‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Congenital heart defects, PTSD often go together

Jul 14, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople born with serious heart defects go through a lot in life. Starting at a young age, many heart patients endure multiple, risky surgeries. They suffer from fatigue and often have to sit out activities, such as neighborhood tackle football games. They tend to fall behind by missing school […]

Audio More greenery at home linked to lower risk of death

Jul 13, 2016 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWant to live longer? Consider planting some trees, shrubs or even flowers. A recent study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that living in spaces with lots of greenery can lower your risk of mortality by more than 10 percent. The researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health […]

Audio Retirement years can be great for health, too

Jul 12, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s the typical snapshot of retirement: rest and relaxation, along with the possibility of new aches and pains. But a new study from the University of Sydney paints a rosier picture: The golden years can be golden for your health, too. A study of more than 25,000 Australian retirees […]

Audio A Fresh Fruit a Day Keeps Heart Attacks at Bay

Jul 11, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA little bit of fresh fruit every day can give a big boost to heart health. Researchers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom have found that a modest daily serving of fresh fruit can decrease risk of cardiovascular death by a third. Current dietary guidelines recommend […]

Audio Personalized desks may benefit health

Jul 8, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to ideal ergonomics, your work space has a sweet spot. Studies have shown that sitting all day at a computer can negatively affect your health, and cause back and muscle pain. Now, a small study by researchers at Northeastern University found that precision matters. The way […]

Audio Fruit juices, soda most damaging to tooth enamel

Jul 7, 2016 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAmericans can’t seem to kick the habit of sipping on sweet drinks … and they’re paying for it in more ways than one. Despite the amount of sugar and acidity present in soda and fruit juices, Americans continue to consume them. According to a 2012 Gallup poll, 48 percent […]

Audio Sandwich lovers: Beware the hazards of unsanitary deli slicers

Jul 6, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’d surely think twice about ordering your favorite sub if you knew the deli’s meat slicer was a health hazard. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that many deli slicers are just that. In a survey that includes responses from nearly 300 delis, […]

Audio Coloring inside the lines

Jul 5, 2016 • By Ansley Pentz

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMove aside, Strawberry Shortcake and Thomas the Tank Engine. Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore You may have noticed there’s a new breed of coloring books with sophisticated designs and patterns being marketed to adults. What you may not know is that filling in those detailed designs and […]

Audio Replacing butter with vegetable oil may not help heart disease risk

Jul 4, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor years, butter has been a dietary villain blamed for high cholesterol and heart disease. Vegetable oil soon took butter’s place on many stovetops as a way to lower blood cholesterol levels. But researchers at the University of North Carolina believe the benefits of the switch have been overestimated. […]

Audio Electrical brain stimulation may enhance creativity

Jul 1, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether it’s meditation or a glass of wine, most everyone has their own method of inspiring creative thoughts. But a recent study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex by a team of Georgetown University researchers found that a small jolt of electricity to the brain might also enhance an […]

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