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Andy Mullins Announces June 30 Retirement

Praised as teacher, historian, author, counselor and untiring advocate for improving education. By: Mitchell Diggs, University Communications After nearly two decades at the University of Mississippi and a career dedicated to improving K-12 and higher education, Andrew Mullins Jr., longtime counselor to many of Mississippi’s education leaders, has announced his retirement as chief of staff […]

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Post-it — Integratori di beta-carotene e tumore al polmone

Numerosi studi hanno dimostrato in modo inconfutabile che il beta-carotene aumenta in modo considerevole, di almeno un terzo, il rischio di cancro al polmone negli uomini fumatori o ex fumatori.

Studio CARET: beta carotene and retinol efficacy trial

Questo studio clinico americano è stato condotto all'inizio degli anni novanta su 18 000 persone che presentavano un rischio elevato di cancro al polmone perché fumatori da lunga data. Lo studio intendeva misurare l'efficacia di un supplemento quotidiano di beta-carotene sull'incidenza di cancro al polmone, di altri tumori e delle malattie cardiovascolari. Lo studio si è dovuto interrompere prematuramente a causa di un aumento dell'incidenza dei tumori del polmone nel gruppo di persone che ricevevano supplementi di beta-carotene.

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Tout garder pour moi, ça me donne l’impression de contrôler les choses, de tenir le cours de ma vie encore un peu dans mes mains. Mes secrets, si je les dis, je ne sais pas ce qu’ils vont devenir.
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Andy Mullins Announces June 30 Retirement

Praised as teacher, historian, author, counselor and untiring advocate for improving education.

By: Mitchell Diggs, University Communications

Andy Mullins
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After nearly two decades at the University of Mississippi and a career dedicated to improving K-12 and higher education, Andrew Mullins Jr., longtime counselor to many of Mississippi’s education leaders, has announced his retirement as chief of staff to Chancellor Dan Jones.

Following a few months’ rest, Mullins plans to teach graduate students in the university’s School of Education and to lead the Mississippi Teacher Corps, which he co-founded with Harvard journalism student Amy Gutman in 1989.

“Andy Mullins has been untiring in his career-long commitment to education, whether as a classroom K-12 teacher, a college professor, an author, a highly respected adviser or an innovator focused on giving Mississippians a better chance at success through better education,” Jones said. “His career accomplishments have been truly extraordinary, but just as important has been the example he set for those who choose a career in public service. He set incredibly high goals, and he was unswerving in his commitment to achieving them.”

Mullins taught high school for eight years, was special assistant to two governors and three state superintendents of education, and as a member of Gov. William Winter’s staff, was one of the “Boys of Spring,” the Winter team that helped engineer the landmark Education Reform Act of 1982.

Since joining the Ole Miss administration in 1994, Mullins has worked with three chancellors during a period of significant enrollment growth, dramatic changes in the funding of higher education, and the university’s biggest public event ever, the 2008 presidential debate.

“Over my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of Mississippi’s greatest leaders – William Winter, (Chancellor Emeritus) Robert Khayat, (former state Superintendents of Education) Dick Boyd and Tom Burnham, (former Chancellor) Gerald Turner and Chancellor Dan Jones,” he said. “These individuals were far more than great leaders in education; they are great examples of leadership for any organization. There are very few people who’ve been as fortunate as I have to work with such transformational people.”

But many of those leaders insist they never could have accomplished their signature works without Mullins’ contributions, often behind the scenes.

“Andy Mullins is one of the most creative and visionary teachers and public servants I have ever known,” said Winter, who met his friend when Mullins was a teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson. Their relationship grew over the years that followed, and Mullins ultimately joined the governor’s staff. “I leaned on him heavily when we were developing the Education Reform Act of 1982 and getting it passed. He just had a special way of relating with members of the Legislature.

“Later, after I left office, Andy was on the staff at the state Department of Education, and he helped me make sure the different components of the act were implemented.”

