‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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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 […]

Audio The Potential Powers of Turmeric

May 25, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHave you heard of turmeric [TOO-mer-ick]? It’s the main spice in curry and is commonly found in Asian, Indian, Pakistani and Persian cuisine. Besides adding flavor and color to dishes, this yellow-tinted wonder has helpful medicinal properties. Turmeric has been used to reduce stress, extinguish heartburn, aid the digestive […]

Audio Treating female hair loss

May 24, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMale pattern baldness is commonly expected, but women experience hair loss, too. About 40 percent of those adults losing their hair are women, according to the American Hair Loss Association. The experience can be especially damaging psychologically for women, many of whom consider their hair to be a crucial […]

Audio Dive into swimming’s benefits

May 23, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpring is here and as temperatures rise, many people are heading to swimming pools to cool off. But the benefits of swimming go beyond just getting a break from the heat. Swimming is a great aerobic physical activity, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just […]

Audio Catching up on some sleep

May 22, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you skimp on getting enough sleep, you also risk getting sick. A new study published in the journal Sleep adds more evidence to the understanding that sleep deprivation weakens the immune system. Researchers examined the sleeping habits of 11 pairs of twin adults over a period of time […]

Audio Strong drug combos prescribed more often for senior patients

May 19, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPainkillers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics: These are four types of medications doctors are increasingly seeing combined for senior patients. All affect the delicate and essential central nervous system — that is, the brain and spinal cord — so taking them together is problematic, especially for seniors. A cocktail of such […]

Audio Is running a risky proposition?

May 18, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadExperts say regular exercise can increase energy, burn calories and boost your overall heart health. But what about long-distance running? Recent news stories about marathon runners suffering from sudden cardiac arrest has led some to question the benefits and risks of such strenuous races. Doctors at the Penn Sports […]

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