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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 Want to eat healthier? Drink more water.

May 31, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you trying to eat less? The answer might be very clear and as close as your tap. Pour yourself a glass of water, says a recent University of Illinois study. Just a difference of drinking 1 percent more water than others reduced people’s total daily calorie intake, the […]

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Audio Wearable sweat-analysis device offers clues for diagnosis

May 30, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat does your sweat say about you? If you think it doesn’t reveal much, think again. A new, wearable device can analyze skin temperature and the chemical content of sweat. As fancy as that sounds, it begs another question: Why would you want to know so much about your […]

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Audio Soy may help some women overcome fertility challenge

May 27, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSoy foods may have yet another benefit. Eating foods derived from the humble soybean may help protect women from the reproductive effects of a chemical found in some common plastic products, new research suggests. The chemical is chemical bisphenol A [bis·phe·nol A] — better known as BPA. BPA is […]

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Audio All-you-can-sleep buffet

May 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe’ve all indulged the occasional craving for a midnight snack, but for some people that’s just where the trouble begins. Eating and sleep disorders take many forms, but there are at least two that occur in tandem: nocturnal eating syndrome and sleep-related eating disorder. With nocturnal eating syndrome, the […]

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Audio Depression, loneliness more likely after seniors stop driving

May 25, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDriving with poor eyesight, reaction time or mental clarity obviously creates many dangers, leading many senior citizens to give up their car keys. But a new analysis of previous research on the topic shows a higher risk of social and mental challenges for seniors after they stop driving. To […]

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Audio Post-traumatic stress severity differs among pregnant women

May 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWomen who have experienced a traumatic life experience such as domestic abuse, a natural disaster or sexual assault often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Studies show that approximately 10 percent of women will experience PTSD in their lifetime. So researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School […]

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Audio Too much, too little sleep can impact pre-baby weight

May 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLack of sleep is linked to many health issues, including diabetes, memory loss, hypertension and obesity. Even so, pregnant women may be tempted to do as much snoozing as possible before baby arrives and sleep becomes a distant memory. But a recent study by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine […]

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Audio Punishment, not reward, is key to healthy success

May 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat gets you moving? Is it a picture of the swimsuit you want to wear on vacation or simply the satisfaction of achieving a tough goal? Instead of a reward, think about punishing yourself instead. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that punishments are more effective than […]

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Audio Mild stress can activate brown fat and keep excess weight away

May 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know the feeling before a math test: Formulas swarming through your head make your stress levels spike. But that stress could also help keep extra weight off. A study published recently in the journal Experimental Physiology found that a little bit of mild anxiety can raise levels […]

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Audio In trials, cold virus helps HIV vaccine do its job

May 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe virus that causes the common cold may have some usefulness for humanity. Scientists running trials in the United States and parts of Africa have attached an HIV vaccine to two strains of manipulated cold virus and tested the combination in humans. The cold viruses were meant to help […]

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