(monkeybusinessimages/iStock, Getty Images) Nice weather and a receding pandemic should make for a joyous, memorable summer, especially after a year of lockdowns, frustration and discouraging news. For kids, and their parents, it’s also a chance to get back on the road to normal after a long COVID-19 detour. “I’m really optimistic about this summer compared…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 offers parents more than the opportunity to protect their kids. It offers them a chance to be a guide. Adolescents might be wondering whether vaccines are safe or even necessary. They also might be struggling with conflicting information…

(David Madison/DigitalVision, Getty Images) College athletes with COVID-19 rarely had heart complications and could safely return to playing sports after recovery, according to new research. Even those with abnormal cardiac test results showed no evidence of heart damage, according to the small study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Most athletes had…

(Jupiterimages/Stockbyte, Getty Images) Barbara Stopfer hasn’t had much of a social life since her husband died six years ago. She stopped seeing coworkers, too, after her heart condition required her to cut back her hours and work remotely. But the 79-year-old stayed connected to people at her residential community for older adults, through activities like…

(alvarez/E+, Getty Images) Denise Santos remembers exactly how she felt when the first pandemic lockdown was ordered last year, knowing she’d no longer have to interact with the public, her co-workers or anybody outside the sanctuary of her home. “The relief was immediate and almost overwhelming, like I’d slid into a warm bath,” said Santos,…

(Chainarong Prasertthai/iStock, Getty Images) As more people in the United States are vaccinated against COVID-19, and some areas experience a slowdown in virus infections, the nation is slowly starting to reopen. According to health care professionals, post-lockdown life should start with taking stock of your own health. “It’s a great time to do a (health)…

(Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment, Getty Images) The now-ended pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine raised concerns about whether confidence might be rattled in vaccines and how they are monitored for safety. Experts say it should do the opposite. “I think this is a clear example that the system works, that there are many safeguards…

Latino Health Access promotora Rosa Calderon helps triage people signed up to get vaccinated at Villa Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California. (Photo courtesy of Latino Health Access) Getting vaccinated may be everyone’s best protection against COVID-19. But giving everyone fair access to vaccines will take more than just providing needles and vials, community health…