‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Undercooked chicken linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome

Mar 29, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEating undercooked chicken is extremely dangerous and can cause infections such as salmonella poisoning. Now new evidence shows that a common bacterium found in pink poultry can also cause Guillain-Barre [GHEE-on ba-RAY] syndrome. In this disorder, the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Early symptoms […]

Audio There’s a reason why time flies when we’re having fun

Mar 28, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | Download“Time flies when you’re having fun” is an age-old saying that too often seems to be true. Have you ever been excited to go on vacation only to have it end too soon? By contrast, stressful situations seem to make time stand still. Studies have shown this phenomenon is […]

Audio Shock-absorbing shoe inserts don’t do much for feet

Mar 27, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe’ve all seen the commercials of long-distance runners who seem to be gliding blissfully on cushions of air, their toned legs impervious to the constant pounding of their feet on unforgiving concrete and asphalt. Their secret? Special insoles in their shoes or orthotics that absorb the punishment so their […]

Audio Can saunas decrease the risk of memory disorders?

Mar 24, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo stave off memory problems, you might want to spend some time in a sauna. A recent study at the University of Finland suggests that men who sauna bathe several times a week are significantly less likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Men who spent time in a sauna […]

Audio Racial discrimination is more than skin deep

Mar 23, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat are the effects of racial discrimination? Entire disciplines are dedicated to studying its impact on society as a whole, how marginalizing an entire population based on their skin color minimizes their contributions and value. But what happens to a person on an individual and even genetic level when […]

Audio Marijuana could slow progression of Parkinson’s disease

Mar 22, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNext to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease is the most common neurological illness in America. The disease causes impaired balance and coordination, tremors and slowness of movement. It occurs when a person’s brain stops producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers and regulates movement. Could […]

Audio “Phubbing” adds rockiness to modern relationships

Mar 21, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat do you get when you combine smartphones and snubbing? A whole lot of rocky relationships, due in part to a new habit called “phubbing.” For example, during a lull in conversation, your date pulls out his or her phone at the table. You feel snubbed, and an argument […]

Audio Sleep deprivation impacts night owls and early risers differently

Mar 20, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSleep deprivation is linked to a loss of concentration skills and the ability to accurately complete tasks. Night owls typically work better during the late hours than those who are early risers. But a new study suggests that after a long, sleepless night, early risers are faster to act […]

Audio Healthy Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. This year, extend the celebration to your meals by whipping up emerald-hued dishes that are festive and nutritious. Begin your day with a bit of healthy whimsy, green eggs and ham — the meal, not the Dr. Seuss book. Combine three […]

Audio More money means better health

Mar 16, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore money, more problems? Not so, scientists say. Try more money, fewer health problems. A new study from the Hamilton Project says money may not buy happiness, but it can possibly buy you better health and mental well-being. However, stress among all Americans — along with income inequality — […]

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