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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mehmet Oz,Dr. Mike Roizen

Tags: bike | helmets | dr. | oz | biking | safety | brain

Bike Helmets Save Lives

Friday, 17 August 2012 09:17 AM EDT

Loki's horned helmet may keep "The Avengers" at bay for a while (although we think it's his menacing sneer that really works), but it wouldn't protect him in a bicycling accident. Those curved horns would probably snag something and break his neck. What does he need? A good-fitting helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, comes in a bright color and has good air vents and thick, secure straps that are easy to adjust. The inside padding is generally made from crushable, expanded polystyrene. Because it absorbs impact well (soaks it up and dissipates it), once it meets the pavement or tree trunk, it's usually time for a new helmet.

Unfortunately, riders of all ages skip the helmet and pay the price: Every year 140,000 kids under age 14 end up in the hospital for traumatic brain injury because of a bicycle crash; and 91 percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 were not wearing helmets.

Whether you're a mountain biker, a commuter, a kid on the sidewalk or a long-distance cyclist, check out these helmets rated by Consumers Report testers. None of them won the "excellent for impact protection" award, but kids' Bontrager Solstice Youth and adults' Specialized Echelon were rated very good. (The round dome styles for skateboarders and cyclist scraped the bottom of the barrel.)

So, now let's pedal! Families who put in a couple of hours a week together on the bikes (while wearing helmets) stay trimmer and have more fun!

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Bike helmets are crucial to safety, says Dr. Oz.
Friday, 17 August 2012 09:17 AM
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