April 14, 2010

Pt 1: MS Debate - An Italian doctor named Doctor Paolo Zamboni has pioneered a new and controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis. It involves unblocking veins leading to the brain. And he says it has worked wonders for some patients. But critics say it is still untested and unproven. (Read More)

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Pt 2: MS Debate (cont'd) - We continue our discussion on new treatment for MS with some criticism from Doctor Mark Freedman, the Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Ottawa Hospital. And we also speak to a man who suffers from MS to hear what he thinks about the controversial treatment. (Read More)

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Pt 3: Cuban Jubans - Twenty-five years ago, Okony Simon Mori was part of a hand-picked group of Sudanese children who were sent abroad in the hopes that they would one-day return to help re-build the country. He's back in Sudan now to work towards the potential independence of South Sudan. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

It's Wednesday April 14th.

A former chauffeur for Helena Guergis says he frequently drove her husband, former MP Rahim Jaffer around in a government car.

Currently, considering what happened when Jaffer drove himself, that seems kinda understandable.

This is The Current.

MS Debate - Dr. Paolo Zamboni

Thousands of people suffering from multiple sclerosis, along with doctors, researchers and journalists from around the world are congregating online today. They're logging on to a webforum that's part of the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting being held in Toronto.

The main attraction is a 90 minute presentation this afternoon by Doctor Paolo Zamboni. The Italian vascular specialist who made headlines with a pioneering surgery that he claimed could significantly alleviate some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

For the 75,000 Canadians who suffer from MS, the news must have seemed like a miracle. Since the stories in Canada in November, his work has come under fire from critics who say it is scientifically unfounded and may offer nothing but false hope. But Doctor Zamboni is standing by his work. He is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Vascular Diseases Center at the University of Ferrara in Italy. He joined us in our Toronto studio.

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MS Debate - Dr. Mark Freedman

Some of the leading MS researchers in Canada are deeply skeptical about Dr. Zamboni's controversial approach treating multiple sclerosis. Doctor Mark Freedman is one of them. He's a neurologist and the Director of The Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Ottawa Hospital. He was in our Toronto studio.

MS Debate - Mike Augustine

Mike Augustine has been listening to our conversations this morning. He was diagnosed with MS nearly 20 years ago. And like many people with MS, he's trying to sort out who and what to believe. Mike Augustine was also in our Toronto studio.

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Cuban Jubans - Okony Simon Mori

We started this segment with a clip of Okony Simon Mori. He's a doctor at the Juba Teaching Hospital in southern Sudan. Earlier this week, he cast a ballot in an election that was supposed to redefine the region's future and bring an end to a long-running conflict that has devastated the country.

For Doctor Mori, it has been a long and challenging journey to this point. He was born in Sudan. As a child, he fled the civil war between the north and the south. First, he landed in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Then he was sent to Cuba. And finally, he came to Canada ... before returning to Sudan as a doctor. It was all part of an orchestrated effort to groom a group of hand-picked children who would be expected to return one-day to rebuild Southern Sudan with the visions of the SPLM - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement. They became known as the "Cuban-Jubans." Okony Simon Mori is at the Juba Teaching Hospital in Southern Sudan this morning.

Cuban Jubans - Carol Berger

Carol Berger has met quite a number of people like Okony Simon Mori. She was a journalist who reported from Sudan during the civil war in the 1980s. She went on to write her Master's Thesis about the Sudanese children who were sent to Cuba. She's now completing her PhD at Oxford University on the use of underaged soldiers by the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Carol Berger was in Montreal.

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