Mullins also worked with Tom Burnham, who served two terms as state superintendent of education, with a stint as dean of the UM School of Education sandwiched in between. Burnham marvels at Mullins’ relationship-building skills with the state’s policymakers.

“There’s no way to really capture the extent to which Andy influenced policy in this state, based on the relationships he’s built over the years,” he said. “The critical issue when you work in the Capitol is your reputation, and Andy has one of the best.

“The relationships Andy built enabled him to get legislation passed that might not have gone through otherwise, and they allowed him to stop bad legislation that might have gotten passed. That may be even more important.”

Those relationships were crucial in the late 1990s, when the university sought to sell 23,000 acres of forestland in south Mississippi to the U.S. Forest Service, Khayat said. Mullins, working as special assistant to the chancellor, helped persuade skeptical lawmakers to approve the deal, which provided $40 million for an endowment to help build, repair and renovate campus buildings.

Mullins also had relationships throughout the state’s education community that came into play early on during Khayat’s administration.

“I was so fortunate when I became chancellor that Andy was already on the staff,” Khayat said. “If he had not been, I would have tried to find him. Andy knows as much as anybody in Mississippi about K-12 education, and he is universally respected. Some people may not agree with him about some things he believes about public education, but they understand and respect him.”

Between 1991 and 1995, the university’s enrollment had declined by some 1,000 students. When Khayat became chancellor in 1995, he quickly set about shoring up the university’s student recruitment efforts, scholarship programs and academic image. As part of this work, he and Mullins personally visited more than 60 schools during Khayat’s first two years on the job.

Mullins’ crowning work at Ole Miss came with the first presidential debate of 2008 between then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. John McCain.

“I’ll never forget the day Robert Khayat walked in here and said, ‘Do you know anything about presidential debates?’” Mullins recalled. “I said, ‘Not much,’ and he said, ‘See what you can find out so we can see what it would take for us to host one.’

“That turned into a two-year task, but it was right down my alley. It involved working with a national organization, navigating the political waters here in the state, and mobilizing the university’s resources and people to see just what we could accomplish. It was a great experience.”

The debate was a resounding success for Ole Miss, drawing international media to campus and helping spawn coverage of and praise for the university’s academic rise and its efforts to promote access and diversity in higher education. Many people associate the debate with Khayat’s leadership, but the former chancellor is quick to point out that on a campus plaque commemorating the event, Mullins’ name is the first listed.

“I insisted on that because Andy went to Washington and met with the committee and came back and put a group together and got us going,” Khayat said. “It was almost a superhuman effort, and he was the leader. He did such an outstanding job that the Commission on Presidential Debates asked him to do consulting work with some of the host sites for last year’s debates.

But Mullins’ enduring legacy, Winter said, will be his “commitment and contributions to the advancement of public education in Mississippi, especially including his work in passing the Education Reform Act of 1982, creating and directing the Mississippi Teacher Corps and the Principal Corps, and his inspiration in leading Mississippians to value public education.”

Mullins has already helped train and place more than 500 teachers in school districts across the Delta and north Mississippi through the Teacher Corps

“It’s been 19 eventful, wonderful years,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to be involved in the renaissance years here, helping with the transformation of Ole Miss from a small regional school to a modern, international university. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.”

Cancer du sein - Des tests génétiques pour moins de chimiothérapie

Paris Match. Quelle est en France aujourd’hui la fréquence des cancers du sein ?
Pr David Khayat*. On en recense 53 000 cas chaque année mais, heureusement, grâce à leurs traitements, 85 % guérissent.

Selon votre expérience de cancérologue, quels sont les réels facteurs de risque ?
Des antécédents de cancer dans la famille, l’âge plus ou moins tardif des premières règles et de la première grossesse, l’obésité, la sédentarité, une alimentation trop grasse et certains traitements substitutifs de la ménopause. On observe moins de ces cancers chez les femmes ayant allaité.

