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A Letter to Science Care 

 

 

Letter

 

At Science Care, we often get letters from donor family members who wish to reach out and tell us about their experience going through the donation process. The following letter was submitted a couple of years ago, but does an excellent job explaining the actual experience a daughter went through at her time of need. We thought it might be helpful for anyone considering body donation. If you have ever had a loved-one go through the donation process with Science Care, and would like to share your story, please contact us at info@sciencecare.com.

 

“When my mother passed away last July, we had discussed donation as an option, as a family, but made no pre-arrangements. Her passing was shocking, as it always is. Slow, yet sudden. I was the only one here to make decisions. When the mortuary was calling, asking what I wanted to do with her remains…I was in a daze and quite frankly at a total loss. I’d never done this before. My mother had just passed away and I was left with so many decisions. In a frenzy, I took to the internet to find options. Read more...

 

 

Health News & Notes

 

Alzheimer’s tool lets people 50 or older monitor their risk factors

(Keck School of Medicine – USC) - An online tool that helps older people monitor their brain health has been developed at the Keck School of Medicine of USC with other medical groups. The free website addresses a major obstacle to finding early Alzheimer’s treatments for a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans: significant delays in clinical trial enrollment. Read more...

 

Heart disease risk may show in your earlobes, eyes, fingers

(CNN) - The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good working order is hard to overstate. Sadly, the first sign many people have that their heart isn't in good working order is when they have a heart attack. Read more...

 

Pecan-rich diet lowers risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes

(Sci-News) - Eating just 1.5 ounces (42.5 grams) of pecans every day may protect adults at risk for developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the March 2018 issue of the journal Nutrients.Read more...

 

How to build muscle as age tears it down

(CNN) - If you are in your 40s or 50s, chances are that you are starting to notice some changes in your body, including muscle loss and diminishing strength, even if you exercise fairly regularly. Reduced levels of physical activity, increases in sedentary behavior and doing less intense exercise all play a significant role in age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, which is a leading contributor to frailty and loss of independence associated with aging. Read more...

 

Potential new strategy to fight ovarian cancer found

(Baylor College of Medicine) - A new discovery opens the possibility of developing a novel way to fight ovarian cancer. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have revealed a previously unknown cellular pathway that selectively regulates a mutant protein…Read more...

 

How Luke Skywalker's robotic hand inspired the prosthetics of tomorrow

(CNN)- Singaporean biotechnologist Benjamin Tee is engineering an electronic skin substitute that will help people wearing prosthetics to one day feel with artificial limbs. Tee was inspired by Star Wars, but his invention isn’t the first to leap from science fiction into reality. Read more...

 

 

60's

 

 

Remember When "50 Years Ago" April 1968

  • Topping the Billboard music charts in April of 1968 was the song “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro.
  • American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
  • The 249th and final original episode of The Andy Griffith Show was aired on CBS.
  • U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which included the Fair Housing Act as its Title VIII section.
  • The famous London Bridge was sold to American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch. It would be shipped overseas to be rebuilt, and would reopen in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in 1971.
  • Columbia University students, protesting against the Vietnam War, took over administration buildings and effectively shut down the Ivy League institution in New York City.
  • The largest hydrogen bomb ever tested by the United States was detonated underground at the Nevada Test Site, registering 6.5 on the Richter Scale.
  • U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey formally announced that he would seek the Democratic Party nomination to run for President of the United States. 
  • The musical Hair, opened on Broadway, at the Biltmore Theatre, and would run for 1,873 performances.
  • New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller announced that he would challenge front-runner Richard M. Nixon for the Republican Party nomination of President of the United States.

 (Sources: Billboard / Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Recent Medical Projects  

Science Care Donor Contributions to the Medical Community

Every day, Science Care donors are making contributions towards the advancement of medicine. Here are a few recent contributions you might want to know about. 

Recent Projects:

  • Surgical training of physicians who specialize in treating cervical spine injuries and deformities. This procedure implements a minimally invasive pedicle screw system that uses small incisions, minimizes muscle trauma and blood loss, and enables percutaneous placement of polyaxial screws.
  • Evaluation of endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH) systems for minimally invasive recovery of the greater saphenous vein. It is hoped that this testing will lead to improved treatment for cardiac patients requiring coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

 

Share this webpage and guide with friends and family. It gives a great overview and comparison on the various end of life options for anyone who has yet to make plans or have the end of life discussion.

A Comparison Guide: Burial, Cremations and Donation

 

 

 

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