Medical Research

Gene Therapy – The Future of Medicine?

Gene therapy is an experimental method of fighting disease that involves correcting or replacing a person’s mutated or malfunctioning genes. This promising research is now being used in clinical trials and may lead to improved health outcomes for patients with inherited bleeding and immune disorders as well as some forms of blood cancer and other diseases.READ MORE

Brain Research

The Human Brain – The Next Biological Frontier

Guest Post -Deborah C. Mash, Ph.D. (Founder and director of the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank™).

The brain is the next biological frontier. In the past twenty years, we have learned more about the brain than in all human history. The study of the human brain is essential for ensuring our health and wellness across the lifespan.READ MORE

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – November

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Almost two thirds of the 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with the disease are women. By 2025, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow past 7 million. READ MORE

What do you know about lung cancer?

November is lung cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, accounting for about 13% of all new cancers. The ACS is projecting approximately 221,200 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed for 2015 in the U.S. with an estimated 158,040 deaths (approximately 27% of all cancer deaths). READ MORE

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Donor Impact

As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. The time of year when various national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies all work together to promote breast cancer awareness, raise funds and hopefully get closer to finding a cure. Everywhere you look, people are wearing pink, participating in awareness events and contributing to the cause.

Throughout the years, there have been many advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and Science Care whole body donors have done their part to help make these advancements possible. With the help of donors, researchers and medical device companies have developed new types of breast biopsy instruments for image-guided breast biopsy procedures. Instruments like these improve diagnoses and treatments for those suffering from ailments of the breast region such as cancer. Research scientists are all also working on promising targeted gene therapies, immunotherapy treatments and improvements in chemotherapy treatments.READ MORE

Plastic Surgery: Discoveries Resulting From Whole Body Donation

By Erin Azuse for Science Care

Earlier this summer, a story broke regarding the meeting of Richard Norris and Rebekah Aversano. In 2012, Norris, who was terribly disfigured from a gunshot wound, was the recipient of the first full facial transplant in the United States when he received the face of Aversano’s deceased brother. The meeting allowed Aversano to witness the results of the surgery and, for the first time, see her brother’s face on Norris’s body.

Sounds a bit like the stuff of science fiction, right? Yet it is quite real.
Plastic surgery is so much more than just cosmetic surgery. It is the repair or reconstruction of part of the body, often as the result of injury. For a woman undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, a child who survived a horrific fire, or for a man such as Norris above, plastic surgery can be a treatment modality that dramatically improves an individual’s quality of life.READ MORE

Arthritis - Osteoarthritis treatments

Innovations in Arthritis Treatment Credited to Whole Body Donation

Dr. Nathan Wei, an interventional rheumatologist based in Frederick, Maryland, is pioneering some groundbreaking new treatments for arthritis, and he believes none of this would be possible without the use of whole body donations to learn and refine his skills.

Dr. Wei points out, “Generally, rheumatologists don’t do arthroscopy.” Typical arthritis treatment involves the use of pills, injections, and exercises. However, under the tutelage of Dr. Lanny Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in East Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Wei acquired the knowledge to perform arthroscopic procedures.READ MORE