‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Acetaminophen and liver failure

Mar 1, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAcetaminophen, an over-the-counter drug known better by its brand name, Tylenol, is America’s most widely used pain reliever. So, guess what’s the most common cause of acute liver failure? Acetaminophen poisoning. More than a third of Americans take acetaminophen at least once monthly. But taking more than the recommended […]

Audio Wash your veggies

Feb 28, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost people know to wash their hands and carefully clean after handling raw chicken to avoid salmonella poisoning. But should you go the same pains when handling raw carrots or apples? Probably. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has found that more people are now contracting salmonella […]

Audio CPR guidelines simplified

Feb 27, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to C-P-R, the message is clear: Simple is better. Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association impart a new mantra to those who give cardiopulmonary resuscitation to someone whose heart has stopped beating: Push hard, push fast. That’s the best way to get oxygen-rich blood to […]

Audio Aging and exercise

Feb 24, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s little debate that regular aerobic exercise strengthens major muscles in the legs and, more important, the heart itself. Now research suggests exercise not only does the body good, but also the brain. And you don’t have to run marathons to keep brain cells in shape… regular, light activity […]

Audio Drinking bad for men’s fertility

Feb 23, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpending the night praying to the porcelain god is probably the least of the problems alcohol can cause. Drinking too much can cost people careers and relationships, and for some men, even the ability to have children. Recent studies have shown that men who drink more have lower levels […]

Audio Lying and digestive changes

Feb 22, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEven the most honest among us practice a bit of deception at some point in our lives. For example, you tell a friend, “Your outfit looks great,” when you really think it looks terrible. But, perhaps for a job or other reason, you may have to take a lie […]

Audio Help for hypochondria

Feb 21, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPopular wisdom says doctors can’t help hypochondriacs. After all, people determined to believe they have serious, undiagnosed illnesses tend to disregard evidence to the contrary. Nonetheless, hypochondriacs account for an estimated one in twenty visits to primary-care physicians, delaying treatment for everyone else. So, should doctors simply refuse to […]

Audio Bad bosses bad for heart

Feb 20, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you feel like your boss won’t get off your back, he or she might be wearing down your heart. Employees who think there’s no justice in the workplace have a thirty percent higher risk of coronary artery disease than employees who believe they are treated fairly. So say […]

Audio Handling habits

Feb 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStronger than an iron will. More powerful than a promise. Able to leap the best intentions in a single bound. It’s the indomitable bad habit… those persistent patterns of behavior that become so ingrained in our lives that it practically takes super powers to break them. New findings suggest […]

Audio Dementia and mental exercise

Feb 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadScientists don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease and there is no cure, but a growing body of evidence suggests there may be steps we can take to prevent it. We can’t do much about two of the diseases major risk factors, age and genetics, but we can strive for […]

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