Halle Spivey survived after her heart stopped for 27 minutes. The Spivey family, from left: brother Charlie, Halle, mom Autumn, and dad Britt. (Photo by Theresa Bluhm Photography) Britt Spivey knew something was wrong when his pregnant wife showed up at his work following what was supposed to be a routine doctor visit. Autumn started…

Brittany Young (second from right) at a dirt bike showcase in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Javon Roye) For Brittany Young, dirt bike culture was simply a way of life when she was a young girl growing up in West Baltimore. “Most everyone I knew rode,” Young said. Dozens of riders, mostly black, would zoom through…

(Cavan Images/Cavan, Getty Images) Babies born with serious heart defects are surviving to adulthood in greater numbers, but new research shows they face another hurdle when they get there: heart failure. The study found children born with the most critical heart problems were 30 times more likely to develop or die from heart failure or…

(Denis Tangney Jr/Photodisc, Getty Images) Infants are more likely to be born with serious heart defects if their homes are in neighborhoods that are polluted or economically deprived, a new study finds. Congenital heart defects – abnormalities in the heart or nearby blood vessels that arise before birth – affect an estimated 1.3 million Americans….

(Stanislav Medvedev/EyeEm, Getty Images) Children and teens with abnormal heart rhythms are more likely to have depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, according to a new study. The preliminary findings follow previous research suggesting the same higher rates for those conditions in young adults born with structural heart defects. “This may…

(bildfokus/iStock, Getty Images) Children whose mothers used snus — a type of powdered, smokeless tobacco popular in Sweden — during pregnancy had higher blood pressure by age 6 than children whose mothers did not use it, new research says. Snus is placed between the gums and upper lip, but unlike American chewing tobacco, it does…

Lara Asch with her parents, Drs. Federico Asch and Ana Barac, in Paris this summer. Lara was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high triglycerides at age 10. (Photo courtesy of Federico Asch) Like many 10-year-olds, Lara Asch loved burgers and fries, pasta and pizza. Although she was staying active with gym classes at school, plus tennis and dance,…

Lottie Zoog had a partial foot amputation and an open-heart surgery, and is still all smiles with her adoptive family. From left: Vanessa, Lottie, Noah and Christopher Zoog. (Photo courtesy of the Zoog family) When their hopes of adopting a child from China were stretched thin by years of wait, Vanessa and Chris Zoog asked…

(mrs/Moment, Getty Images) Parents confused about what exactly their young children should be drinking just got help from several large health organizations, which have issued a common set of recommendations. Breast milk or formula, plain cow’s milk and water are encouraged; sweetened drinks – including most plant-based milks – are not. Individual organizations have made…

Cherie Craft shares a laugh with a child at Smart from the Start, the Boston organization she founded to help economically disadvantaged children. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Craft) This is supposed to be a story about an inner-city Boston organization that helps economically disadvantaged children prepare to join the school system by age 5. So…