‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Air pollution wipes out health benefits of walking on city streets

Mar 23, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJust as in real estate, it seems a key component to success in exercise may come down to three little words: location, location, location. British researchers took two groups of older adults, ages 60 and up, on a two-hour walk in two areas of London to assess the impact […]

Audio How much sleep do you need? It depends on your genes

Mar 22, 2018 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome people wilt with less than eight hours of sleep, while others thrive energetically with only six hours. What gives? While all humans need sleep to survive, the number of hours of sleep an individual needs to be healthy and well-rested varies widely, and sleep continues to be an […]

Audio For a healthy brain, veg out — on salad

Mar 21, 2018 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany of us heard early on from mom that we should eat our veggies, but rarely did mom say WHY we needed to eat them, beyond telling us that they are “good for you.” Now mom might have another reason to push you to eat those greens on your […]

Audio Beware of the bite from rattlesnake pills

Mar 20, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the old days, traveling hucksters would peddle potions known as snake oil from the backs of wagons to gullible people looking for remedies for a host of afflictions. Today, modern-day miracle-workers are slinging rattlesnake pills — consisting of dried, ground-up rattlesnake meat — to a new generation of […]

Audio Expensive drugs lead people to feel more painful side effects

Mar 19, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur wallets can take a painful punch when we buy expensive medications. But do our bodies take a hit as well? A recent study by scientists in Europe and the U.S. showed that people who thought they were using an expensive medication, but who actually got a placebo, reported […]

Audio Spring clean your medicine cabinet

Mar 16, 2018 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPlanning to spring clean your home? Don’t forget to look through your medicine cabinet. Chances are, your medicine cabinet is full of half-used prescription bottles and cold medicine. Leftover drugs stored in these cabinets can fall into the wrong hands. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, two-thirds of […]

Audio Heavy drinking, smoking can make you look older

Mar 15, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLooking your age isn’t necessarily about vanity, it can be a sign of good health. By contrast, scientists are increasingly finding that looking older than your biological age suggests a higher risk of heart disease and other health problems. Danish researchers recently examined whether heavy smoking and drinking makes […]

Audio Life expectancy for men drops again in U.S.

Mar 14, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDespite all of the advances in medicine in recent years, one key indicator of health in America is not looking good: Life expectancy has fallen for the second straight year. For men, that is. Women’s life expectancy remained the same, and they now live on average five years longer […]

Audio Long kisses transfer bacteria from one mouth to another

Mar 13, 2018 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBefore you pucker up, ponder this: There’s something lurking in that kiss. A study published in the journal Microbiome showed that people share more than saliva during a passionate embrace. In fact, a kiss that lasts more than 10 seconds transfers about 80 million bacteria from one mouth to […]

Audio Hot tea may reduce glaucoma risk

Mar 12, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you drink hot tea, you might be getting an unexpected health benefit: A cup a day might reduce the risk of glaucoma. Researchers from Brown University and the University of California made the discovery while studying whether drinking caffeinated and not-caffeinated beverages influences the risk of the sight-stealing […]

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