Prevention may be essential to reducing racial disparities in stroke

Blacks between the ages of 45 and 54 die of strokes at a rate that is three times greater than their white counterparts, according to the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, which looked at stroke incidence and mortality of nearly 30,000 participants over the age of 45 from an ethnically and demographically diverse sample of the U.S. population. Continue reading

Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050

With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Another 16.4 million Americans are expected to have difficulty seeing due to correctable refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be fixed with glasses, contacts or surgery. Continue reading

Understanding your breast cancer risk

There are many risk factors for breast cancer. Major risk factors include a personal history of having breast cancer, previous high-risk breast lesions that include atypical cells and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), first-degree relatives who have had breast cancer especially at an age less than 50, or a personal history of having chest wall radiation at an age younger than 40. Continue reading