‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Moral impressions affect memory

Jun 23, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you think someone’s a bad egg, chances are they’ll seem even more rotten when you remember them later. A Cornell study suggests viewing a person as dishonest or immoral distorts our memories. When we recall that person’s behavior later, it will seem worse than it really was. Scientists […]

Audio Inner-city men and prostate cancer risks

Jun 22, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadProstate cancer is the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in American men over age forty-five. And while education and early detection programs can help catch cancer in its early stages, when it’s easier to treat, not everyone is benefiting. Routine prostate screenings for inner-city and underserved blacks may simply […]

Audio Breast cancer test falls short

Jun 21, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGenetic testing is a powerful tool for fighting cancer. But even the most accurate test has one limitation… it can’t find what it doesn’t seek. A recent breast cancer study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows how significant that limitation can be. The study looked […]

Audio Alcohol content of hand sanitizers

Jun 20, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWalk around any hospital, day care center or cruise ship these days and you’re likely to see wall1mounted dispensers of hand sanitizer. As an alternative to hand-washing, these rub1on products are both convenient and effective in killing germs when used properly. But not all hand sanitizers are created equal. […]

Audio Cruise ship outbreaks

Jun 19, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGourmet food, first-class service, Las Vegas-type shows and a little offshore gambling… that’s what you’d expect on a vacation cruise. NOT severe diarrhea. But cases of diarrheal disease in passengers on cruise ships have increased since 2001, despite favorable results from health inspections of the ships. What’s the cause? […]

Audio Fear of forgetting

Jun 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen a loved one’s forgetful behavior causes more serious problems than just an extended search for the car keys, a spouse may prefer to ignore the embarrassing trait. In fact, new research finds Alzheimer’s disease carries a stigma that may delay diagnosis by up to six years. That can […]

Audio Sun damage to young eyes

Jun 15, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to dermal dangers, the sun’s rays rank high. It’s no secret that slathering on sunscreen and seeking out shade protect the skin, steps that should begin in childhood. But did you also know that most sun damage to the eyes also takes place in these early […]

Audio Easy does it before PET scan

Jun 14, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBelieve it or not, doctors say the best course of action for patients is sometimes inaction. While the benefits of regular exercise are fantastic, there are times when strenuous activity should be avoided… and even much less arduous movements like chewing gum. The hour before a PET scan is […]

Audio Kids, some dogs don’t mix

Jun 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDogs are man’s best friend, but they can be a child’s worst nightmare. By some estimates, one in every two people is bitten by a dog during childhood. The consequences can include hospitalization, scarring, psychological trauma, even death. It’s well known that some dog breeds are more likely to […]

Audio Humidity is no cure for croup

Jun 12, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s the middle of the night. Your child’s coming down with a cold so you tucked her in early. Suddenly you’re awakened by her harsh, dry cough and gasps for air. New parents might call the doctor. Experienced parents recognize that distinctive “seal-like” bark as “the croup.” They haul […]

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