‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Diet soda drinkers more prone to snack on junk food

Dec 9, 2015 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the U.S., approximately 21 percent of the calories consumed in a day are from beverages such as soda, tea, alcohol and coffee. Considering this, it’s no wonder why many people reach for a soda with the word “diet” in the label. You still get the sweet, carbonated goodness […]

Audio Most Americans will receive an incorrect diagnosis in their lifetimes

Dec 8, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe depend on physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers to get us on the track to recovery when we are ill or injured. But these medical personnel are only human, just as we are. Mistakes are bound to happen. A new report from the Institute of Medicine […]

Audio Falling asleep at your desk? Better watch for diabetes

Dec 7, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour lunch break ended an hour ago, and now you’re fighting off slumber, trying to make it through the rest of the workday. All you can think about is catching a long nap. If excessive daytime sleepiness is common for you, you may have a significantly higher risk of […]

Audio Handheld device could save lives and cut unnecessary hospital trips

Dec 4, 2015 • By Katherine Brown

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat if you could have a portable, handheld device at home to predict a huge array of diagnoses, from heart attacks to breast cancer? Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins University may have invented just that. Intended to be a “check engine” light for humans, the battery-powered device, called MouthLab, […]

Audio To be creative, get a little bored

Dec 3, 2015 • By Morgan Sherburne

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe have all done it: In the grocery store check-out line, we flip out our smartphones to entertain ourselves for the few minutes it takes to wait our turn. During long runs we can listen to podcasts. During short waits at the doctor’s office, we now have the world […]

Audio Bigger portions, larger plates prompt more eating

Dec 2, 2015 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you want to cut back on eating, look for smaller plates and utensils. Seeking smaller portions of food will also help. Those are the findings of a recent study published by researchers at the University of Cambridge. Their analysis included 72 randomized, controlled trials in high-income countries. The […]

Audio For American kids, apples are the favorite fruit

Dec 1, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is indeed true, then most American parents should have little trouble keeping their kids clear of the pediatrician’s office. A new study of fruit consumption among American kids found that children eat apples more than any other fruit. […]

Audio Modified yeast turn sugar into painkillers

Nov 30, 2015 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStanford University researchers have developed a faster and simpler way of making narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin using a kitchen staple. The scientists have successfully transformed common yeast … the kind used to make bread … to create the high-powered drugs, called opioids. They have modified the yeast genes […]

Audio To shed weight, drink more water

Nov 27, 2015 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLosing weight isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about what you drink. According to one study, consuming a 17-ounce bottle of water 30 minutes before every meal can help with weight loss. Drinking a standard-size bottle of water led to greater weight loss among obese adults than […]

Audio Vitamin D may not help older women

Nov 26, 2015 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVitamin D supplements may not help older women after all. Findings from a clinical trial show that the supplement doesn’t help improve bone strength or bone density, bringing some clarity to a medical question that has been murky for years. The study appeared in the Journal of the American […]

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