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Food, family and the health scare that changed it all


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The Arias family gatherings are about food.

The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving to the […]

Texas chef’s culinary mission comes from the heart


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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease. She made it her mission to make […]

Young survivor conquers fears, goes from shut-in to national spokesperson


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Amanda Gonzalez was a senior in high school when she found out she had heart disease. She chokes up recalling the surgeries she needed and the things she missed out on in college. Looking back, Gonzalez said she is lucky to be alive.

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Can sitting too long increase heart disease risk in Hispanic, Latino women?


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Sitting too long can be bad for your health, studies have shown. But how to do the health hazards of sedentary behavior affect the nation’s growing population of Hispanic and Latino women?

Researchers at the newly created Women’s Cardiovascular Research Center at the University […]

Hispanic women tend to have lower heart disease risk, healthier attitudes than Caucasian counterparts


In the United States, Hispanic women have an average life expectancy of 87 years — six years longer than Caucasian women. Part of the reason could be that Hispanic women may have better cardiovascular health accompanied by more positive attitudes about life, according to research […]

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CVGPS research aims to improve common blood pressure medication


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories explaining the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study.

Anyone taking a common blood pressure drug should be interested in Christy Avery’s scientific research. She’s studying how these and other common prescription medications […]

Church-based health intervention may help parishioners reduce stroke risk

A church-based health intervention reduced stroke risk behaviors among Hispanic and non-Hispanic parishioners, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

The Stroke Health and Risk Education Project was a faith-based, culturally-sensitive behavioral intervention study to reduce stroke risk factor behaviors such as physical inactivity, […]

Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

Hispanic women with multiple births may face increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Hispanic women who have five or more successful births may have a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those with no or fewer births, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers analyzed 855 Hispanic women 45 years and older who were […]

After-school programs still needed for 19.4 million children, report says

While more than 10 million children participate in after-school programs, there is still a need for programs for another 19.4 million children, according to a report released Thursday by Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all children have access to affordable, quality after-school programs.

According to the report, the unmet […]