(Jeff R Clow/Moment, Getty Images) Fears over deportation could double the risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study. Researchers followed 572 women from Mexico who were living in the Salinas Valley region of California. After four years, participants who did not initially have high blood pressure were twice as likely to…

(dragana991/iStock, Getty Images) It’s cold and flu season, and the usual advice is being dispensed: Get the influenza vaccine, wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with anyone who’s already sick. But is there anything else we can do? “You can’t be overly cautious,” said Dr. Trish Perl, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases…

Stroke survivor Amanda Moreland with her husband, Tony, and their two daughters. (Photo courtesy of Brooks Rehabilitation) Near the end of her second pregnancy, Amanda Moreland sliced open her knee. She applied pressure with a towel but couldn’t fully stop the bleeding. The next day, the Jacksonville, Florida, woman had a cesarean section to welcome…

Tom and Martta Kelly after a Halloween 5K near their home in New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of Martta Kelly) Tom and Martta Kelly don’t need a study to tell them how couples influence one another’s health. Married for 11 years, the West Orange, New Jersey, pair met at a running club. Most weekends, they’re out…

(Westend61, Getty Images) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them. Sweet potatoes and yams are a Thanksgiving staple for many families, which makes it…

(mrs/Moment, Getty Images) Regular fasting is associated with lower rates of heart failure and a longer life span, according to two new studies. Researchers sought to shed new light on the centuries-old debate about how fasting affects health. Recent studies have shown it contributes to reductions in blood pressure, “bad” LDL cholesterol and insulin resistance,…

(Christophe Launay, Getty Images) Communities suffering the most after the Great Recession had the biggest increase in heart disease deaths in the years that followed, according to a new study. After decades of decline, the rate of deaths from heart disease and stroke has plateaued in recent years, and is actually rising in some populations….

(Cavan Images/Cavan, Getty Images) Babies born with serious heart defects are surviving to adulthood in greater numbers, but new research shows they face another hurdle when they get there: heart failure. The study found children born with the most critical heart problems were 30 times more likely to develop or die from heart failure or…

Mother and daughter Barbara Jackson (left) and Olivia Copeland share a diagnosis of long QT syndrome. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Jackson) The night she turned 37, Barbara Jackson put her 2-year-old daughter Olivia Copeland to bed and walked to the kitchen. She felt a little odd but didn’t think much of it. The next thing…

(alvarez/E+, Getty Images) The brains of middle-age adults may be aging prematurely if they have obesity or other factors linked to cardiovascular disease, new research has found. Almost one-quarter of adults have metabolic syndrome, a set of factors that in combination amplify a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other illnesses. In the…