(Yuliya Apanasenko/iStock, Getty Images) If you think the teenagers in your life have been eating a lot of unhealthy food – you’re probably right. U.S. adolescents get about two-thirds of their calories from ultra-processed food, and the more they eat, the worse they score on important measures of heart health, a new study says. Nutritionists…

(American Heart Association) “Health justice is important because it gives everyone a fighting chance at life. And nationality, ethnicity and race – none of that should determine whether you live or die.” University of Southern Indiana graduate student Jahmel Fowler was offering his personal views, but his words summed up the thinking of a panel…

Urban Farming Institute trainee Latisha Wade. (Photo courtesy of Pat Spence) When Pat Spence was growing up in Boston, she and her brother would ride their bikes past a dilapidated home nearly overtaken by vines, weeds and trees in the Mattapan neighborhood. What they called “the creepy house” is now the stately headquarters of the…

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…

(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…

(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…

Lady Dorothy Elli is working to address food insecurity for students of all ages. (Photo courtesy of Lady Dorothy Elli) While growing up in the Philippines, Lady Dorothy Elli witnessed childhood hunger and poverty that left her with lasting impressions. She has made it her mission to address the problem of food insecurity and the…

(Ulf Wittrock/EyeEm, Getty Images) Lea en español The patients, most of them young, began showing up at hospitals in the spring of 2019. Some were coughing, out of breath or feverish. Some were vomiting or had diarrhea. Some ended up in intensive care, needing oxygen. Some died. They had been vaping, and their condition acquired…