‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Millions are making mistakes with contact lens habits, CDC study says

Oct 6, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you wear contact lenses, you’re in good company. Roughly one in seven teens and one in six adults in the U.S. wear contacts — nearly 45 million people. And you’re likely doing it wrong. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found six of seven […]

Audio Coconut oil may not be a ‘superfood’ after all

Oct 5, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCoconut oil has developed a reputation as a superfood in recent years. Health blogs and diet gurus gush over its beneficial qualities, and those who follow the Paleo lifestyle praise its plant-based origins. People have been encouraged to use it in smoothies, as a coffee creamer and as a […]

Audio Patients reporting better quality of life after using medical marijuana

Oct 4, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile a lot of attention is being focused on the passage and implementation of new laws legalizing marijuana for medical use, not much has been shared yet about the effectiveness of the drug for treating certain conditions. Now a new study finds medical marijuana users are reporting better health […]

Audio Blood pressure becoming a growing concern for kids

Oct 3, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou wouldn’t expect kids to have high blood pressure — that’s usually a problem that comes with being an adult. But high blood pressure in children is becoming increasingly common, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their hypertension screening and treatment guidelines for physicians. […]

Audio Want to feel better in body and mind? Head to a beach

Oct 2, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s probably no surprise that spending time at the beach is thought to be good for your mind, body and soul. Now there is scientific evidence to support the notion. A study published in the journal Health & Place found those who live close to the coast enjoy better […]

Audio What’s in a name? Veggies taste better when given cool monikers

Aug 31, 2017 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost people know they should eat vegetables to stay healthy, but many fail to do so. A new report suggests people might be enticed into eating more veggies if there is a little zest — in the name, not the dish. Previous studies suggest people think food labeled as […]

Audio Are your triglycerides too high? Get up and go for a walk

Aug 30, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt is well-known that too much sitting, especially for long periods of time, can be bad for your health. Excess sitting has been linked to heart disease, high cholesterol and obesity. New research suggests that combining short periods of exercise with one longer session might reduce triglycerides — fatty […]

Audio How to avoid back pain on your next vacation

Aug 29, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether you’re going on vacation, or traveling for business, there is always a risk of developing pesky back or leg pain during long hours sitting in a car or a plane. Staying seated for too long can cause pressure to build in the blood vessels in your lower legs, […]

Audio Agencies consider age-based bans on indoor tanning devices

Aug 28, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTanning beds could be added to the list of activities with age restrictions… like the use of alcohol, tobacco and firearms… if the Food and Drug Administration acts on the concerns of a growing number of parents and experts who cite their link to cancer. Indoor tanning is becoming […]

Audio Depression following surgery is common. Here’s how to reduce it

Aug 25, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve ever undergone a major surgery, you may know the anxiety and stress that follows. In fact, experts say it’s quite common for patients to experience bouts of depression after a major operation. Heart surgery, brain surgery, gastric bypass and hysterectomy are just a few of the procedures […]

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