(Jose Luis Pelaez/Photodisc, Getty Images) Primary care doctors can play an important role in helping to preserve brain health by encouraging healthy behaviors and addressing risk factors associated with cognitive decline, according to a new scientific report. The American Heart Association statement published Monday in the journal Stroke outlines seven lifestyle targets and six risk…

(Westend61, Getty Images) Lea en español Researchers have developed a new Spanish acronym aimed to raise awareness of stroke symptoms in the Hispanic community. Known as RAPIDO, it seeks to replicate the popular FAST mnemonic that exists in English. Studies show that while Hispanic adults currently have a similar rate of stroke as their non-Hispanic…

Michelle Whiteman at the 2019 Philadelphia Heart Walk. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Whiteman) Michelle Whiteman woke up and realized her left arm felt numb. She figured it was a pinched nerve and made an appointment to see her chiropractor. The 40-year-old hair stylist who was getting her master’s degree in special education felt in excellent…

(Charday Penn/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Grief is a common, if not universal, human experience. But that doesn’t make it simple. It’s psychological, but it affects people physically. It’s a matter of science, but scientists who discuss it can sound poetic. Dr. Katherine Shear, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University School of Social Work…

Cameron Dye survived MIS-C, a rare complication of COVID-19 in children. (Photo courtesy of the Dye family) It began with COVID-19 and became a nightmare. The coronavirus hit the Dye family of Anchorage, Alaska, in mid-November. Parents Heath and Hailey were sick for a week. Cameron, then 6, had a mild fever for a day…

Laurie Clinton uses vouchers for produce through the Vouchers 4 Veggies program in a photo taken before the pandemic. (Photo by Constanza Hevia) As soon as Joseph Angelo enrolled in Vouchers 4 Veggies, he started to replace processed foods with fruits and vegetables. “There were times when I’d been eating healthier, but I’d really fallen…

Kelly Steinberg survived a rare spinal stroke during surgery for a rare tear in her aorta. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Steinberg) The day before her daughter, Maddy, turned 16, Kelly Steinberg woke up feeling a surge of energy rush through her body as she turned on her side. “I wasn’t in any pain,” Kelly said….

(JazzIRT/E+, Getty Images) Cardiac arrests caused by opioid overdose are a significant cause of death in the United States and differ from other forms of cardiac arrest, according to an American Heart Association report that calls for more education and exploring new treatments. Published Monday in the AHA journal Circulation, the scientific statement defines the…

(Nadzeya_Dzivakova/iStock, Getty Images) Men and women are different. This might sound like the opening to a comedy routine, but scientific understanding of the significance of those differences – and how to study them – evolved slowly in recent decades. Researchers who have been part of historic investigations say science had to overcome its own blind…

(Brothers91/E+, Getty Images) As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, mental health professionals are growing more alarmed about a parallel mental health crisis brewing for young adults. The burden of ongoing social, school and work restrictions, experts fear, is leading to a deterioration in the mental states of young adults who are increasingly worried about forfeiting precious…