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Science Care News - November / December 2017


Have you discussed your end of life plans with your children?

The end of life conversation is not an easy conversation to have, and that’s why many people simply choose not to partake in the discussion. But not discussing your plans with your adult children can sometimes lead to issues down the road. Issues that can easily be prevented with a simple conversation. With families gathering together for the holiday season, now may be your best opportunity to have this important discussion.


We have compiled a few ideas to help you broach the subject with finesse and tact.

First, identify what your wishes are.  Include the end of life topics you wish to cover in the conversation.  Write it down so you can keep the conversation on topic.

Examples of typical end of life issues may be: (Continue reading on our BLOG)



Remember When "50 Years Ago" December 1967

  • Topping the Billboard charts for 3-weeks was Daydream Beleiver by "The Monkeys"
  • Christiaan Barnard and a team of surgeons carried out the world's first heart transplant, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • The Poor People's Campaign was announced by Martin Luther King, with an objective to call attention to, and bring an end to, poverty among White, Hispanic, Native American and African American people in the U.S.
  • The Apple Boutique, one of the first attempts by The Beatles to open a retail business, opened at 94 Baker Street in London to sell specially designed clothing and accessories.
  • Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Secretary-General of the Romanian Communist Party, was elected as the new President of Romania by unanimous vote of the nation's Grand National Assembly.
  • In a White House ceremony, Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, married future Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb.
  • R & B singer Otis Redding was killed at the age of 26, along with four other members of The Bar-Kays and a pilot when the plane he was on plunged into Lake Monona in Wisconsin.
  • A team of biochemists at Stanford University announced that they had synthesized DNA in a test tube and that they had created the first artificial virus in what was hailed as "a giant step toward the creation of life itself."
  • The Boeing 737 airliner was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which approved both the 737-100 and the 737-200 at the same time.
  • Representatives of the kingdoms of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Libya announced that they would form the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC).
  • The Hyundai Motor Company was incorporated in South Korea by Chung Ju-yung, who had purchased 82 acres (33 ha) of land in the city of Ulsan for construction of a factory.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the third Italian western featuring Clint Eastwood as "The Man with No Name", made its debut in the United States
  • Evel Knievel attempted to jump 141 feet (43 m) over the Caesars Palace Fountains on the Las Vegas Strip. Knievel crashed on landing and the accident was caught on film.
  • Bert Lahr, 72, American stage and film actor, best known for his 1939 role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz passed away.

 (Sources: Billboard / Wikipedia)



Common Misconceptions about Body Donation

Can there still be a memorial service if I choose whole body donation?

The answer is a resounding YES!

We educate people each day on the options available.  As a donor, your family can still choose to have a memorial service or celebration of life event right away or after 3-5 weeks upon receiving the cremated remains.  It is a personal choice, and one that many families opt for.  If needed, our Donation Services Coordinators can help you locate a funeral establishment locally to help with any service arrangements or memorialization products.



Health News & Notes

Second ‘don’t eat me’ signal found on cancer

(Stanford University) - CD47 is an important inhibitor of cancer-killing immune cells called macrophages. Now Stanford researchers have identified another, similar way to activate macrophages to destroy cancer cells. Read more...


Combination Low-Salt and Heart-Healthy “Dash” Diet as Effective as Drugs for Some Adults With High Blood Pressure

(Johns Hopkins) - A study of more than 400 adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, found that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure test — especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings. Read more...


3 to 4 cups of coffee can do more good than bad for your body, study suggests

(USA Today) - Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can positively impact health more than it can harm it, according to a recent study.

Health researchers looked at more than 200 previous studies and linked coffee consumption to lower risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, depression, dementia, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, in a study published in The BMJ British medical journal. Read more...


How to keep holiday-induced stress under control

(NBC News) - As the classic Alfred Burt carol goes, “there's many and many a thing to do,” this holiday season — and only so much time to fit everything in. Add quirky family dynamics and the pressure to make the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year, and you’re looking at an overstuffed cornucopia of holiday-induced anxiety. Read more...


A woman gets a birthday card from her dad, five years after his death

(CNN) - Everyone loves getting cards on their birthday. But a Tennessee woman got a card from her father that she'll cherish forever.

Bailey Sellers' father, Mike Sellers, died of Stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2013, just a few months before her 17th birthday. But her dad made sure he could still celebrate her special day, even in death. Read more...


Loss of a loved one is amplified during the holidays, here are ways to ease the pain

(Florida Today) - Perhaps it's not the actual holiday, but the days leading up that are the hardest when you've lost someone special. It's the little things. 

The silly tradition. The inside joke. The memories. A word. A sentence. A moment that brings you right back to a time and place when this feeling of hollowness didn't exist. It's like your heart actually hurts. It physically hurts. Read more...



Recent Medical Projects  

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:

  • Research used for the development of surgical instrumentation that will aid in the treatment of cancers and other diseases that impact the head and neck.
  • Testing of prototypes implant tools and novel medical devices for hearing device technology.
  • Cardiac surgical procedure that allows Cardiothoracic Surgeons hands on experience.
  • Evaluation of surgical access and implantation of the hip site to treat post-operative pain management.



Share this webpage and guide with friends and family. It gives a great overview and comparison on the various end of life options for anyone who has yet to make plans or have the end of life discussion.

A Comparison Guide: Burial, Cremations and Donation



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