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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 Racial discrimination is more than skin deep

March 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat are the effects of racial discrimination? Entire disciplines are dedicated to studying its impact on society as a whole, how marginalizing an entire population based on their skin color minimizes their contributions and value. But what happens to a person on an individual and even genetic level when […]

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Audio Marijuana could slow progression of Parkinson’s disease

March 22, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNext to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease is the most common neurological illness in America. The disease causes impaired balance and coordination, tremors and slowness of movement. It occurs when a person’s brain stops producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers and regulates movement. Could […]

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Audio “Phubbing” adds rockiness to modern relationships

March 21, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat do you get when you combine smartphones and snubbing? A whole lot of rocky relationships, due in part to a new habit called “phubbing.” For example, during a lull in conversation, your date pulls out his or her phone at the table. You feel snubbed, and an argument […]

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Audio Sleep deprivation impacts night owls and early risers differently

March 20, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSleep deprivation is linked to a loss of concentration skills and the ability to accurately complete tasks. Night owls typically work better during the late hours than those who are early risers. But a new study suggests that after a long, sleepless night, early risers are faster to act […]

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Audio Healthy Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. This year, extend the celebration to your meals by whipping up emerald-hued dishes that are festive and nutritious. Begin your day with a bit of healthy whimsy, green eggs and ham — the meal, not the Dr. Seuss book. Combine three […]

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Audio More money means better health

March 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore money, more problems? Not so, scientists say. Try more money, fewer health problems. A new study from the Hamilton Project says money may not buy happiness, but it can possibly buy you better health and mental well-being. However, stress among all Americans — along with income inequality — […]

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Audio Mystical magnesium

March 15, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHave you heard about magnesium? It could be your key to optimal health. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps control stress hormones by participating in the production of serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system. Magnesium also […]

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Audio Flickers of light may double as noninvasive Alzheimer’s treatment

March 14, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. One thing that distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease is the formation of beta-amyloid (am-a-loid) plaques, or damaged protein deposits that hinder normal brain function. According to a new study published in the journal Nature, a type of […]

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Audio Heating up the yogi way

March 13, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine exercising in a room heated to 105 degrees. It’s what devotees of hot yoga do. Also called Bikram yoga, hot yoga is a new form of the ancient stretching and strengthening practice. In the classes, which last about 90 minutes, participants move through a series of traditional yoga […]

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Audio To avoid heart attacks, keep studying

March 10, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you want to avoid a heart attack, your best approach could be to include books and classrooms in your activities. Australian researchers say they have found a link between less education and more heart attacks. After following the health histories and educational attainment of more than 267,000 men […]

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