‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio E-mail: serious or sarcastic?

May 26, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour boss sends you an e-mail that says, “Don’t work too hard.” That’s innocent enough. But it only takes a moment before the needle on the stress meter starts to flicker. What did she mean by that? Did she really think you are working hard? Or did she think […]

Audio Rotavirus—child vaccine

May 25, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDiphtheria [dip-THEER-ia], pertussis [per-TUSS-iss] and rubella [ru-BELL-ah] are among the dangerous diseases young children in the U-S are vaccinated against. Now a new vaccine’s being added to the mix, one that protects kids from the leading cause of gastroenteritis. Nearly every young child catches it before entering school. It’s […]

Audio Pickwickian syndrome

May 24, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFat Joe had a red, red face. He was traveling in a coach with Mr. Pickwick when soldiers started firing mortars at them; Joe slept through the entire attack. Joe did wake up when it was time to eat and gulped down a fat capon [KAY-pon] and veal patties. […]

Audio Cell phones and family harmony

May 23, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough they’re a modern convenience millions of Americans can’t do without, cell phones may have a wrong number when it comes to family harmony. While the ability to reach and be reached anytime, anywhere, has become a must for some Americans, new research shows that ever-present portable phones and […]

Audio Meet Phineas Gage

May 22, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPhineas Gage, a railroad construction worker, was a guy with a real hole in his head. In 1848, a blasting accident near Cavendish, Vermont slammed a thirteen-pound iron rod through his brain. He was alert and talking after the accident. A doctor cleaned and cared for the wound, and […]

Audio Neck strengthening and injuries

May 19, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGenerations of athletes have developed their necks to stump-like proportions, believing it cut their risk of head injuries. Now it appears they may have been wrong. A recent Temple University study showed that greater neck strength didn’t help college soccer players keep their heads stabilized during sudden impact. Stability […]

Audio A trip down memory lane

May 18, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany of us have experienced moments when our minds are suddenly transported to some long-forgotten event. Usually the trigger is something unexpected… perhaps we’re buttoning a shirt, or we hear a door slam. Then, suddenly, lost memories find their way home. We’re back in time thirty years, and we […]

Audio Antioxidants and macular degeneration

May 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne of the most common causes of irreversible blindness in the elderly is macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration, or A-M-D for short, involves progressive damage to the macula, the area near the center of the light-senstive retina that’s responsible for detailed vision. Unless effective treatments are found soon, the […]

Audio Hungry people could be smarter

May 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPen and paper? Check. Books? Check. Growling tummy? Check. It may sound strange, but new research shows that an empty stomach may be one of the best learning tools students can bring to class. Yale University researchers have linked a hormone that triggers feelings of hunger to memory and […]

Audio Cure for hiccups?

May 15, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe cause and function of hiccups has baffled doctors and medical scientists since the time of Hippocrates. But we do know what they are. Hiccups, or hic-COUGHS as they are also called, are involuntary sounds made by spasms of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle […]

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