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Breast Cancer Awareness – Going Beyond October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The time of year when breast cancer charities make their biggest push of the year to reach out for your support. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to limit your support to the month of October. These charities are working hard year-round to find a cure and to lend assistance to those suffering from this disease, and they need your help. 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

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The Changing Face of Aging – Part 1

This article is a two part series addressing the American society’s misconception of aging.

“The U.S. must change the conversation about what it means to get older because the ingrained negativity no longer applies.” Jo Ann C. Jenkins, CEO, AARP

The article by AARP’s CEO, “It’s Not Your Father’s Old Age,” is featured on The Milken Institute’s collection of “The Power of Ideas.” Milken sponsors a global event that’s celebrated every year. The Institute turns real-world initiatives that address some of the society’s greatest challenges: widening access to capital, creating jobs and improving health.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

How the White House Conference on Aging Topics Affect Older Americans

If you had an opportunity to read the discussions held at the White House Conference on Aging two weeks ago, you’d know that many solutions are in the works. One topic addressed the hardship of family caregiving while working a full-time job. Ms. Ai-Jen Poo author of The Age of Dignity encouraged the panel to see the family caregivers as a mainstay of support for the older generation. And their value is extremely high. READ MORE

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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

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Celebrate National Arbor Day – April 24

Arbor Day is a chance for us to celebrate nature through the planting and care of trees. The holiday is observed nationally on the last Friday in April, however many states observe this special tree-planting day at different times throughout the year, depending on their growing season.

Arbor Day was officially established in America in 1872 when the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution from J. Sterling Morton to set aside a special day for planting trees. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska Territory in 1854. Being lovers of nature, Mr. Morton and his wife, Caroline, surrounded their home with trees, shrubs and flowers. Mr. Morton, who became editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, used the paper as a forum to educate the public about the importance of trees and agriculture. READ MORE

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A Letter to Science Care

“When my mother passed away last July, we had discussed donations as an option, as a family, but made no pre arrangements. Her passing was shocking, as it always is. Slow, yet sudden. I was the only one here to make decisions. When the mortuary was calling, asking what I wanted to do with her remains…I was in a daze and quite frankly at a total loss. I’d never done this before. My mother had just passed away and I was left with so many decisions. In a frenzy, I took to the internet to find options. READ MORE

A Tree Grows In The Forest

Science Care is pleased to announce that our 2015 Memory In Nature Project will be supporting the Arbor Day Foundation and their reforestation efforts in the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania. The goal of this project is to replenish high-value native tree species in areas where soil has become too compacted for natural regeneration to occur. Native species to the region include white oak, northern red oak, chestnut oak, bigtooth aspen, black chokeberry, serviceberry, grey dogwood, ninebark, elderberry and eastern white pine.

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