1. Pikes Peak 2. Popsicle 3. # 4. Warren G. Harding 5. Mexico 6. Power Rangers 7. O. Henry 8. Quartz 9. Whale 10. They were movie star swimmers. 11. Works Progress Administration 12. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott 13. Aspartame 14. Point Shirley in Winthrop 15. Abenaki 16. Swimwear with almost full body coverage 17. Ramen 18. Monty Python (“Spam,” which they chanted) 19. China 20. Beatrix Potter Page 20 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2022 Savvy Seniory Senior BY JIM MILLER Should You Take Daily Aspirin for Your Heart? Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been taking daily aspirin for almost 20 years now because I have a family history of heart disease. But I recently read that using aspirin is not recommended anymore. What can you tell me about this change in philosophy? Confused Aspirin User Dear Confused, There’s no doubt that taking lowdose daily aspirin is benefi cial to most people who’ve had a heart attack or stroke. But if you don’t have heart disease, should you take it as a preventative measure? The answer for most people is probably not, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a widely respected independent panel that develops recommendations on preventive health care. Here’s what you should know. New Guidelines For years, aspirin has been a goto pill Americans use to help ward off cardiovascular disease because of its blood thinning capability. But like most medicines, it can cause serious side eff ects. Aspirin irritates the stomach lining and can cause bleeding in the stomach, intestines and brain which can be life-threatening. And the risk of bleeding increases with age. About one-third of Americans age 40 and older, and more than 45 percent of people over age 70 – who don’t have cardiovascular disease — already take a daily aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular disease because it’s been recommended for decades by many diff erent health experts. But in the past few years, new research has emerged showing that for many people without diagnosed heart disease, the risk of bleeding may outweigh the benefi ts of taking a daily aspirin. This research, along with the advent of other eff ective therapies in preventing heart attacks and strokes that don’t cause bleeding — better blood pressure drugs and statins for lowering cholesterol — has narrowed the role aspirin plays. Here’s a breakdown of the updated USPSTF guidelines of who should, and shouldn’t, take a daily aspirin, and for those who should, how to take it safely. Who Should Take It? There are two categories of people who can still benefi t from using aspirin. People with established cardiovascular disease, especially those who have already had a heart attack or stroke. There’s strong evidence that taking a daily low-dose aspirin signifi cantly reduces the risk of a second cardiovascular event. And adults ages 40 to 59 with a 10 percent or higher risk for a cardiovascular disease over the next decade. They may see a small benefi t to daily aspirin, but it should be an individual decision and discussed with your doctor. Who Should Skip It? People who are 60 and older — without established cardiovascular disease — who do not currently take a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease should not start now. This is particularly true for people with a history of bleeding, say from ulcers or aneurysms, or those taking medications such as blood thinners, steroids or anti-infl ammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen. If they already take a daily aspirin now, they should ask a doctor about how to proceed, because there may be a serious risk to suddenly stopping. How to Use it Safely The best approach is to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of aspirin specifi cally for you. Because the risk of bleeding raises with dosage, if aspirin is recommended, take the lowest possible amount, which for most people is an 81 mg baby aspirin. And if you experience any stomach pain, talk to your doctor. You should also know that in 2016 the USPSTF suggested that daily aspirin use could also help lower the risk of colorectal cancer along with cardiovascular disease. But the group now says there’s not enough evidence to support that claim. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author y of “The Savvy Senior”book.r less mineral is the primary component of beach sand? 9. What animal has the loudest sound: howler monkey, lion or whale? 1. On July 22, 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after admiring the view from what peak in Colorado? 2. In 1924 what hot weather treat was patented – and still has a trademarked name? 3. Octothorpe is the name of what symbol used frequently on social media? 4. What 29th U.S. president had been a newspaper publisher and member of the Citizens Cornet Band, which played at both Democratic and Republican rallies? 5. July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day; the vanilla orchid originated in what country: India, Madagascar or Mexico? 6. According to Guinness World Records, Michael Nilsen received a Megazord birthday present and went on to collect 9,364 items of what kind of memorabilia (the world’s largest collection)? 7. On July 24, 1901, what American author was released from prison after serving time for embezzlement from a bank? 8. What frequently color10. How are Esther Williams and Annette Kellerman similar? 11. On July 25, 1936, the “Voodoo Macbeth” – set in the Caribbean – closed; it was created for the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA, which stands for what? 12. What children’s book has the line “With that Jo marched straight away and the rest followed, a bright little band of sisters, all looking their best in summer suits, with happy faces under the jaunty hat brims”? 13. On July 26, 1974, the FDA approved what artificial sweetener: aspartame, stevia or xylitol? Saugus residents named to Saint Anselm Dean’s List for Spring 2022 Semester aint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., has released the Dean’s List of high academic achievers for the second semester of the 20212022 school year. To be eligible for this honor, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.4 or better in the semester with at least 12 credits of study which award a letter grade. A total of 555 students representing 25 states and three countries received this honor. Mark W. Cronin, Dean of S the College, announced that the following Saugus students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester: BREAKHART RESERVATION | FROM PAGE 6 is somehow even more tragic than what we initially released publicly. Full autopsy results are pending but he almost certainly died from drowning. He entered the lake to assist younger family members whom he believed were in distress in the water. They got out of the water, but he went into distress — we don’t believe he knew how to swim — and went under. He died a hero,” stated Procopio. “We also commend the Saugus offi cers who got him out of the water and began the attempt to save his life. Their efforts ensured that he at least was in a position to be trans14. On what point in Massachusetts was Taft’s Hotel, which was nationally famous for its food? 15. On July 27, 1694, Indians from what tribe attacked Groton, Mass.: Abenaki, Fox or Ojibwa? 16. France is having a legal controversy about the burkini, which is what? 17. Recently, a Japanese restaurant chain announced it is giving free refills of what product to people who can prove they voted? 18. What comedy group inspired a name for mass unsolicited emails? 19. Which country produces the most tomatoes: China, Italy or USA? 20. On July 28, 1866, what English children’s book author/illustrator was born who loved flora and fauna and landscape? Sofi a Del Sonno, 2024, Psychology; Christian Myers, 2022, Business; Rachel Nazzaro, 2022, Nursing. Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st -century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts. ported so emergency room doctors could have a shot at saving him. Just a very sad story all around. There are so many drownings around the state every summer to which we respond. It is a horrible reality knowing we are going to have to respond to every year. We just posted a water safety video with our Colonel and the Colonel of the Environmental Police on our social media channels — one of numerous outreach eff orts we undertake in regard to water safety. Here is a link — we shot it on one of our boats out in Boston Harbor: https://www. dropbox.com/s/ovou9fwiypmaxib/BeSmart%20BeSafeWaterSafetyPSA.mp4?dl=0 ANSWERS

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