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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 Legal documents outlining end-of-life care

May 3, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEnd-of-life care decisions are not easy. They get even harder when you have to make decisions for a loved one who did not express his or her wishes in advance. Some people become too sick to tell family members how much treatment they want, while others leave no instructions […]

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Audio National political leaders have shorter life expectancy

May 2, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRunning for office can be hazardous to your health. Excitement, power, stress and some very big decisions await the winners of the 2016 elections. And, as a recently published study shows, so does a shorter life expectancy. An analysis published in the medical journal BMJ found that presidents and […]

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Audio Childhood asthma linked to pre-birth acetaminophen exposure

May 2, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve ever had a fever, headache or back pain, you’ve probably taken acetaminophen. The widely used pain reliever and fever reducer is helpful for shaking off a pounding headache. But pregnant women, take note: A recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that taking acetaminophen […]

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Audio Short vacation can lead to long-term weight gain

April 29, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you going on vacation? You might return with more than memories. A new study suggests that a week off can leave you with unwanted weight. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that adults who took a one- to three-week vacation gained an average of nearly one pound […]

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Audio Popping the facts on our pain relief pills

April 28, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen our body aches, we pop an Advil or Tylenol to make ourselves feel better. But what exactly are we taking, and what problems do these pills really help? Does it matter if we take the brand name or a generic … and are any of the myths we […]

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Audio Getting by with a little help from your friends

April 27, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur friends give us encouragement and companionship. Now, we can also thank them for our health. Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that people who make more friends at an early age are typically healthier at the beginning and end of their lives. The results showed that […]

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Audio Single moms lose more sleep time

April 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBeing a single parent is hard work. Doctor’s appointments, school pickups and soccer practice are just a few of the things to juggle on top of working a full-time job and finding time to sleep. Now, a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics reinforces the single-parent […]

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Audio Wrinkly when wet

April 25, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs college students swarm to the shore for warmer weather, many of them will be stricken by an unsightly condition that causes deformity from the tips of their fingers to the ends of their toes. Don’t worry, there’s no need for any brows to wrinkle in revulsion. We are […]

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Audio Preschoolers who eat veggies just as likely to eat junk food

April 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadParents use many tactics to coerce their children into eating fruits and vegetables. They disguise the foods or promise a dessert after they eat their veggies. But a new study has found that children who frequently eat healthy foods are just as likely to eat junk food as the […]

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Audio Too many potatoes could increase risk of gestational diabetes

April 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBaked, mashed or fried — any way you have them, potatoes are pure comfort food and a cause for cravings in some pregnant women. But women who are pregnant or looking to have a baby may want to keep potato consumption to a minimum. A new study published in […]

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