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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 Teenagers: bad to the brain

August 29, 2016

Have you ever thought about something you did as a teen — jumped off a bridge into a murky river or drove too recklessly to the senior prom? Have you looked at your own teen, and thought, ‘What were you thinking?’ There is actually an anatomical reason for that. And these rash decisions can lead […]

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Audio Risky behaviors more common among teens who get too little or too much sleep

August 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA new study has found that enforcing your teenager’s curfew is critical to their safety. Results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveys conducted nationally between 2007 and 2013 show that high school students reported a higher rate of risky behaviors on the days […]

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Audio Severe sleep apnea can cause learning challenges for kids

August 25, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSleep apnea isn’t just an adult problem. Long known for causing a number of maladies such as daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and heart and liver problems, new findings by University of Chicago researchers show that children who suffer from sleep apnea may also have problems with attention, memory […]

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Audio Eating seafood once a week may delay memory decline

August 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGo ahead — order the lobster. It just might help you avoid age-related memory loss. Eating a weekly meal of seafood that contains omega-3 fatty acids is linked to a lower risk of cognitive decline, researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have found. Specifically, the results showed […]

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Audio Runner’s high uses same system as marijuana

August 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople have long credited endorphins, released during exercise, for the pleasant feeling of the so-called runner’s high. But scientists know that endorphin molecules can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. It turns out something a little more closely associated with a couch and a bunch of snacks may be responsible for […]

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Audio Pets have the power to soothe

August 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf the people in your life are constantly disappointing you, think about getting a dog or cat. It might just give you a mental lift. Recent findings by researchers at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and Miami University of Ohio show that some people can benefit from even the most […]

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Audio Clean mouth, healthy mind

August 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve heard that poor oral health can be linked to heart disease. But researchers have recently found the same oral bacteria that invades arteries also can be linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The link between our mouths and our bloodstream is a lot closer than we might imagine. […]

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Audio Revamped nutrition labels coming to a store near you

August 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe black-and-white nutrition labels found on packaged goods in grocery stores will soon change, but not substantially. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label is getting its first update in 20 years, with tweaks aimed at helping people better understand the foods they purchase. To an untrained […]

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Audio Minors in Meditation

August 17, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith meditation moving into the mainstream, Canadian researchers are giving a whole new meaning to the idea of quiet time for kids. A recent study published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology found that elementary school students benefited from a four-month meditation program. These fourth- and fifth-grade students improved […]

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Audio Exercise can keep lungs healthy as you age

August 16, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAging is part of life, but declining lung function doesn’t have to be an inevitable consequence. A study done by researchers at the Northwestern University School of Medicine found that one way to slow down lung decline is to stay fit. Researchers analyzed data from a National Heart, Lung […]

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