December 28, 2009
This Aug. 29, 2009, photo shows Chhay Meth, 9, suffering through an attack of malaria at the family's home in O'treng village on the outskirts of Pailin, Cambodia. This spot on the Thai-Cambodian border is home to a form of malaria that keeps rendering one powerful drug after another useless. This time, scientists have confirmed the first signs of resistance to the only affordable treatment left in the global medicine cabinet for malaria: Artemisinin. If this drug stops working, there's no good replacement to combat a disease that kills 1 million annually. As a result, earlier this year international medical leaders declared resistant malaria here a health emergency.
Barbara Willis takes a moment out of her busy schedule to check on her dog, Sydney, in her office located in Lowry Hall at MU. Sydney, a golden retriever-rottweiler mix, was adopted from the Central Missouri Humane Society seven years ago by Willis and was trained to sense when humans are going to have a migraine.
Tara stands watch over her owner, Noah Hartsfield, while he works at his desk in Lowry Hall. Tara, a German shepherd-Labrador retriever mix, was adopted from the Central Missouri Humane Society and is in training as a service dog for Hartsfield.
Service dog, Sydney, hangs out next to her owner, Barbara Willis, at her office in Lowry Hall on Dec. 11. Willis adopted Sydney from the Central Missouri Humane Society seven years ago and trained her to alert Willis of migraine attacks sometimes 30 minutes before they happen. Willis also jokes with students to not show up to her classes hungover because Sydney will tell on them.
Donna Palmeter, left, and her daughter Jessica Furse, right, say their goodbyes at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday. Despite an attempted terror attack on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day, Furse and her husband still chose to fly from their home in Atlanta. "They feel pretty secure," Palmeter said.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
December 27, 2009
Carolyn Mathews, right, leads attendees of the "Remembering Gaza: A Prayer for Peace" memorial group in song on Sunday.
Attendees of the "Remember Gaza: A Prayer for Peace" memorial gathering watch a brief slide show of images from Gaza following the Israeli military attacks that occurred one year ago on Sunday at the First Christian Church fellowship hall. The gathering, which was sponsored by the pacifist group Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, offered those in attendance an opportunity to donate to United Nations relief efforts targeted towards Palestinians in Gaza.
Saleem Alhabash recounts his experiences of growing up in Palestine during the memorial gathering "Remembering Gaza: A Prayer for Peace" on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of Israeli attacks on Gaza. The memorial gave attendees the opportunity to reflect on the more than 1,300 lives that were lost during the conflict, primarily those of noncombatant Palestinians, and openly discuss the situation and policies in effect in Gaza today.
Chase Rome lowers himself down as his father, Wade Rome, prepares to pull him up again during a training session at American Top Team Gym. Wade, who owns the gym, regularly helps his son train as does former Missouri Tiger Xzavie Jackson, right.
Rock Bridge senior Chase Rome lifts weights at the American Top Team Gym. His father, Wade Rome, owns and operates the gym.
Missouri's Marcus Denmon drives down the court against Austin Peay on Sunday. Denmon was Missouri's second highest scorer for the game, scoring 17 points.
Missouri's J.T. Tiller dunks the basketball during the final seconds of the second half of Sunday's game against Austin Peay.
Missouri's Kim English drives to the basket as Austin Peay's Caleb Brown defends. English led Missouri's offense with 23 points.
In this photo taken Dec. 17, Afghan policewomen arrive at a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Just about 500 Afghan women work as active duty officers, compared with about 92,500 policemen, most of them in relatively safe areas such as Kabul and northern Herat province, according to Interior Ministry figures. The government has a target of 5,000 women serving as officers or civilian police workers by 2014.
Afghan policewomen attend a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Afghan policewoman holds a certificate during a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This Oct. 5, 2009, photo shows tuberculosis patient Supachai Sengsum on his bed at Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi, Thailand. Simple TB is simple to treat, a $10 course of medication, but the pills must be taken in specific combinations for six months to completely wipe out the bacteria. If treatment is stopped short, the TB learns to fight back against the drugs, mutating into a tougher strain for which few, if any, medications exist. It can cost $100,000 a year or more to cure drug-resistant TB, which is described as multi-drug-resistant (MDR), extremely drug-resistant (XDR) and completely drug-resistant (CDR).
This Oct. 5, 2009, photo shows tuberculosis patient Supachai Sengsum on his bed at Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi, Thailand.
This July 20, 2009, photo shows David Ashkin examining an X-ray belonging to patient Oswaldo Juarez at A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, Fla. Public health officials say Juarez's incessant hack was what they have both dreaded and expected for years, this country's first detected case of a contagious, aggressive, almost untreatable form of tuberculosis.