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Science Care News - August 2016



Planning End of Life Care - Why it is Important


EOL_Planning_Image.jpgHave you ever asked your parents or loved ones what their end-of-life care wishes are? If the answer is “NO” you are not alone. This topic is often overlooked in the normal course of life. It is only when something happens such as an illness, disability or other life altering event that might cause the conversation to come up. But even then, it can feel uncomfortable.

We have created a new eBook that provides some valuable tips and advice on how to have this conversation. Go here to learn more about this topic and to download the free eBook





Hearing Loss: Get the Facts!

Have you ever considered how important your sense of hearing is to your daily life and wellbeing? If you have great hearing you may never give it a second thought. But for the 20% of Americans that suffer from some level of hearing loss, day-to-day interactions and activities can be frustrating and downright impossible if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Did you know that hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the U.S.? In fact 1 out of 3 between the ages of 65-74 report some level of hearing loss. And of those over 75 years of age, nearly ½ report hearing loss! Read the full post...


Fact or Fiction?

Your lose more heat through your head than any other part of your body.

False - This is a common misconception. Although the face, head and chest are more sensitive to changes in temperature than the rest of the body, scientists and researchers say there is no evidence to support the belief that the head loses more heat than any other part of the body. Our advice? When it gets cold...wear a hat.

The term "arthritis" includes more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. 

True! And Science Care donors regularly participate in research studies conducted to discover new ways to treat and combat these debilitating conditions.



 Medical News and Information


Donated Human Tissue is critical for surgeons to create and learn complex procedures like the double hand transplant performed on Zion Harvey last year. See how he is progressing...

1 year after double hand transplant, Zion Harvey says best part is hugging his mom

( A year ago, Zion Harvey, 9, became the first child to receive a double hand transplant. At just 2 years old, doctors removed Harvey's hands and feet due to a life-threatening illness. Though the last year of therapy and recovery has been a "roller coaster," today, Harvey is thriving and smiling. Read the full story...


According to a New Study...Family, Not Friends, Lowers Death Risk in Older Age

caregiving.png(Medical News Today) It is no secret that being around friends and family in older age can benefit health; loneliness among seniors has been linked to increased risk of depression, heart disease, and more. According to a new study, however, only family can lower mortality risk in later life. Read the full article...



This is Amazing!

( In an astonishing breakthrough, patients left paralyzed by severe spinal cord injuries have recovered the ability to move their legs after training with an exoskeleton linked to their brain – with one even able to walk using two crutches. Read the full article...


A Major Scientific Discovery Has Been Made That Will Affect Future Treatment Options for Melanoma 

(Yahoo) Researchers from Tel Aviv University have determined that a melanoma tumor sends out vesicles, small structures enclosed by a membrane, that contain molecules that cause changes in the dermis — the inner layer of the skin — and allow the cancer to spread to other vital organs, including the brain, lungs, liver, and bones. Understanding this process means that investigators can finally begin to stop the cancer before it reaches the metastatic stage. Read the full article...


FAQ - Is There a Cost to my Family With Body Donation? Watch the Video





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:

Hands on arthroscopic surgical training for shoulder instability and rotator cuff repair. This research and training helps to advance techniques and determine the effectiveness of the procedure for the nearly 53,000 people per year that undergo this surgery.

Testing and development of medical devices specific to the treatment of prostate disease.  More than 200,000 cases of prostate disease are reported per year. The knowledge obtained through these tests advances the scientific understanding of how to effectively diagnose and treat prostate disease.

Training surgeons on minimally invasive gynecological surgical techniques to aid in pelvic surgeries and the treatment of cervical cancers. The goal is to keep the incisions as small as possible, reduce the number of complications, ensure the patients are in the least amount of pain, and to provide the fastest recovery time possible.

Podiatry procedures tested for foot and ankle reconstructive purposes to restore and improve the function, range of motion, and stability while reducing pain and preventing deformities.

See more projects here



A Letter to Science Care – Why I Joined the Donor Registry

“I joined Science Care after learning about their program from a family friend. It was explained to me how several other family members had been a part of the Registry due to the high cancer rate the family has. By donating the whole body to Science Care, it gives scientists the opportunity to study how the disease may affect people in different ways, while hopefully acting as an educational experience for those doing research in finding a cure and medical treatments. Also, I believe Science Care acts as a financial saver when it comes to end of life expenses many families simply cannot afford these days. Rather than the deceased’s body being buried and lost forever to the natural decaying process, it can be studied and used to help save the lives of those still searching for hope to live. By donating my remains I am not only contributing to research and possibly saving lives, I am also alleviating the huge financial burden my family would have by trying to pay for funeral expenses.

Now I have peace of mind knowing I am doing something to help others, as well as my loved ones, even after I’m gone. I am eternally grateful to Science Care for providing their services for such a hopeful cause, and continue to share the story with friends and relatives so they can take part, too.”


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