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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 Neti pots could sicken sinuses

December 22, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Now that cold season is in full swing, you might be trying every remedy out there to get rid of annoying sniffles, coughs, sneezes and sores. You might have even heard of neti pots, the ancient yet futuristic-looking tea kettles that are used to flush the nasal passages […]

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Audio Pills and needles

December 19, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download While it’s hard to say that anyone really enjoys a visit to the doctor, there are some parts of it that we dread more than others. Blood pressure? Fine. Reflexes? Sure. Heartbeat? The stethoscope’s a little cold, but nothing you can’t handle. Annual flu shot? Well, that holds […]

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Audio Exercise builds more than just muscle

December 18, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We all know exercise is good for us, but that doesn’t always mean we like it. It’s difficult to find the motivation to run a few miles after work, or to spend a Saturday morning in the park instead of on the couch. Admittedly, cardiovascular fitness isn’t always […]

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Audio Knit happens

December 17, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Knitters know their hobby makes them feel good. In fact, a 2013 survey revealed that 81 percent of knitters worldwide rated themselves as happier after knitting. But does knitting also have long-lasting health benefits? The answer may have you in stitches. Occupational therapists at Columbia University analyzed how […]

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Audio Lack of willpower is all in the head

December 16, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Holiday season and an onslaught of parties are upon us. Cookies and cheese logs lurk around every corner, making it that much easier to succumb to cravings. When you just can’t resist that slice of pumpkin pie, you can blame it on your brain. Turns out willpower really […]

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Audio Don’t throw that away

December 15, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Collecting comes in all flavors. For some people, it involves picking up snow globes on business trips. For others, it’s an affinity for hotel shampoos and shower caps. But when it becomes impossible to part with souvenir soap, “collecting” begins to move into the realm of hoarding … […]

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Audio Handy tips for hand-washing

December 12, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The last gift you want to give your friends this holiday season is a cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands. And what better time to put your hand-washing skills […]

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Audio Fishing for a better meal

December 11, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Is fish one of your favorite foods? If not, a slew of health benefits — including the possible prevention of hearing loss — could put this seaworthy food on top. According to researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, eating at least two servings of fish […]

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Audio Just how reliable is that biological clock?

December 10, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you ever heard that oft-cited statistic that only one in three women between the ages of 35 and 39 become pregnant after a year of trying? Perhaps less often cited is the fact that this statistic is based on data almost three-and-a-half centuries old. Much of what […]

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Audio Good to the last drop … or three

December 9, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You’ve found your perfect blend and your perfect brewing style. Now you just need to find the perfect amount of coffee to drink. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital identified six gene variants that influence how caffeine works in the body. […]

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