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Mother's Day 

 

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we would like to recognize and remember the thousands of mothers who have gone through our donor program and continued their legacy of helping others as they did in life. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” - Abraham Lincoln

 

Inspirational Mothers

Since Grieving Her Baby Girl, This Mom Found a Way to Help 48,000 Other Kids

(Woman’s Day) - Every expectant mother’s worst nightmare became a reality for Jessica Bachus, 40, on January 23, 2007 — her second daughter Kenzi was stillborn at just 24 weeks. Before Kenzi’s passing, Jessica and her husband frequently talked about the day when both of their daughters could play together, and how there would be double the number of dolls under the family Christmas tree. Read more

 

This Single Mom's Side Hustle Inspired Her to Build a Safe Haven for Kids

(Woman’s Day) - In 2008, when single mother Jennifer Maddox, now 46, needed a second job to help support her two sons, the Chicago native and police officer also became a security officer at one of Chicago’s sprawling housing projects. While on duty, Jennifer noticed that many of the 1,200 kids who lived there were getting into trouble simply out of boredom. Read more


 

 

Health News & Notes

 

Mayo Clinic Minute: The A, B, C, D, E’s of skin cancer

(Mayo Clinic) - Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but many people ignore their risks. Dr. Cathy Newman, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, offers a simple way to evaluate marks on your skin to see if they might be skin cancer. Read more...

 

Doctors use robotic assistant to detect source of girl’s seizures

(Stanford University) - A robotic assistant helped doctors detect seizures deep in Gracin Hahne’s brain without having to open her skull or even shave her head. Gracin Hahne was 3½ months old when she had her first seizure. “I was changing her diaper,” said Heidi Hahne, Gracin’s mom. “I also noticed something else: There were light patches, like abnormal pigmentations, on her skin.” Read more

 

Curbing salt intake could add years to your life

(CNN) - Potato chips. Pretzels. Pizza. French fries. Thoughts of these foods can make our tongues dance as we anticipate satisfying our salty cravings. There's just one problem: The amount of sodium we consume from these and other processed foods is more than what is considered healthy. What's more, cutting back on salt in the processed foods we eat could help us live for many more years -- even if we are healthy. Read more

 

Lemons: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

(Live Science) - When life gives you lemons … you're in luck. Lemons are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are especially good sources of vitamin C and folate. With summer fast approaching, you may want to consider paying some extra attention to this beneficial fruit. Read more

 

What Is Stevia?

(Live Science) - Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from a plant, and has no calories. But is it good for health? Here's a look at what the research says about stevia. Stevia is perhaps unique among food ingredients because it's most valued for what it doesn't do. It doesn't add calories. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant. There is some question as to its effectiveness as a weight loss aid or as a helpful diet measure for diabetics. Read more

 

Chris Norton Defies the Odds and Walks With His Bride Down the Aisle

(Mayo Clinic) - After Chris Norton was injured during a college football game in 2010, doctors gave him just a 3 percent chance of regaining any movement below his neck. In the years since, he’s devoted himself to that 3 percent. Last weekend, he got married – and walked his bride, Emily Summers, down the aisle after saying "I do." Read more...

 

 

Remember When "50 Years Ago" May 1968

  • Topping the Billboard music charts in May of 1968 were “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro and “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & The Drells.

  • The first heart transplant in the UK was performed by Dr. Donald Ross and a team of surgeons at the National Heart Hospital in London. The patient, Frederick West, would survive for 46 days until dying from complications of an infection.

  • The 94th Kentucky Derby was won by Dancer's Image who finished 1½ lengths ahead of Forward Pass. Following the win, Dancer's Image would be disqualified after failing a drug test and Forward Pass would be declared the winner.

  • Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland A's hurled the ninth perfect game in Major League Baseball history, and the first in an American League game in more than 45 years.

  • Representatives of the United States and of North Vietnam met at Paris for the first time to discuss peace talks.

  • Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Company (now Panasonic) introduced what was, at the time, the world's smallest television set. The tiny device had a 1 1⁄2 inch screen and weighed 1 1/3 pounds.

  • The Beatles announced the creation of Apple Records.

  • An outbreak of tornadoes killed 70 people in the American Midwest and South. The heaviest damage was in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

  • The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency shut down Radio Americas, a station that had gone on the air in 1960 as part of a campaign against Cuba's leader, Fidel Castro.

  • Baseball's National League voted to expand to 12 teams and awarded franchises to San Diego and the first Major League Baseball team in Canada, the Montreal Expos.

  • Manchester United F.C. became the first team from England to win the European Cup soccer competition.

  • Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500, driving a turbocharged Offenhauser-powered car at a record speed of 152.882 miles per hour.

 (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 bioengineering laboratory at a medical teaching facility involved in spinal biomechanical testing. Testing of motion segments is performed to further understand the material properties of the inter-vertebral disc, the biomechanics of the spine, and what role these play in degenerative discs, lower back pain, and surgical procedures. It is hoped that the information gathered from this fundamental research will allow for improved treatments and prevention for injuries to the back and spine.

  • A medical facility involved in the continuing education of practicing surgeons. The teaching symposium includes the following types of medical instruction: shoulder arthroscopic instability and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This allows orthopedic surgeons to improve their skills in an environment that closely simulates true surgical conditions. The goal of this type of medical instruction is to improve the skills of practicing doctors and surgeons to allow them to better treat those in their care.


 

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A Comparison Guide: Burial, Cremations and Donation

 

 

 

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