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health-in-a-heartbeatHealth in a Heartbeat is a daily radio series that features two-minute segments providing consumer-health information and the latest news on medical research, patient-care breakthroughs and health-care industry trends. A production of our staff and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Health in a Heartbeat airs on public radio stations in more than 55 markets nationwide.

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Recent Episodes

Audio Pets benefit baby even before birth

July 24, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDog’s status as man’s best friend may begin before the human half of that duo is even born. When there’s a furry pet in the home during a woman’s pregnancy, and especially when a dog or cat is present after the baby is born, the child has more diverse […]

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Audio Medical marijuana laws could be saving taxpayers money

July 21, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMedical marijuana could be saving U.S. taxpayers major bucks when it comes to Medicaid expenses. That’s according to a new study released on HealthAffairs.org. As of December, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana. Two researchers from the University of Georgia conducted a […]

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Audio Think that low-fat snack is healthy? Check the label

July 20, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’re craving your favorite cookies as you browse the aisle at the local grocery store. To your delight, you find a low-fat version. Should you pile a few boxes in your cart and head home with what you believe is a healthier version of your favorite treat? Maybe not, […]

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Audio Study shows ‘love hormone’ oxytocin could be key to drug rehabilitation

July 19, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe number of people who die from a drug overdose or opioid usecontinues to rise in the U.S. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. But results from a new study published in the British Journal […]

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Audio During workouts, a little effort goes a long way

July 18, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor some people, feeling good after a workout doesn’t have to include a painful or exhausting routine. If you lead a sedentary life, even light physical activity can produce benefits, researchers at the University of Connecticut have found. They studied the habits of more than 400 middle-aged adults and […]

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Audio Hallucinogenic drug effective in treating depression

July 17, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKetamine, a drug used as an anesthetic and pain reliever in hospitals and also taken illegally as a recreational hallucinogenic, has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression faster than some existing antidepressants. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects an estimated 350 million people globally, making […]

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Audio Losing your job may lead to higher stroke risk

July 14, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs if losing your job isn’t stressful enough, a new study shows it could also greatly increase your risk of having a fatal stroke. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan studied over 40,000 workers, men and women ages 40 to 59, for more than 15 years. They found men […]

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Audio Can coffee stave off prostate cancer?

July 13, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many of us, a cup of coffee is part of a morning ritual to shake off sleepiness or as a pick-me-up during a late-afternoon slump. But can it help decrease a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer? A study conducted by a group of Italian researchers suggests that […]

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Audio At-home genetic tests gain FDA approval

July 12, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFirst came smartphones, then smart TVs, smart cars and even smart refrigerators. With tablets and watches joining cell phones as communication tools, it’s easy to be connected 24/7. The digital age just keeps getting more amazing. Health care is no exception. In what may be an indication of things […]

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Audio When it comes to kids’ health, grandma may not know best

July 11, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGrandparents often play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives. But according to new research, having been a parent doesn’t necessarily make them experts when it comes to children’s health issues. A study by the Northwell Health network in New York showed certain parenting practices have evolved since the […]

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