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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 Brain keeps working while you sleep

July 28, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDid you ever wonder why you don’t feel rested after a long day of travel? After a day battling check-in lines and squeezing into small airplane seats, sometimes all you want to do is sleep — but your brain isn’t ready. A recent Brown University study published in the […]

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Audio Tattoos could actually harden the immune system

July 27, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you need an excuse to get another tattoo? Then add this to the list: There is new scientific evidence that tattoos can toughen up the immune system. University of Alabama researchers studied a group of people, collecting saliva before and after they got tattoos. They tested the samples […]

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Audio Early bedtime, adequate sleep may promote heart health

July 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGoing to bed early and getting enough sleep can lead to heart-healthy habits. So says a new study by led by University of Delaware researchers. They linked tobacco use, lower activity levels and poor diet with short nights and late bedtimes. The research involved data from nearly 440,000 British […]

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Audio Rosemary may boost memory recall

July 25, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadResearchers from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom say the scent of rosemary — in the form of an essential oil — might help improve your memory. Specifically, the team found that the essence of the herb helped those over age 65 remember future events, or finish an activity […]

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Audio Drowning out the sounds of dining may spur overeating

July 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour TV, cell phone and even your dinner companions could be making you overeat. The common denominator at work is noise. Researchers from Brigham Young and Colorado State universities found that drowning out the sounds of one’s own eating — the racket of chewing, crunching, and swallowing — is […]

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Audio Using mice, researchers find offspring benefit from mom’s exercise

July 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s another indicator of the potential benefits of exercise during pregnancy: Researchers at Baylor University have found that female mice that run are more likely to produce active offspring. While further study is needed to confirm the effect in humans, researchers said their study is the first to show […]

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Audio Noise disrupts development of premature babies’ sensory skills

July 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadQuiet hospitals are better for premature babies. That’s the consensus of a study published by Swiss researchers, who found that a loud and noisy hospital environment can affect how sensory skills develop in premature infants. Babies born two months short of full term are at high risk of developing […]

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Audio New drug improves cholesterol but does not prevent heart attacks, study finds

July 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA recent study has found that a medication meant to prevent heart attacks is good at reducing cholesterol levels but ineffective for heart issues. The medication, evacetrapib [Ev-Ah-SET-rah-pib], reduced a person’s LDL cholesterol, the dangerous kind, and boosted HDL cholesterol, the good kind. But it didn’t reduce rates of […]

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Audio Live music is a proven stress-reliever

July 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor decades, scientists have been studying the effects of music on the brain. It isn’t a surprise that listening live to a favorite band can wash your daily stresses away — but now science has proved it. A study published in the journal Public Health found that attending a […]

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Audio Child sleep needs leave many parents guessing

July 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow much sleep do your kids really need? Many parents and grandparents don’t actually know. A New Zealand study published by the journal Sleep Medicine shows that one in four adults underestimate the amount of sleep children need, while about one in five overestimate it. Only about half the […]

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