‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Folic acid can help pregnant moms lower their child’s blood pressure

Jun 8, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadResearch has long shown that women who have cardiometabolic risk factors during pregnancy such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes or obesity are more likely to have children with high blood pressure. But a study has shown that if at-risk women can raise their levels of folic acid they can lower […]

Audio Putting the “I” in empathy

Jun 7, 2017 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLittle scientific research exists on the role of empathy in effective interactions between patients and health care providers, but most people probably think they can spot empathy when they hear it. A new study from University of Florida researchers and their colleagues looks at the language of empathy and […]

Audio Save calories and money with a homemade lunch

Jun 6, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat’s for lunch today? Do you plan to wait in line at a restaurant, or did you bring your lunch from home? While packing a lunch can feel like a lot of extra work, in the long run, the benefits of brown-bagging far outweigh the hassle. Research in the […]

Audio Higher air pollution exposure linked to denser breast tissue

Jun 5, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWomen who have higher exposure to fine particulate matter in the air are more likely to have dense breast tissue, a strong risk factor for breast cancer, according to a study by University of Florida researchers. The findings, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, may help explain why […]

Audio Brain boosts to ward off disease

Jun 2, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJune is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, an important time to talk about this devastating disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and a progressive disease, meaning symptoms worsen over time. Alzheimer’s patients at first experience mild memory loss, but later they often cannot hold conversations or remember family […]

Audio Flu recovery more difficult for asthmatics, study says

Jun 1, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn today’s world of varying flu strains, asthmatics just can’t seem to get a breather. A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that people with asthma exhibit worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems. In turn, the […]

Audio Feeling down lately? Eat yogurt.

May 31, 2017 • By Alexis Bajalia

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re experiencing feelings of depression, you might find help through behavioral therapy, increased physical activity or antidepressants. But you could find another remedy conveniently available in your refrigerator: Yogurt. According to a study conducted at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the healthy bacteria Lactobacillus (lac-to-ba-CIL-lus) commonly […]

Audio Weekend warriors can still win battle of the bulge

May 30, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost people know that regular exercise, even a low-impact activity like walking, is good for your overall health. But people are busy during the workweek and sometimes, even for those with the best of intentions, exercise can be overlooked. Enter the “weekend warriors.” Some folks try to cram a […]

Audio Unraveling the mystery of twins

May 29, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith two major Hollywood couples expecting twins – Geoge and Amal Clooney, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé – you may be hearing a lot about multiple births these days. But just how common are twins? Although the twin birth rate is at an all-time high, it’s still a fairly uncommon […]

Audio New public health tool measures caloric content of social media posts

May 26, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know someone who has fed their Facebook page with pictures of delicious and photogenic meals. Maybe you’ve done it yourself. In our digital age, more and more people are sharing pictures of their food, humble-bragging about their tasty adventures. Some public health researchers now have invented a […]

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