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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 Who knew? Vinegar kills tuberculosis-causing germs

May 29, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s not every day that scientists find a cheap, easy-to-use tool for fighting a major international health scourge. An international team of researchers seems to have done just that. They say a laboratory mix-up led them to discover that plain vinegar can kill germs that cause tuberculosis, leprosy […]

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Audio Slow, steady jogging could help prolong life

May 28, 2015

Joggers, slow down and cut back on the mileage. You just might live longer. That’s the finding of a study published recently in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. But how much jogging is too much? That’s the question that researchers from the University of Copenhagen set out to answer. They wanted to […]

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Audio All-you-can-sleep buffet

May 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We’ve all indulged the occasional craving for a midnight snack, but for some people that’s just where the trouble begins. Eating and sleep disorders take many forms, but there are at least two that occur in tandem: nocturnal eating syndrome and sleep-related eating disorder. With nocturnal eating syndrome, […]

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Audio Salt no longer off the table for older adults

May 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For older adults, a little salt may not be such a big deal. A new study has found that eating some salt every day doesn’t raise the risk of heart disease among seniors. An Emory University study published in an American Medical Association journal found that eating salt […]

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Audio Animal protein is beneficial for older men

May 25, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Got a hankering for a slab of ribs? If you’re a man over age 60, digging into a meaty meal may actually help your health. According to a new study, consuming a diet high in animal protein could help older men function higher at physical, psychological and social […]

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Audio Preemies benefit from hearing mother’s voice

May 22, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It appears that premature babies benefit greatly when they hear their mother’s voice, especially while still in the hospital. Researchers have shown that preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit may experience more cognitive development the more their mothers interact with them. That’s compared with infants who only […]

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Audio Smartphone device, app provide health screening

May 21, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You use your smartphone to check the weather, take a look at your stock portfolio, track your exercise routine and much, much more. In the near future, smartphones may be used for a whole new purpose: analyzing blood samples for health screenings. Researchers from Columbia University have developed […]

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Audio Pets may help infants avoid animal allergies

May 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Having your first baby changes life in countless ways. Suddenly, you go from sleeping soundly each night to waking at the tiniest peep from the nursery. Cash flies out of your pocket at record speed to pay for diapers and doctor’s appointments. And free time … What’s that? […]

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Audio Parties pose an eating problem for people pleasers

May 19, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download With Memorial Day just around the corner, you might already be planning the menu at your barbecue or checking out which of your neighbors will have the best spread. But if you’re a people-pleaser, you might want to think less about what type of burger meat is best […]

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Audio Electronic device use may contribute to teen sleep deprivation

May 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download There’s an old stereotype that says teenagers sleep too much. Today, it appears that many of them aren’t sleeping enough, due to their use of smartphones, video games, computers and similar items. That’s the conclusion of a study published recently in the journal B-M-J Open, which looked at […]

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