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ChangeMakers Organization http://changemakersorg.com "It's not about the change, it's about the change" Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:09:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Are You Full? Per Johansen’s Stuffed Food Series http://changemakersorg.com/2013/02/15/are-you-full-per-johansen%e2%80%99s-stuffed-food-series/ http://changemakersorg.com/2013/02/15/are-you-full-per-johansen%e2%80%99s-stuffed-food-series/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:09:16 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5056

Per Johansen has created this food pictorial symbolizing overconsumption in our society. The project is called “MET” and consists of meat, veggies, fish and various other edibles forcefully shoved into plastic containers. Johansen set out to create an ascetically pleasing picture that would draw the eye to a harmony of color but then disrupt the energy with a social message.

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President Obama visits and plays with children at a pre-kindergarten classroom in GA http://changemakersorg.com/2013/02/15/president-obama-visits-and-plays-with-children-at-a-pre-kindergarten-classroom-in-ga/ http://changemakersorg.com/2013/02/15/president-obama-visits-and-plays-with-children-at-a-pre-kindergarten-classroom-in-ga/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:19:10 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5052 U.S. President Barack Obama reads a card during a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur February 14, 2013. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled during his State of the Union address this week. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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PYNKBERRI COAT DRIVE http://changemakersorg.com/2012/12/15/pynkberri-coat-drive/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/12/15/pynkberri-coat-drive/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:59:14 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5029

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*HEALTH* MYSTERIOUS AIDS – LIKE DISEASE http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/24/health-mysterious-aids-like-disease/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/24/health-mysterious-aids-like-disease/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:45:02 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5023

(AP) Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.

The patients’ immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn’t known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.

This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and occurs in adults, but doesn’t spread the way AIDS does through a virus, said Dr. Sarah Browne, a scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

She helped lead the study with researchers in Thailand and Taiwan, where most of the cases have been found since 2004. Their report is in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

“This is absolutely fascinating. I’ve seen probably at least three patients in the last 10 years or so” who might have had this, said Dr. Dennis Maki, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

It’s still possible that an infection of some sort could trigger the disease, even though the disease itself doesn’t seem to spread person-to-person, he said.

The disease develops around age 50 on average, but does not run in families, which makes it unlikely that a single gene is responsible, Browne said.

Some patients have died of overwhelming infections, including some Asians now living in the U.S., although Browne could not estimate how many.

Kim Nguyen, 62, a seamstress from Vietnam who has lived in Tennessee since 1975, was gravely ill when she sought help for a persistent fever, infections throughout her bones and other bizarre symptoms in 2009. She had been sick off and on for several years and had visited Vietnam in 1995 and again in early 2009.

“She was wasting away from this systemic infection” that at first seemed like tuberculosis but wasn’t, said Dr. Carlton Hays Jr., a family physician at the Jackson Clinic in Jackson, Tenn. “She’s a small woman to begin with, but when I first saw her, her weight was 91 pounds, and she lost down to 69 pounds.”

Nguyen was referred to specialists at the National Institutes of Health who had been tracking similar cases. She spent nearly a year at an NIH hospital in Bethesda, Md., and is there now for monitoring and further treatment.

“I feel great now,” she said Wednesday. But when she was sick, “I felt dizzy, headaches, almost fell down,” she said. “I could not eat anything.”

AIDS is a specific disease, and it stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. That means the immune system becomes impaired during someone’s lifetime, rather than from inherited gene defects like the “bubble babies” who are born unable to fight off germs.

The virus that causes AIDS — HIV — destroys T-cells, key soldiers of the immune system that fight germs. The new disease doesn’t affect those cells, but causes a different kind of damage.

Browne’s study of more than 200 people in Taiwan and Thailand found that most of those with the disease make substances called auto-antibodies that block interferon-gamma, a chemical signal that helps the body clear infections.

Blocking that signal leaves people like those with AIDS — vulnerable to viruses, fungal infections and parasites, but especially micro-bacteria, a group of germs similar to tuberculosis that can cause severe lung damage. Researchers are calling this new disease an “adult-onset” immunodeficiency syndrome because it develops later in life and they don’t know why or how.

“Fundamentally, we do not know what’s causing them to make these antibodies,” Browne said.

Antibiotics aren’t always effective, so doctors have tried a variety of other approaches, including a cancer drug that helps suppress production of antibodies. The disease quiets in some patients once the infections are tamed, but the faulty immune system is likely a chronic condition, researchers believe.