Sur quels critères établit-on un protocole de traitement ?
La taille de la tumeur, l’agressivité des cellules, leur hormono-dépendance, l’envahissement ou non de l’aisselle ou d’autres organes. La chirurgie est la première indication. La radiothérapie est réalisée quand le sein est conservé ou que des ganglions ont été envahis. D’après les critères établis, on prescrit classiquement une chimiothérapie ou une hormono-thérapie et quelquefois les deux. Les thérapies ciblées ont marqué un tournant dans la prise en charge de ces cancers, notamment avec le trastuzumab et le pertuzumab pour les tumeurs  HER2 et le bévacizumab pour les autres formes.

A-t-on pu réduire les effets secondaires des chimiothérapies ?
Ils sont toujours lourds, même si de grands progrès dans les soins de support permettent d’éviter, dans l’immense majorité des cas, nausées et vomissements. Mais ni la perte de cheveux ni la fatigue. Les traitements antihormonaux peuvent faire grossir, baisser la libido, provoquer des problèmes articulaires, mais ils sont généralement compatibles avec la poursuite du traitement. Les thérapies ciblées présentent un très faible risque de toxicité cardiaque (avec le trastuzumab) et de troubles vasculaires (avec le bévacizumab).

A lire : Qu'est-ce que l'immunothérapie ?

Le but : éviter l’usage d’une chimiothérapie

Sait-on si ces chimiothérapies prescrites selon des protocoles conventionnels sont toujours (…)

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UN Court Seeks Prison Term for Journalist

UN Court Seeks Prison Term for Journalist

The United Nations “Special Tribunal for Lebanon” (STL) was ostensibly set up to find and bring to justice the killers of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, who was murdered a decade ago along with more than 20 others in a massive bomb explosion. But rather than fulfilling its mandate after squandering some $500 million tax dollars, the UN court is seeking to put journalist Karma Khayat…

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The Problem with “ AKA ...”   ( ahem ..? you chose that ?? )

Ok .. Maybe i shouldn’t touch upon this subject as a lot of my genuine friends have pseudonym‘s , And yes… before you say it .. my days as T.Jay are well and truly over .. If only my email add didn’t have it in id be over it by now. ( sigh.. youth.. lol )

But as days turn into weeks and weeks into years, how long can someone be called “ HitmanThunderclap “  ( i made that up .. i hope there’s no one about there with this one .. however .. there probably is  lol ) before they genuinely look a little silly ?

how this phenomenon came to be , is mainly down to the 90′s and early 2000 Supa Producers.

Real Hitmen like Nadir Khayat (Arabic: نادر الخياط‎) professionally known as “ RedOne “ and Rodney Jerkins “ Darkchild “ (Arabic: errrrr…darkchild ??  ‎) had larger than life productions and names to match .. The Superstar Producer !! Da MAN !! after all.. its better than Rodney right ? …

So every aspiring producer grabbed there copy of Frooty loops cubase and logic .. made some lame ass beats and called themselves “DAHITMAN “ .. NEXUS “ or NEO.. MATRIX<MAN.. etc etc.. have fun making some up , im sure you WILL find someone called it….sigh

SOOOO…..Question….Whats wrong with Quincy Jones ? Or George Martin ?

When did it become cool to sound like a FREAKIN SUPERHERO ???

How long can you hold a name that sounds silly ?

Im genuinely posing this question, as many times im in a session and the producer insists on me calling him by his producer name .. ( then his mum calls him out of the shed to tidy his room .. ohhhhh the shame .. )

you CHOSE that name bro ? whats wrong ?? oh.. I get it .. spiderman was taken. hee hee hee

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Former Chancellor Robert Khayat says “It’s a Happy Day”

Fmr. chancellor Robert Khayat speaks out on historic Signing Day.

By Anna Ellingburg

The former Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat says the athletic department is now catching up with the academic side of the university, which he says has been “rockin’ and rollin.”

“I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” Khayat said.

