‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Making sense of multivitamin myths

Feb 22, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan a multivitamin a day keep ailments away? Many people think so. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of Americans take a multivitamin or mineral supplement every day. These products promise to improve health in various ways, including boosting energy, strengthening the immune system and […]

Audio Martial arts and kids not always a good mix

Feb 21, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s practically a rite of passage for American kids to don a white robe and belt and karate chop a board. Martial arts are known to improve muscle strength, flexibility, cognition, confidence and self-awareness. But new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that the 6.5 million kids […]

Audio Excess iron a cause of gestational diabetes?

Feb 20, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOh, the scourge of gestational diabetes. Doesn’t pregnancy inflict enough hardships on a woman’s body, with its aches, swelling, nausea, cravings, heartburn and sleepless nights? Must it also alter blood sugar and deny an expectant momma the solace of sweets and carbs to get her through those trying nine […]

Audio Stay hydrated for optimal health

Feb 17, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a magical elixir that could help energize muscles, detoxify the body and ward off weight gain. This fluid exists. It’s water. While a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested there is little science to support the longstanding recommendation to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water […]

Audio Diet high in protein may raise heart failure risk in older women

Feb 16, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany fad diets lurking around the internet today suggest eating sufficient amounts of “lean protein.” Protein shakes are a common staple among fitness buffs. In fact, previous research has shown that protein-rich diets can boost metabolism and weight loss efforts. However, a new study suggests that one diet does […]

Audio Heart disease risk might be linked to cooking temperatures

Feb 15, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNumerous studies have linked fried food to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Trans fatty acids — a type of “unhealthy” fat — are usually to blame. A new study suggests that cooking food at high temperatures — like roasting or deep-frying — might cause the release of toxic […]

Audio Sweet benefits of dark chocolate

Feb 14, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEying a heart-shaped box of chocolate? Along with symbolizing affection, your Valentine’s Day sweet treat may also benefit your health. If it’s dark chocolate, that is. Research has long shown dark chocolate is good for the body. But why? Cacao, the beanlike seed from which chocolate is made, is […]

Audio Protect Your Healthy Heart

Feb 13, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlong with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month — a perfect time to protect your heart from disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, causing 1 in 4 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Developing five healthy […]

Audio First flu infection muffles effect of related flu viruses

Feb 10, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen the next devastating flu pandemic hits — think the swine flu of 2009 or the so-called Asian “bird flu” — how will you fare? That depends partly on the first kind of flu you ever contracted and how closely it relates to the flu threat of the moment, […]

Audio Flavored e-cig vapor contains hazardous chemicals

Feb 9, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadE-cigarettes have been promoted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. However, little is known about the effects of e-cigs and how they can affect human health. Today, e-cigs are being marketed in almost 8,000 flavors, and critics argue that flavors such as bubble gum are created to target teenagers. […]

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