Give Blood Save Life

 

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I want to talk to you about the importance of donating blood. Some of you may know a friend or even a family member who has received blood at some time. Have you ever wondered who took the time to donate it…
According to the Journal of American Medical Association, it is noted that just 1 pint of blood can save three lives.

Why You Should Give Blood                                                                     Giving blood does not just benefit recipients. Regardless of age, donating blood offers many benefits for donors –

• It is a great way to learn your blood type – When you donate your blood is typed for free.

• You get a mini-physical – Each donor has their blood pressure, pulse, hematocrit (anemia screening) and temperature checked.

• Volunteer Work – It is a convenient way to do volunteer work in your community.

• Celebrate your good health – Donate on your birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions with others.

• It’s A Big Morale Booster – This is one of the few things you can do to directly save another person’s life.

• One donation goes a long way – Your single donation may be separated into several blood products to help treat up to 4 different patients:
 Red Cells: anemia, kidney dialysis, surgery
 Plasma: burn victims, shock, liver disease
 Platelets: leukemia, cancer, surgery
 Cryoprecipitate: hemophilia
Since your blood is separated into the several components, your single donation can potentially save three or more lives.

• A way of losing unwanted weight – D.A. Redelmeier estimated that one unit of blood reflects about 600 calories of food intake and that a single blood donation could offset either 2 hamburgers, 3 donuts or 5 granola bars. That in itself is a reason to donate if you want to get rid of unwanted calories.
Maintaining an adequate blood supply is a challenge-especially when a disaster occurs, which may cause the need for blood to soar. The only way to meet demand is to have regular donations from healthy volunteers.

Who can donate blood
• You must be healthy and be living a healthy life-style.
• Age – between 17-65 years.
• Weight – minimum acceptable weight is 50kg.
• Individual with no history of any viral hepatitis.
• Individual with no history of drug abuse.
• At least eight weeks have elapsed since the last donation.
• All blood banks have their established stringent guidelines that donors must meet.

Becoming a volunteer donor is an important step in assuring a safe community blood supply.

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World Blood Donor Day
Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet – people who donate their blood freely and without any reward. Voluntary unpaid donors are the foundation of a safe blood supply because they are least likely to transmit potentially life-threatening infections, such as HIV and hepatitis viruses, to the recipients of their blood. It is to these unsung heroes that World Blood Donor Day is dedicated
14 June, a significant day, the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system, has been selected as World Blood Donor Day by three major organizations working for voluntary non-remunerated blood donation: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion, co-sponsored by WHO.

Did you know…
o If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood
o For every 2.8 gallons of blood someone has donated, they have supported the entire nation’s blood needs for 1 minute
o A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body
o An average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body
o About 95% of people living to the age of 72 will need a blood transfusion at some time in their life, yet only 5% of the population donates blood

(This is an informative article which has been published.)
Source: Internet and Medical Practitioners

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Editorial…

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image“PEACE”
, we all hope to live in a peaceful world. In fact it is crucial for life. 27th May, 2010 will be marked as a peace making day for Bihar. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a man of peace, inaugurated the Buddha Smriti Park here in Patna, on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Lord Buddha who himself is symbolic of peace; the park is built to commemorate his 2550th anniversary of ‘mahanirvana’ (salvation). Since creating world peace is the basic object of lions clubs, I dedicate this souvenir to all the peace establishing processes going around the world.
Being the youngest member of our club, I feel privileged to get an opportunity to edit this souvenir. And of course it’s a great pleasure for me to present it on the auspicious day i.e. 43rd installation ceremony of my father Lion Santosh kr., as a president of Lions club of Patliputra. It is a time to be grateful and to celebrate. It is also a time for retrospection, to plan out creative strategies and take fresh initiatives. I wish our new president and the respective team members a successful lionistic year ahead. And hope during their office bearing the club excels in its service.
I take this opportunity to thank all those who had extended their co-operation and those who had helped us in many other ways. My sincere thanks to our Governor of Bihar Debanand Konwar for sending his invaluable message of appreciation, for this occasion, which would be treasured for lifetime by our club. I cannot forget but acknowledge in gratitude our senior lion members for their encouraging messages, guidance and advice. And I am grateful to our Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Installing officer, Lion dignitaries and distinguished guests for their gracious presence on this occasion. My appreciation also goes to our advertisers and press in bringing out this souvenir.

