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FFWPU Zambia We held a 2day workshop for second

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first_imgFFWPU Zambia: We held a 2-day workshop for second generation on October 3-4, 2015 at Barlastone Training Centre, Lusaka. A total of 19 second generation members with the age ranged from 17-29 years old.The aim of the workshop was to prepare the second generation for church responsibilities as well as the Blessing.The topics were based on 3 aspects: Divine Principle (Chapter I and Chapter II), True Father’s Course and The Blessing.Participants during lectures were able to have an interaction with the lecturer.All lecturers were given by Rev. M. Kililo – Director of Blessing Department for East Africa Region.On the last day the lecture on the Blessing was attended by Parents who also asked questions about the Blessing and Divine Principle. Reverend Kililo gave clear explanations to the satisfaction of the second generation and the parents.The closing remarks were given by Rev. R. Faerber, Zambia’s National Leader who encouraged the second generation and urged them to prepare themselves for big responsibilities in the church.last_img read more

Cord blood of babies provides clue to respiratory diseases

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 17 2018New research has found children born in the last three months of the year in Melbourne may have a greater risk of developing respiratory diseases such as asthma.Led by La Trobe University, a team of local (The MACS study) and international (COPSAC2000 and LISAplus) researchers analyzed cord blood collected from hundreds of babies born in Melbourne, Denmark and Germany.They discovered those born during the peak grass pollen season in both hemispheres had high immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in umbilical cord blood – a marker used to predict the development of allergic diseases.Lead researcher, Associate Professor Bircan Erbas from La Trobe’s School of Psychology and Public Health, said the aim of the study was to determine the effect of exposure to high grass pollens during pregnancy and soon after birth.Related StoriesScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksBlood stem cell breakthrough could spare some patients from side effects of cancer treatmentsTulane professor to explore better ways of managing acute respiratory distress syndrome”We know that outdoor pollen exposure during the first couple of months after birth can lead to allergic respiratory diseases and we suspected that exposure during the later stages of pregnancy may also be important,” Associate Professor Erbas said.”Many studies have shown that babies with high levels of IgE in cord blood can go on to develop allergies later in childhood, but little is known about how these levels are affected by exposure to pollen in utero.”The researchers found high IgE levels among babies born in October and December in Melbourne.IgE levels were highest for German and Danish babies born around April – the peak pollen season in Europe.However, they also found being pregnant for an entire grass pollen season may have a protective effect on babies.”We found these babies had lower IgE levels. This was a significant finding and indicates the possible development of a sensitization barrier. However, more research needs to be done and currently we are working on studies to identify the specific risk time periods of pollen exposure during pregnancy on asthma and allergies in children,” Associate Professor Erbas said.She stressed that the study did not suggest that all babies born during high pollen seasons would develop respiratory disease or other allergies.”The study provides new insight that could help us predict and manage diseases like asthma – which are a significant public health burden.”However, it’s important to remember there are a number of factors that can determine who gets asthma or allergies. This is one piece of the puzzle.” Source:http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2018/release/cord-blood-clue-to-respiratory-diseaseslast_img read more