The risk of concussion lurks at the Super Bowl – and in all other sports

Impact sports and concussions.

Steven P. Broglio, University of Michigan An estimated 90 million to 100 million Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday. Unlikely to be mentioned during the festivities is this sobering but significant side note: Athletes participating in collision sports are among those at highest risk for concussion. That risk is not […]

Medicines to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke: Questions for the doctor

Prevent heart attack and stroke.

Statins are medicines that reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by helping to lower cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”) levels in the blood. Experts recommend that you take a statin if all 3 of these statements are true: You are age 40 to 75. You have high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, or you smoke. Your […]

Get Tested for Colorectal Cancer

A team of doctors performs colonoscopy.

The Basics If you are age 50 to 75, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. A special test (called a screening test) can help prevent colorectal cancer or find it early, when it may be easier to treat. You may need to get tested before age 50 if colorectal cancer runs in your family. Talk with your […]

Talk with Your Doctor about Taking Aspirin to Prevent Disease

Should you take low-dose aspirin?

The Basics Taking low-dose aspirin (or “baby aspirin”) regularly can lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, and colorectal cancer. For most people, aspirin is safe. But it’s not right for everyone. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin regularly if you are age 50 to 59 and you have any of these risk factors for […]

Reduce Stress for a Healthier Heart

Reduce stress for a healthier heart.

(NewsUSA) – Whether it’s from everyday deadlines, financial struggles, or the COVID-19 pandemic, stress shows up often in life. And your body reacts to it: your heart rate increases, your blood vessels narrow — and over time, these little blows can add up and do damage to your health, particularly your heart. With chronic stress, […]

Omicron makes booster shots more critical for medically vulnerable seniors

Covid booster needed by seniors.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia People are understandably worn out, tired of thinking about COVID-19 and wanting to get back to a true normal. This so-called “pandemic fatigue” is real. But it’s also contributing to lapses in COVID-19 precautions and to more people getting infected with the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. It is become starkly […]

The promise of repairing bones and tendons with human-made materials

Repairing bones with man-made materials.

Brittany Taylor, University of Florida Brittany Taylor is a biomedical engineer and assistant professor who studies novel ways to improve bone and tendon healing after injuries. She is exploring drug delivery systems and temporary artificial tissue replacements to promote healing of tendons and the interface with bones and muscle. Millions of musculoskeletal injuries each year […]