‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio What is a “natural” food, anyway?

Feb 1, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe word “natural” has become a ubiquitous buzzword used on food packaging to draw health-conscious consumers. But many customers wonder what the term actually means for the products they buy. Even worse, some consumers probably assume products bearing this label are something they’re not. The U.S. Food and Drug […]

Audio Any exercise boosts brain benefits

Jan 29, 2016 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA daily run can control weight, improve mood, raise energy and could combat future illnesses. It can also provide brain-boosting benefits as you age. But as you get older and running becomes more challenging, it can be confusing as to what type of physical exercise you should do to […]

Audio Unhealthy snacks come in all sorts of packages

Jan 28, 2016 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen 3 o’clock rolls around and you’re jonesing for that mid-afternoon snack, are you making the wisest decision? Instead of hitting the office vending machine and filling up on sugar, choose a snack that will keep you on track and feeling great. According to a study from the University […]

Audio Study suggests slow weight loss may not be best after all

Jan 27, 2016 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou may have been told that slow, gradual dieting and exercise is better for you than rapid weight loss. Well, newly released data from Australia rebukes that stance. A study published in October in the science journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that obese people who used a crash […]

Audio Walk this way to increase calorie burn

Jan 26, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWalking can be a reliable, calorie-torching exercise, especially for those with sensitive joints. It burns about 100 calories per mile at a moderate pace. But if you really want to get the most burn for your buck, you might want to mix it up between walking, strolling and briskly […]

Audio Vaccine-induced anaphylaxis rare

Jan 25, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the safety of vaccines. According to the study, anaphylaxis [an·a·phy·lax·is]… a serious, systemic allergic reaction… occurred only 33 times out of the 25 million vaccination cases studied between 2009 and 2011. Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction […]

Audio Delirium and urinary tract infection

Jan 22, 2016 • By Morgan Sherburne

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConfused thinking, disordered speech and other symptoms of delirium in an older adult could cause loved ones to suspect dementia. But these symptoms could actually stem from a fairly common disorder: a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Both older men and older women are prone to developing urinary tract […]

Audio Supplements spur estimated 23,000 emergency visits per year

Jan 21, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThose dietary supplements you take could be the source of your next major health problem. If you think that’s an alarmist statement, consider this: In the United States, supplements such as vitamins, herbal products and other items used to boost nutrition, increase energy or promote weight loss are not […]

Audio Sleep duration in primitive cultures relatively short, study says

Jan 20, 2016 • By Tom Nordlie

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s a vague but common notion that says back in the “good old days” people used to sleep a lot longer. Well, if your definition of the “good old days” reaches back far enough to include prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies, then we have some news… this notion of more sleep […]

Audio Young physician-scientists needed

Jan 19, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPhysician-scientists are medical doctors who focus largely on research but also see patients. These doctors are responsible for many advances and discoveries in modern medicine. The role they play in moving medicine forward is critical. But statistics show that their numbers have been declining. Based on a report from […]

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