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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 Pregnant and feeling disgusted? You might be having a boy.

March 6, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s common for women to experience nausea during their pregnancies. Researchers think morning sickness is caused by hormonal changes in the body when women become pregnant. But there’s also a different kind of sickness: feelings of disgust and revulsion to particular food, smells and even experiences. Polish researchers […]

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Audio Feeling down? Be aware of concealed depression habits

March 5, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., but it can be easy to conceal. Many people don’t like talking about mental health, and depressed people can develop many habits to “normalize” their behaviors to fit in. People who conceal their depression often […]

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Audio Celiac disease and infertility: Is there a link?

March 4, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Celiac disease is getting a lot of attention these days, as the gluten-free food trend grows. There’s still much to be understood about the disease and its effects, and sometimes it seems as if there are more questions out there than answers. Here’s a question women with celiac […]

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Audio Study shows that people dismiss cancer as cause of health symptoms

March 3, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Thinking about cancer is unpleasant. Thinking about the possibility you might have cancer is even less appealing. Of course, individuals who notice warning signs of cancer can take action and see a doctor. But human nature being what it is, people are sometimes more likely to explain away […]

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Audio What’s the true cost of energy-efficient homes?

March 2, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Who wouldn’t want an energy-efficient home? Reducing waste from old, drafty windows, poorly insulated attics and energy-guzzling, ancient appliances can save homeowners a pretty penny over the years. But a new study conducted in the United Kingdom shows some cost-saving measures also may increase the risk of asthma […]

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Audio Smoking linked to Y chromosome loss

February 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download An Adam’s apple, five-o-clock shadow and rippling muscles may be some of the masculine qualities we think of when we consider what makes men manly. But when it comes to our genetics, what makes a man a man boils down to one simple letter … Y. Women inherit […]

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Audio Americans’ top fears relate to everyday life

February 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Of all the real and perceived dangers in the world, which makes you most afraid? According to the results of a newly published study, Americans’ top fear is walking alone at night — a surprisingly benign threat compared to a terrorist attack or contracting a deadly disease. Researchers […]

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Audio Brushing away misconceptions about fluoride

February 25, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When squeezing out your morning toothpaste, perhaps you’ve noticed the warning label advising you to call poison control if you swallow more than is needed for brushing. It makes you wonder: Is something sinister lurking behind the minty freshness? Approximately 95 percent of toothpastes on the market carry […]

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Audio Sniff your soul mate to feel closer

February 24, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When your partner is living up to the saying “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” don’t you wish you could just read your beau’s mind? Science hasn’t made that leap yet, but a new study has sniffed out the fact that you might just be able […]

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Audio Sleeping makes you more attractive

February 23, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A good night’s rest can do more than reduce your drowsiness, it also may make you more attractive. A new study recently highlighted the science behind being a sleeping beauty. A study by the University of Michigan Health System and the Michigan Technological University recently analyzed participants with […]

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