‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio OTC medicines and cough

Jun 9, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve heard you can’t cure the common cold. Researchers now say the medicines you’ve used to cure the common cough might not work, either. New guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians say some medicines bought over the counter may do nothing to soothe a cough caused by […]

Audio Parents’ perceptions of children’s weight

Jun 8, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadParents are known for overlooking their children’s flaws. But wishful thinking shouldn’t obscure serious health issues. An article in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics shows that’s exactly what can happen with childhood weight problems. Researchers surveyed the parents of more than two-hundred children ages two to seventeen. […]

Audio Eye exam has flaws in proving child abuse

Jun 7, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen a child is suspected to be a victim of abuse, doctors commonly conduct an eye exam to look for retinal hemorrhages and other eye changes considered proof the youngster was mistreated. The retina is the light-sensitive nerve tissue at the back of the eye. A new study, though, […]

Audio Proteins fix stress-induced cell damage

Jun 6, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA snowy day or sweltering heat wave might not stress you out. But for the tiny cells that make up your body, facing the weather can be a battle. Without tiny overcoats or mittens, cells rely on proteins to keep them in working order during stressful weather. And one […]

Audio Flow technique simplifies cancer treatment

Jun 5, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFlow cytometry. It’s a technical term that few people come across in everyday life. But if your daily routine’s ever interrupted by the threat of breast cancer, you may want to remember this term. Flow cytometry is a simple laboratory test used to count and characterize cells in a […]

Audio Artery treatment’s brain benefits

Jun 2, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCarotid artery stenosis [ker-ROT-ted artery steh-NOH-siss], or the narrowing of the main arteries supplying blood to the brain, is a major risk factor for stroke. If the constriction is detected early, surgeons can perform a relatively simple procedure called carotid artery stenting to sweep plaque from the walls of […]

Audio Anorexia nervosa and heredity

Jun 1, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAdvertisers and celebrities are often blamed for perpetuating the myth that women aren’t attractive unless they’re thin. Critics say it’s irresponsible, when thousands of young women suffer from anorexia nervosa. A form of self-starvation, anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental disorder. But while popular culture may […]

Audio Healthy diet still smart choice

May 31, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWho needs carrot sticks or multigrain bread when you can have French fries or beer-battered onion rings? Actually you probably do. Despite recent reports claiming low-fat fare isn’t as healthy as it’s hyped to be, most doctors say a sensible diet is still the ticket to good health. New […]

Audio Toxoplasmosis

May 30, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA cuddly kitten slaps a ball of yarn as it entertains the family. But that furry friend’s busy paws may carry an unwanted single-celled parasite, Toxoplasma gondii [tox-oh-PLAZ-mah GON-dee-eye]. At one time the disease it causes… toxoplasmosis [TOX-oh-plaz-MOE-siss]… was called cat-scratch fever. But now we know there are other […]

Audio Sunbathing hazards vs. vitamin D benefits

May 29, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo sunbathe or not to sunbathe? A recent review of the scientific literature suggests that’s a no-brainer. The correct answer, most definitely, is NOT to sunbathe. Recent published reports have linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased incidence of certain diseases, and implicate inadequate sun exposure as the cause. […]

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