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How common is cardiac arrest in college athletes?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - College student-athletes may be more likely to die from cardiac arrest -- when the heart suddenly stops beating -- than previously believed, according to a new study. Full story

Strong painkillers may be linked to birth defects

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take opioid painkillers such as codeine and oxycodone early in their pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, according to a new study. Full story

Mom's smoking ups risk of heart defects in baby

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who smoke during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to give birth to babies with some of the most common types of birth defects, a new study finds. Full story

US scientists recreate heart defect in a lab dish

Using skin cells taken from children with a rare heart defect, researchers have created beating heart cells in the lab with the same heart defect, allowing researchers to test new drugs in human cells instead of mice. Full story

Mother honors infant born with birth defect

   Mother Angela Brock was inspired by her infant daughter’s strength to battle through the heart defect she was born with. She is honored with a special song,  “Being Strong.”

Meet a cyclist with a big heart

   Nels Matson, a 27-year-old congenital heart disease survivor, is embarking on a 3,700-mile, cross-country bike ride to raise money and awareness for children suffering with debilitating CHD.

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  Straight to the Heart

Artificial heart valves that make some surgery to repair congenital heart defects, less invasive.

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