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Health News & Notes

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7 Learning Projects That Will Keep Your Brain Sharp

(Prevention Magazine) - Big on “brain” foods and supplements? They're not the only things that will keep your mind in tip-top shape. Experts swear that one of the best ways to sharpen your brain is to be constantly taking on new learning projects. Read more


This Woman Completed Her First Ironman Competition At 60 After Beating Cancer

(Prevention Magazine) Mary Houbolt swears she's a poor swimmer and a mediocre runner. But after surviving cancer, she knew she had the inner strength to complete a triathlon. Read more about Mary’s journey


There’s a Massive Blood Shortage This Winter. Here’s How You Can Help

(Time) - The American Red Cross is making an urgent call for blood and platelet donations of all blood types to help combat a blood shortage, after severe winter weather caused January blood bank donations to drop by the thousands. Read more


Anxiety: An Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease? 

(Brigham and Women’s Hospital): Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the association of brain amyloid beta and longitudinal measures of depression and depressive symptoms in cognitively normal, older adults. Their findings, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggest that higher levels of amyloid beta may be associated with increasing symptoms of anxiety in these individuals. These results support the theory that neuropsychiatric symptoms could be an early indicator of AD. Read more


50th-Anniversary Celebration of Heart Transplant!

(Stanford University): The landmark heart transplant performed at Stanford in 1968 ultimately led to the success of the operation around the world today. Fifty years ago, Norman Shumway, MD, PhD, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Stanford, performed the first successful human heart transplant in the United States at Stanford Hospital. Read more


Weekly Fish Consumption Linked to Better Sleep, Higher IQ, Penn Study Finds

(University of Pennsylvania): Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal. Read more



Remember When "50 Years Ago" January 1968

  • Topping the Billboard music charts in January were: “Hello Goodbye” – Beatles and “Judy in Disguise” – John Fred & The Playboys.
  • Mattel's Hot Wheels toy cars were introduced.
  • Norman Shumway performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States, operating at Stanford University Hospital.
  • A 27-person team of surgeons at the Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children successfully completed the separation of conjoined twins, Catherine O'Hare and Shirely O'Hare, who had been joined at the head.
  • The price of mailing a letter in the U.S. increased from 5 to 6-cents.
  • The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau made its debut ABC.
  • A T & T, which controlled all but a few of the telephones in the United States, announced plans to provide a universal emergency telephone number (911).
  • Johnny Cash performed his historic concert at the Folsom State Prison in California.
  • The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Super Bowl II in Miami. Vince Lombardi retired as the Packers head coach after the event.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. aired its final episode.
  • Actress Sharon Tate married film director Roman Polanski at a ceremony in London.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was launched as a weekly program on NBC. 
  • The Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War, began as Viet Cong forces launched a series of surprise attacks across South Vietnam (Jan 30).
  • Assistant Postmaster General Richard Murphy ruled that hippies could continue to work for the United States Postal Service "but they must have neat haircuts and get rid of their beards and sandals" and wear proper attire.

 (Sources: Billboard / Wikipedia)



Common Questions about Body Donation

Remember that Registration is not a guarantee. If your loved-one goes into hospice care or is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important that you give Science Care a call so that we can complete the pre-screening in advance. Having the pre-arrangement in order prior to the passing can alleviate undue stress and burden.



We’ve Expanded Pre-Registration to More States!

If you’ve visited our website recently, you may have noticed that we have expanded registration to more states. Pre-registration is now an available option for these states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, IL, MI, MO, NC, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA and WI. Tell any friends or family from any of these states who want to join the Science Care donor registration community!



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:

  • In vitro drug penetration studies to improve drug delivery systems. The first purpose of this research is to provide penetration/performance information on new drug formulations. The second is to monitor the stability of selected formulations over time by studying in vitro penetration of these compounds at different times and temperatures. By performing these studies, it is possible to evaluate new drugs or new formulations, and assess risk of exposure to a toxic compound without having to resort to animal models or pre-maturely expose human subjects or patients whose safety might be compromised. The result of these in vitro studies allows progression to human clinical trials.

  • Training and development of minimally invasive ear, nose and throat solutions for surgeons and their patients. Endoscopic techniques are taught for a variety of ailments afflicting the head and sinus regions. The goal of this work is to enhance the abilities of physicians to deliver safe and effective patient care while utilizing minimally invasive approaches that result in improved outcomes for patients.



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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