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Project For Awesome with END7

 

END7 is excited to be part of the viral video development Project for Awesome. The Project for Awesome is an annual event that sprung out of various YouTube communities to support charities. Every year since 2007, thousands of people post videos to YouTube promoting charities on December 17th. They come together as a community to promote those videos and raise money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HPeUP_0cGUY

Project for Awesome is an inspirational movement that shows END7 supporters that they can use their voice as well as their creativity in helping to end NTDs. END7 wants to thank two individuals that showed their support for END7. Isabella Bernal and Erica Crouch both made videos explaining their support for eliminating NTDs. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Hookworms and Whipworms: Our Immune System’s Attachment to Parasites

Rachel Nuwer, journalism student from New York University, recently wrote an article with commentary from Dr. Peter Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. The article is published on one of the university’s student-run webzines, Scienceline.org. The article discusses the pros and cons of helminthic therapy, which is a form of treatment based on the hygiene hypothesis – modern society’s obsession with cleanliness is depriving the body of its natural development of immune defenses. This therapy entails deliberately infesting the gut with parasites like hookworms and whipworms to treat disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease and allergies. Dr. Hotez states that use of such therapy is ineffective, and that “whipworm infection is actually the leading global cause of inflammatory bowel disease.”

Visit the Scienceline website to read the full article.