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    We need volunteers. Volunteering has been shown to improve not only your health but also your hope. Read more about this and the benefits of volunteering

    Some rosaceans tend to center themselves on their own skin issues resulting in a spiral into reciprocal deep depression with a tendency to isolate themselves. Volunteering breaks this cycle. It forces a rosacean into seeing that there are others out there with even more severe cases of rosacea than what they are experiencing. Helping a fellow rosacea suffer is worth every effort you can muster. The satisfaction of volunteering as a rosacean for other rosaceans is only experienced if you take the step to offer yourself willingly as a RRDi volunteer rosacean. 

    Could you seriously consider volunteering for the RRDi? We are appealing to millennials to think about helping others with rosacea through our non profit organization so we can keep this web site on the internet with its wealth of information on rosacea. If some don't step up to the plate and volunteer the RRDi may eventually close up shop. Seriously, do you want to see this organization cease?  The statistics globally show that volunteering is dropping (read this post). Then read below why you are needed. 

    If you would like to volunteer by simply joining our cause adding you name to our list and do nothing more that is the easiest way to volunteer. At the very least join the RRDi to increase our membership and if that is all you can do we understand and appreciate whatever you can do. Your email address is all we require to join. Our goal is to reach 10,000 members. And we are a grassroots, non profit organization. 

    If all you can do to volunteer is post on our website, that is probably the best thing you can do. Just post and show you care about other rosacea sufferers. Your experience with rosacea may inspire others to join our cause. 

    And if you prefer Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit or any other social media rosacea PRIVATE group, why not join the RRDi and be a moderator for the RRDi Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Reddit groups?  That way you can still be in your favorite platform and be a volunteer for the RRDi. We need moderators for these social media private groups as volunteers. 

    Volunteers are needed to recruit more members, for fund raising, public relations, writers to write posts on our member forum, editors for the newsletter, accounting/book keeping, webmasters, forum moderators, board members, researchers, Google AdWords expert, and grant writers. If you have a skill not mentioned, let us know. Why not suggest what you might volunteer to do when you join the RRDi, and in the application to become a corporate member there is a place to add a comment what your volunteer skills are. If you have questions, contact us. If you want to know what will volunteering do for you (?), skip down to the subheading, 'What's in it for me below.' 

    We would like to offer each author reimbursement if we publish the article in the next Journal of the RRDi.  If you want to volunteer to be on the publication team as an editor, author, proofreader, or any other job please join our cause and state in the comment box you want to join the Journal Publication Team.

    Volunteers are needed for the public relations committee or to write requests for donations to major corporations in our Funding Committee. Please join and mention you would like to help on the Funding Committee or for Public Relations. Or you can personally write a fund raiser letter using this sample letter.

    To Volunteer as a Writer please join. Check our announcements for special needs. Writers, editors, graphic artists and proof readers are needed! We have the ability to turn your post into an article. Why not post your article?

    Volunteer to write letters for donations by clicking here.

    Grant Writers are needed.

    What's In It For Me?
    There is scientific evidence that volunteering improves health and well being. For more information read this post

    Volunteers may receive a special Gmail account associated with the RRDi domain email which is a G Suite (formerly Google Apps) account associated with our domain, irosacea.org.

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    Google Apps Gmail

    To know more about the G Suite (Google apps) account click here.

    You may receive the RRDi Newsletter by joining as a corporate member and requesting the newsletter by checking the box when you fill out the application.

    You may receive on request a job referral with our letterhead if you volunteer for at least year to add to your resume or need a recommendation letter showing that you have regularly volunteered for our non profit organization. 

    Volunteers to POST comments in our member forum. 

    Volunteers Needed for the Following Jobs Immediately:

    Google AdWords Technician

    Google Analytics Technician

    Webmaster

    Forum Moderator

    Join the RRDi

    Mention which job you are volunteering for or create your own volunteer job and mention this in the appropriate box when applying.

    Another way to support is by purchasing our RRDi Tee Shirt, the Journal of the RRDi from Amazon or iUniverse which will help us continue its publication and may lead to some novel rosacea research. If you use Amazon why not check out our Amazon Affiliate Store using our shopping cart is another way to support our non profit. If you care to donate that would be appreciated.

