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  • What to know about the link between mental health and heart diseaseWhat to know about the link between mental health and heart disease
    AaronAmat/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A connection between mental health and heart health has been confirmed by the American Heart Association.The AHA cites a "growing body of research" that shows good mental health can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve overall heart health in its statement,… Read more »
  • LA County Fire Department COVID cases dramatically decrease after 75% get vaccinatedLA County Fire Department COVID cases dramatically decrease after 75% get vaccinated
    Ridofranz/iStockBy DR. ADJOA SMALLS-MANTEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Currently available COVID-19 vaccines worked well in clinical trials, and now we're seeing evidence they're protecting people in the real world -- even after one dose. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has seen a dramatic decrease in its COVID-19 positivity… Read more »
  • Woman loses 115 pounds, leads organization that gets Black women runningWoman loses 115 pounds, leads organization that gets Black women running
    Courtesy Jay Ell Alexander By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Jay Elle Alexander credits running with helping her lose 115 pounds.The 33-year-old mother of a 16-month-old son is now the CEO of Black Girls Run, an organization that encourages Black women to take charge of their health through… Read more »
  • VIP vaccines: As availability tightens, the wealthy and well-connected push for accessVIP vaccines: As availability tightens, the wealthy and well-connected push for access
    simon2579/iStockBy SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Direct and immediate access to their doctor is part of what Dr. Abe Malkin's patients pay for. Concierge practices like his tout first class, round-the-clock medical care. Malkin rarely silences his cellphone, so as not to miss anything, or anyone.But since the… Read more »
  • As nursing homes get vaccine, assisted living centers are left 'falling through the cracks,' experts sayAs nursing homes get vaccine, assisted living centers are left 'falling through the cracks,' experts say
    Bill Oxford/iStockBy LAURA ROMERO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout reaches residents of nursing homes across the country, long-term care advocates remain concerned that many of the nation's most vulnerable citizens -- who are living in similar, high-risk congregate settings -- are being left to wait.Assisted living… Read more »
  • Some COVID-19 variants spread more easily than original: Here’s whySome COVID-19 variants spread more easily than original: Here’s why
    Rattankun Thongbun/iStockBy DR. SEAN LLEWELLYN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In recent months, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been popping up all over the world, and experts say even more will continue to be identified as this pandemic continues. In the United States, variants have been found… Read more »
  • Dementia, Alzheimer's not an inevitable part of aging: StudyDementia, Alzheimer's not an inevitable part of aging: Study
    Goodboy Picture Company/iStockBy DR. ALEXIS E. CARRINGTON, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Dementia and Alzheimer's disease may not be an inevitable part of aging, according to a recent Dutch study, which identified 100-year-olds with high cognitive performance despite risk factors for decline.This six-year study of centenarians -- people who are… Read more »
  • Cities, states face 'a lot of uncertainty' as they exhaust vaccine allotmentsCities, states face 'a lot of uncertainty' as they exhaust vaccine allotments
    MarsBars/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Appointments are being canceled, sites are temporarily closing, county waitlists are in the thousands and states are adjusting eligibility timelines as vaccines supplies dwindle nationwide.With shipments coming weekly, officials say they don't have much visibility on their supplies as they simultaneously schedule… Read more »
  • Mom speaks out as healthy 15-year-old daughter contracts COVID-19Mom speaks out as healthy 15-year-old daughter contracts COVID-19
    Christina Meredith By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A Texas mother is sharing the story of her teenager's ongoing fight against COVID-19, in hopes to remind parents that young people are still at risk.Christina Meredith, a resident of Kyle, Texas, told ABC News' Good Morning America that her… Read more »
  • This 81-year-old TikTok influencer is all the fitness inspiration we needThis 81-year-old TikTok influencer is all the fitness inspiration we need
    mlleelizabethart/iStockBy GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Erika Rischko is an 81-year-old mother of two, grandmother of one and, surprising to even herself, a fitness influencer.Rischko, of Langenfeld, Germany, describes herself as a "late bloomer" when it comes to fitness, but she now is inspiring people decades her junior with… Read more »