(Chanintorn.v, Adobe Stock) Plastic medical devices abound in hospitals. IV bags, catheters and feeding tubes cram every corner. But the chemicals that make these medical items so flexible may be changing transmission of the electrical impulses that help keep the heart pumping, according to new research. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as “plasticizers”…

(Iarygin Andrii, Adobe Stock) Marijuana can damage cells that line the inside of blood vessels throughout the heart and vascular system, but new lab tests suggest a compound found in soybeans may provide protection. Earlier studies have linked marijuana use to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Medications containing a synthetic version of…

Charles Daniels Jr., founder of Fathers UpLift, holding son Clayton. (Photo by Ann Wang) All along, Charles Daniels Jr. believed it was his fault. Something he did kept his father from coming around. Something he couldn’t do prompted a teacher to declare he belonged in special-education classes. Something made him different from kids on the…

(belchonock, Depositphotos) “Radial pulse waves” might sound other-worldly, but they’re a relatively easy way to measure heartbeats through the artery at the base of the wrist. And new research says they can detect circulatory system changes in menopausal women that aren’t evident with traditional blood pressure readings. Researchers measured the waves’ harmonics. Chi-Wei Chang, lead…

(Photo courtesy of Angie Bryan) Angie Bryan and her date were taking a stroll on a Saturday afternoon when she started to lag behind. Way behind. As she slowed to the point of stopping, she began to gasp for air, able to take only shallow breaths. Although she wasn’t nervous on the date – they’d…

A Flint Fresh employee shows off some of the produce delivered by the organization’s Mobile Market truck. (Photo courtesy of Flint Fresh) Flint, Michigan, is best known in recent years for its troubles over tainted water. But another problem has challenged the city for decades: Most of its population lack easy access to healthy, nutritious…

Jennifer Michele was born with multiple small holes in her heart. (Photo by Melinda Helm) Jennifer Michele always has had a knack for sprucing up spaces. That talent prompted her to start an interior design firm in 2007. She then quickly landed the sort of high-profile design job that can make a career. Less than…

(abhijith3747, Adobe Stock) Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 cause of death, killing about 650,000 people every year. Life expectancy is cut short by the disease and the health problems that stem from it. But by how much – and what can people do to take those years back? For heart attacks alone, more…

(PeopleImages, Getty Images) The higher the red line creeps up the thermometer gauge, the more red flags for outdoor exercise. Summer temperatures shouldn’t stop you from jogging, hiking or playing sports outside – but they should alert you to the danger of heat illnesses brought on by exertion. “Think of the heat like you think…

(serezniy, Depositphotos) Improving cardiovascular health during the early stages of pregnancy can lead not only to a healthier pregnancy, it also can greatly improve a woman’s long-term heart health, new research shows. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, underscore the importance of entering pregnancy in optimal health. They also…