The former chancellor goes on to talk about what he considers an historic first for the university and what it was like to be chancellor when Eli Manning was signed.

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Ole Miss Quarterback Club Rocks With Signing Day Cheers

Ole Miss QB Club reacts to signing of Larry Tunsil. Photo by Brittani Acuff.

The Ole Miss Quarterback Club has packed the Oxford Conference Center with hundreds of Ole Miss fans.  The Signing Day event brought out some Rebel favorites like former chancellor Robert Khayat.

“We have a lot to celebrate — this wonderful leadership we’re getting from athletics, and not only the athletics, but the university as well,” said Khayat.

Meek School of Journalism and New Media students at the conference center report registration is still going strong for the QB Club event as Rebel fans revel in the fact that Ole Miss has moved from the No. 13 recruiting class in the nation to No. 3.

The event lasts until 3 p.m. today.  Coach Hugh Freeze will be speaking to the news media at 2 p.m. today. will be at the event and will continue to provide coverage from the Quarterback Club party throughout the day.

A Brush With Death

By Robert C. Khayat Robert C. Khayat is former chancellor of The University of Mississippi. He played professional football for the Washington Redskins before attending Yale Law School. He was also a professor of law at the University of Mississippi Law School that now bears his name. Email him at When I was a […]

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A Brush With Death

By Robert C. Khayat

Robert C. Khayat is former chancellor of The University of Mississippi. He played professional football for the Washington Redskins before attending Yale Law School. He was also a professor of law at the University of Mississippi Law School that now bears his name. Email him at

When I was a young man of 22, I was the picture of good health. I had already played my first season with the Washington Redskins, holding my own against some of the finest athletes in the country, and was back in Mississippi, practice teaching at a high school in Vicksburg.

The last thing I expected to encounter was a health crisis with the potential to claim my life. I was young and in my prime. I had my whole life ahead of me, or so I thought.

Then one morning, without warning, I woke up with a burning pain in my abdomen. The doctor who examined me that day wasn’t sure in his diagnosis. He thought that the pain could be stemming from a ruptured appendix.

The decision was made to do exploratory surgery. Specifically, the doctor made a 10-12 inch incision in the center of my abdomen.

In hindsight, he acted too quickly. He probably should have tried to identify the problem before surgery. I do not know the state of the science at the time, but perhaps pancreatitis could not be detected by blood tests or other medical evaluations.

When I awoke, I felt sicker than I had every felt in my life. I did not realize it at the time, but I later learned that performing exploratory surgery on someone with pancreatitis was the worst decision that any physician might have taken.

As it turned out, I remained at Mercy Hospital in Vicksburg for 105 days ––from April 15 until the end of July. Midway through my hospitalization, a priest was called to my bedside, and I was administered last rites.

Obviously, since these last prayers and ministrations are only given shortly before death, the doctors and medical staff at Mercy Hospital did not believe I had much chance of survival. The second opinion, my own, was more optimistic. I never gave up, and I always felt that I would be healed and would get well.

I’ve read accounts of near death experiences written by those involved in potentially fatal traffic accidents and other life-threatening situations. Often, they relate dramatic episodes of traveling through a tunnel of light, out of body experiences or encounters with loved ones who have passed away.

I cannot say that anything of the paranormal kind happened to me during my own brush with death. Afterward, however, when I knew that I would in fact survive, live to play a few more seasons for the Redskins, and perhaps get married and have a family, I realized something just as profound in terms of the lasting impact it had on me: None of us is immortal. No matter whether we are eight or eighty, we never know when our time is up.

Life is precious and can be lost in a heartbeat. Understanding there will be defeats, losses, disappointments, challenges — sometimes life will seem and actually be unfair. At the same time, there is so much to be enjoyed and cherished, so many opportunities in knowing that giving —- that is, reaching out to others, is where the true value is found.

Peace is the ultimate goal and can be found only by reaching out, looking out and forward –– trying to make the world a better place.