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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 Text waves get brain researchers’ attention

October 27, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat does your brain do when you’re texting? Apparently, it may behave differently than at other times — at least in some people. That’s the finding of a new study published recently in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine monitored brainwaves in […]

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Audio Where’s the teeth?

October 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn your body, your “teeth bone” may be connected to your jawbone, but in health insurance, that’s not the case. As most people who have health insurance know, you must purchase an additional plan for dental coverage. Yet most physicians recognize that your teeth are indeed not only part […]

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Audio Sunscreen safety ratings not so sunny

October 25, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn many parts of the country, the sun is still shining strong — and that means your sunscreen should be able to stand up to the heat. But a new study from the McGraw Medical Center at Northeastern University found that nearly half of all sunscreens don’t meet the […]

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Audio Sprained ankles can have long-lasting effects

October 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhich is worse — a sprained ankle or a broken leg? Most people would say a sprained ankle is more benign, but a new study shows a twisted ankle may have long-lasting effects on overall health. An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that hold your bones together are […]

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Audio Self-prescription of antibiotics a growing problem

October 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs antibiotics have become a common cure for bacterial infections, adults have become more comfortable self-prescribing this medicine without consulting a physician. That’s the finding published by Baylor College of Medicine researchers, who surveyed a random sample of 400 adults in Houston. Five percent of those adults reported using […]

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Audio Febrile seizures, epilepsy could be linked to ADHD

October 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen kids have a fever, the high body temperature sometimes triggers febrile (ˈfe-ˌbrī(-ə)l) seizures. The fever related seizures typically happen when a child’s temperature rises to 102 Fahrenheit or higher. Doctors have long advised parents that these seizures are not usually dangerous. However, recent research calls that conventional wisdom […]

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Audio One-hour workout can undo effects of prolonged sitting

October 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe health risks of a sedentary lifestyle are well-documented. Now, undoing those effects might be easier than you thought. Just one hour a day of moderate physical activity can reduce the health risks that come with prolonged sitting. Findings published recently by European researchers show that people who spend […]

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Audio Nail biters, thumb suckers may be less prone to allergies

October 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIs your child a champion nail biter? Or maybe a thumb-sucker way past the toddler years. If so, you’ve probably had more than enough parental angst over these undesirable habits. A new study suggests these bothersome behaviors may actually have some benefit. Children in New Zealand who were nail […]

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Audio Hushing bacteria to avoid a mosquito bite

October 17, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether it’s the beer you drink or the carbon dioxide you emit when you’re breathing, scientists have told us there are many reasons mosquitoes are drawn to humans. Now, researchers are taking advantage of one of those reasons to find a less toxic way to ward off the tiny, […]

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Audio In older women, sexual dysfunction could be linked to metabolic syndrome

October 14, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs women age and enter menopause, it’s important for them to discuss their sexual health with their doctors. This is because sexual well-being is often seen as an indicator of overall health and activity level. Now, there’s yet another reason to have that conversation: A study has found that […]

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