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Science Care News - June 2016





Six Quintessential Florida Experiences to Make Your Trip Complete


1 - Castillo San Marcos, St. Augustine

The Castillo is the oldest stone fort in the continental United States and provides an in-depth look at the history of Florida in the days of its Spanish occupation. Set on the Matanzas Bay near the historic city of St. Augustine, the fort was built to hold off attacks by British and American forces that sought to control northern Florida. It was later used as a military prison. A visit to the fort demonstrates the difficult conditions soldiers and prisoners endured during the 1500s to the 1800s.

2 - Daytona Beach, Florida

One of the most iconic beaches in the history of the state, Daytona Beach once hosted a number of motor sports on its wide, hard, copper-colored beaches, where a number of land speed records were made. Today, the motor sports have been re-located to the Daytona International Speedway, but the beach still attracts many vacationers and sun-worshippers. The city of Daytona Beach also hosts a number of events throughout the year to attract visitors, including Bike Week in March, Biketoberfest in October and the Daytona 500 NASCAR Race.

3 - Disney World, Orlando

If you have children, a stop at Disney World in Orlando will provide all the memorable fun your trip to Florida requires. Shops, restaurants, cartoon characters and rides of all kinds continue to thrill visitors from around the world. Depending on your stamina, you can purchase a multi-park pass at a discount price to expand your fun to Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

4 - South Beach, Miami Beach

If you want to experience the modern, trendy side of Florida, a visit to South Beach on the island of Miami Beach will provide the settings where photo shoots, hot restaurants and thumping clubs are part of everyday life. A number of boutique hotels and upscale resorts are in the area, and you can soak up the sun on one of the most popular beaches in the state.

5 - Florida Everglades National Park

Florida has one of the most unique ecologies in the world, and it is preserved for visitors from around the world at the Everglades National Park in the state's southeast corner. You can ride the tram deep into this "river of grass," while experienced park rangers point out interesting plant and animal life found in the area. If you or your children are interested in seeing the alligators up-close in safety, this is the place to be.

6 - The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys provide a look at the wilder side of life in Florida, with a spirit of independence that once inspired the area to try to break off from the rest of the state as the "Conch Republic." The Keys offer boaters and anglers exciting opportunities to explore the turquoise waters and its rich bounty. Each small "key" in the chain of islands offers a different feel and a variety of dining and sightseeing opportunities. Key West, the very last of the Keys, offers a range of restaurants and bars, fishing charters, dolphin tours, dive trips, kayaking, and cruises. Visiting Mallory Pier at sunset is the traditional way to enjoy a quintessential Key West experience that will help you remember your visit for years to come.



Gene Therapy – The Future of Medicine?

SSPD_Gene_Therapy.jpgGene therapy is an experimental method of fighting disease that involves correcting or replacing a person’s mutated or malfunctioning genes. This promising research is now being used in clinical trials and may lead to improved health outcomes for patients with inherited bleeding and immune disorders as well as some forms of blood cancer and other diseases.

What Is Gene Therapy?

Genes carry the DNA information needed to make proteins that are the building blocks of the human body. Some of these genes can become damaged through mutation, which can lead to disease conditions. Gene therapy is a scientific technique that uses genes to prevent or treat disease in a number of different ways. Read more...

Fact or Fiction?

Carrots really do improve your eyesight (ever see a rabbit wearing glasses?) 


Not true (however...) Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor for vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world. Carrots also contain lutein, an important antioxidant. Lutein-rich foods are known to increase the density of pigment in the macula, the yellow-shaped oval area in the center of the retina. There is no documented proof however, that eating massive amounts of carrots will help improve your vision. It may turn your skin a slight shade of orange. 

There are more than 330,000 total hip replacements performed in the U.S. annually.

True! Everyday Science Care donors are helping researchers develop better implants and less invasive surgical techniques leading to improved patient outcomes and increased mobility.


Cataract Surgery: Hope for Aging Eyes

Eye_Exam-1.jpgAging can lead to a variety of health issues, and one of the most common is the development of cataracts. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than half Americans will develop cataracts by the age of 75. Cataracts are typically diagnosed in the elderly, however they can begin to develop any time after the age of 40, with impairment becoming increasingly noticeable over time. Read more...


Top Foods for Healthy Eyes (from CTV News)

American researchers have highlighted the role of diet in maintaining eye health with a list of specific foods, which, when eaten regularly, could reduce eye-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration by 25 per cent. Foods with the most beneficial effects for eyes include green leafy vegetables and oily fish. Read more...


5-Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy this Summer (from The Huffington Post)

June is National Cataracts Awareness Month, so there’s no time like the present to take the steps necessary to ensure proper vision health. All too often, the gift of vision is something we take for granted, and beginning around the age of 40, the risk of cataracts increases. Read more...


New Study Links Pancreatic Cancer to 2 Types of Bacteria Found in Gum Disease (from MSN)

Gum disease may cause more than just bad breath, according to a new study presented at the 2016 American Association for Cancer Research meeting, which points to a connection between periodontal disease as a potential early marker for pancreatic cancer. This could pave the way for early detection of pancreatic cancer – one of the most deadly forms of the disease –because of the advanced stage at which it is often diagnosed. Read more...


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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 study to understand the anatomy of the distal radius, carpal joint, and proximal humerus. With this study, researchers are able to explore minimally invasive procedures for the shoulder and arm, allowing for more exact repair options. The goal is to greatly increase range of motion after these procedures.

Teaching surgeons to administer local anesthetic blocks. These blocks provide a reversible regional loss of sensation and are used in outpatient procedures. It is essential to train surgeons on proper administration for positive patient outcomes.

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