‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Harsh penalties for teens’ night driving violations curb crash rates

Sep 14, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16- to 19-year-olds face a greater risk of traffic crashes than any other age group. Massachusetts lawmakers implemented a no-nonsense law several years ago to help reduce the risk of crashes for these young drivers. One of the key provisions […]

Audio Zinc supplementation can lead to copper deficiency

Sep 11, 2015 • By Tom Nordlie

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve heard the saying — too much of a good thing can be bad for you. That’s certainly true of zinc. This mineral supports neurological and reproductive health, but most men and women need less than 10 milligrams per day. Doctors sometimes prescribe oral zinc supplements to correct low […]

Audio Does colic have neurologic origins?

Sep 10, 2015 • By Morgan Sherburne

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have ever felt like crying inconsolably after being forced out of a warm, quiet bed on a Monday morning, you may have more in common with a two-month-old infant than you think. At two months, colic peaks in babies. Pediatricians consider infants to have colic when they […]

Audio Cinnamon compound fights colorectal cancer in mice

Sep 9, 2015 • By Tom Nordlie

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCinnamon is the third most popular spice in the world, after black pepper and vanilla. Cinnamon is refined from tree bark, so it contains phytonutrient compounds. According to a study published recently in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, one of these phytonutrients could help doctors fight colorectal cancer. The […]

Audio Cilantro? More like, cilantrno

Sep 8, 2015 • By Morgan Sherburne

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough some people consider cilantro a way to add instant freshness to any meal, members of the website IHateCilantro.com think you might as well be shaving some soap flakes onto your meal. The members wear their dislike of the herb proudly. One user name is CausticChemicals. Other members include […]

Audio Migraines often misdiagnosed in kids

Sep 7, 2015 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMigraines can be more than just a pain — they’re a real headache and a half, putting sufferers on the sidelines, bedridden with unrelenting nausea, vision auras and, of course, a splitting headache. Medications can help, but a new study found that when kids have migraines, getting proper treatment […]

Audio New device may highlight brain tumor tissue for surgeons

Sep 4, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadScientists at Johns Hopkins University are working to develop a device they say can be used like an ultrasound machine to find tumor tissue within the brain. The apparatus is a variation of an existing technology called optical coherence tomography, which bounces light off a surface to create an […]

Audio Sedentary behavior increases anxiety risk

Sep 3, 2015 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBeing a couch potato could make you more anxious. Sitting for long periods to play video games or watch television has long been associated with obesity and heart disease. Now, a new study has found that being sedentary can also increase the risk of anxiety. Researchers in Australia did […]

Audio Blue eyes linked to alcoholism

Sep 2, 2015 • By Stacey Marquis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome individuals may be more likely to experience alcohol dependence, and a recent discovery has pointed to a new possible indicator: eye color. A study in the American Journal of Medical Genetics revealed that there is a direct link between eye color and alcohol dependence. By studying European Americans’ […]

Audio For clearer skin, limit B-12 intake

Sep 1, 2015 • By Stacey Marquis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou know the feeling — you’ve got an important meeting and the first thing you find when you look in the mirror is a pimple. The day is ruined. Instead of reaching for topical face products or medicines to zap out these pesky bumps, it may be a better […]

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