking refugee status for asylum in the United States. more >>
One faith-based leader who met with President Barack Obama and Governor Rick Perry in Dallas Wednesday says the private meeting with local officials and faith leaders was productive in homing in on solutions that will meet the state's most immediate needs in dealing with the border crisis.
Despite appeals from members of his own party to accept Perry's invitation to tour the U.S.-Mexico border where the humanitarian and national security crisis is unfolding, Obama declined, opting instead to meet in Dallas before attending one of three Democratic fundraisers in the state.
"The purpose of the meeting was to find solutions in dealing with the border crisis in Texas," Chris Liebrum, director of disaster recovery for the Texas Baptist Convention told The Christian Post Wednesday night. more >>
A recently released poll by Rasmussen Reports found that among voters in the United States, those who consider themselves pro-life are "at an all-time high."
Among 1,000 people surveyed last week, the report released Sunday found that 44 percent of likely voters identified themselves as "pro-life," versus 48 percent who self-identified as "pro-choice."