Michaela Cook of Beaver Falls didn’t hesitate to give her husband one of her kidneys in 2010. The couple had two young children when Erik Cook’s organs were damaged beyond repair by type 1 diabetes. Like most living organ donors, Michaela was motivated by the desire to help a very sick loved one.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
Brothers Tim and Joe Scherer have always been close. They play on the same men’s softball team in Beaver County. They talk on the phone every day. Whenever one needs help on their home, they’re there for each other. In August 2015, Tim learned he needed a kidney. For reasons unknown, his body…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Transplantation continues to evolve with some of the pioneer’s unproven theories
While arthritic hips and knees have long been regularly replaced, surgeons have been reluctant to replace ankle joints. But that’s changing.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
Leonardo Da Vinci called it a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. He was referring to the human foot — a lever that propels us forward, provides balance, and bears all of our weight. Though small compared to other parts of the body, the average human foot supports a force equivalent to several…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Technology is finally catching up to soothe painful feet
  • Sidebar Title Barefoot Alert
  • Sidebar Content Block If you notice an abnormal freckle or mole on your feet, even under your toenail, it’s best to have it checked out. That’s because melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) is the type of skin cancer most frequently found on the feet, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
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