‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Treating female hair loss

May 24, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMale pattern baldness is commonly expected, but women experience hair loss, too. About 40 percent of those adults losing their hair are women, according to the American Hair Loss Association. The experience can be especially damaging psychologically for women, many of whom consider their hair to be a crucial […]

Audio Dive into swimming’s benefits

May 23, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpring is here and as temperatures rise, many people are heading to swimming pools to cool off. But the benefits of swimming go beyond just getting a break from the heat. Swimming is a great aerobic physical activity, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just […]

Audio Catching up on some sleep

May 22, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you skimp on getting enough sleep, you also risk getting sick. A new study published in the journal Sleep adds more evidence to the understanding that sleep deprivation weakens the immune system. Researchers examined the sleeping habits of 11 pairs of twin adults over a period of time […]

Audio Strong drug combos prescribed more often for senior patients

May 19, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPainkillers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics: These are four types of medications doctors are increasingly seeing combined for senior patients. All affect the delicate and essential central nervous system — that is, the brain and spinal cord — so taking them together is problematic, especially for seniors. A cocktail of such […]

Audio Is running a risky proposition?

May 18, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadExperts say regular exercise can increase energy, burn calories and boost your overall heart health. But what about long-distance running? Recent news stories about marathon runners suffering from sudden cardiac arrest has led some to question the benefits and risks of such strenuous races. Doctors at the Penn Sports […]

Audio Plants are muscle builders, too

May 17, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you want to maximize the muscle-boosting effects of your power-lifting session, or just maintain a healthy muscle mass into your golden years? A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicates that plant proteins can be just as effective as animal proteins at building muscle. […]

Audio Late-life babies pack more brain power

May 16, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s a good comeback for the next time someone again asks you that dreaded question: When are you going to have a baby? Just tell them you want your baby to be smarter. According to a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science, waiting until […]

Audio Physicians reluctant to apologize when things go wrong, study shows

May 15, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs kids, many of us were taught to own up to our mistakes and to apologize to those we may have wronged. A new study indicates those important life lessons may have been lost on some of today’s physicians. British researchers presented more than 300 primary care physicians at […]

Audio Birth weight may affect exercise and sports participation in adulthood

May 12, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadResearch shows babies born with a low birth weight have a greater risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. According to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, some of these problems could be because low birth weight […]

Audio What to know about the IUD

May 11, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore women are turning to intrauterine devices for birth control. Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood has seen a 91 percent increase in demand for the devices, also called IUDs. An IUD is a long-lasting, reversible contraceptive device that can protect women from pregnancy for up to 10 […]

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