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From being on life support to playing dress-up

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The delivery of their first child was rough, and Kacie and Alejandro Torres looked forward to an easier one with their second, another girl.

But the then-24-year-old mother knew something was wrong as soon as she saw Emma. Medical staff yelled for chest compressions […]

Portland prepares for Safe Routes to School program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cities, counties and school districts in the Portland, Oregon, area can have staff dedicated to encouraging kids to walk or ride their bikes to school and to determining street safety projects around schools with newly earmarked funds totaling $3.5 million.

The Metro Council’s Joint Policy Advisory […]

Pediatricians: Keep two numbers in mind when measuring BP

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keeping two numbers in mind – one for teens and another for younger children – might help busy pediatricians more easily identify which kids need to actively control their blood pressure, according to an editorial published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Although pediatricians […]

CDC: Boston makes strides with schools’ sugary drink policy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harvard researchers found that Boston Public School’s sugary drink policy helped 90 percent of the 115 schools meet the state’s nutrition standards for competitive beverages.

Competitive beverages are drinks sold outside of the federally reimbursable school meal program, including soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and […]

Mississippi now requires nutritious snacks in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Mississippi Department of Education will now require snacks sold at school to meet the same nutritional standards as breakfast and lunch.

The education department voted and passed the rules last week that will apply to any foods sold either in vending machines or a la […]

Children with congenital heart disease not performing as well in school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children with congenital heart disease do not perform as well in school as children without birth defects, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers used North Carolina third-grade public school records to compare end-of-grade test results for children […]

Kids learn about healthy lifestyle in school-based garden program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children learned to grow vegetables and the value of a healthy lifestyle in a school-based program tailored for their low-income, desert community, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

The American Heart Association teamed up with Johns Hopkins University to […]

A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Some children’s hospitals already have rapid response processes for when a child comes in with stroke-like symptoms, but most hospitals do not, said Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., […]

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Food, beverage ads for kids fall short of healthy diet standards

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Advertising for children by food and beverage companies isn’t meeting healthy diet standards, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study found that the companies are meeting their own guidelines in advertising healthier products to children on television. But […]

Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Children living in a part of the Southeastern United States, known as the stroke belt, are no more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than children in non-stroke-belt states, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Adults in the stroke belt are more likely to be […]