‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Can a prescription for fresh food cure what ails you?

Jul 7, 2017 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA bad diet can bring with it a host of ills, including heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Now a new kind of pharmacy operated by Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is offering a different kind of prescription to help people with these conditions: It prescribes fresh food […]

Audio Study shows possible link between diet soda, risk of stroke, dementia

Jul 6, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSummertime is here, and Americans are reaching for something to beat the heat and quench their thirst. Years of warnings about possible negative health effects from sugary drinks have led millions to opt for diet sodas as a way to have a refreshing, cold drink without the guilt. But […]

Audio Patients with high cholesterol at a loss for what to do next

Jul 5, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnce people are told by a health care provider they have high cholesterol, most seem to understand they need to manage their condition. But many are not at all sure how to do it. Also, there is a disconnect between people’s perceptions about cholesterol and the significant impact it […]

Audio Four ways to celebrate a healthy Fourth

Jul 4, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Independence Day is all about the four Fs: food, friends, family and, of course, fireworks. But for those who are watching their weight, a traditional Fourth of July barbecue can feel like amber waves of culinary temptation. Here are four ways you can celebrate America’s birthday while staying loyal to your health goals. First, fend […]

Audio Depression, cancer drugs may help treat those with brain injuries

Jul 3, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrain damage that occurs after a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may one day be reduced when treated with a drug prescribed for cancer and another drug that treats depression and bipolar disorder, according to research published in Scientific Reports. Lithium is used to manage depression and bipolar disorder. […]

Audio Hand sanitizer misuse dangerous for kids

Jun 23, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHand sanitizer, a flu-season must-have for parents desperate to help their sniffle-prone children ward off sickness, can pose some dangers itself if it is misused. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted this growing problem in a recent report that said the most prevalent problem is children ingesting […]

Audio Eat a peach, a near-perfect summertime fruit

Jun 22, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA juicy peach is a sweet snack that tastes great on a hot summer day, but did you know that it has endless health benefits, too? One medium-sized peach has 50 calories, just point-five grams of fat, and contains two grams of fiber and one gram of protein. It […]

Audio Microgravity, MRSA and rockets

Jun 21, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor a while earlier this year, a small sampling of a potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant superbug occupied a coveted spot in the super-sterile world of the International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth. And it was sent there on purpose. In February, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket brought the MRSA sample […]

Audio Eat your way to a better mood

Jun 20, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you smile while eating chocolate? Feel less irritable after a cup of coffee? If you are nodding in agreement, then you know that food can affect your mood. There’s plenty of scientific research that supports the link between food and mood, noting that certain foods make us happy, […]

Audio Can exercise slow down againg? Study suggests the answer is yes

Jun 19, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadExercising regularly can help control your weight, lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and improve your overall health and mood. But, can it also slow down the aging of our body’s cells? A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism suggests it can help. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic […]

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