(sorbetto/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) Scans of the upper lungs that already are part of evaluating some stroke patients also could help save time in detecting COVID-19 earlier than traditional nasal swabs, new research shows. Computed tomography angiogram, or CTA, scans and symptom questionnaires helped researchers detect COVID-19 with 83%; accuracy in people having a stroke…

Stroke survivor Claudia Veach (right) with her mother, Jill. (Photo courtesy of Jill Veach) Jill Veach looked at the name on her chirping phone. The caller was her longtime babysitter. It was midafternoon, around the time Jill’s husband, Matt, would have picked up their children – Claudia, 8, and Vinnie, 4 – from the babysitter’s…

(Jackyenjoyphotography/Moment, Getty Images) A daily checklist, meticulous hand-cleaning and a multidisciplinary health care team are all ways to cut down on costly – and sometimes deadly – complications in the cardiac intensive care unit, according to a new report. The American Heart Association scientific statement, published Thursday in the AHA’s journal Circulation, lays out the…

(Pekic/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español You might assume that portraying video games as bad for your health would be as easy as shooting ducks on an old Nintendo. Even a professional gamer like Noah “Nifty” Francis, 22, admits players aren’t known for having great habits. Francis, who plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the Dallas-based…

(Vera Arsic/EyeEm, Getty Images) Smokers face nearly three times the risk of early death from heart disease and stroke compared to people who never smoked, according to new research that found smokers who began before age 15 had the highest risks. Earlier research in Cuba found a link between childhood smoking and a higher risk…

(LWA/Dann Tardif, Getty Images) Pregnancy-related heart attacks – especially in the period after childbirth – are on the rise in women who are 30 or older, according to new research. Although still considered uncommon, a study of nearly 11.3 million records for pregnancy, labor and postpartum cases showed that nearly three-fourths of the 913 women…

(Jolygon/iStock, Getty Images) Almost 30% of adults younger than 45 don’t know the five most common symptoms of a stroke, according to new research. At the same time, stroke is on the rise in that age group. Each year, 10% to 15% of the nearly 795,000 people in the United States who have a stroke…

(AndyL/E+, Getty Images) Erin Wegener was a tiny baby facing enormous challenges. Born at 29 weeks’ gestation, she weighed only 1 pound, 14 ounces. Her first three months were lived in the neonatal intensive care unit. Family photos show her covered in gauze, sustained by too many tubes to count. Her entire hand just about…

Presley LeGrande with Carleen Bohlin, a member of Team Gemini. (Photo courtesy of Presley LeGrande) When Presley LeGrande was a member of the competitive cheer team NorCal Elite All Stars in San Jose, California, one of their biggest fans was a teammate’s sister. She had her own NorCal uniform and would try to copy the…

Abel Falcon Protiva was born with ‘half a heart’ and has since had a life-saving transplant. (Photo by Amanda Fish Photography) Wendy Wees suffered a miscarriage during her first pregnancy with husband, Jason Protiva, so they were overjoyed when they passed the nine-week mark of her second pregnancy. At her 20-week appointment, the couple found…