The buzz of lawn mowers signals the arrival of spring as much as singing birds and kids playing outside. Yet, it’s easy to forget that the machines can cause serious damage if not used safely. In 2015, lawn mowers were responsible for sending more than 68,000 adults and about 13,000 children to emergency departments nationwide. “We need to remind people that these are dangerous machines, and the consequences are devastating,” said Penn State College of Medicine student Mariano Garay,
When parasitic worms invade the body, immune cells may rely on a receptor to signal a counterattack. The findings may lead to better drugs to fight infections.
According to the American Stroke Association, the number of people 65 and older who were treated for ischemic stroke declined between 2000 and 2010. However, hospitalization rates for those younger than 65 rose.
Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a study chaired by Dr. Ingrid U. Scott of Penn State College of Medicine.
An expanded acronym can make it easier for those witnessing an acute stroke to identify it in nearly all cases. BE FAST highlights two additional stroke symptoms than the former FAST acronym, making it possible to identify 95 percent of acute strokes.
The latest recommendation is that men aged 55 to 69 with no signs of prostate cancer have a conversation with their doctor about the benefits and drawbacks of screening for the disease.
Penn State Children’s Hospital has recognized the Highmark Foundation for its work in bullying prevention in children and adolescents.
Brains that suffer injuries can adjust in remarkable ways and create connections between injured areas that are better and stronger. However, those new connections may be less efficient and, in the end, more costly to maintain. These "hyperconnections" could increase the likelihood of problems, such as Alzheimer's Disease, developing later in life. Studying hyperconnections underscores the importance of brain protection and could one day lead to treatments for brain impairments.
There is an ongoing need for healthy volunteers in clinical research studies that can lead to health care breakthroughs that provide better drugs and treatments for patients.
Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at Ohio State University College of Medicine, will present the keynote lecture, “How stress kills: The damage and some remedies,” at 3:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, room 22, in the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus. The lecture is part of the Second Annual Founder's Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day, hosted by the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development.
Each day, more than 800 Americans suffer a hip fracture. Most of those fractures are due to falls, and most happen to seniors, who have lower bone density and muscle mass than the rest of the population.
Blue-White Weekend attendees and the general public are invited to the Penn State Blue-White Science Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the HUB. The expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty. A complete schedule and registration form for tickets is available at http://research.psu.edu/expo.
Many people associate playing sports with drinking sports drinks — in some cases because it’s what they see the professionals do. But all of that extra sugar and salt may be doing more harm than good.
Juniper Village at Brookline will host “Healthy Bones for Life,” as part of the Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series, at 10 a.m. on April 20 at Juniper Village at Brookline. The lecture will be presented by Mary Jane De Souza, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State, who will discuss bone health.
"It’s going to be a strange season and hard to predict what will happen,” one expert says.