Last summer, social media was dominated by videos of people having a bucket of cold water poured over their head. So what was it all for again and how much did the charities benefit?Everyone knows someone who did the ice bucket challenge at some point last year (if you didn't actually do it yourself).Videos were shared, friends were nominated and countless celebrities were doused - all for a good cause.In what has been described as the world's largest global social media phenomenon, more than 17 million people uploaded videos to Facebook which were then watched by 440 million people worldwide.And the charities connected to the challenge saw the money roll in. In the UK, the Motor Neurone Disease Association raised £7m from the challenge, thanks mainly to the ingenuity of a couple from Yorkshire.Paula and Robert Maguire spotted the challenge starting to go viral in the US and set up a fundraising page for those taking up the challenge in the UK.A few years previously, Paula's uncle … [Read more...] about Ice bucket challenge: What’s happened since?
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The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in 2014 has funded an important scientific gene discovery in the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS, the ALS Association says. Scientists have identified a new gene contributing to the disease, NEK1. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $115m (£87.7m) from people pouring cold water over themselves and posting the video on social media.It was criticised as a stunt, but has funded six research projects.Ice Bucket challenge: What's happened since?Ice Bucket Challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'When the Ice Bucket Challenge spread to IranResearch by Project MinE, published in Nature Genetics, is the largest-ever study of inherited ALS, also known as motor neurone disease (MND).More than 80 researchers in 11 countries searched for ALS risk genes in families affected by the disease."The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available," Lucie Bruijn of the ALS … [Read more...] about Ice Bucket Challenge funds gene discovery in ALS (MND) research
Money raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral last year has significantly boosted research into ALS, scientists at Johns Hopkins say.They say it has helped them to understand more about a dysfunctional protein - TDP-43 - a mystery scientists have been studying for decades.ALS is a rare condition affecting the nervous system. Social media was awash with videos of people pouring cold water over their heads to raise money for ALS last year.More than 17 million people uploaded videos to Facebook, including many celebrities who rose to the challenge, which were then watched by 440 million people worldwide.'Critical time'A new study published by Johns Hopkins researchers in Science journal last week credits the Ice Bucket Challenge with helping them to unravel the mystery behind a protein called TDP-43, which in more than 90% of ALS cases is dysfunctional. "For the past decade we've been trying to figure out exactly what it is doing, and now I think we have finally figured it … [Read more...] about Ice bucket challenge helped spur ALS discovery, scientists say
One in six Britons have taken part in the ice bucket challenge to raise money for charity, research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation suggests.The charity told BBC Breakfast that one in 10 people donated as a result of the campaign - each giving an average of almost £5.ComRes polled 2,058 British adults online from 5 to 7 September.The challenge, in which icy water is dumped over people's heads, has raised millions for charity worldwide.After a participant has taken on the challenge, they nominate others to follow suit.The stunt initially raised money and awareness for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in the US.Its British equivalent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, has also benefited as well as charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and WaterAid.Selfie campaignSome 61% of those who said they donated to charity as a result of the challenge said it would be in addition to the amount they usually give each year.And 14% said it would replace … [Read more...] about Ice bucket challenge: ‘One in six Britons took part’
Sir Rod Stewart has urged men to have their prostates checked after revealing he won his own battle with cancer because it was caught early. The 74-year-old pop legend told how he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2016 during a routine checkup and secretly fought it for three years. Sir Rod opened up about his prostate cancer during a fundraising evening with former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood. Experts said revealing his battle could help save other lives as early stages of the cancer are symptomless and only a test can detect it. Sir Rod, famed for his sense of humour, even cracked a joke about going public. He said he warned wife Penny Lancaster he was going to use the evening to “come out”. The 48-year-old Loose Women star replied: “Tonight would be a nice night to come out of the closet.” The singer said: “No, it’s not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.” Ronnie, who has … [Read more...] about Rod Stewart reveals he has beaten prostate cancer after secret 3 year struggle