(THEPALMER/E+, Getty Images) Young American Indians with early signs of plaque in their arteries may be especially vulnerable to heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular conditions later in life, according to new research that calls for earlier interventions. Atherosclerosis is a common and potentially dangerous condition because it reduces blood flow wherever plaque develops, be…

(kali9/E+, Getty Images) A COVID-19 vaccine has finally arrived for children ages 5 to 11 – and with it, some important questions from parents. Many are wondering about safety, said Dr. Donna Curtis, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Others are asking whether the coronavirus is enough of a threat…

Four-year-old congenital heart defect survivor Molly Tittsworth (right) with her big brother, McCoy. (Photo by R. Dodson Photography) When 4-year-old McCoy Tittsworth met his sister, Molly, hours after she was born, he held her swaddled body and kissed her on the cheek. She was the little sister he’d prayed to have. A day later, while…

(lemono/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español When then-college student Lumiere Rostick learned their grandfather, who had dementia, needed help, Rostick volunteered to move in with him. Rostick, whose pronouns are they/them/their, worked on remote college classes and in between helped their grandmother clean and cook, as well as feed, dress and change their grandfather –…

(anilakkus/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español The latest word on heart-healthy eating is “balance.” A new report encourages people to think of broad eating habits instead of narrowly focusing on single foods. Rather than one-size-fits-all rules, it leaves room for personal preferences. “The emphasis is on dietary patterns, not specific foods or nutrients,” said Alice…

Matt Lum (center) with his parents, Mark Lum (left) and Lynn Otaguro. (Photo courtesy of Matt Lum) A month after Lynn Otaguro and Mark Lum brought their new baby, Matt, home from the hospital, they noticed he was fussy and exhausted after breastfeeding. Matt wasn’t gaining enough weight or growing like other babies his age….

(Geber86/E+, Getty Images) A medical school lecture taught Dr. Samuel Kung a vital lesson: He needed to see a cardiologist. As a toddler, Kung had Kawasaki disease, an illness of unknown cause that tends to strike young children. He doesn’t remember being sick, just the years of follow-up that stretched into his teen years. And…

(Aldo Murillo/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español At first, there was skepticism about what would become the most extensive study of Hispanic and Latino health in the United States. But 15 years and nearly 400 scientific papers later, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos is still producing valuable information. It’s become a trove of…

Ariel Hernandez underwent heart surgery last year. (Photo courtesy of Kristal Hernandez) Lea en español Heart surgery can be tough. It can be stressful. And while it can lead families on a path they might not have chosen, sometimes that path guides them smack dab into a purpose. That’s what happened to Ariel Hernandez and…

High school football player Carson Cathey survived a stroke earlier this year. (Photo by Genaro C. Armas) On a morning this past February, 16-year-old Carson Cathey got up, went downstairs and scarfed down a donut and glass of milk. His father, Patrick, also was awake, and they had a conversation before Carson decided to return…