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Science Care News - April 2016


Spotlight on San Diego

San_Diego.jpgVisiting San Diego for the First Time? Don't Miss These Three Must-See Attractions.

San Diego is one of the most exciting places to visit in the country. The vibrancy of the people, the stunning Spanish architecture and the magnificent weather combine to create a vacation experience that is like no other place in the world. Whether you are visiting for a long weekend or a week or more, there are some attractions you simply should not miss. Here are three must-see highlights for any first-time visitor to San Diego. 

#1. The World Famous San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is world famous for a reason -- it is one of the biggest and best zoos on the planet. This San Diego institution is definitely worth your time, and you should make a point of visiting it when you are in town.

Allow a full day to experience all the zoo has to offer, and definitely take advantage of the monorail and bus service throughout the many acres that make up the zoo grounds. You will be tired at the end of the day, but you are sure to have a great time.

If you have more time, you can see even more animals at the nearby San Diego Wild Animal Park. This wonderful attraction is even larger and more spacious, with more of a safari feel. If you have always longed for an African safari but did not have the money, a trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park is the next best thing. 

#2. Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a green oasis in the heart of San Diego, and a wonderful place to spend the day. There are museums to explore, gardens to visit and miles of walking paths to wander through. There is even a free trolley that shuttles visitors from one attraction to another, so you can check out the whole park and still make it back in time for dinner.

Balboa Park is also home to some wonderful ethnic festivals, giving you a chance to sample all kinds of world cuisine, learn about other cultures and rub elbows with fellow travelers from far and wide. Whether you are in town for a day or a month, Balboa Park is always a great starting point.

#3. The Gaslamp District

The Gaslamp District is the historic heart of San Diego, and one of the best places to have dinner, enjoy some nightlife and have a great time. Many of the best hotels in town are located here, so you may already be staying in the heart of the action. The Gaslamp District is always a fun place to be, but it is particularly lively on Friday and Saturday nights, when people throughout the region come to play.

When you visit San Diego, you'll find a wealth of great things to see and do. SO feel free to get out and explore. 


Fact or Fiction?

Cracking Your Knuckles Will Cause Arthritis

Not true! There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions and none of them have ever been medically attributed to knuckle cracking. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint's cartilage. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. Risk factors for developing arthritis include family history, age, gender, obesity or previous joint injury.

You Can Still Have a Memorial Service With Whole Body Donation

True! While whole body donation would prohibit a traditional open casket funeral memorial service, many families choose to have a memorial service prior to or after receiving the cremated remains.


National Arbor Day is April 29!

Long_Leaf_Pine_Seminole_Forest-1.jpgArbor Day is a chance for us to celebrate nature through the planting and care of trees. The holiday is observed nationally on the last Friday in April, however many states observe this special tree-planting day at different times throughout the year, depending on their growing season.

Science Care works with the Arbor Day Foundation through our Memory In Nature™ Program. Through the Science Care Memory In Nature ™ program, a tree is planted in honor of every donor. The donor’s family will receive a certificate commemorating the tree planting upon the one-year anniversary of donation. Read more...


Introducing Science Care Donor Memorial Tributes

As a way to honor those who have generously given back to help support medical research and training through body donation, we are creating a Donor Memorial Tribute section on the Science Care website. If you have a loved-one who went through the Science Care program, we would like to invite you to share a story and photo of your-loved-one. Go here for more information and to submit your tribute. The memorial tributes section of the website will be active by mid-May. 


5 Signs You May Have a Thyroid Problem

Thyroid_CNVA_PD.jpgThe thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in the neck that may contribute to a wide range of bodily functions from appetite to concentration level to general mood. Out of the 30 million Americans who suffer from thyroid problems, nearly half of them suffer without a diagnosis. Thyroid hormones have an extensive reach that spans the brain to the bowels, which often makes it difficult to reach a clear diagnosis. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor about potential thyroid issues. Read more...


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:

Medical research to create improved treatment options for those suffering from Sacroiliac Joint Disease. SI Disease affects a small joint at the junction of the spine and the pelvis, causing low back and buttock pain for the patient. Improved treatment options may help to reduce pain and improve mobility and quality of life for many patients.

A medical research study evaluating surgical techniques related to the placement of bone fixation implants. These studies increase surgeon knowledge, leading to better outcomes for patients with fracture to bones requiring surgical intervention with the placement of implant devices to enable the natural healing process.

Medical research studies regarding drug permeation through the use of transdermal drug products. Transdermal delivery means through the skin. With this method, drugs are commonly applied to the skin as with a “patch”, a cream or micro-needling, for example. It is an alternative to oral delivery and hypodermic injections and can improve patient adherence to a drug regimen.

Research and development of neurostimulation implant therapies for migraines. The goal is to significantly reduce or completely dissolve the experience of pain and replace it with a tingling sensation, thus improving the patient’s quality of life dramatically.

See more projects here




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