‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Smoking, drinking can cause dental fillings to fail

Jan 9, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you drink or you’re a man who smokes, keep your dentist’s phone number handy. Those who imbibe or men who light up are more likely to lose their dental fillings. These two vices aren’t completely to blame for lost fillings. A genetic difference can also cause premature loss […]

Audio Are you apple- or pear-shaped? It could signify greater health risk

Jan 8, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhere your body stores fat, not just the amount of it, may accurately predict an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes according to a study that compared fat distribution patterns among overweight and obese men and women with their cardiometabolic risk. People of the same weight or […]

Audio Study suggests age and gender predictors of distracted driving

Jan 5, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret that distracted drivers are a leading cause of vehicle accidents. The World Health Organization estimates more than 1 million people are killed in traffic accidents each year, and distraction is a major factor in many of them. A study by researchers in Norway focused on who […]

Audio Depression among new fathers more common than first thought

Jan 4, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDepression among new mothers is a well-known condition. New research suggests depression among new fathers is more common than previously believed — and that it is not easily detected. A study of 447 new fathers by Swedish researchers found that new fathers are not screened for depression, although previous […]

Audio Workplace bullying could trigger rise in diabetes risk

Jan 3, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadResearchers have identified various factors in the rising levels of Type 2 diabetes such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and genetic disposition. Now, a large study in Scandinavia has found two more possible causes: bullying and workplace violence. Other studies have shown links between job insecurity, long working hours […]

Audio Normal blood pressure just got a little harder to attain

Jan 2, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany Americans who recently went to bed thinking they had normal blood pressure woke up with hypertension. That wasn’t the aftereffect of a nightmare. Blood pressure guidelines have changed. A revamping of guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology now defines high blood pressure […]

Audio Can trees help reduce the risk of asthma-related hospital admissions?

Jan 1, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPlanting trees can ease asthma attacks in people who live in highly polluted urban areas. So says a team of researchers from the University of Exeter in England. They found that an abundance of trees led to fewer asthma-related hospital admissions in those areas. Their findings are published in […]

Audio Checking on the checkup

Dec 29, 2017 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe start of a new year means it’s time to schedule your annual physical. After all, the yearly exam is the foundation of good health care. Or is it? Health experts are beginning to question if the annual trip to the doctor’s office is essential or if it has […]

Audio Dry January

Dec 28, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe holiday season can be a time of exuberant excesses. Many of us stay up too late, eat way too much good food and drink more alcohol than normal. But the calendar page eventually flips and we’re faced with a new year to pay for the good times we […]

Audio Is stress the new junk food?

Dec 27, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIs stress the new junk food? When it comes to the digestive system, the answer may be yes. Recently published research shows stress exposure transforms the gut microorganisms that are essential to digestive health much like a high-fat diet does. The research, carried out in female mice by researchers […]

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