‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Married people are healthier

Jan 16, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSingle people who say they’re sick of being alone could be right. Literally. Married adults tend to be healthier than their unmarried counterparts, according to a four-year study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study compared responses from one-hundred-thousand men and women who were married, […]

Audio Improved screening test for infant iron deficiency

Jan 13, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to health problems in newborns, you may not hear as much about iron deficiency… a severe lack of iron in the blood… as you do about heart disease or birth defects. But iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, and infants and […]

Audio Heartburn poses growing cancer risk

Jan 12, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs diseases go, for sheer incidence, heartburn is big. An estimated one-hundred-million Americans report they suffer from this modern malady at least once a month. Most of us think of heartburn as a minor annoyance, but more serious cases have been linked to sleep disturbance, chronic cough and difficulty […]

Audio Handheld hazards

Jan 11, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo the long list of diseases, conditions and other health maladies that humans inflict on themselves, you can add one more. It’s variously called Blackberry thumb or iPod-itis, and it’s the condition that arises from the overuse of portable handheld electronic devices. No, we’re not kidding. And neither is […]

Audio Mental illness and family to family

Jan 10, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA homeless man stumbles along the sidewalk, as he looks and points at the sun. Disgusted people glare and step aside to avoid him. But if “sun-man”… as the town’s residents call him… were in an African country, his community and family would embrace and encourage him, says a […]

Audio In-the-know Dads make for longer-term breastfeeding

Jan 9, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s a given. Moms are essential when it comes to breastfeeding. But Dads are important, too, and are key in encouraging Moms to breastfeed long term. And, with proper training, researchers say Dads may be better than health professionals when it comes to giving Moms the support they need. […]

Audio Boutique Medicine

Jan 6, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFed up with long waits at the doctor’s office? Sick of waiting on the doctor to return a call? A solution is in the making in a new model of service called boutique medicine. If you stop to shop in a boutique, you see fashionable, specialty items… at a […]

Audio Bladder—taking control

Jan 5, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all want a certain level of control over our lives, particularly when it comes to bodily functions. But millions of women experience urinary incontinence after a sneeze, a cough or even a laugh. Chronic loss of bladder control typically occurs around menopause. And a study recently published in […]

Audio Big babies may become obese adults

Jan 4, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWorrying about obesity is not for adults only. It’s for babies, too… well… maybe for babies’ parents. In a recent review of two-dozen studies linking a baby’s size and later obesity, researchers found two predictors. The first was in infants with the highest body mass index… or B-M-I. The […]

Audio Feeding babies not so complicated

Jan 3, 2006 • By HSC Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThink a bowl of mushy peas or carrots is the only meal a baby can stomach? Think again. Experts say babies’ tummies may not be as sensitive as most parents think. But the news about what babies can eat often doesn’t make it to the ears of parents, who […]

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