(dickcraft/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Sam Rafferty fell severely ill after getting infected with COVID-19 at an uncle’s funeral in March, an event that sickened her entire family and left Rafferty and her daughter struggling to breathe. But it’s not her lungs that have kept her from making a full recovery; it’s her brain….

(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español New federal dietary guidelines encourage Americans to focus more on eating healthy throughout life, to be flexible in their eating patterns and to cut down on empty calories. The recommendations, released every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services,…

(Mashkatul Anuar/EyeEm, Getty Images) For nearly two years, Ms. D’s 8-year-old twins exclaim “Home sweet home!” every time they cross the threshold of their New York City apartment. Domestic violence drove the family out of their house and into shelter life for nine months. At one point, they commuted two hours each way from Brooklyn…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Complications during pregnancy are widespread, becoming more common and often overlooked as warning signs about a woman’s heart health. Which is why for the first time, in an effort to guide clinicians and empower women, the authors of a widely used reference on the facts and figures surrounding cardiovascular diseases are including…

(eggeeggjiew/iStock, Getty Images) People who reverse their prediabetes may lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and death, a new study suggests. With prediabetes, a person has blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but lower than the threshold for a diabetes diagnosis. Even so, people with prediabetes are more likely to have a…

Rosie Veltz, 13, has survived five open-heart surgeries. (Photo courtesy of Drew Veltz) Rosemary “Rosie” Veltz was “medically maxed out.” That was the term the doctors used six months after a third surgery to correct a heart defect that left her struggling to breathe while her lungs continued to fill with fluid. A doctor suggested…

(Dmitrii_Guzhanin/iStock, Getty Images) A growing body of research shows good mental health can improve heart health and reduce cardiovascular risks, while poor mental health can increase the risk of heart disease, according to a new scientific report. Because of the clear link emerging between psychological health and heart health, doctors should assess the mental well-being…

(LWA-Dann Tardif/Stone, Getty Images) In these stressful pandemic times, health experts have more reason to circle back to the link between anxiety and smoking: Does anxiety cause people to smoke? Or does smoking cause anxiety? Like many other aspects of mental health and addiction, there are no cut-and-dried conclusions. “I think we’ve generated more questions…

(thenatchdl/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of growing older. People will do just about anything to prevent it, from swallowing supplements touted as memory boosters to spending hours solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. But do these things really keep the aging brain sharp? The short answer…

(DESKCUBE/iStock, Getty Images) As the U.S. marks one year since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus has made history in epic and terrible ways. But it also sparked innovative and inspiring science, say researchers who raced to establish registries of COVID-19 patients. Their efforts have elements of a medical drama, with mysteries to unravel, lives…