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…

(DenisTangney/E+, Getty Images) Americans who live in counties with high poverty rates are more likely to die from heart failure compared to people living in more affluent areas, new research says. The prevalence of diabetes and obesity largely explained the link, said the researchers, whose work was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American…

(Robert Nicholas/OJO Images, Getty Images) How long people stay in school may play a significant role in predicting how well those with coronary heart disease will fare, according to new research that linked lower levels of school completion with a higher risk of heart attack and death. Education level has been known to influence people’s…

(Karl Tapales, Getty Images) After quitting his job as a cancer researcher, Aristotle “Ari” Mannan became a community health worker on the streets of Boston. He kept running into Huey, a 56-year-old homeless man who drank mouthwash and wore a green hospital gown because he spent so much time in emergency rooms. When Huey suddenly…

Leon El-Alamin (left) and Tim Abdul-Matin left prison determined to improve their community. (Photo courtesy of Leon El-Alamin) At 18, Leon Wilson was getting quite a reputation for selling cocaine in the Pierson neighborhood on the North Side of Flint, Michigan. His name started ringing through the streets, eventually reaching Leon Parks. His dad. Father…

(digitalskillet1, Adobe Stock) Black and Hispanic people having a stroke are less likely than their white counterparts to get treatments proven to reduce death and improve quality of life, new research shows. For strokes caused by a clot, the gold standard treatment is a clot-busting drug called alteplase, according to guidelines from the American Heart…

A Flint Fresh employee shows off some of the produce delivered by the organization’s Mobile Market truck. (Photo courtesy of Flint Fresh) Flint, Michigan, is best known in recent years for its troubles over tainted water. But another problem has challenged the city for decades: Most of its population lack easy access to healthy, nutritious…

(Ausettha, iStock/Getty Images Plus) The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions. HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place. Living in an unstable housing environment can have a devastating…

Kathryn Doornbos (left), executive director of Redemptive Cycles, with Jeh Jeh Pruit (center) and Jeniese Hosey during Bike to Work Day 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama. Kathryn Doornbos needed a way to unwind from the tedious work of studying the outer membrane proteins of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. So one evening she hopped on her…

Kathryn Doornbos (left), executive director of Redemptive Cycles, with Jeh Jeh Pruit (center) and Jeniese Hosey during Bike to Work Day 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama. Kathryn Doornbos needed a way to unwind from the tedious work of studying the outer membrane proteins of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. So one evening she hopped on her…