‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Bad bosses bad for heart

Feb 20, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you feel like your boss won’t get off your back, he or she might be wearing down your heart. Employees who think there’s no justice in the workplace have a thirty percent higher risk of coronary artery disease than employees who believe they are treated fairly. So say […]

Audio Handling habits

Feb 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStronger than an iron will. More powerful than a promise. Able to leap the best intentions in a single bound. It’s the indomitable bad habit… those persistent patterns of behavior that become so ingrained in our lives that it practically takes super powers to break them. New findings suggest […]

Audio Dementia and mental exercise

Feb 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadScientists don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease and there is no cure, but a growing body of evidence suggests there may be steps we can take to prevent it. We can’t do much about two of the diseases major risk factors, age and genetics, but we can strive for […]

Audio Body dysmorphic disorder

Feb 15, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany people can think of one physical feature about themselves they might change or improve, if only they had a magic wand. But some mirror-gazers take the self-critiques to the extreme, worrying about imagined or slight imperfections on a daily basis, to the detriment of their day-to-day lives. Experts […]

Audio Romantic love and animal attraction

Feb 14, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRomantic love is a universal human experience. Matters of the heart have shaped the history, art and literature of every culture. But is romantic love a uniquely human emotion, or mere animal attraction? Scientists have discovered mating behaviors in mammals are dictated by specific regions of the brain that […]

Audio Taking love to extremes

Feb 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe phrase “crazy in love” might be an even more appropriate description of falling in love than once thought. Lovers from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to those desperate housewives living on Wisteria Lane have gone to extremes to partake in a budding romance. Deceiving family and friends. Shouting sonnets […]

Audio Early detection of Down Syndrome

Feb 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEach year Down syndrome… one of the most common genetic birth defects… affects about five-thousand babies born in the United States. Prenatal screening for the chromosomal disorder has been available for about thirty years. But none of the traditional tests are one-hundred-percent accurate. And none can be done until […]

Audio Cold weather and colds

Feb 9, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDon’t get chilled or you’ll catch your death of cold. Well, not exactly death… but most of us remember such warnings from childhood. And as adults we dismiss the advice and blame germs… not chills… for the common cold. For years scientists have insisted we’re more likely to catch […]

Audio Coffee and cholesterol

Feb 8, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBlack, sweetened or creamed, coffee is consumed the world over. But some not-so-tasty health effects can be brewed along with that rich aroma… namely, high cholesterol. Findings presented at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions reveal coffee’s cholesterol-raising qualities apply mostly to decaffeinated brew, though it’s not the […]

Audio The voice of clutter

Feb 7, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf the words “might need someday” have ever stopped you from trashing a household relic, you are listening to a voice influenced by a hundred-thousand years of hard knocks. It’s a voice born when people had to eat everything in sight because the next hunt might not be successful. […]

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