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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 In as little as a week, popular meds can boost heart attack risk

August 18, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPerhaps you’ve heard that an aspirin a day can help keep the doctor away. If so, you may wish to reconsider. A new study published in the British Medical Journal reports that using some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin-rivals ibuprofen and naproxen, can increase the risk of heart attack, […]

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Audio Moderate exercise can help obese adults remain independent

August 17, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor older adults who are severely overweight, just the thought of exercise can seem like a bridge too far. But a study has found even a modest amount of exercise can improve their ability to perform common daily tasks and remain independent. The study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical […]

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Audio Looking to cool down work stress? Take a hike.

August 16, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany people who are stressed at work find it impossible to leave their frustrations at their front door. This can lead to tension at home, which means more stress, and the vicious cycle rolls on, getting worse each miserable day. Researchers say there is a solution so easy you […]

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Audio Bystander efforts save lives, prevent disability

August 15, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStudies and anecdotal evidence have long shown that having a bystander willing and able to help in a medical emergency can save lives in the crucial moments before trained medical personnel can arrive. New data on long-term outcomes for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting […]

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Audio Use ginger to soothe an unhappy belly

August 14, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you feeling a little nauseous? Before you reach for an over-the-counter medicine, consider an old-school remedy: fresh or powdered ginger. This culinary spice has been praised for its healing properties in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures for thousands of years. Plenty of modern research backs up the anecdotal […]

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Audio Keeping a healthy gut can lead to a better life

August 11, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt may take more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, at least when it comes to gastrointestinal health. Nearly 70 million Americans are affected by digestive ailments such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Many factors can affect GI health, including stress, genetics […]

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Audio Hold off on giving young children fruit juice, pediatricians say

August 10, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPediatricians have long told parents it’s fine to give infants and young children fruit juice as they expand their diets to include solid foods. But the American Academy of Pediatrics has flipped that view on its lid, and now recommends that parents don’t give children fruit juice until after […]

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Audio Fruit may help diabetic complications

August 9, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSome people with diabetes shun fruit due to its high sugar content. Now, a study suggests fruit may actually reduce the risk of developing diabetes and could ward off complications from the disease. An observational study that tracked more than a half-million Chinese men and women for seven years […]

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Audio Stay intimate and stay mentally sharp in golden years, study shows

August 8, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSo, you want to stay mentally sharp into your golden years? Along with making healthy life choices — like eating well and getting exercise — scientists say a key may be to stay frisky in bed. A team of British researchers studying men and women between ages 50 and […]

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Audio Drastic fasting may not help weight loss

August 7, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re fasting every other day to lose weight, the pounds might not come off much faster than if you followed a traditional diet. Skipping most food every other day, a diet plan known as alternate-day fasting, has gained popularity as a tool for rapid weight loss. But a […]

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