‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Rethinking ‘incompatible’ kidneys for transplant

Jun 16, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s some good news for the 100,000 people across the country who are awaiting a donor kidney: A study published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine offers evidence of a viable option for people who might otherwise die while seeking a compatible donor. Researchers at The Johns […]

Audio Should you add a little tango to your life for brain health?

Jun 15, 2016 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether you like to cha-cha, boogie or shake your groove thing, dance may help keep your brain in shape as well as your body. Imaging studies have identified regions of the brain that contribute to dance learning and performance. Some of these regions are engaged in other forms of […]

Audio New insights into human tears could lead to more comfortable contact lenses

Jun 14, 2016 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen contact lenses work really well, you don’t notice they are there. But after too many hours of wear, the lenses and your eyes dry out, causing irritation that might make contacts more of a pain than a convenience. Researchers at Stanford University hope to create a more comfortable […]

Audio Quitting cigarettes cold turkey may be more effective than gradual approach

Jun 13, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you determined to ditch your cigarette habit? Kicking it all at once may be the way to go, a recently published study has found. This may seem surprising, since quitting cold turkey is generally seen as an extremely difficult thing to do. Yet the findings by scientists in […]

Audio Traditional Chinese exercise can help control blood pressure and cholesterol

Jun 10, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCrossfit, Pilates and spin class are some of the more popular ways of getting fit in the United States. Now, you can add traditional Chinese exercise to the list of beneficial workouts. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that two age-old activities […]

Audio Childhood stress linked to hardening of the arteries

Jun 9, 2016 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadParents and kids, lighten up. Stress during childhood may be linked to hardening of the arteries later in life. Finnish researchers studied 311 children between the ages of 12 and 18 and calculated a stress score for each person based on factors that included their family’s financial situation, the […]

Audio Caffeine intake of both partners may affect miscarriage rates

Jun 8, 2016 • By Katherine Brown

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s been known for a long time that pregnant women shouldn’t consume more than a small amount of caffeine each day to reduce the risk of miscarriages and other pregnancy-related problems. Now, a new study has found that lowering the caffeine intake of male partners before conception may be […]

Audio Excess sugar and salt triggers rapid-onset high blood pressure in lab animals

Jun 7, 2016 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConsuming too much sugar and salt has led to rapid-onset high blood pressure in laboratory animals, a new study says. It’s a potentially cautionary finding that fructose — a sugar present in many sweetened beverages and processed foods — is linked to rising levels of diabetes, obesity and other […]

Audio Anxiety increases bad decision-making

Jun 6, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you want to make better decisions, don’t sweat the small stuff. Really. A study published recently in the journal Cell Press found that those suffering from anxiety lack clear judgment. That is, they perceive non-threatening things as dangerous and tend to blow things out of proportion. For example, […]

Audio Activities like gardening, dancing can decrease Alzheimer’s risk

Jun 3, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTrimming weeds in the yard or throwing an impromptu dance party in your living room might not seem like beneficial exercise, but new research shows that virtually any type of activity involving repetitive movement can increase brain volume and decrease the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, clicking a […]

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