(Yagi Studio/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Lea en español Patti Ghezzi knows the risks posed by the pandemic. She also knows that her 14-year-old daughter thrives in the company of her friends. So Ghezzi and her family did something many other Americans have attempted: They became part of a “pod,” or “social bubble,” with two other Atlanta…

(XiaoYun Li/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) It’s no surprise that one health topic dominated the list of the most-read stories of the year – the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, coronavirus safety tips topped the list of most-watched videos. TOP STORIES 1. What heart patients should know about the coronavirus The coronavirus should have everyone’s attention by now,…

(Francesco Carta fotografo/Moment, Getty Images) Numbers tell stories. And this year, few stories will be bigger than the end-of-year statistics showing the top causes of death for Americans. For years, the data has shown heart disease as the No. 1 killer, followed by cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. In a normal year,…

Alexis Crumbley survived COVID-19, but has long-term ailments doctors are still trying to treat. (Photo courtesy of Alexis Crumbley) Alexis Crumbley flew home from London with her family in March, just as the coronavirus crisis was beginning, before masks and other precautions were widespread. She’s pretty much been sick ever since. “I figured, I’ve got…

(Jackyenjoyphotography/Moment, Getty Images) Black and Hispanic people made up nearly 60% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in a new study, a disproportionate number that researchers attribute to societal structures reinforcing health disparities among racial and ethnic groups. The study looked at data from 7,868 people hospitalized for COVID-19 between Jan. 17 and July 22 at 88 U.S….

(sorbetto/DigitalVision Vectors, Getty Images) Scans of the upper lungs that already are part of evaluating some stroke patients also could help save time in detecting COVID-19 earlier than traditional nasal swabs, new research shows. Computed tomography angiogram, or CTA, scans and symptom questionnaires helped researchers detect COVID-19 with 83%; accuracy in people having a stroke…

(Adrienne Bresnahan/Moment, Getty Images) Lea en español It’s flu season. In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. Is this any time to be thinking about your risk of stroke? Yes, researchers say. Having either influenza or the coronavirus seems to increase the odds of having an ischemic stroke – the type where blood flow in…

(Mango Productions/Stone, Getty Images) A healthy heart is always essential but especially during the current pandemic. People with heart disease and other medical conditions appear to be at higher risk for more severe symptoms or complications if they contract COVID-19. Scientists continue to learn more about the virus while working to develop a vaccine. In…

(djvstock/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Maria de Lourdes Alvarado has had to pick up extra or overtime shifts whenever she can, like millions of other essential workers outside of the health care field who are helping to maintain a sense of normalcy in their communities. And also like them,…

(Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Lea en español Maybe it was the meme that pointed out how Shakespeare used his time in quarantine to write “King Lear.” Maybe it was all those photos of sourdough bread in your social media feed. Maybe you’re just bored. Whatever the spark – you’re ready to take on a hobby….