Clockwise: Julie Brogan with her granddaughters Phoebe, Niamh and Rowan. (Photo courtesy of Julie Brogan) Julie Brogan’s granddaughters, ages 9, 12 and 13, spend part of every summer at her home overlooking Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. They enjoy paddle boarding, swimming and working on projects in the professional painter’s art studio. Their experiences…

Fred Bartlit, 87, is an avid skier and golfer. (Photo courtesy of Steven Droullard) As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it’s never too late to get active and build strength. “We try to tell people the body…

Stroke survivor Allison Zmuda with her family. From left: Cuda, Allison, Zoe and Tom. (Photo courtesy of Annie Sykes) As the author of 11 books about education, Allison Zmuda has long been a highly sought speaker about approaches to learning. Yet after giving countless speeches to teachers and school districts about the best ways to…

(mrs/Moment, Getty Images) Traumatic childhood experiences among the poor and uninsured are associated with higher cardiovascular risk, according to new research. Experts have long known difficult childhoods are linked with a wide range of health risks later in life, including obesity, substance abuse and cardiovascular disease. They’re also alarmingly common: More than half of the…

(JMichl, Getty Images) Exercise is important for health and wellbeing. But past studies suggest high-intensity exercise may be a risk factor for an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation that sometimes leads to stroke. So, are athletes who develop AFib at higher risk for stroke? Researchers in Sweden looked at men and women who completed…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki, Adobe Stock) Treatment for childhood cancer significantly increases the risk of developing heart disease in survivors, according to a new study. Using a pediatric cancer registry in Ontario, Canada, researchers examined data on 7,300 survivors whose average age at diagnosis was 7. They compared the group to 36,000 people without cancer who were…

Healthy salads needn’t be bland or wimpy. A taco salad with avocado-cilantro dressing is zesty, fun and nutritious, especially rolled up into a nostalgic glass container. And it makes for a picnic-friendly dish for Labor Day. Thanks to ingredients like kidney beans and black-eyed peas, the salad boasts 27 grams of protein and 17 grams of…

(Karl Tapales, Getty Images) After quitting his job as a cancer researcher, Aristotle “Ari” Mannan became a community health worker on the streets of Boston. He kept running into Huey, a 56-year-old homeless man who drank mouthwash and wore a green hospital gown because he spent so much time in emergency rooms. When Huey suddenly…

(Chevanon Wonganuchitmetha/EyeEm, Getty Images) Type 2 diabetes frequently coexists with heart failure. And the combination of the two can lead to structural changes in the heart and an increased risk of death, according to a multi-country study in Asia. Diabetes, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and heart failure, when the heart isn’t pumping…

(Daniel Kaesler/EyeEm, Getty Images) Although frequently overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, surging methamphetamine use nationally and around the world has fueled a chilling crisis of its own, according to a new report. The result is a significant increase in meth-related deaths from unique cardiovascular consequences that researchers are trying to understand. Methamphetamines can cause blood…