(Philippe Turpin/Photononstop, Getty Images) Since late last year, COVID-19 has been overwhelming health care facilities in urban areas around the world, causing more than 12,200 confirmed deaths so far in New York City alone. As has become increasingly clear, however, rural areas are not immune. During the past month, hundreds of pork plant workers in…

(yacobchuk/iStock, Getty Images) Mothers who have high blood pressure are more likely to have babies with slightly different-shaped hearts, a finding that could impact future cardiovascular care for those women and their children, according to a new study. The research, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds a new layer of…

(RgStudio/E+, Getty Images) It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without flowers and a messy breakfast in bed. But is there more we can do for mom’s long-term benefit, and perhaps even for motherhood in general? There surely is, experts say, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As May 10 approaches, here are…

(mrs/Moment, Getty Images) Exposure to trauma and other adverse experiences during childhood increases lifelong risk for cardiovascular disease and death, regardless of a person’s health during young adulthood, new research shows. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found children who experienced severe adversity – such as verbal, physical or…

(Akiko Aoki/Moment, Getty Images) Lea en español Even when there isn’t a pandemic, America’s growing population of senior immigrants faces health care challenges. “Because of linguistic and cultural barriers, their needs are vast,” said Dr. XinQi Dong, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New…

(Prostock-Studio/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Dr. Felipe Lobelo is sad but not surprised the coronavirus pandemic appears to be taking a greater toll on African Americans and Latinos. The pandemic and another crisis “have collided, and it’s accelerating the bad outcome,” said Lobelo, an associate professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health…

After surviving a heart transplant, cancer and a heart attack, Chris Hagan is still helping his community. (Photo courtesy of Chris Hagan) Helping other people is a way of life for Chris Hagan. He volunteered as a fireman for more than three decades and still does community outreach for the station. But 22 years ago,…

(FilippoBacci/E+, Getty Images) Without the luxury of sheltering at home, essential workers are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety, according to mental health experts. “We’re in the battlefield,” said Paul DiCarlo, co-owner of Jimmy’s Food Store, a small Italian grocery in Dallas. “You’re just trying to get the customers in and out quickly.” Nearly…

(Guido Mieth/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Lea en español It’s no secret that apps can turn your phone into a valuable tool for health and fitness. But with hundreds of thousands available, finding a good one can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. Choosing an app does need to involve more than clicking and downloading, experts say….

(Liam Norris/Cultura, Getty Images; inset: American Heart Association) Dr. Eduardo Sanchez is the American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention and a former state health commissioner of Texas. He has dealt with major public health crises – including the SARS outbreak. In this occasional series, he offers his insights into various topics related to…