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The Future of Medicine

The future of medicine is looking brighter than ever before. Thanks to whole body donation, researchers and physicians are successfully developing new targeted therapies and treatments for disease, designing amazing new medical devices, and perfecting their surgical skills for groundbreaking transplant and surgical procedures. It’s a good time to be alive and a better time for staying alive!

 

Enlightened Medicine - A Video

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5 medical breakthroughs shaping the future of health

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Plastic Surgery: Discoveries Resulting From Whole Body Donation

Earlier this summer, a story broke regarding the meeting of Richard Norris and Rebekah Aversano. In 2012, Norris, who was terribly disfigured from a gunshot wound, was the recipient of the first full facial transplant in the United States when he received the face of Aversano’s deceased brother. The meeting allowed Aversano to witness the results of the surgery and, for the first time, see her brother’s face on Norris’s body.

DrGrottingoneSounds a bit like the stuff of science fiction, right? Yet it is quite real.

Plastic surgery is so much more than just cosmetic surgery. It is the repair or reconstruction of part of the body, often as the result of injury. For a woman undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, a child who survived a horrific fire, or for a man such as Norris above, plastic surgery can be a treatment modality that dramatically improves an individual’s quality of life... Read more on Science Care's interview with Dr. James Grotting, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

 

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib) is an irregular heartbeat (or heart rhythm), and is responsible for causing 15% of all strokes. It can also cause cardiac arrest, sudden death, and may also increase risks for developing Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that around 5 million Americans are affected by AFib. It is the most common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat and results in about 350,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S. Basically, AFib is a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. It can prevent blood flow from the atria into the ventricles, which can lead to stroke.

Heart_SmallHow do you know if you have AFib? Different patients report having different symptoms. Some feel an erratic heartbeat or rapid heart rate. Others may experience symptoms of a heart attack, while others may not even notice any symptoms. Often it occurs with heart palpitations, dizziness, and shortness of breath. For some people, AFib may continue for weeks, months or even years. Risk increases with age, obesity and stress.

Can AFib be cured?

According to StopAfib.org, while medications (beta blockers and calcium channel blockers) and electrical cardioversion are common treatments for atrial fibrillation, they don't cure AFib. If medications aren't working, doctors may suggest catheter ablation and surgical maze procedures which have proven to cure atrial fibrillation for many patients.

For more information, please visit:
Living with Atrial Fibrillation
www.stopafib.org

 

Ovarian Cancer - Early Detection is Key

tealSeptember is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, resulting in approximately 15,000 annual deaths in the U.S. Ovarian cancer may be difficult to detect, especially in the disease’s early stages. Typically, only 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases are found in the early stages. Potential signs may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. If symptoms become persistent, a visit to the doctor is warranted.

Currently, there is no known means of preventing the disease, however there may be some steps you can take to help reduce your risk. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has a good list at http://www.ovarian.org/prevention.php

Treatment options depend on the stage of the disease, and may involve surgery, chemotherapy or targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Hope is on the Horizon - According to the American Cancer Society, “researchers are testing new ways to screen women for ovarian cancer, and a national repository for blood and tissue samples from ovarian cancer patients is being established to aid in these studies. One method being tested is looking at the pattern of proteins in the blood (called proteomics) to find ovarian cancer early.”

Other promising treatments being tested include:

New chemotherapy (chemo) drugs and drug combinations are being tested. The drugs trabectedin (Yondelis®) and belotecan have shown promise in some studies.

Pazopanib (Votrient®) is a targeted therapy drug that, like bevacizumab, helps stop new blood vessels from forming. It has shown some promise in studies.

Farletuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that is directed against the folic acid receptor, which is on the surface of some ovarian cancer cells. It has shown promise in treating ovarian cancer in early studies.

For more information about ovarian cancer, please visit www.cancer.org

  

Did You Know? 

Science Care Donors are participating in research including RNA profiling to
develop therapeutic antibodies in an attempt to find cures for cancer patients.
Learn about how Science Care donors are
contributing to the advancement of medical research.

 

Notes From Our Readers - What's Your Motivation?

"Many years back I was an insurance agent in Colorado. Helping families find insurance while very fulfilling was also very frustrating when asked where to make arrangements for a family's final resting place. Families are spread all across the United States and family plots are not located in their respective cities. Hearing about donating to science and maybe helping medical students find causes and cares, just sounds so much more important than asking a family member clear across the states to act as the person to help arrange for a final resting place, just makes more sense."Angelina from Arizona
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Know Someone That Wants to Join the Registry?.

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

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Food Safety

Watch out! One in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning each year. Check out some steps to keep you and your family safe.
www.foodsafety.gov

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Doing a Good Deed

Have you seen this? A story was posted on Facebook and received more than 2 million likes and almost 300,000 shares. It’s a deed that’s worth the read!
www.myfoxphilly.com

 

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