Last but not the least… some credit goes to me also, as beside editing, I have designed the cover page as well and have tried to give the souvenir a new look.
I wish our club contributes towards building up a peace-loving and progressive society at large. These words of John Lennon are only but befitting to express my heart’s deepest sentiments, as I end up;

Imagine
Imagine there’s no heaven… It’s easy if you try
No hell below us… Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries… It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for… And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
Imagine no possessions… I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger… A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer…
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us…
And the world will be as one

Hoping for a peaceful world!

Thank you.
Tripti.

(My editorship at a Voluntary Organisation http://www.lionsclubs.org)

Save Eye Sight…

What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both the eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.

What are the symptoms of a cataract?
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
• Cloudy or blurry vision.
• Colors seem faded.
• Glare – headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
• Poor night vision.
• Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
• Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

What Causes Cataracts?
The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil. It works much like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away. The lens is made of mostly water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and let’s light pass through it.
But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This causes cataract. Cataracts develop for a variety of reasons, including:
• Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light
• Exposure to radiations like microwave, ultraviolet, infrared etc.
• Secondary effects of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and advanced age, or trauma (possibly much earlier)
• Genetic factors are often a cause
• Cataracts may also be produced by eye injury or physical trauma.
• Atopic or allergic conditions are also known to quicken the progression of cataracts, especially in children
• Personal behavior such as smoking and alcohol use.

What can I do to protect my vision?
• Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataract.
• Quit smoking and intake of alcohol.
• Good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataract. Eating green leafy vegetables, fruit, and other foods with antioxidants can help.
• If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years.

Treatment
How is a cataract treated?
The symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.
A cataract needs to be removed only when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV. You and your eye care professional can make this decision together.
If you have cataracts in both eyes that require surgery, the surgery will be performed on each eye at separate times, usually four to eight weeks apart.
After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. Light is focused clearly by the IOL onto the retina, improving your vision. You will not feel or see the new lens.

Cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision. It is very successful in restoring vision.
Early treatment for many eye diseases may save your sight!

(This is an informative article which has been published.)

Source: Internet and Medical Practitioner

Creating a Disabled Friendly and an Inclusive Society

How do you interact with people with disabilities (PWD)? You watch them, ignore them or pity them or treat them as a case study because they are different. Instead why not turn this around by empowering, educating, encouraging, so that every disabled individual with different needs, talents, skills, abilities, treated with equal stature, respect, opportunity, merit and just treated like everyone else, it’s not a big deal just our society’s ability to accept differences.
The term disability as defined by World Health Organization (WHO) is an umbrella term under which comes all kinds of physical handicaps. In the word disability, there is a prefix ‘dis-’ attached to the word ‘ability’. Separate this negative prefix and we will find lot of ability, potential, talent…
Few steps towards a disabled friendly and an inclusive society-
1. Empathy rather than Sympathy- Having sympathy for physically challenged people, is good but it doesn’t change anything in their lives moreover it makes them weak, emotionally and physically. Instead of this, having empathy for people with disabilities makes it easy to understand their feelings and relate to their problems well and then only we can help them to overcome that situation or ailment and lead a better life.
2. Changing the perspective- There are always two aspects of a person positive aspect and negative aspect or say weaknesses and strengths. Only we have to do is to choose to see the positive side of a person. And as we do it, it will automatically change our perspective towards people with disabilities. We would start recognizing positive things in them- their talents, abilities etc.
3. Accessible Infrastructure- For an inclusive society, it is very important to see if we have accessible infrastructures like educational institutions, hospitals, banks, malls, ATMs, railway stations and many other public places. If they are not we should bring it to the notice of those who are in charge and ensure that some accommodation is done for the physically challenged people.

4. Educate and empower- Education is the most important tool to empower disabled people. It gives them social acceptance, job opportunity, and self confidence.

5. Employment opportunities- Employment opportunities for people with disabilities however have so far been restricted due to several challenges that need to be overcome, both from the demand side (employers) and from the supply side (job seekers). Ideally, jobs have to be based on merit and employers need to realize this.

Did you know?
As per World Health Organization (WHO), there are 600 million people with disabilities in the world. Almost 10 per cent of the world’s population is disabled.

600 million people with disabilities in the world, 60 million in India alone.

(The article has been published.)