‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Mommies are better thinkers

Apr 18, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNew mothers sometimes think their minds are becoming as mushy as a spoonful of pureed peas. Middle-of-the-night feedings, soggy diapers and crying fits may not seem intellectually stimulating to most new mommies. But new research shows that the endless tasks of caring for a needy newborn could actually sharpen […]

Audio Recorded heartbeats help students learn

Apr 17, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMedical school is known for challenging students’ minds. But it challenges their ears, too. Consider the stethoscope, an instrument that helps doctors detect abnormal heartbeats. Med students don’t learn to use stethoscopes automatically… first, they have to recognize subtle variations in heart rhythm that can indicate trouble. Developing an […]

Audio Inhalable insulin’s sweet success

Apr 14, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA quick puff on an inhaler may be just what the doctor ordered for millions of adults who need insulin shots. For the first time since its discovery in the 1920s, insulin is available in a new form… as a dry powder that, when inhaled, travels through the lungs […]

Audio Humor and the sexes

Apr 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLet’s start with some brain teasers. What does a brain do when it sees a friend across the street? It gives a brain wave! Here’s another: What kind of fish performs brain surgery? …A neuro-STURGEON! Speaking of brains, and this is no punch line, how your brain reacted to […]

Audio Ginger truly helps tummies

Apr 12, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany parents have given a fizzy glass of ginger ale to a child with a bellyache, thinking even if it didn’t have any real medical value, it provided some comfort. Well, good news. It turns out this traditional tummy tonic does have medicinal roots… as long as it has […]

Audio Dietary fructose and diabetes link

Apr 11, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAmericans trying to trim their waistlines often blame frequent snack attacks for many of those extra pounds. Now new research finds when it comes to satisfying cravings for confections, consumers should weigh more than just how much to eat. The kind of sugar consumed also could make a difference. […]

Audio Gene protects some from flu

Apr 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNow that flu season is over, we can all relax at parties, at work and in those other social situations where nasty germs arespread through handshakes and incidental exposure to coughs and sneezes. Yet some people seemingly never fall victim to the flu, even if they don’t bother with […]

Audio Fertility and high-protein diets

Apr 7, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPopular high-protein diets are helping some women shrink their waistlines and feel healthier. But new research reveals these diets might also reduce fertility, by compromising the health of embryos. These findings add to existing criticisms of high-protein diets, which some claim contribute to metabolic problems, mood disorders and gout. […]

Audio Unconscious healing

Apr 6, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadInduced coma, described recently in high-profile news stories about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Sago Mine survivor, isn’t a new medical procedure. In fact, for more than twenty-five years physicians have used it in medical, neurological and surgical intensive care units. The idea is to give the […]

Audio Helping cancer-patient caregivers cope

Apr 5, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen a family member is battling terminal cancer, the ordeal can be as traumatic for the caregiver as it is for the patient. But neither has to go through it alone. The benefits of hospice care for patients near the end of life are well-known. New research, though, shows […]

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