‘Health in a Heartbeat’ Category

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Audio Follow the signs for fitness

Jan 18, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you want to shape up, follow the signs. The health benefits of exercise, even low-impact, are numerous. A new study suggests fitness can be combined with historical sightseeing. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University wanted to determine whether park signs that encourage walking can boost the number of steps […]

Audio Plant-based diets could reduce the risk of heart failure

Jan 17, 2018 • By Maddie Harlow

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you pack your breakfast, lunch and dinner with fruits and veggies? While it can be difficult to fit in five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, a new study provides more motivation for doing something you probably already know is the right thing for your […]

Audio Pinterest often a home for fake medical news

Jan 16, 2018 • By Maddie Harlow

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile scrolling through the popular website Pinterest, you’re likely to find a number of home remedies for various illnesses. They may be juices said to cure bladder infections or potions purported to kill cancer. But can you really believe these claims, even if they’ve been shared thousands of times? […]

Audio Taste, smell preferences converge longer couples are together

Jan 15, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLove may not stop newlyweds from occasionally sneering at the food a husband or wife puts on the dinner plate. One partner’s delicacy is often another’s pile of dreadful slop. But take a good look at that slop. You may find it delicious in a few decades. In the […]

Audio More frequent mammograms suggested for overweight women

Jan 12, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOverweight women may need more frequent mammograms, new research suggests. Women with a higher body mass index can be at a heightened risk of not having their breast tumor detected until it has grown larger. The study by Swedish researchers was meant to establish risk factors associated with tumors […]

Audio Using ‘magic mushrooms’ to treat depression

Jan 11, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA psychoactive compound found in mushrooms might reset the brains of people diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. So says a team of researchers from Imperial College London. Researchers measured the effects of psilocybin (sill-o-SY-bin), a naturally occurring compound in psychedelic, or so-called “magic” mushrooms, on patients whose depression failed to […]

Audio When vegetables are affordable, people eat more of them

Jan 10, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen good food costs less, people will make healthier choices. That’s the message from a recent study that found the price of healthier foods plays a significant role in Americans’ eating habits. On average, healthier foods were nearly twice as expensive — 60 cents versus 31 cents per serving […]

Audio Smoking, drinking can cause dental fillings to fail

Jan 9, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you drink or you’re a man who smokes, keep your dentist’s phone number handy. Those who imbibe or men who light up are more likely to lose their dental fillings. These two vices aren’t completely to blame for lost fillings. A genetic difference can also cause premature loss […]

Audio Are you apple- or pear-shaped? It could signify greater health risk

Jan 8, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhere your body stores fat, not just the amount of it, may accurately predict an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes according to a study that compared fat distribution patterns among overweight and obese men and women with their cardiometabolic risk. People of the same weight or […]

Audio Study suggests age and gender predictors of distracted driving

Jan 5, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret that distracted drivers are a leading cause of vehicle accidents. The World Health Organization estimates more than 1 million people are killed in traffic accidents each year, and distraction is a major factor in many of them. A study by researchers in Norway focused on who […]

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