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 Science Care Sept / Oct 2018 Newsletter

Health News & Notes


Alzheimer's cases to nearly triple by 2060, CDC says

(NBC News) - The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple over the next 40 years, unless something dramatic happens to change trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. Right now, about 5 million people have Alzheimer’s, the CDC says. That’s about 1.6 percent of the population. But by 2060, that number will hit nearly 14 million, which will then be 3.3 percent of the projected population. Read more...


Antibiotics May Cure Appendicitis Without Surgery

(WebMD) - If you're suffering from acute appendicitis, you might be successfully treated with antibiotics and never need an operation to remove your appendix, Finnish researchers report.

Most appendicitis cases are uncomplicated, which simply means the organ hasn't ruptured, so they can be treated with antibiotics. Only when the appendix looks like it may burst immediately is an operation necessary. And the difference is easily seen on a CT scan, said lead researcher Dr. Paulina Salminen, a surgeon at Turku University Hospital. Read more...


Experimental engineered bone to help osteoarthritis patients

(Science Daily) - Researchers are developing an artificial bone, which can be used for treating one of the most common joint diseases -- osteoarthritis. The bi-functional composite imitates the complex osteochondral structure of a joint, i.e. both cartilage and bone tissues. Read more...


'Amazing' treatment helps paralyzed people walk again

(CNN) - Kelly Thomas inches across the soft grass, using a walker to navigate her way. Each step is exhilarating and exhausting. She pauses amid the 90-degree Florida heat and smiles. "It only takes a little bit of try -- and by a little, I mean a lot," she says.

Thomas, 24, is one of three paralyzed patients who can now walk again, thanks to a stimulation device implanted in her lower back coupled with intense physical therapy. News of the patients' progress -- considered an important medical advancement. Read more...


New device offers hope for people with heart failure

(CNN) - A tiny new device is offering hope of a better life for people with severe heart failure, reducing hospitalization rates and improving mortality risk within two years of treatment, a new study finds. Heart failure affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans and more than 26 million people globally, causing shortness of breath and tiredness among those affected as their heart struggles to pump blood around the body. Read more...



Remember When "60 Years Ago" Sept / Oct 1958

  • "Doctor Zhivago" – a novel by Boris Pasternak was published in US

  • The Huckleberry Hound Show" by Hanna-Barbera featuring Yogi Bear premieres on US TV

  • Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss America

  • Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game

  • Pope John XXIII succeeds Pope Pius XII as the 261st pope.

  • An Evening with Fred Astaire, the first television show recorded on color videotape, is broadcast on NBC in the United States.

  • US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate

  • Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times

  • Pioneer 1, the second and most successful of the 3 project Able space probes, becomes the first spacecraft launched by the newly formed NASA

  • Bank of America mails out the first 60,000 BankAmericards in Fresco, California (later renamed VISA)

  • KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting

  • NY Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series

  • First transatlantic flight of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707

  • Donna Reed Show premieres on ABC

  • Movie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was released – starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman

  • Popular television shows were Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rifleman, The Danny Thomas Show and Maverick.

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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:

  • Medical Research and testing of a new angioplasty catheter designed for use to treat coronary and peripheral human arteries. This study will evaluate a novel angioplasty catheter designed to more optimally treat both standard lesions and the more complex anatomies described above. This type of testing is necessary for the product development process before the device can be used in clinical trials.

  • Orthopedic surgeons training on a highly defined review of hand and arm anatomy, while being educated on the correct approach to implantation of a new distal radius fracture repair prosthesis. Through this course, surgeons will gain knowledge about a new dorsal approach which has been proven to benefit some patients requiring hand and arm surgery.

  • A bioengineering laboratory at a medical teaching facility is testing motion segments to further understand the material properties of the inter-vertebral disc, the biomechanics of the spine, and what role these play in degenerative discs, lower back pain, and surgical procedures.


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