‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Ginger truly helps tummies

Apr 12, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany parents have given a fizzy glass of ginger ale to a child with a bellyache, thinking even if it didn’t have any real medical value, it provided some comfort. Well, good news. It turns out this traditional tummy tonic does have medicinal roots… as long as it has […]

Audio Dietary fructose and diabetes link

Apr 11, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAmericans trying to trim their waistlines often blame frequent snack attacks for many of those extra pounds. Now new research finds when it comes to satisfying cravings for confections, consumers should weigh more than just how much to eat. The kind of sugar consumed also could make a difference. […]

Audio Gene protects some from flu

Apr 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNow that flu season is over, we can all relax at parties, at work and in those other social situations where nasty germs arespread through handshakes and incidental exposure to coughs and sneezes. Yet some people seemingly never fall victim to the flu, even if they don’t bother with […]

Audio Fertility and high-protein diets

Apr 7, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPopular high-protein diets are helping some women shrink their waistlines and feel healthier. But new research reveals these diets might also reduce fertility, by compromising the health of embryos. These findings add to existing criticisms of high-protein diets, which some claim contribute to metabolic problems, mood disorders and gout. […]

Audio Unconscious healing

Apr 6, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadInduced coma, described recently in high-profile news stories about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Sago Mine survivor, isn’t a new medical procedure. In fact, for more than twenty-five years physicians have used it in medical, neurological and surgical intensive care units. The idea is to give the […]

Audio Helping cancer-patient caregivers cope

Apr 5, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen a family member is battling terminal cancer, the ordeal can be as traumatic for the caregiver as it is for the patient. But neither has to go through it alone. The benefits of hospice care for patients near the end of life are well-known. New research, though, shows […]

Audio Beer drinkers eat less healthy

Apr 4, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThat six-pack of beer in your shopping cart could reveal more about you than you think. Or actually, it could be the bag of potato chips, frozen pizza and bean dip next to the brewskis doing the talking. Danish researchers have found that wine drinkers tend to dine on […]

Audio Pregnancy and depression

Apr 3, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe baby blues don’t always wait until after baby is born. Pregnancy hormones were long thought to protect a mother from feeling the effects of chronic depression during pregnancy. But recent findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association refute that conventional wisdom. Clinicians at Massachusetts General […]

Audio Vitamin D and brittle bones

Mar 31, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot getting enough vitamin D can lead to thin and brittle bones and an increased chance of breaks. And for some people, the problem can start before they’re even born. English researchers have found that children have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis as they age when their mothers […]

Audio UVB rays and skin cancer

Mar 30, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn both medical research and police work, sometimes wrongful accusations happen. Take the case of U-V-B, a type of ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight. Scientists have long suspected that U-V-B exposure was a primary cause of malignant melanoma [MELL-uh-NO-muh], the most serious form of skin cancer. But now it […]

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