Marathon Running Doesn’t Always Do the Heart Good

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_6160867ec6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The thousands of runners who took part in Sunday’s New York City Marathon probably believe they strengthened their cardiovascular system by participating in the 26.2-mile run, but a Quebec doctor suggests the strain most likely caused temporary damage to their heart muscles.

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California Girl to Get Heart Surgery After Insurance Denial

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_69477f4833.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A California couple is celebrating today after winning a battle over insurance coverage for their toddler’s heart surgery. Briggette and Johan Schilling’s 14-month-old daughter, Aria, was born with a hole in her heart and a deformed valve. The girl was scheduled to have open-heart surgery on Oct. 11 at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. 

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Obese Girls May Hit Puberty Earlier, Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_148cb1be99.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study finds that young girls with a higher body mass index tend to have an earlier onset of puberty. The researchers, who published a report in the journal Pediatrics, followed over 1,200 girls for seven years. They reported that African American girls began developing breasts before the age of nine, while white girls on average were beginning puberty around age nine-and-a-half.

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Wisconsin Community Rallies Around Boy Born With No Eyes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_e4de88f80f.jpgCaringforcalvin.com (OCONOMOWOC, Wis.) -- The family of a Wisconsin toddler born deaf and without eyes is turning to their local community for help raising funds to cover medical costs. Calvin Brezgel was born with SOX2 Anopthalmia, a rare genetic disorder that in Calvin resulted in his undeveloped eyes and deafness. SOX2 Anopthalmia affects one out of every 250,000 people, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Study Links Psoriasis with Increased Risk of Heart Failure

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b2c5ea9a38.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- People who suffer from the skin disorder psoriasis may be at higher risk for heart failure, experts say. Research presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology meeting analyzed data from adults in Denmark. The researchers found that those with psoriasis were more prone to developing heart failure.

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