April's Newsletter Highlights
The VRF newsletter is an excellent way to quickly consume news on vitiligo, lifestyle and skincare in general, in an educational and entertaining way. It usually goes out on the last weekend of every month, and occasionally, in the middle of the month, too. We'll challenge you with different points of view on healthcare, and inspire you to learn more about the skin you’re in, and the world around you. There are no animations, videos, or click-baity images to annoy you - it’s just the news and the facts, served up with a healthy of dose sarcasm and a splash of humor.
Here are the highlights from our most recent newsletter:
- U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson introduced a bipartisan bill to establish National Vitiligo Awareness Day... on October 17th rather than June 25th, ripping fruits of hard labour of thousands of people and dumping them at will. What happened?!
- Evidence shows that our attention span has shrunk from an average of 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just eight seconds today. Tiny goldfish beats humans with her ability to stay focused for an average nine seconds, - one second longer than us.
- The effects of social media on the human brain and body are still not a popular research topic. Brain is rewiring itself to cope with the information overload created by digital advances, and emotions actually hurt us on a cellular level.
- The FDA has issued another warning about a ‘misbranded drug’ for vitiligo.
- You’ve probably heard the ‘walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy’ message, but new research says that it might not quite be enough.
- The findings of social psychology and behavioral economics are used daily to determine every aspect of our work and life - the news we read, products we buy, and human networks of which we are a part.
- Registration for a free summer camp for kids with skin diseases is nearing the deadline. Apply soon!
- Our monthly newsletter becomes a bi-weekly publication for the next three months.
- An award-winning photographer Brock Elbank (Instagram @mrelbank) is now looking for participants with vitiligo for a new project.
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What is coming?
United Nations ECOSOC session
The tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will take place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday ...13 June 2017 10:00, UN Plaza, New York
World Vitiligo Day celebration conference in Detroit, USA
U.S. World Vitiligo Day 2017 Theme: "Step Up for Vitiligo: A Call for Truth, Hope and Change!" Reflecting the mission of the “Step Up for Vitiligo” campaign that came...23 June 2017 18:00, Detroit, Michigan, USA
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo (pronounced vit-ill-EYE-go) is a relatively common skin disease characterized by smooth, white, painless spots or patches on various parts of the body. It doe...
Why there is no drug for vitiligo yet?
Despite the dearth of medications available to treat psoriasis - a disease with similar prevalence numbers and impact on quality of life - vitiligo has no known cure o...
What causes vitiligo?
The precise cause of vitiligo is not well understood. The white areas appear due to loss of the pigment (melanin) that gives skin its color and protects it from the su...
What tests should be done?
No tests are usually necessary to make the diagnosis. The white patches may be seen more easily under Wood's light examination.