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Science Care News - March 2016


Say What?

When to Know it's Time for a Hearing Test

SS_PD_Hearing_Loss.jpgNo matter what your age or current state of health, taking care of yourself it vitally important. From your annual physical checkup to your twice a year dental appointments, keeping tabs on your body is the best way to maintain your good health as you age.

As you are going through all those annual screening tests and talking to the doctor about your medical history, you might want to ask about scheduling a hearing test. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you could be losing your ability to hear certain tones. Some of that hearing loss may be associated with advancing age, but it could also be due to loud noises in the workplace, lifestyle choices and other factors. Read more...


Fact or Fiction?

You are Taller in the Morning than the Evening

True! Believe it or not, when you crawl out of bed in the morning you are at your tallest. On average, you are approximately one half inch taller due to excess fluid between within your spinal discs, which replenish while you are sleeping. As you stand throughout the day, your discs become compressed and the fluid seeps out. This results in you losing a small amount of extra height. 

90 Years is Too Old to Donate Your Body to Science

False! Science Care has had donors over 100 years old. There is no upper age limit to donation. 


What Causes Dry Skin?

CNV_PD_Dry.jpgDry skin is a common problem that can leave skin looking older, dull and wrinkly, often with a rough or flaky texture. The problem is especially common when temperatures are cold and humidity is low.

Treating and preventing skin problems effectively will depend on the cause, so it's important to identify the reason for dry, flaky or scaly skin.

Here are 5 common causes of dry skin.



7 Things You Should Know About Body Donation

(Posted by the Mother Earth Nature Network)

7 things you should know about donating your body to science

Donating to charitable causes doesn’t have to end after you die. Giving your organs to those in need or your whole body to aid medical research lets you continue helping others when you’re no longer around.

“Being able to give back in such a concrete way to future generations is a wonderful gift, and nearly everyone will qualify,” says Melinda Ellsworth, vice president of donor services at Science Care, a whole body donation company that links people who want to donate tissue to medical researchers and organs to patients in need. 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 and device evaluation regarding minimally invasive aortic stents and grafts. The goal is to develop new technology for the treatment of chronic total occlusions in coronary arteries leading to safer, more effective technologies that improve patient outcomes.

Training of existing hand surgeons with a new technique in flexor tendon repair. The course is designed to teach surgeons the proper placement of medical devices. Post operative rehabilitation options are also covered.

Surgical education to perform atherectomy. This is a minimally invasive technique to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) by removing atherosclerosis (plaque) from blood vessels.

See more recent projects here


Inspirational Story (Mayo Clinic)

Each month we try and share an inspirational or touching story. We found this one at Mayo Clinic and thought you might enjoy reading it. 

Austin Bruins Score With Young Patient and His Family

Jaxon Gorman needed a pick-me-up. Just a few weeks earlier, all he was worried about was a pain he thought was from wrestling. Then suddenly the 8-year-old was learning about scans and tumors, radiation and chemotherapy, and terms like "sarcoma." So when his favorite hockey team (the Austin Bruins) visited him at Mayo Clinic Children's Center...Read more...


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