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Thanksgiving Traditions & Changes

Pilgrim_Hat.jpgNot too much has changed with the way we celebrate Thanksgiving today vs. the 1950’s. Turkey is still king, although more people today go for ham than they did 60 years ago (probably a result of fewer Betty Crocker cookbooks). The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade still hits the morning airwaves, but it’s not the spectacle it once was. The parade started in 1924 and has been televised every year since 1952. For kids, watching the parade on television gave them a chance to catch their first glimpse of Santa Clause. Today, they get access to Santa all year long.

Another change we’ve noticed is that people don’t dress for Thanksgiving dinner like they used to. Back in the day, the Thanksgiving meal was an occasion you dressed up for. Today, it’s all about football and sweatshirts. Speaking of football, did you know that NFL games have occurred on Thanksgiving since the league’s inception in 1920? The actual first broadcast took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1934 (Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears).

Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts have also gone through somewhat of a transformation since the 1950’s. Dessert has transitioned to a fancier array of choices, although pies still reign as king. In the 50’s it was apple, pumpkin and mincemeat. Today, the most popular pie choices are apple, strawberry, pumpkin and cherry. Sadly, mincemeat no longer ranks among the top 10 favorites. Maybe kids just don’t get the name? And although many of us still serve traditional side dishes like yams, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole (introduced by the Campbell Soup Company in 1955), they are not the be all end all of side dishes. Just do a Google search for Thanksgiving meal ideas and have a peek at what’s trending.

Although times and traditions may change over time, this Thanksgiving we remind you to be thankful for everything you have.

(Article originally post in our Senior Connect Newsletter).



Giving Thanks to Our Nation's Veterans


We had great support for our Veterans Memorial Wall and would like to thank all of the families who sent in pictures and information for us to display.

Even though Veteran’s Day has now past, we will be keeping the memorial wall on the Science Care website and invite anyone who would like to recognize a veteran in their family who has passed on to submit their information here.

 If you would like to view the memorial wall, please go here.





Medical Inspiration

Transplant gives new face, scalp to burned firefighter

You may have seen this inspirational story in one of your local news feeds from last week.

A volunteer firefighter who was severely burned in a fire back in 2001 has just received the most extensive face transplant ever performed. Face transplantation is part of an emerging field of transplant called Vascularized Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (VCA).  This is the transplantation of skin, blood vessels, nerves, bone, muscle and other supportive structures from a donor to a candidate.

surgery.jpgThe surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. The successful transplant included the patient’s face, skull and neck. Ground breaking surgeries like this one help to reassure us that the future of medicine is in good hands.

Although Science Care donors are not live tissue donors, they are involved with and often critical to the “live” transplant process. Many surgeons train for these procedures using body donors. In some instances, surgeons will actually utilize body donor tissue in the operating room during difficult and groundbreaking transplant surgeries. Using body donor tissue helps the surgeon to navigate their way through the complex surgery. Without the help of body donors, much of the successful surgeries that we are seeing today just wouldn’t be possible.

Read the full story on this amazing transplant here



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We would like to thank all of our registered future donors for helping to spread the word about the impact of body donation for medical science. So far in 2015, we’ve had a record number of registrations with thousands of people joining the cause to make a positive impact on the future of medicine. Referrals from friends and family matter the most! Please keep the shout outs coming. The medical research and training community are working on many new products and procedures and there is high demand for donors.

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How Pet Therapy Helps Patients

Today, more and more senior care organizations are utilizing the benefits of pet therapy or animal assisted therapy to help patients in a variety of ways. A study published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control noted that 41 percent of U.S. hospice care providers offered complementary and alternative therapies. Nearly 59 percent of those providers utilized pet therapy. Today, the number is much higher. See the full blog post here.



Thanksgiving Recipes – The Pies Have It!

If you haven’t made your pies yet – these may inspire you.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

Gingerbread Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

Decadent Chocolate Espresso Pie

Julia Child’s Aunt Helen’s Fluffy Pumpkin Pie (thought we'd throw in a more traditional recipe)



Notes From Our Readers - What's Your Motivation?

"Dear Science Care, Thank you for providing this option. It makes sense. I want to decrease the anxiety to my family. I also want to lower the cost to my family. I believe everyone should explore their options. Thank you - Beverly from Florida
Know Someone That Wants to Join the Registry?

Pre-registration is open for residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware,
Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania & Texas.


Donor FAQ

Is there an age limit for donation?

There is no upper age limit at this time. In fact, we've had a few donors over 100 years old. While there is no upper age limit, donors must be at least 18 years old. 



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6 Mad Scientists Eventually Proven Right Years Later

Great article profiling 6 different scientists whose ideas were considered crazy at the time. 



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