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A Tree is Planted…

This year, Science Care is pleased to announce that we are working with the National Forest Foundation’s Trees for US program to support replanting in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado. The San Juan National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Several of the state’s famous “14’ers” (14,000 ft. peaks) can be found in the Weminuche and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas of the forest. Theodore Roosevelt created the forest by proclamation on June 3, 1905. 

Through the Science Care Memory in Nature ™ program, a tree is planted in honor of every donor. The donor’s family receives a certificate commemorating the tree planting upon the one-year anniversary of donation.

 

Letting Your Legacy Live On

Have you ever thought about how much your children and grandchildren actually know about your life?

It may be surprising to learn that many of us have very little knowledge about the lives of our grandparents and we know even less about our great grandparents. According to a survey conducted by Ancestry.com, one in three adults couldn’t name any of their great-grandparents. Why is this important? Because knowing more about who and where we came from can help us learn more about ourselves. Passing on stories and traditions to your children and grandchildren not only helps to preserve your legacy, it helps teach some valuable life lessons as well. Read more…

 

 

Health News & Notes

Researchers create functioning human kidney tissue using stem cells

(Science News) - An international research team led by University of Manchester scientists has generated human kidney tissue within a living organism which is able to produce urine. The results appear in the journal Stem Cell Reports. Read more...

 

Induced pluripotent stem cells could serve as cancer vaccine

(Stanford Medicine) - Priming the immune system with induced pluripotent stem cells prevented or slowed the development of cancer in mice, Stanford researchers found. Induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, are a keystone of regenerative medicine. Outside the body, they can be coaxed to become many different types of cells and tissues that can help repair damage due to trauma or disease. Now, a study in mice from the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests another use for iPS cells: training the immune system to attack or even prevent tumors. Read more…

 

Number of Obese Years (Not Just Obesity) a Distinct Risk Factor for Heart Damage

(Johns Hopkins) - In an analysis of clinical data collected on more than 9,000 people, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the number of years spent overweight or obese appear to “add up” to a distinct risk factor that makes those with a longer history of heaviness more likely to test positive for a chemical marker of so-called “silent” heart damage than those with a shorter history. Read more…

 

New medical advance may provide doctors with life-saving information about your health

(Fox News) - The retina is a thin layer of nerves lining the back of your eyes that sends signals to your brain, enabling you to see. We doctors have always referred to it as the window to the brain. Now, thanks to a remarkable new advance, there is reason to consider the retina as a window to the heart as well – and someday it might give your doctor information that could save your life. Read more…

 

Low-fat or low-carb? It’s a draw, study finds

(Stanford Medicine) - New evidence from a study at the Stanford University School of Medicine might dismay those who have chosen sides in the low-fat versus low-carb diet debate. Neither option is superior: Cutting either carbs or fats shaves off excess weight in about the same proportion, according to the study. What’s more, the study inquired whether insulin levels or a specific genotype pattern could predict an individual’s success on either diet. The answer, in both cases, was no. Read more…

 

 

 

Remember When "50 Years Ago" March 1968

  • Topping the Billboard music charts were “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra and (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding.
  • Country musicians Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Franklin, KY.
  • Joe Frazier knocked out Buster Mathis in the 11th round to win a share of the vacant world heavyweight boxing title at the new Madison Square Garden.
  • The 84th and final episode of Lost in Space was aired.
  • A political crisis in Poland was sparked by the first student protests seen in that nation since its Communist takeover. 
  • Lucille Ball ended her second situation comedy series, The Lucy Show.
  • U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson barely edged out Eugene McCarthy in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the opening event in nominations for the 1968 U.S. presidential election.
  • The nationwide introduction of the "child-proof cap" for medicines was announced.
  • India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced that her nation would not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York entered the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
  • The United States departed from the gold standard.
  • Mel Brooks's classic satirical film, The Producers, premiered in the United States.
  • U.S. Army General William C. Westmoreland, who had guided the military operations in the Vietnam War since 1964, was recalled by President Johnson
  • The UCLA Bruins defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, 78 to 55, to win the NCAA basketball championship.
  • The 58th and final original episode of The Monkees was aired on NBC television in the United States.

 (Sources: Billboard / Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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:

  • A biomechanics laboratory at a major teaching university involved in the study of femoral fracture repair. Specifically, this study involves the investigation of the biomechanical stability of a novel fixation system. It is hoped that this investigation will lead to improved treatments and reduced complication or infection rates for those suffering from femoral fractures.

  • A medical research facility conducting research on minimally invasive aortic stents and grafts to develop advanced technology for the treatment of chronic total occlusions in coronary arteries. As part of the research and development process, the performance of device is evaluated using human cardiac tissues. This research will improve the ability to design and develop safe and effective devices for the treatment of chronic total coronary occlusions.


 

 

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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