‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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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 […]

Audio Medical marijuana laws could be saving taxpayers money

Jul 21, 2017 • By Abigail Miller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMedical marijuana could be saving U.S. taxpayers major bucks when it comes to Medicaid expenses. That’s according to a new study released on HealthAffairs.org. As of December, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana. Two researchers from the University of Georgia conducted a […]

Audio Think that low-fat snack is healthy? Check the label

Jul 20, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’re craving your favorite cookies as you browse the aisle at the local grocery store. To your delight, you find a low-fat version. Should you pile a few boxes in your cart and head home with what you believe is a healthier version of your favorite treat? Maybe not, […]

Audio Study shows ‘love hormone’ oxytocin could be key to drug rehabilitation

Jul 19, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe number of people who die from a drug overdose or opioid usecontinues to rise in the U.S. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. But results from a new study published in the British Journal […]

Audio During workouts, a little effort goes a long way

Jul 18, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor some people, feeling good after a workout doesn’t have to include a painful or exhausting routine. If you lead a sedentary life, even light physical activity can produce benefits, researchers at the University of Connecticut have found. They studied the habits of more than 400 middle-aged adults and […]

Audio Hallucinogenic drug effective in treating depression

Jul 17, 2017 • By Andrea Benaim

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKetamine, a drug used as an anesthetic and pain reliever in hospitals and also taken illegally as a recreational hallucinogenic, has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression faster than some existing antidepressants. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects an estimated 350 million people globally, making […]

Audio Losing your job may lead to higher stroke risk

Jul 14, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs if losing your job isn’t stressful enough, a new study shows it could also greatly increase your risk of having a fatal stroke. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan studied over 40,000 workers, men and women ages 40 to 59, for more than 15 years. They found men […]

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