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Celebrating Fathers

Where would we be without dear old dad? Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, and we thought it appropriate to give a shout-out to all of the amazing fathers and grandfathers out there
who have made such an impact on our lives.

Happy Father’s Day!

Watch the video: Where would we be without DAD!




A Poem For Fathers
My Dad
When I was just a tiny kid, Do you remember when?
The time you kissed my bruises, Or cleaned my soiled chin?
You scrambled for the balls I hit, (Short-winded more than not,)
Yet, every time we'd play a game, You praised the "outs" I caught.
It seems like only yesterday, You wiped away my tears,
And late at night I called your name, To chase away my fears.
Though time has changed your handsome grip, Your hair is snowy white,
You gait's a little slower now, Thick glasses help your sight.
Oh, do I thirst for years gone by, To be that growing lad,
Re-living all of the memories, Of growing with my dad.
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In Health News

Innovations in Arthritis Treatment Credited to Whole Body Donation

Dr._WeiDr. Nathan Wei, an interventional rheumatologist based in Frederick, Maryland, is pioneering some groundbreaking new treatments for arthritis, and he believes none of this would be possible without the use of whole body donations to learn and refine his skills.

Dr. Wei points out, “Generally, rheumatologists don’t do arthroscopy.” Typical arthritis treatment involves the use of pills, injections, and exercises. However, under the tutelage of Dr. Lanny Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in East Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Wei acquired the knowledge to perform arthroscopic procedures. Read more on Science Care’s interview with Dr. Nathan Wei - Interventional Rheumatologist

FOCUS on Cataract Awareness Month
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, leading to decreased vision. A normal clear lens allows light to pass through to the back of the eye and onto the retina where the image is processed and sent to the brain. A clear lens allows us to see well-defined images. If a part of the lens becomes compromised, light does not easily pass through and vision becomes blurry much like it does on a dirty camera lens. Cataracts occur when there is a buildup or clumping of protein in the lens. Over time, the cataract may grow larger, causing increased loss of clear vision. 

In addition to increasing age, risk factors can include: eye_health_One

  • Diabetes
  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight & other sources
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • High myopia

It is estimated that twenty-two million Americans are affected by cataracts, resulting in an annual estimated treatment cost of $6.8 billion. Cataract surgery is very common in the U.S., with more than 1.5 million surgeries performed each year. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 years of age.

If you suspect that you may be developing cataracts, see your eye doctor for an eye exam. A change in prescription may be all you need for now, but if the doctor determines that your vision loss cannot be corrected effectively with new glasses or contacts, you may need to have cataract surgery, which involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial one. More than 90% of people who have cataract surgery have seen improvement in vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has some good information about the cataract surgery process. 

Interesting Fact: Studies have also shown a lower rate of hip fracture following cataract surgery! 


 Did You Know? 
Science Care Donors aid researchers in the development of therapies for ocular diseases such as macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) and glaucoma.

Click to learn more about the ways Science Care donors are contributing to the advancement of medical research.

How to Hire a Caregiver
Caring for an aging relative is a significant concern for families and AARP calls elder care the “new normal.” The typical family member who cares for a parent is a woman, although men caregivers is a growing trend.

Family members have an enormous need to hire in-home caregivers because they usually work outside the home and need someone else to help when they’re away at work. A professional caregiver can offer the family a much-needed respite when they take over the elder care duties. But hiring a professional home care aide is tough to do because family members don’t know who would be a good fit. Plus, it’s hard to turn a parent’s care over to just anyone. Read more...

Notes From Readers - What's Your Motivation?
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Fun Facts About Fathers & Father’s Day

  • The U.S Census Bureau estimates that there are now more than 200,000 stay at home dads.
  • Father’s Day is the fourth most popular card-sending occasion with more than 90 million cards given each year.
  • Today’s dads are spending more time with their kids than their parents did.
  • Father’s Day became an official national holiday in 1972, although the first celebration is said to have occurred in 1910 in Spokane, WA.
  • The average American will spend about $120 on Father’s Day gifts this year, but all fathers really want is to spend time with their families. 

Improving Patient Care Transitions

The Affordable Care Act added the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in 2012, requiring the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmission. A readmission is a reentry to a hospital or another facility, within 30 days after the hospital visit. The result has been, improved care transitions for patients across the board. Read more


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