‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Women less likely to receive heart device

Mar 15, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNumerous studies have shown that women are undertreated for heart disease. Doctors often fail to prescribe aspirin and drugs for high blood pressure or high cholesterol to women who suffer heart attacks, even though the medications have been shown to prevent further heart attacks. During routine health-care visits, women […]

Audio Success and happiness

Mar 14, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn American society, lots of “stuff”… social status, and other signs of success… are often thought to contribute to feelings of happiness. But according to a new study, the opposite is true: Being happy about one’s life in the first place actually breeds a sense of success. Researchers from […]

Audio Fingernails and health

Mar 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre your nails the picture of health? Yes and no. A close look at your fingernails can give your doctor important clues about your health. Healthy nails are white at the top, pink in the nail plate, and white at the base. A bluish tint may mean you’re not […]

Audio Drug warning lables not heeded

Mar 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMajor new research suggests many doctors who prescribe high-risk medications to patients often do so without heeding F-D-A warnings designed to ensure the safe use of medications that carry serious risks. In a nationwide survey of more than nine-hundred-thousand ambulatory care patients, about four of every ten patients received […]

Audio Foot disease and diabetes

Mar 9, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDiabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases. It causes a host of complications, including problems with the eyes, kidneys and immune and nervous systems. One of the most serious is foot ulcerations, which affect nearly one in forty diabetic patients. More than fifteen percent of these individuals… […]

Audio Cancer survivors need roadmap

Mar 8, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHalf of all men and a third of all women in this country will develop cancer in their lifetime. But more of them than ever before… to the tune of almost ten-million in the United States alone in the past thirty years… are surviving the disease. But surviving cancer […]

Audio Beethoven and lead exposure

Mar 7, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRoll over, Beethoven, and give Tchaikovsky the news. Scientists have discovered that Ludwig van Beethoven likely died of lead poisoning. Researchers at the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory used a powerful X-ray beam to study six of Beethoven’s hairs as well as fragments taken from his skull. Lead poisoning […]

Audio Bedbugs are back

Mar 6, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite. Until recently, the insects mentioned in that bedtime admonition conjured up images of straw-filled mattresses and less than sanitary conditions from the Middle Ages, the Wild West or a Third World country. But bedbugs are making a comeback… possibly to a […]

Audio Costly illnesses trigger bankruptcies

Mar 3, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore than one-million American families file for bankruptcy each year. And although marital break-up and job loss are two common causes, illness and ballooning medical bills can also cause insurmountable fiscal strain. A recent study from Harvard University finds that nearly half of personal bankruptcies stem from costly illnesses. […]

Audio Premature babies and survival

Mar 2, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost newborns spend their days wondering when that fuzzy-looking lady is going to come back with a bottle or a binky. But extremely premature babies only have one agenda… survival. And new research shows some of these babies are better at it than others. University of Florida researchers found […]

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