‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Smelly socks key in research to ward off mosquitoes

Aug 24, 2017 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnce in a great while, a set of smelly socks proves to be a powerful scientific tool in fighting disease. Of course, it also helps to have a wind tunnel and 200 sets of identical and nonidentical twins handy. In the scientists’ bull’s-eye: The pesky, disease-carrying mosquito. Scientific American […]

Audio Having a smartphone in view might make it harder to concentrate

Aug 23, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOut of sight, out of mind. The adage might hold true when it comes to your smartphone. A recent study suggests that when your phone is within reach or sight, it is hard to concentrate on the task at hand. A team from the University of Texas at Austin […]

Audio Runner’s high uses same system as marijuana

Aug 22, 2017 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople have long credited endorphins, released during exercise, for the pleasant feeling of the so-called runner’s high. But scientists know that endorphin molecules can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. It turns out something a little more closely associated with a couch and a bunch of snacks may be responsible for […]

Audio Looking for a longer life and a smaller waist? Fasting may be the answer.

Aug 21, 2017 • By Abigail Miller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan drastically cutting back on calories really help you turn back the clock? Research suggests the benefits of fasting may be more than a smaller waistline; they could include a longer lifespan. Fasting is tough for many people because, well, dieting is difficult. Realizing this, scientists have been looking […]

Audio In as little as a week, popular meds can boost heart attack risk

Aug 18, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPerhaps you’ve heard that an aspirin a day can help keep the doctor away. If so, you may wish to reconsider. A new study published in the British Medical Journal reports that using some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin-rivals ibuprofen and naproxen, can increase the risk of heart attack, […]

Audio Moderate exercise can help obese adults remain independent

Aug 17, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor older adults who are severely overweight, just the thought of exercise can seem like a bridge too far. But a study has found even a modest amount of exercise can improve their ability to perform common daily tasks and remain independent. The study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical […]

Audio Looking to cool down work stress? Take a hike.

Aug 16, 2017 • By Abigail Miller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany people who are stressed at work find it impossible to leave their frustrations at their front door. This can lead to tension at home, which means more stress, and the vicious cycle rolls on, getting worse each miserable day. Researchers say there is a solution so easy you […]

Audio Bystander efforts save lives, prevent disability

Aug 15, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStudies and anecdotal evidence have long shown that having a bystander willing and able to help in a medical emergency can save lives in the crucial moments before trained medical personnel can arrive. New data on long-term outcomes for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting […]

Audio Use ginger to soothe an unhappy belly

Aug 14, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you feeling a little nauseous? Before you reach for an over-the-counter medicine, consider an old-school remedy: fresh or powdered ginger. This culinary spice has been praised for its healing properties in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures for thousands of years. Plenty of modern research backs up the anecdotal […]

Audio Keeping a healthy gut can lead to a better life

Aug 11, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt may take more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, at least when it comes to gastrointestinal health. Nearly 70 million Americans are affected by digestive ailments such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Many factors can affect GI health, including stress, genetics […]

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