Monday, February 18, 2008

Why is Xinhua called propaganda?

My take is this: Because it puts China above all logic

The Hindu : Opinion / News Analysis : When readers need an independent assessment
There was an interesting reaction to a Xinhua story that appeared on the “Newscape” page some days ago. It said a Chinese hospital had successfully transplanted a heart, liver, and kidney into one patient, the first such operation in the country. The 47-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with uraemia and liver cancer. While planning kidney and liver transplants, the doctors found she had dilated cardiomyopathy and needed a new heart.

A consultant urologist-transplant surgeon wondered whether the news had been approved by The Hindu medical team (I had to tell him that there was no such team!). He said the presence of cancer is a contraindication for any kind of transplant, as the immunosuppressants given after the surgery would help in the spread of cancer. A transplant for such a patient is ethically incorrect, he said. I could find no way to get a clarification from Xinhua. A transplant surgeon I know explained that in such cases the organ affected by cancer is removed, and after ensuring that there is no spread, the transplant is done.

The surgeon who raised the issue said a 2-3 year wait is needed to ensure that cancer cells are not in circulation and transplant can be done only if there is no recurrence. With immunosuppressants, even if there is one cancer cell, it can become full blown cancer. This, he said, is the conclusion of a well-known study from the west.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At Chindu: Photographer is one who downloads photos from the net.

Readers may remember a big blunder on the part of Chindu which the Editor's Writer had to confess, a few months ago:

"......a reader points out that the accompanying photograph captioned "Marching ahead: An elephant herd on the prowl in the plains of Kodagu district", was not that of an Asian elephant herd but of an African elephant herd. The African elephant can be quickly distinguished from the Asian elephant by its greater size and its larger ears. The African elephant also bears tusks in both sexes. This can be seen in the picture. The correspondent clarifies that the error occurred as the picture was downloaded from a website by a photographer who was ignorant of the difference between an African and an Asian elephant."


Some days ago, I happened to read a telling commentary on this stupidity of Chindu & Co in another blog.

The Genius that's the Hindu and the Reader's Editor

"I never knew that a photographer was one who downloaded photos from some website."