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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 Never too young for stroke

September 30, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Unless you’re a senior citizen, and perhaps even if you are, you probably think you’re too young to have a stroke. You’re not. Stroke is on the rise worldwide in people age 64 and younger, as a 2013 overview study of more than 119 scientific studies showed. The […]

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Audio ‘Tick’ for tat

September 29, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The garden-variety tick is not much in size, but as a disease-carrier, it packs a punch. The deer tick is a notorious example. Also known as the black-legged tick, the carnivorous little bug is barely a speck on the body when it quietly chomps through skin and burrows […]

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Audio Kids who frequent social media sites suffer in school

September 26, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download These days, kids are bombarded with distractions from TV, smartphones, video games, and of course, social networking sites. It should come as no surprise that checking status updates, chatting with friends, tagging photos and playing games takes time away from studies. But now researchers have proof that all […]

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Audio School bus injuries

September 25, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The wheels on the bus go round and round… to the tune of an estimated twenty-three-and-a-half million children logging 4.3 billion miles a year on school buses. That’s a lot of ground to cover. But riding the bus might not be as safe as parents think… and could […]

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Audio Preventing communication breakdowns impacts oral health

September 24, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you think about factors that contribute to healthy teeth and gums, several things probably come to mind: brushing your teeth regularly, flossing and avoiding sugary drinks. What probably didn’t occur to you is how well you and your dentist communicate with each other. However, this spring, University […]

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Audio Five morning habits that won’t take much time — promise

September 23, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Internet is full of suggestions about what to do during your morning routine in order to optimize your day. But science also reminds us that a full night’s sleep is good for you, too. So how should you optimize both your sleep and your morning? Here are […]

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Audio Mice with mohawks

September 22, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Health-related news stories often end with a disclaimer about how discoveries made in mice may not translate to people. This report also starts with a disclaimer … any mention of the word “mohawk” should not be associated with people who like mohawk haircuts. Scientists have discovered that a […]

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Audio Temperature is key for keeping school lunches safe

September 19, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You pile on the turkey and cut off the crusts, just the way your little one likes it. Throw in her favorite yogurt cup and tomorrow’s lunch for Pre-K is good to go. Or is it? The results of a new study may make you rethink what you […]

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Audio Consuming more protein may prevent stroke

September 18, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Meat lovers rejoice! A new analysis recently suggested that protein-rich diets may reduce a person’s risk of stroke. Now before you whip into the nearest drive-through restaurant for a burger, remember to focus on lean proteins such as chicken and fish as your main sources. The analysis looked […]

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Audio Swapping biopsies for blood tests

September 17, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download After surviving the agonizing wait for a new heart and a grueling transplant operation, recipients of a donated heart face another major battle: avoiding the body’s rejection of the new organ. Rejection can cause the heart to fail, requiring another transplant to keep the patient alive. Stanford University […]

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