Willy Cheung



Willy Cheung is a 2nd year intended Integrative Biology major at UC Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and football. He is also an avid fan of sci-fi movies and books.

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Do you know what the most commonly dislocated joint is? Is it the ankle? No. Is it the knee? Nope! It’s the shoulder! This injury is especially relevant in sports, accounting for 48.3 percent of the dislocations. So, let’s get into the specifics. A dislocated shoulder is when the upper arm bone, called the humerus, pops out of the … Read More

At this point, I’m sure you have heard of the Rio Olympics and Usain Bolt. Usain, often nicknamed “Lightning Bolt” and widely considered the fastest man to have ever lived, has had tremendous success at the Olympics. What’s often forgotten is that Bolt had a Grade 1 hamstring strain just about a month before the Olympics started. However, he recovered … Read More

Have you ever noticed the huge biceps of Superman, Mike Tyson, or Dwayne Johnson? In all three cases, except for maybe Superman, these people were not born with these huge biceps – they had to hit up the gym in order to gain their big guns. This goal is very popular among young adults, but it also comes with the chance of injury. … Read More

What’s Lyme disease, you say? If you’re like me, the first thought that probably comes to mind is a disease you contract from eating limes. If you believe that, your brain may truly be turning sour. But all jokes aside, Lyme disease can be serious if left untreated. Lyme disease is caused by a species of bacteria called Borrelia … Read More

With baseball season now in full swing from April to October, the injury “baseball finger,” or more formally known as mallet finger, is now as relevant as ever. “Baseball finger” originates from the injury caused when an object, like a baseball, awkwardly hits the tip of a finger and bends it back beyond its natural limit. However, this … Read More

Imagine for a second, if all of a sudden, you weren’t able to brush your teeth in the morning, or maybe you struggled to lift your bowl of cereal to your mouth. It’s these everyday activities, which we take for granted, that are compromised with an injury to the shoulder. More specifically, a rotator cuff tear will weaken … Read More

The phrase “Father Time is undefeated” is common in sports, especially for aging athletes. It means that age will eventually catch up with these athletes, diminishing their physical abilities. Athletes, such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, however, have received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to speed up the healing process for injuries and play longer. What is PRP, and … Read More

Did you know that ankle sprains are so common that 25,000 people experience it every day? It’s likely you’ve experienced one before; I know I have. I vividly remember being unable to put my full weight on my ankle, struggling to put my shoes on, wrapping ice around it, and limping around for a few … Read More

Did you know that the name “turf toe” originates from athletes playing on artificial turf? And did you know that 16 of the 31 National Football League stadiums use artificial turf as opposed to natural grass? What’s the relation? Well, turf toe is important to understand, especially for athletes, because it’s most prevalent in sports like American … Read More

If your favorite frozen dessert is ice cream, then in all likelihood you’ve experienced sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia before. If you’re like me, then you probably don’t know how to pronounce it and don’t know what it means. But that’s okay, most people don’t either. Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, or brain freeze, is a short-term headache you feel after consuming cold … Read More

Did you know that the amount of calcium in an eight-ounce glass of milk is equal to seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread? Did you know that milk can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and obesity? The benefits of milk are obvious, and I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase,”drink milk to grow up big and … Read More

Have you ever played football, soccer, or tennis before? Have you ever twisted or turned quickly and felt pain in the groin area? If you’ve answered yes to one of these questions, then listen up because sports hernia could affect you. Sports hernia, also known as athletic pubalgia or hockey hernia, is a strain or tear of … Read More

In 2011, the total number of deaths caused by extreme cold in the US was 1,300. Currently, winter is upon us, and with that, comes the cold and frostbite, a condition that causes damage to skin tissues, muscles, and bones due to extreme cold and wind. Frostbite usually affects the fingers, toes, nose, and ears because those areas … Read More

Femur fractures are very prevalent today, especially during car accidents. For example, recently on the news, a young man named Wesley Brown was fleeing from Florida police and crashed his stolen car into another car. As a result, Brown suffered a broken femur or thighbone. This type of injury is more specifically called a femoral shaft … Read More

“Chocolate is my Achilles’ heel. What’s your weakness?” The phrase “Achilles’ heel” is often used figuratively, but in the literal sense, it also applies to your body. If you’re an avid sports fan, then you’ve probably heard of the recent Achilles tendon injuries to Kobe Bryant and Steve Smith Sr., basketball and football players respectively. An Achilles injury … Read More

What exactly is whooping cough? Two French scientists first discovered whooping cough in 1906. It’s a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects your nose and throat. Seven to ten days after the infection is contracted, the symptoms are mild and include a runny nose, red eyes, fever, and coughing. After another week or two, symptoms get worse … Read More

If you’re someone who has never gotten athlete’s foot before, you may believe that only athletes get athlete’s foot or that people who have bad hygiene and don’t shower are the ones who get athlete’s foot. Well, these statements couldn’t be farther from the truth. Athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the sole … Read More

Do you often feel anxiety? Do you notice yourself breathing heavily during a final exam or a first date? Well, it’s possible you may have hyperventilation syndrome, which is characterized by rapid breathing. This over-breathing causes a decrease in carbon dioxide in the blood because each time you breathe out, you release carbon dioxide from your body. … Read More

Did you know that pneumonia kills more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined? Did you know that breastfeeding a child during their the six months can help prevent pneumonia? So, what exactly is pneumonia? It’s an infection that causes inflammation of the air sacs in one or both of the lungs. The air sacs may then fill up with fluid … Read More

Which plant has leaves that grow in clusters of three and are almond shaped? Which plant contains oil that was used as a dye by the Native Americans? I’ll assume you’ve read the title of this article, so you know that the answer is poison ivy! Poison ivy is a toxic plant that, upon contact, causes an … Read More

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