‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio TV ads and overeating

Mar 29, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe’ve been warned about the potential link between T-V programs and violent behavior or poor school performance. But new research finds that T-V advertisements for food and beverages directed at children can cause overeating and poor food choices, leading to obesity and diabetes. A report issued by the National […]

Audio Tanning addiction

Mar 28, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of warm spring weather so you can head outside and get a jump-start on that summer tan, we have some bad news: You just might be an addict. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston say people who obsessively bronze […]

Audio The brain’s sweet spot

Mar 27, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHuman taste buds sure seem biased toward sweet foods. How else can you explain the popularity of dessert, which ensures an entire meal ends on a sugary note? Experts know people crave sweets partly because some part of the brain’s appetite-control creates pleasurable sensations when we consume sugar. But […]

Audio Dry eye in the blink of an eye

Mar 24, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know how to keep our eyes healthy… eat carrots and wear sunglasses, right? What about not squinting at the computer? A new study reveals squinting at a computer screen can cut in half how many times a minute we blink. When we don’t blink enough, we can […]

Audio Rethinking deliveries

Mar 23, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany of us entered the world through the modern-day tradition of “pushing” during labor. But new research in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows “coached” pushing only shortens labor by about thirteen minutes. And it may actually do minor pelvic damage in a small number of cases. […]

Audio Rating your own performance

Mar 22, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the mythical village of Lake Wobegon, all the children are described as being above average. In the real world, of course, that’s a mathematical impossibility. For any given test of mental or physical skill, roughly half of all people perform below average, by definition. But don’t expect confirmation […]

Audio Nosebleeds

Mar 21, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTears streaming down his face, your child comes running to you with a raging case of epistaxis [eh-pih-STAK-sis]. What on earth can you do? Give him a tissue and relax. It’s only a nosebleed, and probably a minor one at that. Epistaxis is the scientific name for the very […]

Audio Learning by imitation

Mar 20, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no coincidence the phrase “monkey see, monkey do” describes people. Scientists say when it comes to learning new things, people are quick to ape procedures that are demonstrated to them… even pointless ones. Scottish researchers writing in the journal Animal Cognition compared how young chimps and three- to […]

Audio Vascular blockages in the legs

Mar 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople with clogged arteries near the heart are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. The same goes for people with clogged blood vessels in the leg, because they’re also likely to have clogged coronary arteries. Yet a new study finds that doctors often fail to give heart-protecting […]

Audio Obesity in a rough neighborhood

Mar 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadObesity just might be one more hazard of growing up in a rough neighborhood. Parents who keep their kids indoors to protect them from danger and crime may be inviting another threat… weight gain. A recent University of Michigan study revealed that seven-year-olds who live in neighborhoods their parents […]

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