‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Replacing fat with carbs proves no benefit

Oct 7, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadQuick-fix diets are easy to find on the internet, but knowing what really works isn’t so easy. While many diets claim that cutting fat and replacing it with carbohydrates is the key to a healthier lifestyle, new research shows otherwise. A study published recently in the journal JAMA Internal […]

Audio Blood test may predict patients’ antidepressant responsiveness

Oct 6, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen depression hits, finding the right treatment as soon as possible is crucial. For many patients, treating depression includes taking an antidepressant medication to help them recover. But certain types of antidepressants are just not helpful for some patients. Doctors don’t understand why this is, and they often don’t […]

Audio Late bedtimes for preschoolers can increase obesity risk

Oct 5, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile it may be a constant struggle to get your preschooler to bed at a decent hour, research shows the exhaustive fight is worth it. A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that preschoolers who hit the hay by 8 p.m. have a lower risk of […]

Audio Slash saturated fats for a longer life

Oct 4, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe results are in: Eat everything in moderation, especially butter. According to a Harvard University study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating large amounts of saturated fats found in butter, margarine and other high-fat dairy products could shorten your life. The study followed the eating habits of more than 126,000 […]

Audio Avoiding anorexia of aging

Oct 3, 2016 • By Morgan Sherburne

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA nibble of toast, a bite of apple, and grandma says she’s full. You may have noticed this phenomenon: As they age, between 15 and 20 percent of older adults develop appetite loss that geriatricians call “anorexia of aging.” But unlike anorexia in younger adults, this loss of appetite […]

Audio Single, working moms carry stressed hearts

Sep 30, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBeing a mother is a difficult job. But being a single, working mother can make things even more demanding — as well as add a burden on your heart health. Dutch researchers have found that single, working mothers have a greater risk of stroke and heart disease than married […]

Audio For women, migraines associated with poor cardiovascular health

Sep 29, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWomen have a much greater tendency to get migraine headaches than men. In fact, about three times more women than men suffer from the searing, debilitating pain of a migraine. Scientists are on a quest to learn why this is so, and also to understand the true causes of […]

Audio Pancreatic cancer might be predicted by web searches

Sep 28, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA person’s web search history can reveal a lot. Someone who looks up lots of recipes probably enjoys cooking. Queries for hotels in California mean someone might be planning a trip. Searches about basset hounds may reveal a favorite dog breed. Increasingly, public health experts are finding ways to […]

Audio Hard tap water linked to eczema in babies

Sep 27, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople who suffer from eczema are plagued by red, itchy, dry skin and frequent rashes. Finding the cause of this incurable condition can be frustratingly difficult. Eczema sufferers search for possible environmental triggers while desperately trying to keep their skin adequately moisturized and protected. Researchers writing in the Journal […]

Audio Tai Chi found to be successful physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis

Sep 26, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPhysical therapy is often used to alleviate certain types of joint and muscle pain. But a recent study shows there may be a more chilled-out method to reap the benefits of physical therapy — the practice of Tai Chi, a type of Chinese martial art. The study by Tufts […]

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