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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 Hand sanitizer misuse dangerous for kids

June 23, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHand sanitizer, a flu-season must-have for parents desperate to help their sniffle-prone children ward off sickness, can pose some dangers itself if it is misused. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted this growing problem in a recent report that said the most prevalent problem is children ingesting […]

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Audio Eat a peach, a near-perfect summertime fruit

June 22, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA juicy peach is a sweet snack that tastes great on a hot summer day, but did you know that it has endless health benefits, too? One medium-sized peach has 50 calories, just point-five grams of fat, and contains two grams of fiber and one gram of protein. It […]

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Audio Microgravity, MRSA and rockets

June 21, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor a while earlier this year, a small sampling of a potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant superbug occupied a coveted spot in the super-sterile world of the International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth. And it was sent there on purpose. In February, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket brought the MRSA sample […]

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Audio Eat your way to a better mood

June 20, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you smile while eating chocolate? Feel less irritable after a cup of coffee? If you are nodding in agreement, then you know that food can affect your mood. There’s plenty of scientific research that supports the link between food and mood, noting that certain foods make us happy, […]

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Audio Can exercise slow down againg? Study suggests the answer is yes

June 19, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadExercising regularly can help control your weight, lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and improve your overall health and mood. But, can it also slow down the aging of our body’s cells? A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism suggests it can help. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic […]

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Audio Do your kids have asthma flare-ups? A mite-proof bed cover might help

June 16, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you are the parent of an asthmatic child, you may want to consider buying your child a mite-proof bed cover, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Magazine. These special bed covers form a barrier to common household dust mites, which […]

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Audio Practice makes perfect when it comes to improving your memory

June 15, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHave you ever tried to recall a long list or beat your friends at a memory game like concentration? A recent study shows that, with practice, you can strengthen your recall powers. Researchers at the Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands studied 51 people who had typical memory […]

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Audio Knitting artificial muscles

June 14, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt turns out your aunt’s knitting needles may serve another purpose other than creating hats and scarves. Researchers are looking at ways to use this ancient technology to create artificial muscles. A group of chemists, engineers and textile specialists in Sweden joined forces to knit and weave together new […]

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Audio Along with income, health care gap widening in U.S.

June 13, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe widening income gap between the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and everyone else has been well-documented in recent years. Now, a series of reports published in The Lancet examines this disparity through a health care lens, and the results are startling. For example, if you are rich, you […]

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Audio Hate taking medicine? Not taking it may be more painful

June 12, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTaking medicine ranks right up there for most people with flossing their teeth or dieting — you know that you should, but it’s a chore. But there’s a hidden cost to NOT taking your medicine that impacts both your health and your wallet. A review in the Annals of […]

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