‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Sunscreen on shady days

Jul 21, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou wouldn’t think about not brushing your teeth every morning. But when it comes to applying sunscreen, many folks take their cue from the weather, deciding to use it or lose it depending on whether it’s sunny or cloudy. They should think again. Studies show that applying sunscreen… even […]

Audio Buckled up?

Jul 20, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re listening to this radio program in your car, is your seat belt fastened? Although some states have laws requiring seat belt use, many people still think buckling up should be a personal decision. But perhaps you should know the implications of that decision. A recent study by […]

Audio Talking to kids about sex

Jul 19, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTalk to your kids about sex. Everyone else is. You may have heard or seen this message recently on radio, T-V or billboards. Well, guess what: The message appears to be sinking in. It’s too early to tell if fewer kids are indulging in risky sexual behavior as a […]

Audio Near-death experiences

Jul 18, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople who have had near-death experiences commonly recall gazing down on themselves in operating rooms or traveling through dark, narrow tunnels toward bright lights. But not much is known about what actually happens during the classic “near-death experience,” defined as a life-threatening episode when people leave their bodies, are […]

Audio Portable music devices threaten hearing

Jul 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMusic lovers and fans of the MP3 player, listen up! Audiologists are voicing concern that the portable music devices could pose a serious threat to your hearing. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recently tested several MP3 players, including the popular iPod, and discovered that all the devices could produce sound […]

Audio Does spicy food induce labor?

Jul 14, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEnchiladas and spicy tacos have been known to cause indigestion, but can a midnight run to the border really induce childbirth? Some women would bet on it. Others swear the key to jumpstarting labor is a hunk of pineapple or steaming plate of eggplant parmesan. Either way, there’s no […]

Audio Coffee, genes and heart attack

Jul 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs medical research has relentlessly documented the health risks of some of the foods that give us the most pleasure, coffee has remained relatively unscathed. But not so fast, latte lovers. A study Canadian researchers recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that committed coffee-drinkers […]

Audio To grill or not to grill

Jul 12, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo grill, or not to grill, that is the question. Is it safer to suffer the cancerous slings and arrows of delicious charbroiling? Or is it better to forego the flame, forsake the flavor and forget the fat falling into the fire? Scientists at the American Institute for Cancer […]

Audio Estrogen therapy risks

Jul 11, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHormone replacement therapy, or H-R-T, is a complex subject. But the idea behind it is profoundly simple. H-R-T compensates for the reduced production of sex hormones that women experience during menopause. By boosting hormone levels, H-R-T can prevent hot flashes, night sweats and other discomforts. Unfortunately, serious complications such […]

Audio Hypertension and dementia risk

Jul 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoctors disagree about how to treat high blood pressure in very old patients. Medication that lowers blood pressure can help prevent stroke and heart attack. But some research suggests it also promotes dementia. A study reported recently in the journal Stroke is virtually the first to investigate this issue […]

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