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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 Drugs could help alcoholics overcome addiction

August 1, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today in news of the weird comes this bulletin: Drugs could be used to treat an addiction to alcohol. It might not sound like a healthy solution, but for some people struggling with the demons of alcoholism, it could be just the ticket. A study published in the […]

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Audio Doctors warn against dangers of water births

July 31, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download From a warm, watery womb to a warm, watery bathtub — it sounds like the ideal way to enter the world. And it seems great for mom, too — welcoming your baby in the comfort of a warm bath. Many hospitals even offer the option. But some obstetricians […]

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Audio Researchers put together list of top 10 healthy foods

July 30, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ever wonder what foods you should include more in your diet? Using nutrition data and studies, researchers have put together a list of the top 10 healthy foods for your body. Let’s examine these foods … and their benefits. The first item, apples, is an excellent source of […]

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Audio Tattoos are no longer taboo

July 29, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download According to a February 2012 poll, one in five American adults has a tattoo. Clearly, tattoos in our society are no longer taboo and reserved for the daring … and dedicated … minority. To make sure getting ink doesn’t harm your health, it’s best to go through a […]

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Audio Cutting down on sugary drinks can reap benefits

July 28, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A cold soft drink is hard to resist … especially on a hot day. The trouble is, sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, and even flavored milk and coffee are among the largest sources of added sugar in the U.S. diet. And that is bitter news. Added sugar does not […]

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Audio Glass-half-full partners better for health

July 25, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s been shown that being optimistic can be beneficial for your attitude … and your body. But did you ever think these positive vibes were contagious? Now, researchers are finding that even just having a partner who sees the glass as half full may be good for you, […]

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Audio Exercise and older adults

July 24, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This news might make you jump out of your seat. A recent study found that for adults over age 60, every additional hour a day spent sitting is linked to a 50 percent greater risk of being disabled, regardless of how much moderate exercise a person may get. […]

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Audio Fat’s chance

July 23, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Forty years ago, heart disease became one of the greatest health concerns in the United States, and the culprit thought to be responsible was saturated fat. Found primarily in animal products such as meat and dairy, saturated fat was thought to raise a person’s LDL cholesterol — the […]

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Audio Disinfection byproducts in pools

July 22, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download People love to jump into swimming pools to get a little relief from the heat. Contrast that with a different way people relieve themselves, which involves modern plumbing and closed doors. But what happens when the public pool becomes a source of relief for the kidneys as well […]

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Audio Errors at outpatient clinics

July 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You depend on your doctor to help you understand your health and identify medical problems that arise. While your physician probably does her best, no one is perfect. What happens when your doctor misses something or just plain gets it wrong? A new overview study by researchers from […]

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