‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Marijuana use could increase Alzheimer’s disease risk

Feb 2, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBefore you consider getting high on marijuana, here’s a reason to think twice: Pot use may make your brain more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. New research shows that using the drug substantially reduces blood flow in an area of the brain that is affected by the disease. The researchers […]

Audio Alcohol linked with higher prostate cancer risk

Feb 1, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA drink or two after work may not seem like a big deal, but men at risk for prostate cancer may want to ease off the bottle, suggests a new analysis of 27 British and Australian studies published in the journal BMC Cancer. Prostate cancer is the most commonly […]

Audio Brain study shows why women are more prone to eating disorders

Jan 31, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the U.S., nearly 30 million people have an eating disorder, and about 20 million of them are women, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Why are these disorders more prevalent among women? The answer lies in the way their brains are wired. According to a small study […]

Audio Soothing Winter Skin Woes

Jan 30, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUnless you live in a warm climate year-round, it’s frigid outside. The weather may be frightful, but your skin doesn’t have to be. As the temperature and humidity fall, skin becomes dry, cracked and itchy. It needs extra TLC to stay supple and soft. Banish the winter woes and […]

Audio Beating the Winter Blues

Jan 27, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHas your mood fallen as fast as the thermometer? If so, you may be suffering from the winter blues, and you’re not alone. An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. It’s a type of depression occurring in the winter months, and its severity depends […]

Audio New Year, Whole Foods

Jan 26, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes your diet need a fresh start after the gluttonous holiday season? Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? If so, try incorporating more whole foods into your diet. What are whole foods? It’s not just the name of an upscale grocery store. Whole foods are food in […]

Audio Can eating seafood reduce depression?

Jan 25, 2017 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDepression is the world’s leading cause of disability, affecting an estimated 350 million people. By 2020, depression is also predicted to become the world’s second-leading cause of disease. Because current treatments do not always work and sometimes come with side effects, scientists are trying to identify lifestyle factors that […]

Audio Taking probiotics may help spinal cord injury patients in recovery

Jan 24, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn recent years, researchers around the world have begun to uncover the health benefits of the trillions of bacteria, collectively referred to as microbiota, that live in our gut. Recent studies have found a healthy gut can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and lower obesity risk in youth. This […]

Audio Chronic pain patients may benefit from knowingly taking placebo pill

Jan 23, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou may have heard of the placebo effect, a psychological phenomenon in which patients feel better from a fake medication simply because they believe it has medical benefits. However, new research shows that the placebo effect may work even if the patient knows the drug is a sham. A […]

Audio Menopause can cause brain fog

Jan 20, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLadies, listen up: It’s not just you. Evidence is mounting that brain fog resulting from menopause is real, according to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study involved more than 200 participants aged 45 […]

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