COVID-19 and heart failure survivor, Madeline Neville. (Photo courtesy of Madeline Neville) Madeline Neville tried her best to avoid catching COVID-19 while attending Temple University in Philadelphia. In late October, she was visiting her parents near Scranton, Pennsylvania, when she learned one of her roommates had been exposed to the virus. Madeline panicked, realizing that…

Heart disease survivor Ralph Lee and his wife, Janelle, at a Go Red for Women event in Canton, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the Lee family) For a couple of months, Ralph Lee wasn’t feeling quite right. His wife, Janelle, urged him to see a doctor. His company-scheduled physical for executives was set for shortly after…

(Dimitri Otis/Stone, Getty Images) Lea en español It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that laughter feels good, while anger feels awful. But it does take one to explain why one of these feelings can boost the immune system, while the other can wear it down, damage the heart and increase the risk for dementia….

(Betsie Van Der Meer/Stone, Getty Images) Eating more plant protein and less red meat may lower a woman’s risk of dying from dementia, heart disease and other causes, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found postmenopausal women who got more of their protein from plants such…

(LifestyleVisuals/iStock, Getty Images) Carl Bradford’s life got upended by the pandemic. The Vacaville, California, artist lost chances to exhibit at galleries. He’s been unable to see his far-flung family or go to the gym. The 65-year-old steps out to volunteer with his church’s food pantry but stays carefully masked and distanced. He’s also just had…

(Westend61, Getty Images) Lea en español Jack hammers. Buzz saws. Screaming toddlers. Barking dogs. Horns blaring from incessant traffic jams. Any of these can set nerves on edge, especially if you are subjected to the noise for hours, days or weeks on end. It’s more than aggravating. Studies show noise-generated stress is bad for the…

Khadijah Ameen (left) and Mercilla Ryan-Harris at a BLKHLTH Conversation session in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Nowland and Ann Watson) When Khadijah Ameen and her fellow health activists gather in community groups in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta, everyone is in a circle. It connects to their central message: Achieving a society…

Identical twins and heart attack survivors, Pamela Smith (left) and Patricia Wood. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Wood) As identical twins who look alike, sound alike and even have the same mannerisms, Patricia Wood and Pamela Smith are used to people mistaking them for one another. Even before birth, their heartbeats were so perfectly synchronized that…

(MattGush/iStock, Getty Images) Long-term exposure to air pollution, even at low levels, can increase the risk for heart and lung disease in older adults, new research shows. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found exposure to three types of air pollutants was responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the U.S….

Heart failure survivor Lupita Garcia with her daughter, Maia. (Photo by The Baby Whisperer Portraits) About 33 weeks into her pregnancy, Lupita Garcia struggled to breathe so much she slept sitting up. Three days later, she awoke with heart palpitations and chest discomfort. Garcia’s doctor suggested she get evaluated at the hospital. She left work…