Energy drink update!!!

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Energy drinks. Who knew they'd be such a source of extraordinary literature? To add to the growing swell of Peach Fanta - and let's not forget the fizzy milk vibrancy drink - there is a whole WORLD out there. Millions of them. I did not know this. Perhaps I am behind the times in energy drinks. It's because I'm so darn lethargic all the time.

First up, a devoted blog.

It has a list of no fewer than 46 energy drinks. And their names! Ammo Blu Razz, Cougar - Double Shot and Crakshot, to name a few. These are quite literally going to BLOW YOUR MIND.

Favourite quote, in a review of number 1: Before you slam this little bugger make sure you shake well, otherwise you are going to get some flavor crystals in your last gulp.

Clearly written after abundant consumption of Ammo Blu Razz.

Anyway, in conclusion. Thank you Farley Katz, for this in response.

 

 

 

 

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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#Match4Lara: Lara has found her match, but the search for mixed-race donors isn't over

A UK blood cancer charity has seen an "unprecedented spike" in donors from mixed race and ethnic minority backgrounds since the campaign started. 

Lara Casalotti, the 24-year-old known round the world for her family's race to find her a stem cell donor, has found her match. As long as all goes ahead as planned, she will undergo a transplant in March.

Casalotti was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December, and doctors predicted that she would need a stem cell transplant by April. As I wrote a few weeks ago, her Thai-Italian heritage was a stumbling block, both thanks to biology (successful donors tend to fit your racial profile), and the fact that mixed-race people only make up around 3 per cent of international stem cell registries. The number of non-mixed minorities is also relatively low. 

That's why Casalotti's family launched a high profile campaign in the US, Thailand, Italy and the US to encourage more people - especially those from mixed or minority backgrounds - to register. It worked: the family estimates that upwards of 20,000 people have signed up through the campaign in less than a month.

Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity, also reported an "unprecedented spike" of donors from black, Asian, ethcnic minority or mixed race backgrounds. At certain points in the campaign over half of those signing up were from these groups, the highest proportion ever seen by the charity. 

Interestingly, it's not particularly likely that the campaign found Casalotti her match. Patient confidentiality regulations protect the nationality and identity of the donor, but Emily Rosselli from Anthony Nolan tells me that most patients don't find their donors through individual campaigns: 

 It’s usually unlikely that an individual finds their own match through their own campaign purely because there are tens of thousands of tissue types out there and hundreds of people around the world joining donor registers every day (which currently stand at 26 million).

Though we can't know for sure, it's more likely that Casalotti's campaign will help scores of people from these backgrounds in future, as it has (and may continue to) increased donations from much-needed groups. To that end, the Match4Lara campaign is continuing: the family has said that drives and events over the next few weeks will go ahead. 

You can sign up to the registry in your country via the Match4Lara website here.

Barbara Speed is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman and a staff writer at CityMetric.