‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Involving fathers in child care lessens obesity risk, study shows

Aug 3, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s long been known that having a father involved in his child’s life in positive ways is a great help to the child’s development, but new research points to a very specific advantage: The child is less likely to become obese. When dads help their children with chores such […]

Audio Brewing a healthier cup of java

Aug 2, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes your day begin with a jolt of coffee? You’re in good company. Fifty-four percent of American adults drink coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association. Research shows coffee has health benefits that go beyond helping your eyelids open up each morning. It has been shown to reduce […]

Audio Stretching your way to back pain relief

Aug 1, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour lower back is aching, but you don’t want to reach for the bottle of pain pills. What can you do to get some relief? New research suggests the answer may be in the downward dog, locust or other gentle yoga poses. Researchers at Boston Medical Center have released […]

Audio Are hypoallergenic dogs for real?

Aug 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUp to 10 percent of people are allergic to dogs—but that doesn’t stop some from having canine kids. Traditionally, they’ve focused on so-called hypoallergenic breeds. Dander was long thought to incite allergic reactions, so nonshedding dogs that release less dander were deemed hypoallergenic. But the real culprit is a […]

Audio Trans fat ban saving lives in New York, study shows

Jul 31, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret among health advocates that trans fats can be bad for you. Now, there is proof of how much eliminating it from your diet can help. A study of people in several counties in New York state, where restaurants were banned from using trans fats for several […]

Audio Touchscreen use may be robbing tots of valuable sleep time

Jul 28, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadScientists, and many parents, know that if a child spends too much time in front of a TV screen or a computer monitor it can lead to sleep problems and developmental issues. Now, research has shown that playing with touchscreen devices may be costing children valuable time getting to […]

Audio New research shows how artificial sweetener stevia can control blood sugar

Jul 27, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStevia, a popular artificial sweetener found in diet sodas, candy and desserts, is up to 400 times sweeter than refined white sugar. But a new study has found that the no-calorie sweetener might lead to new treatment options for diabetes. Studies have suggested that stevia, derived from the sweetleaf […]

Audio Retirees will struggle to cover health care costs

Jul 26, 2017 • By Abigail Miller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany retirees are finding it difficult to cover the astronomical cost of health care after their retirement, according to a report released by the United Health Foundation and the Alliance for Aging Research. Health care expenditures are expected to exceed $3.5 trillion by the end of this year and […]

Audio Eating more read meat is linked to greater disease risk

Jul 25, 2017 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou might want to put down the steak knife once in a while: People who eat larger quantities of red meat are at greater risk of dying from one of nine diseases. That’s the upshot of a study published recently in the journal BMJ.  After studying responses from more […]

Audio Pets benefit baby even before birth

Jul 24, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDog’s status as man’s best friend may begin before the human half of that duo is even born. When there’s a furry pet in the home during a woman’s pregnancy, and especially when a dog or cat is present after the baby is born, the child has more diverse […]

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