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…

(Tetra Images/Getty Images) Asian Americans are more likely to have better overall cardiovascular health than white Americans, but they lose that standing when the comparison is made using a lower, Asian-specific threshold for body mass index, according to new research. Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States. They make up…

(Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Everybody knows being sedentary is bad for your heart. But a new study suggests watching lots of TV might be particularly bad for African Americans – and it was linked to more of a risk than having a job that requires sitting all day. The study published Wednesday in the Journal of…

(nito103 via Depositphotos) The impact of hormone therapy on the heart health of transgender men and women has been the subject of several studies published within the last year. But medical experts and researchers aren’t ready to sound the alarm just yet. “We have to recognize that hormones can be lifesaving therapy for trans people,”…

(Enigmangels via Depositphotos) Race matters when it comes to who is more likely to have a stroke and to die from one. For American Indians, just how much it matters has been unclear due to a lack of research. But results of a new study indicate they are more likely than white Americans to have…

(Roland Magnusson/EyeEm, Getty Images) In recent years, medical experts have been awakening to the specialized needs of LGBTQ people. But one of the most significant barriers to their care can sometimes be right in their doctor’s office. Jamison Green knows this firsthand. “One of the worst things is actually just anticipating having to explain yourself,”…

Anh Vu Sawyer has educated thousands of Southeast Asian Americans about heart disease and stroke risks. (Photo by Tommy Vo) At first glance, Anh Vu Sawyer wouldn’t appear to be someone at high risk for heart disease or stroke. But she’d be the first to say looks can be deceiving. “I have a very low…

Medical student Terry Gao is part of a project that delivers health information to a disadvantaged neighborhood in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Alex Kirsch) During her third year of medical school, Terry Gao learned how classroom training doesn’t always answer real-world questions – like how to get people to eat better. As part of an internal medicine…

(ljubaphoto, Getty Images) A new study indicates transgender men and women have a higher risk of heart attack – more than four times in some instances – than people who identify as the gender with which they were born. The findings are being presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes…

(JGI/Jamie Grill, Getty Images) Stressful life events were linked to higher incidents of heart attack, stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease in African-American women, according to new research that also looked at whether a person’s resilience could help ward off the impact of stress. The study did not find a connection between resilience and…