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Science Care News - May 2016


 Creating a Memorable Memorial Day 




Although Memorial Day began shortly after the U.S. Civil War as a way to honor the soldiers lost in the battles between the states, it’s now evolved into a national holiday that signals the start of the summer season and offers everyone a day to remember loved ones who have passed away due to any cause.  This year you can take time to create a meaningful and memorable Memorial Day by combining old traditions with new ones to celebrate with your family. Read more...


Did You Know That 1 in 3 Science Care Donors is a U.S. Veteran?

They have given of themselves in life to serve others. Through body donation, they continue the legacy of service to help advance medicine for us all. Please join us in thanking all of our U.S. Veterans for their service to this country as we honor all those who have passed this Memorial Day. Learn more about how Science Care works with veterans and their families with the video below.




Fact or Fiction?

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 150 miles per hour.

Not true! They can travel much, much faster. According to Stanford University, information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons (nerve cells). Signals can travel as slow as about 1 mph or as fast as about 268 mph. 

Each Science Care donor contributes to 6 seperate medical research projects.

True! The average donor is able to participate in 6 different research projects, each helping to advance medicine for current and future generations.



Why the Zika Virus is on WHO's Hit List

SS_PD_Mosquito.jpgThe World Health Organization (WHO) has many infectious diseases on its most-wanted list, but the Zika virus is heading towards the top. Though the Zika virus causes only a mild illness in its host, this disease is currently at the top of the worry-list for pregnant women in thirty-eight countries, and it's spreading rapidly throughout the Americas. The outbreak has reached pandemic proportions, securing its spot on the WHO's hit list. Read more...


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

The month of May has been designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month to raise awareness of the importance of active living. May is the perfect month to celebrate physical activity as warmer weather and sunshine comes into our lives. People of all ages celebrate the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It emphasizes the significance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and joining in favorite sports and activities.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports originated in the 1950’s after a study revealed American children to be less fit than their European counterparts. Since that time, Americans put more attention on physical fitness and wellness. In 1983, Congress designated the month of May to be the annual celebration of physical fitness. Read more...



Health News & Notes


Attn: SoCal Registry - We need you!

Science Care is participating in an important BBC documentary about current research regarding disease and illness related to obesity. If you have a personal connection to this we’d love to interview you for the documentary in our Long Beach, CA office. Science Care will make all the arrangements for transportation to and from the facility. So if one of the reasons YOU chose to join the registry of donors is due to your own or a family member’s experiences with an obesity related disease, injury or illness please email us back at (Southern California residents only).

Some known obesity related ailments are: stroke, diabetes, heart disease, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gallstones, reproductive problems, joint pain and degeneration, and others!


Skin-to-eye stem cell transplant partially restores eyesight of woman with age-related macular degeneration (from Tech Times)

Partial restoration of vision was successfully carried out by scientists using skin-to-eye stem cell transplant.

Japanese scientists reported that they were able to successfully complete a skin-to-eye stem cell transplant to a 70-year-old woman diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Read more...


Health-care costs for families top $25,000 — triple 2001 (from CNBC)

The $25,826 in health-care costs for a typical family of four covered by a employer-sponsored "preferred provider plan" is $1,155 higher than last year, and triple what it cost to provide health care for the same family in 2001, the first year that Milliman Medical Index analysis was done. Read more...

Doctor uses iPad to conduct remote surgery in Gaza (from CNN)

This story brings new meaning to “Doctors without borders”. In countries ravaged by conflict, providing international medical expertise on the ground can be almost impossible.

But a new software, called Proximie, is enabling surgeons to provide help from wherever they are in the world, all through the screen of an iPad. Read more...


Colon cancer rising in people under 50 (from WebMD)

Although overall colon cancer rates are declining, the rates among Americans under 50 have jumped more than 11 percent in the past decade, a new study finds.

Over the same decade, the number of cancers in those 50 and older fell by nearly 3 percent, the study found. 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:

The continuing education of practicing physicians and surgeons regarding total and partial knee replacement. Implant devices and instruments are designed to make the surgical technique simpler and more straightforward, improving accuracy and reproducibility while reducing operating and patient recovery times. This surgical training is designed to improve surgeon effectiveness leading to improved treatments and outcomes for patients.

Surgical education demonstrating the reconstruction and support of soft nasal tissue and cartilage. The goal of this education is to produce better surgical outcomes for those suffering from sleep apnea. Those suffering from this conditon may awaken as much as 30 times per hour while sleeping, leading to sleepiness throughout the day. It is hoped that with better surgical technique, these patients will have an improved quality of life.

The training of surgeons on minimally invasive cervical spine procedures. The cervical spine is the very delicate area that houses the spinal cord, which sends messages from the brain throughout the body. Roughly 50% of people over 50 years of age suffer from some degeneration here. With minimally invasive techniques, patients on average are discharged in half the time of traditional open techniques, thus improving the recovery time and outcomes, leading to better mobility and quality of life.

See more projects here




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