‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Flickers of light may double as noninvasive Alzheimer’s treatment

Mar 14, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. One thing that distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease is the formation of beta-amyloid (am-a-loid) plaques, or damaged protein deposits that hinder normal brain function. According to a new study published in the journal Nature, a type of […]

Audio Heating up the yogi way

Mar 13, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine exercising in a room heated to 105 degrees. It’s what devotees of hot yoga do. Also called Bikram yoga, hot yoga is a new form of the ancient stretching and strengthening practice. In the classes, which last about 90 minutes, participants move through a series of traditional yoga […]

Audio To avoid heart attacks, keep studying

Mar 10, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you want to avoid a heart attack, your best approach could be to include books and classrooms in your activities. Australian researchers say they have found a link between less education and more heart attacks. After following the health histories and educational attainment of more than 267,000 men […]

Audio Does the gender of your physician matter? Study says yes.

Mar 9, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you less likely to die or be readmitted to a hospital if you are treated by a woman doctor than by a male physician? While such a broad statement might be impossible to quantify completely, a recent study of elderly patients treated by internists suggests the gender of […]

Audio Earwax buildup? Don’t reach for the Q-tips

Mar 8, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt should be a no-brainer that it’s not safe to stick things like paper clips or pens in your ear, but for those with diminished hearing or pain from earwax buildup, anything that might remove the gunk is fair game. Now new guidelines from a physicians’ group warn against […]

Audio Drug-resistant genes found floating in the air in China

Mar 7, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCombating drug resistance is one of medicine’s greatest challenges, with some estimates saying that by 2050, about 10 million people will die each year from infections that are resistant to drugs. Some resistance occurs naturally, but mostly it stems from overusing antibiotics. Bacteria become stronger as individual germs vulnerable […]

Audio Delivery by drone: Blood products take flight

Mar 6, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPerhaps you’ve heard of companies using drones to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps. If that seems a bit futuristic, consider this: Scientists are testing the use of drones to deliver packages of blood to accident sites. A paramedic at the scene of a car accident with a serious injury […]

Audio Battling bladder blunders

Mar 3, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you find yourself constantly running to the bathroom? You’re not the only one. Over 25 million American adults, 80 percent of them women, have bladder-control problems, according to the National Association for Continence. More than half of those affected have not discussed their condition with their health care […]

Audio “Baby brain” is real and it helps new moms

Mar 2, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadForgetfulness, mood swings and foggy thinking. Moms call it “baby brain” — and a new study shows it may be a real thing. To gauge the effects of pregnancy and motherhood on the brain, researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Leiden University in the Netherlands studied the […]

Audio Don’t worry, be sociable

Mar 1, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf just the thought of social events makes you freeze, science may finally have a solution. New research shows that cognitive therapy can ease, or even erase, the symptoms of social anxiety. Social anxiety disorder makes it hard for some people to function in group settings, and traditional treatment […]

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