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Science Care News - July 2016


Spotlight on Phoenix


Explore the Best of Phoenix this Fall!

What do you imagine when you think of a vacation in Phoenix, Arizona? Cowboys? Sunsets? Air conditioning? Well, you are likely to see at least two of those things when you visit the nation’s sixth-largest city, where the temperature is high and the vast expanses of Arizona sky create beautiful evening vistas. Cowboy-spotting might be a bit limited in the city itself, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Here are a few must-do Phoenix vacation activities.



A variety of great Phoenix museums cater to different tastes. Among the most popular is the Heard Museum, an exploration of Native American history and anthropology that includes a renowned exhibit of Hopi kachina dolls. It’s just north of downtown Phoenix. Continue your cultural exploration at the Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, in north Scottsdale. The MIM’s claim to fame is its quest to display musical instruments from every country in the world; it already has thousands from nearly 200 different nations and territories, and it features special events, concerts, and child-friendly playrooms. Another good place for kids is the Arizona Science Center, located downtown, where a family can spend hours checking out the hands-on exhibits. If you’d prefer something outdoors, head to the magnificent Desert Botanical Garden, near Papago Park and the Phoenix Zoo. You’ll stroll through informative displays and learn about desert wildlife and history, but remember to drink plenty of water, especially if you’re visiting during the summer. Read more about what Phoenix has to offer...



Do You Remember the Generation Gap?

This AARP article does a good job shedding some light on the shrinking generation gap. Technology is making everything easier these days, including the ability for everyone, regardless of age, to tune in on current trends and news. It’s not uncommon to see millennials and boomers as Facebook friends. Parents, grandparents, kids and friends all have instant access to each other’s daily lives. Everyone knows what everyone else is doing. The generation gap is most definitely closing, but not to worry…it will be some time before we see grandma and grandpa rushing out to the mall to grab the latest pair of Converse sneakers or buy front row seats to the must-see Taylor Swift concert. Read the full story here...


Fact or Fiction?

Your brain is 60 percent fat


True - Your brain is comprised of 60 percent fat and is the fattiest system in your body. And 25% of it is cholesterol! So the next time someone says you need to go on a diet, just tell them you're feeding your brain. 

Science Care has helped to facilitate over 30,000 hands-on surgical training and research events worldwide

True! 15 years and more than 30,000 events. That's a lot of medical training and education.


Are You at Risk of Diabetes?

For many people, discovering they’re at risk for developing diabetes is a life-changing event. This includes altering their lifestyle or diet, keeping a much closer eye on their health, and looking out for certain risks associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) such as foot and eye problems. But too many people associate T2D with just obesity or lack of exercise and may be unaware that there is also a genetic component tied to the disease. Read more...


Heart Attack or Angina? Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life

Often confused for the other, angina and heart attacks can and do produce very similar symptoms.

What Exactly Is Angina?

CNVA_PD_Heart_Attack-1.jpgA common symptom of heart disease, angina happens when cardiovascular blockages advance enough to reduce oxygen flow to the heart. This usually results in jaw or chest pain, which can seem like heart attack symptoms. After a while, heart tissue may begin to die off due to low oxygen supply. When this occurs, a heart attack becomes likely. There are two types of angina, stable and unstable. Read more...



Do You Know What Accelerated Death Benefits Are and Do You Qualify?

If you have life insurance, your policy might include accelerated benefits. Whether you have a term or whole life policy, this benefit provides an exception to the rule of obtaining your proceeds after your death. The accelerated death benefit comes into play when the individual named on the policy becomes chronically or terminally ill. Read more...


90% of Strokes are Preventable; High Blood Pressure and Lack of Exercise Rank as Top Risk Factors (from Medical Daily)

Each year, 800,000 people suffer from a stroke in the United States. But according to a new study, published in the journal The Lancet, 90 percent of these cases are preventable. An international team of researchers led by the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario examined people from every in continent in the world, and found a pattern emerged among stroke victims. Read more...


Can Green Tea Boost Your Brainpower and Treat Disease

(CNN)The images that come to mind when thinking of green tea are likely associated with calmness, purity and relaxation.

The ancient beverage has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a means to relieve people from various ailments, but more recently the tea -- and its extracts -- have caught the attention of scientists. Teams across the world have been trialling green tea extracts and specific compounds within them for their potential to lower the risk of various conditions: cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and even Alzheimer's disease. Read more...



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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:

Investigating the craniofacial anatomy. Amazing strides have been made in facial reconstruction in recent years for those that have suffered severe trauma or born with birth defects. This can lead to a greater quality of life overall for the patient.

Training spinal surgeons on anterior and posterior approaches. Surgeons are trained in both practices for spinal surgery, leading to maximum muscle preservation. This limits the risk of nerve damage and leads to improved outcomes for patients.

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