@salvationarmyuk #charity uses #TheDress to raise awareness of #domesticviolence

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It was the question that divided the world last week: What colour is that dress? Now, the Salvation Army has used the publicity around the garment in its powerful new domestic violence campaign.

The Salvation Army has used #Dressgate to launch a powerful awareness campaign around domestic violence. The organisation has produced a poster showing an image of a young woman, covered in cuts and bruises. She’s also wearing ‘that dress’ – albeit the mythical white and gold version.

The message on the advert reads: ‘Why is it so hard to see black and blue?’ A caption adds: ‘The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.’

The garment is being used as a force for good, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

#Holi2015 – The Indian festival of colours

Holi – the Indian festival of colours will be celebrated across the world on 6 March. It is one of the most popular and vibrant festivals in the Hindu culture.

History of Holi – The origin and popular folklore

Holi is an ancient festival, which is referred to in the seventh century Sanskrit drama – Ratnavali. The celebration of Holi is recounted in Hindu sacred texts and stories that have passed from generation to generation. The main Holi legend according to Hindu mythology is as follows:

Holika was a female demon, and the sister of Hiranyakashyap, a demon king who considered himself ruler of the universe, and higher than all gods.

The king despised his son, Prahalad, who was a faithful devotee of the god Vishnu.

One day the king asked him: “Who is the greatest, God or I?”

“God is,” said the son, “you are only a king.”

Prahalad’s response infuriated the king who decided to murder his son.

But the king’s attempts at murder did not work too well. Prahalad survived being thrown over a cliff, being trampled by elephants, bitten by snakes, and attacked by soldiers.

So the king asked his sister, Holika, to kill the boy.

Holika had been given a magic boon by the gods that made her immune to fire, so she seized Prahalad and sat in the middle of the fire with the boy on her lap.

However, because Holika was using her gift for an evil deed, her power did not work and she was burned to ashes. Prahalad, on the other hand, stayed true to his God, Vishnu, and sat praying in the lap of his demon aunt. The God protected him and he survived.

To celebrate the story, large bonfires are burned during Holi and in many parts of India; a dummy of Holika is burned.

Let’s welcome the vibrant festival of colours with joy & jubilation. Happy Holi 2015…!!!
Best wishes to you for a Holi filled with sweet moments and memories to cherish for long.

May God endow you with all the brightest colours in your life you want it to paint with. Happy Holi 2015 with Love, Happiness and Joy.

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FREE Neutering For Your Bull Breed This March From @DogsTrust #Charity

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New stem cell treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms

Stem cells have the potential to help treat many different conditions, including MS – The Daily Telegraph reports a “miracle” stem cell therapy that reverses multiple sclerosis and which, according to The Sunday Times, gets “wheelchair-bound” people dancing. Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. It’s an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerve cells. There is currently no cure, but many different treatments are available to help with symptoms.

The UK MS website says there are currently no approved stem cell treatments for people with MS available anywhere in the world. This is largely because not enough is known about their effectiveness and the safety of using these cells.

Yet earlier this year Dr. Richard K. Burt performed the first hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient in the United States at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Burt and his colleagues published the results of their newest HSCT study earlier this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Their results show that HSCT could be the first MS therapy to reverse disability. Though the study group was small, the results have experts hopeful.

For this trial, 151 patients underwent a stem cell transplant. First, their immune systems were tamped down using low-dose chemotherapy. Then, doctors used HSCT therapy, involving an infusion of the patients’ own stem cells, previously harvested from their blood, to reboot their immune systems. After a short stay in the hospital, the volunteers went about their normal lives, needing no “maintenance” drugs.

Over the next several years, the volunteers were periodically given a series of tests to measure their disability. One test, known as the Expanded Disability Status Scale, or EDSS, measures cognition, coordination, and walking, among other things. Participants underwent MRI scans and completed questionnaires to measure their overall quality of life.

The researchers found that at two years post-transplant half of the patients showed a marked improvement in disability. Of the patients who were followed for four years, more than 80 percent remained relapse-free.

If it’s NOT a cure where did the story come from? Generally, the papers reported the story accurately. It is always difficult to justify the use of a “miracle” cure, because it means different things to different people – and the improvements cited for some people do seem worthy of the tag. However, while the treatment looks promising, it’s at an early stage of development. The treatment is very aggressive, and also tested in specific types of MS, so may not be suitable for all people with MS. Similarly, the treatment has not yet been proven effective or safe in large enough groups for the results to be reliable.

Yet only three weeks after receiving a pioneering new stem cell treatment at Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS trust, Holly was able to walk again

Happy #WorldWildlifeDay How #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime Are You?

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

Wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being. For these reasons, all member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, non-governmental organizations and individuals, are invited to observe and to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife. Local communities can play a positive role in helping to curb illegal wildlife trade.

On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.

#RareDiseaseDay ♥ Pays tribute to the millions living with rare disease ♥

Rare Disease Day 2015 puts the focus on the daily lives of patients, families and caregivers who are Living with a Rare Disease.

Over 6000 different rare diseases have been identified to date, directly affecting the daily life of more than 30 million people in Europe alone. The complex nature of rare diseases, coupled with limited access to treatment and services, means that family members are often the primary source of solidarity, support and care for their loved ones. The Rare Disease Day 2015 theme Living with a Rare Disease pays tribute to the millions and millions of parents, siblings, grandparents, spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends whose daily lives are impacted and who are living day-by-day, hand-in-hand with rare disease patients.

Typically chronic and debilitating, rare diseases have enormous repercussions for the whole family. Living with a rare disease becomes a daily learning experience for patients and families. Though they have different names and different symptoms, rare diseases impact the daily lives of patients and families in similar ways.

In Europe, there are many initiatives designed to improve daily life: Developing and facilitating access to diagnostics and treatments can change the day-to-day reality for someone with a rare disease.  Identifying and improving access to specialised social services for rare diseases enables families to improve the quality of daily life. RareConnect, EURORDIS’ moderated multi-language online social forum, allows people with rare diseases to break their isolation and to connect and share experiences. Please visit the Living with a rare disease section of the EURORDIS website to learn more about the daily challenges of living day-by-day, hand-in-hand with a rare disease and the ways in which patients and families are meeting these challenges.

Watch and Share the Official Rare Disease Day 2015 Video!

#charity ball for @Rockinghorse67 + @HCF_Hiltongives – @ZoeTheBall as Head Judge

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