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Science Care News - January 2017


Health, fitness apps to help you keep 2017 wellness resolutions

(Chicago Sun Times) January is here, which means it’s the official start of resolution season. If you need help ridding the holiday bloat and getting back on track with your health and wellness goals, there’s an app for that. Thousands to be exact.

cnva pd fitness.jpgApps can be helpful in providing accountability and also helping to change your relationship with food and exercise, says Isabelle Libmann, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, and owner of Evanston-based IzzyFit Personal Training and TruFit Personal Training. “I think apps (specifically food and exercise tracking apps) can be tremendously helpful in creating awareness. Unless you’re writing down or tracking [behaviors], you might not realize the patterns that exist,” she says. Read more…


This crazy heart-hugging robot could save the lives of transplant patients

( A new type of soft robotic sleeve has been invented to keep a weak or damaged heart beating, and it could save the lives of transplant patients who often have to wait months - or sometimes more than year - to receive a new organ.

The customizable silicon device wraps around the damaged organ, and is able to automatically twist and compress in sync with the beats, and recent study trials have seen it return heart function to near-perfect levels after total failure. Read more…


Meet Jose!

Jose.jpgPlease join us in welcoming Jose Miguel Santiago to the Science Care Team. Jose is our Community Engagement Leader.  You will find Jose speaking at a variety of events across Arizona, educating potential donors of the importance of body donation and the work being done with those donations.  If Jose looks a little familiar to you Arizona residents, that’s because he was fixture on valley TV for nearly a decade, as an anchor/reporter for ABC 15, CBS 5 and even appearances on CNN, HLN and the Oxygen Network.  Jose is taking those years of educating the public about the news of the day and using those skills to educate the community on all Science Care does to improve the worlds of Science and Health.

If you would like to schedule Jose to come out and speak to your group in Arizona, please reach out to him via email at or you can call 602-339-9812.


No Surprise Here: Sitting too much ages you by 8 years

(Time) - But exercise can counteract it, a new study finds. Sitting too much during the day has been linked to a host of diseases, from obesity to heart problems and diabetes, as well as early death. It’s not hard to understand why: being inactive can contribute to weight gain, which in turn is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, hypertension and unhealthy blood sugar levels.

On top of everything else, sitting has detrimental effects on cells at the biological level, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Read more…


Health Buzz: You Might Not Actually Have Asthma

(US News and World Report) - If you've been diagnosed with asthma, you may want to ask your doctor for a reevaluation.

Researchers couldn't confirm asthma in approximately one-third of adults participating in a small Canadian study who were previously diagnosed with the chronic condition. The findings were published in JAMA.

The researchers say possible explanations for the diagnosis conundrum could be due to "spontaneous remission or misdiagnosis," according to a news release. Asthma is typically a persistent illness but it's unclear how many people go into spontaneous remission or have experienced initial misdiagnosis. Read more…


Let’s settle this: Does double-dipping get you sick?

With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, we found this article from Reader’s Digest to be appropriate.

If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll clearly remember the 1993 episode where George Costanza was called out for double-dipping. His fellow partygoer told him that his double-dipping was like putting his whole mouth in the dip. (Gross!) Looking at it that way makes double-dipping a definite don’t. Still, many of us see no harm in hitting that dip more than once with the same chip, especially when, say, we’re sharing a bowl of guac with only one dinner companion. But do you transmit or contract germs by sticking a chip in salsa or that chopped fruit in that fondue more than once? Read more…


Study finds how stress raises heart disease and stroke risk

(Reuters) - People with heightened activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain linked to stress, may be at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, scientists said on Thursday in research that could lead to new ways to treat stress-related heart problems.

Publishing their work in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers said the stress signaled in the amygdala is also linked to increased bone marrow activity and to inflammation in the arteries, which can cause heart attack and stroke. Read more…


'Superbug' may be more widespread than thought

(HealthDay News) -- A type of potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria is more widespread in U.S. hospitals than previously thought and needs to be more closely monitored, a new study suggests.

Researchers checked for cases of illness caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a sample of four U.S. hospitals and identified a wide variety of CRE species. Three hospitals are in the Boston area and one is in California. Read more…




Recent Medical Advancements  

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:

A medical facility involved in the development of novel medical devices, including robotic assisted surgery and physician education. Research is conducted in order to improve surgical instrumentation design, leading to clinical trials in living patients. Physician and surgeon education is also conducted in order to teach correct placement and usage of these devices used to treat afflictions and injury of the head, chest and spine. The goal is to improve overall quality of treatment available to patients utilizing a minimally invasive approach for remote distance surgery. This leads to increased accuracy, better approaches, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, and improved quality of life for patients.


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