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…

(FatCamera/E+, Getty Images) Genetic testing for cardiovascular disorders in children should include counseling for families before and after the test, along with support from a specialized team, according to a new report. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association published Friday in its journal Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine. Though previous AHA statements have…

(Westend61, Getty Images) Obstructive sleep apnea, a type of sleep disorder characterized by disrupted breathing, may be linked to changes in blood pressure and heart structure in children and adolescents, according to a new scientific statement. The American Heart Association report urges parents and health care providers to consider testing for children who exhibit symptoms,…

Congenital heart defect survivor Luke Pilkinton. (Photo courtesy of Bright Heart Foundation) Linda and Clint Pilkinton had a healthy toddler when Linda got pregnant with their second child. They were eager to give Charlie a baby brother. The first trimester of her pregnancy proceeded much like it did with Charlie. Then came the standard 16-week…

(Ridofranz/iStock, Getty Images) Trauma in childhood may lead to worse heart health later in life for Black people in the U.S. who have a low income, but not for those who have more money, a study found. Early trauma has been linked to cardiovascular health problems in previous research, said lead author Dr. Shabatun Islam,…

(GoodLifeStudio/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español At-home schooling was no vacation for Francis Huang and her 11-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Kuo. The COVID-19 pandemic thrust remote learning upon their family in spring 2020. With it came the stresses now familiar to millions of families. “I think the whole year, we just tried to survive,” said Huang,…