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    • The RRDi has been using Invision Community forum platform since 2004. When we started in 2004 it was recommended by Warren Stuart who was the assistant director of the RRDi to use what was then called Invision Power Services (later the name was changed to Invision Community). It is a powerful platform with many add-on features and a significant number of developers adding plugins and additional features to the platform. However, with the advent of mobile devices and social media platforms the trend has focused on mobile apps using iOS and Android devices found in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The popularity of using these apps over using a browser to view a website has increased the use of social media platforms such as Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The developers and owners of the Invision Community platform have now announced beta versions of iOS and Android apps for their platform which has been embedded for years using only a web browser, so we have announced with this post here asking for volunteers to download the beta versions and help test these new apps. Please consider volunteering and using these beta versions of the apps.  Invision Community Clients There are some significant clients who use Invision Community as their platform which you can see below:  Medical Clients Who Use Invision Community Platform
    • Amelioration of Compound 48/80-Mediated Itch and LL-37-Induced Inflammation by a Single-Stranded Oligonucleotide. Front Immunol. 2020;11:559589 Authors: Dondalska A, Rönnberg E, Ma H, Pålsson SA, Magnusdottir E, Gao T, Adam L, Lerner EA, Nilsson G, Lagerström M, Spetz AL Abstract Numerous inflammatory skin disorders display a high prevalence of itch. The Mas-related G protein coupled receptor X2 (MRGPRX2) has been shown to modulate itch by inducing non-IgE-mediated mast cell degranulation and the release of endogenous inducers of pruritus. Various substances collectively known as basic secretagogues, which include inflammatory peptides and certain drugs, can trigger MRGPRX2 and thereby induce pseudo-allergic reactions characterized by histamine and protease release as well as inflammation. Here, we investigated the capacity of an immunomodulatory single-stranded oligonucleotide (ssON) to modulate IgE-independent mast cell degranulation and, more specifically, its ability to inhibit the basic secretagogues compound 48/80 (C48/80)-and LL-37 in vitro and in vivo. We examined the effect of ssON on MRGPRX2 activation in vitro by measuring degranulation in a human mast cell line (LAD2) and calcium influx in MRGPRX2-transfected HEK293 cells. To determine the effect of ssON on itch, we performed behavioral studies in established mouse models and collected skin biopsies for histological analysis. Additionally, with the use of a rosacea mouse model and RT-qPCR, we investigated the effect on ssON on LL-37-induced inflammation. We reveal that both mast cell degranulation and calcium influx in MRGPRX2 transfected HEK293 cells, induced by the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 and the basic secretagogue C48/80, are effectively inhibited by ssON in a dose-dependent manner. Further, ssON demonstrates a capability to inhibit LL-37 and C48/80 activation in vivo in two mouse models. We show that intradermal injection of ssON in mice is able to block itch induced via C48/80 in a dose-dependent manner. Histological staining revealed that ssON inhibits acute mast cell degranulation in murine skin treated with C48/80. Lastly, we show that ssON treatment ameliorates LL-37-induced inflammation in a rosacea mouse model. Since there is a need for new therapeutics targeting non-IgE-mediated activation of mast cells, ssON could be used as a prospective drug candidate to resolve itch and inflammation in certain dermatoses. PMID: 33101278 [PubMed - in process] {url} = URL to article
    • * Artificially Sweetened Drinks "Records for 104,760 participants were included....Artificially sweetened beverages were defined as those containing non-nutritive sweeteners. Sugary drinks consisted of all beverages containing 5% or more sugar....Researchers looked at first incident cases of cardiovascular disease during follow-up from 2009-2019, which were defined as stroke, transient ischemic attack, myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome and angioplasty. After excluding the first three years of follow-up to account for potential reverse causality bias, 1,379 participants had first incident cases of cardiovascular disease. Compared to non-consumers, both higher consumers of sugary drinks and of artificially sweetened beverages had higher risks of first incident cardiovascular disease, after taking into account a wide range of confounding factors..." Artificially sweetened drinks may not be heart healthier than sugary drinks, Medical Xpress, October 27, 2020, research letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,  Sugar Any Better? "Drinking one or more sugary beverages a day was associated with a nearly 20% greater likelihood of women having a cardiovascular disease compared to women who rarely or never drank sugary beverages, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association." California study finds drinking sugary drinks daily may be linked to higher risk of CVD in women, Medical Xpress, May 13, 2020, by American Heart Association Research on Sugar Beverages Triggering Rosacea Do you think it is possible for a non profit organization for rosacea get its members to each donate one dollar to investigate whether or not sugar beverages or artificially sweetened drinks are a rosacea trigger in a double blind, placebo controlled, peer reviewed clinical study? It would take approximately 10K members to do this if the members wanted this. What do you think? Have you noticed whether drinking a sugar beverage triggers your rosacea? *Image credit CCO public domain
    • 13 Variants of Rosacea The RRDi recognizes these thirteen variants of rosacea:  Demodectic Rosacea  Gastrointestinal Rosacea [GR], aka, Gut Rosacea Glandular Rosacea  Granulomatous Rosacea Halogen rosacea  Idiopathic facial aseptic granuloma (IFAG)  Neurogenic Rosacea  Pyoderma Faciale  Rosacea Conglobata  Rosacea Fulminans  Rosacea Lymphedema (Morbihan Disease) Rosacea Perioral Dermatitis [RPD] Steroid Rosacea [Facial corticosteroid addictive dermatitis] (FCAD) Etcetera Variant vs Subtype vs Phenotype
    • A new article on the pathophysiology of rosacea overlaps with demodectic rosacea and the phenotype classification. Below are the three highlights considered in the paper:  (1) New hypotheses to explain how Demodex mites may control host immunity, by analogy with what happens in tumor pathology: inducing tolerogenic dendritic cells through their Tn Ag, and diverting the body's defence reaction by exploiting the immunosuppressive properties of VEGF;  (2) Leading to consider rosacea not as a disease of the innate immunity, but as a chronicle infection by Demodex with T cell exhaustion; Highlighting of the ambiguities of the current definition of rosacea of the NRS, and the overlap with demodicoses, suggesting that all these dermatoses are different phenotypes of the same disease; (3) The suggestion, for the dermatologists, to learn to detect the demodicoses among the patients with persistent erythema, in the aim to treat at least these patients with topical acaricidal treatment. The article concludes, "The interactions among VEGF, Demodex, and the immune system need further exploration and the nosology of rosacea would then need to be adapted accordingly. The effectiveness of treating any patient with ETR first with an acaricidal cream needs to be assessed in prospective controlled clinical trials with long-term follow-up. Currently, learning to distinguish patients with pityriasis folliculorum from those with isolated ETR is crucial so that they can be managed appropriately with an acaricidal cream." [1] [1] Forton, F.M.N. The Pathogenic Role of Demodex Mites in Rosacea: A Potential Therapeutic Target Already in Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea?. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13555-020-00458-9 Image courtesy of Dermatology and Therapy
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