The fact that nearly all the patients so far have been Asian or Asian-born people living elsewhere suggests that genetic factors and something in the environment such as an infection may trigger the disease, researchers conclude.

The first cases turned up in 2004 and Browne’s study enrolled about 100 people in six months.

“We know there are many others out there,” including many cases mistaken as tuberculosis in some countries, she said.

 

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ARTS BEATS & EATS “FESTIVAL” http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/15/arts-beats-eats-festival/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/15/arts-beats-eats-festival/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:04:43 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5018

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*EVENTS* DANNY RUMPH BASKETBALL CLASSIC http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/08/events-danny-rumph-basketball-classic/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/08/events-danny-rumph-basketball-classic/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:33:13 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5011

The Danny Rumph Classic Basketball Tournament has become one of the best basketball tournaments in the city of Philadelphia and the signature event for the Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation. Our tournament is held in honor of Danny as a tribute to the game he and so many others love. The Danny Rumph Classic Basketball Tournament and its supporters are a direct reflection of the kind of person Danny was and the amount of respect that others players still have for him.

The DERII Foundation raises money to fight Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and to raise awareness of HCM in the community. HCM is the leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The tournament honors those who have been screened for HCM, and remembers those who have lost their lives to this disease.

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*EVENTS* CURLS GONE WILD http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/07/events-curls-gone-wild/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/08/07/events-curls-gone-wild/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:31:43 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=5003 Brooke Slade (@Msslade), event coordinator  along with friends Andrea Lewis [of Nickelodeon's hit show Degrassi] and the girls of Around The Way Curls [a popular care blog specializing in natural & curly styles] get set to host CURLS GONE WILD!

Check out the flyer below for details!

 

 

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DAILY ESSENTIALS – YOU vs FEAR – BY ESSENCE McDOWELL http://changemakersorg.com/2012/06/12/you-vs-fear/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/06/12/you-vs-fear/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:53:49 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=4996  

Anyone with goals and dreams also has fears. We fear that it’s impossible, we fear what others with think, we fear that we are incapable of accomplishing. To fear is to be human.  But fear should not have any control over your actions (or lack thereof).  Remind yourself that the power you have to succeed is far greater than any obstacle or fear! If you need additional assistance read Pick The Brain’s tool for 7 ways to overcome your fears. http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/overcome-fear-of-failure/

 

Don’t let fears inhibit your success, let success inhibit your fears!

Have an astounding Tuesday.

~ Essentially Ess…

 

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Phylicia Rashad’s letter to her 21-year-old self: http://changemakersorg.com/2012/06/10/phylicia-rashads-letter-to-her-21-year-old-self/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/06/10/phylicia-rashads-letter-to-her-21-year-old-self/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:28:40 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=4992
Dear Phylicia,

Romantic involvement distracts you and can blind you to what’s really in front of you. And what really is in front of you? You are. You don’t even know yourself yet. You think you know and you want to assert that you do, now that you’re a certain age, but you don’t. What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination. Put yourself, and your growth and development, first. There are long-term repercussions to what you’re doing now. Everything you do, every thought you have, every word you say creates a memory that you will hold in your body. It’s imprinted on you and affects you in subtle ways—ways you are not always aware of. With that in mind, be very conscious and selective.

With high hopes for you,
Phylicia

 

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*EVENTS* 5.6.12 – ARTS BEATS & EATS – MAYFLOWER (FLORAL DISPLAY) http://changemakersorg.com/2012/05/01/events-5-6-12-arts-beats-eats-mayflower-floral-display/ http://changemakersorg.com/2012/05/01/events-5-6-12-arts-beats-eats-mayflower-floral-display/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 16:18:53 +0000 http://changemakersorg.com/?p=4987  

Arts, Beats & Eats is a monthly networking mixer in the city of Philadelphia that contributes to the well-being of society through health initiatives and community service efforts. Arts , Beats & Eats is an event where individuals can grow personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy , book , clothing and food drives. Other themes surround educating our guest on health , political and social ills that plague our community. Individuals are able to enjoy live art , spoken word , wine tasting and fine music while shopping different local vendors.

This month’s theme surrounds the display of flowers and the importance they play in mood and emotion. Flowers can improve ones well being through smell and visual appearance. This event takes place at 7165 Germantown Lounge (North by Northwest) from 7pm-11pm.

 

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