(Cavan Images, Getty Images) It’s hard to believe, but America’s favorite puppy wrangler used to live in a housing development that didn’t allow pets. “They lifted the ban a few years ago and all of a sudden everything changed,” said Dan Schachner, a New York-based actor and official referee of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl who…

(American Heart Association) Nachos are as much a part of the Super Bowl tradition as sports channel hype and over-the-top halftime shows. Unfortunately, traditional cheese-goo-on-fried-chips nachos are a totally blown call nutritionally. So, as you make plans for the big game, consider apple nachos – a sweet, vegan alternative that won’t blitz your health. “There are…

(fstop123/E+, Getty Images) Life expectancy increased in 2018 for the first time in several years, and the rate of heart disease deaths saw a slight dip – though it remains the nation’s top killer, according to new federal reports. Adults gained 1.2 months, or 36 days, in life expectancy compared to 2017, according to data…

(carotur/iStock, Getty Images) The difference between “processed” and “ultra-processed” foods might sound like an issue best left to linguists or hungry English teachers. But for the sake of your health, it’s worth understanding. That’s because some of those foods are just fine ­– and too much of others can harm you. What is the difference?…

Cardiac arrest survivor Ben Blankenhorn with his mom, Kim. (American Heart Association) When 17-year-old Ben Blankenhorn received his CPR certification as part of his lifeguard training, the lessons carried added resonance. Just 10 months earlier, Blankenhorn was saved by CPR. The morning of Aug. 22, 2017, he woke up about 5:30 a.m. He drove to…

Kelly Naab with her sons, (from left) Cooper and Ryder, at the finish line of the Kaleida Health Heart to Heart Relay in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Naab) Kelly Naab was waiting in a drive-thru lane with her two young boys in the back seat when her body suddenly felt strange. Her face began…

(Andrew Brookes/Cultura, Getty Images) People with blood types A and B may have higher risks for developing dangerous blood clots compared to people who have type O blood. That’s according to new research that also showed a slightly higher risk for certain types of heart disease among the A and B groups. Past research has…

(oatawa/iStock, Getty Images) Combine the vast power and reach of social media, the unlimited resources of websites and apps, and the unquenchable thirst for health information and motivation. The result is a powerful tool for researchers, health care providers and patients. But like many aspects of the internet, it can be a mixed blessing. “Social…

(LaylaBird/E+, Getty Images) Most people realize getting medical help quickly is crucial in response to a heart attack or stroke. But it’s important to know the signs so you can act. “It is an emergency. People need to call 911,” said Dr. Erin Michos, associate director of preventive cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center…

(margouillatphotos/iStock, 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. Grapefruit looks sweet and friendly, but you might have heard it possesses powers far…