Author Archives: Marissa Abruzzini (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

Older Transplant Patients Rely Heavily on Organ Donors Over the Age of 65

When it comes to organ donation, biological and chronological age aren't the same

How old is your liver? Your heart? Your kidneys? Many people believe that they’re all the same age, and that as these organs get older, they become less desirable to patients waiting on transplant lists. However, new studies are finding that … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story” By Director Scot Barbour

Revisiting a touching Andrew Wood documentary in the wake of Chris Cornell's death

A brilliant young musician dies of a drug overdose, just one year before he would have reached international stardom. If this sounds like a tired trope, then you haven’t heard Andrew Wood’s full story. The Seattle musician was so much … Continue reading

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“And if you don’t believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light.”

- Chris Cornell
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Cancer Patients Might Be More Optimistic About Prognosis Than Their Doctors

A small study finds conflicting opinions between doctors and their patients

According to a recent study, the majority of cancer patients believe they will live longer than their estimated prognosis. Researchers found that many patients remain optimistic about their survival chances even after their doctors give them a poor prognosis. Professors at … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life — in Stop-Motion

A short film explores the relationship between life and death

The circle of life happens all around us every moment. And yet it’s a difficult concept to think about on a daily basis. The stages of youth, old age, death, decomposition and rebirth happen so slowly that we rarely notice them … Continue reading

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Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Save Medicare Millions

Research shows a correlation between a drop in prescription drug sales and cannabis use

According to two separate studies, medical marijuana could save Medicare an estimated $450 million annually. It could also save as much as $1.1 billion in Medicaid spending on prescription drugs every year. University of Georgia researchers Ashley Bradford and W. … Continue reading

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