I have volunteered for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive at work. It is a great sense of satisfaction to be a part of helping out. I heard that about 70 blood related diseases (leukemia, lymphoma, … ) can be cured with a Marrow Transplant.
personally, I have been looking for such a drive for almost over a year; had enquired several people about the drive events. Either I had the drive location but the timing and the location was not convenient or I wasn’t around for the local drives. It worked out earlier this year that I went and registered myself in one such donor event.
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2008 more than 130,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma (cancers of blood and bone marrow). About 53,000 patients died from these diseases last year: this means that someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 5 minutes and someone dies from blood cancer every 10 minutes in the U.S. alone, including many children. 3 out of 4 patients will not find a donor in their family. They will depend on unrelated marrow donors for a match.
Genetic diversity: 90% of the patients are likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. This creates a need for much stronger representation of all ethnic groups in the registry. Currently South Asians represent only 1.86 % of the registered donors on the registry. The match rate is only 1 in 20,000.
Readers here: I urge you, if you haven’t thought so yet, to please consider registering as a Marrow Donor. We do not know which patient might need your help and when. Not all donors’ marrow would match with the patient’s blood cells. Thousands of patients are waiting for a miracle, they are searching for a matching bone marrow donor. You can change the world one person at a time.
I hope, if you are interested, not wait like the way I did without registering for over a year. you can find the nearest marrow drives/ events on
India – http://www.datriworld.org/
International List of Bone Marrow Registries (for other countries) http://www.bmdw.org/index.php?id=addresses
Happy Diwali to you all …Be safe
hmm.. apparently we thought this so-called exercise, that we were given in our school days –
both in schools and at home, as a punishment. I would go to school a little late, and we would two kinds of punishments when we missed the very first part of the school, which is Prayer session. 1. Run around the field for two complete rounds 2. perform this sit-ups that we used to call “baski” in kannada.
Well, it was indeed treated as a punishment back then.
(picture source: h t t p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwhpF9iJSs)
Other instance when we would Perform was before Lord Ganesh as part the prayer – at home and at hindu temples. performing this for 21 times is a general practice. As kids we never knew there was a scientific reason behind such an activity. Although growing up, we learned that there are nerve endpoints in ear lobes that helps triggering the brain activities.
It is now both funny and interesting to see this is being named as “Super Brain Yoga” and would be interesting to learn who is filing a Patent on this discovery!!
I am sure the number “21 times” would also have some scientific significance. A related context i remember is, if a new activity to become a habit, you must continue performing the activity for 21 days. I can relate this 21 times to the “5-minutes-a-day” as the put across in the attached video and it takes aobut 5 minutes to perform this activity 21 times.
Interestingly, wikipedia does not have any entry about this brain yoga yet.
Recently received an email about seeing a dead mouse in a bag of lentils. A person bought a 8lb bag of toor dhal took out some to prepare food, and poured the remaining to a canister. While doing so, noticed something unusual and figured it was a dead little mouse. hmm… that’s not good. glad they took it back to the store and communicated an issue to the distributors or packing company.
At times, it might be an accident that things get into the sacks of grains at the packing locations, however the best thing that we can do from our side to be cautious is, I think to have these poured into our own transparent canisters (like this person did) so contents can be visible and we be alert before cooking them.
Moral: Pour the grains out of the non-transparent bag into a transparent air tight containers before using any part of it.
I came across this article on wall street journal titled “Much of Asia fails in healthcare“.
In a conversation with my parents when they said “many brides in India look for grooms living in the United States”. My response was, is it still the case, I don’t think it is the case any longer as I have heard about the greater economy, better supporting government (?), Privatization of lots of initiatives that are providing better employment opportunities, better cash flow, etc etc. anyways, that is a different context.
But as mentioned in this article, no matter how great the economy is, no matter how infrastructure is being built or designed, we still have the basic fundamental issue of taking care of the children at rural areas and some part of urban areas as well. The sad part is “Healthcare facilities in India and the Asia-Pacific region was also hampered by corruption“. What I have also noticed with all those infrastructure improvements, facilities, multistoried buildings, malls, etc etc was the fact from this article “underlining a widening gap between rich and poor across“. The standard and cost of living has risen so much in the past decade – but we still have the poor reaching towards poorer and the gap is so much. Poor still playing the catch up game in this part of economy.
What do you think is the solution? or is there a solution at all?
My wife forwarded me this article about raw tomatoes [link]. Although the article states about the outbreak and other details of salmonella, it doesn’t mention the date it was written. How do we know if it is a reliable source of information? although, the home page has an associated link under the banner of June 9, but the article itself doesn’t seem to have the published date (or unless I missed it there ), but it has few Ads though.
I know the title of this post doesn’t really convey what I wanted to. however, interestingly, I see several news articles, blog posts, magazine articles not having the published date. Agreed, if the information is ever green or ever active, it might make sense, but it still needs to have a published date.
hmmm… that’s intersting. Most times when I go for lunch / snack meetings, the only thing(s) I could eat are raw vegetables and fruits, crackers (depends if wheat crackers available, since I was surprised to notice prawn/crab crackers and didn’t look different until i noticed a name or some one told me), chocolates and nuts with a cup of coffee/water/orange juice. I have found chocolotes were mostly available for snack time meetings. However, it appears like there comes the restriction for vegetarians for not being able to eat chocoloates as there will be animal product included in chocolate preparation now. See this article. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6653175.stm?ls]
Alright I just mentioned about the negative side of the aspect. Lets look at the brighter side. Agreed,I won’t be able to eat those chocolates now, and at the same time, i am not adding those unnecessary calories into my system. I can probably choose to drink more water instead of eating chocolates hehe…