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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 Exposure therapy could cure arachnophobia

August 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Does the mere sight of a spider send you screaming from a room? Does arachnophobia cause embarrassment when you lose your cool around the crawlers? There might be a simple but very scary solution to your fear of eight-legged insects: Exposure therapy. New research shows that just one […]

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Audio Long-term solvent exposure may affect the brain

August 20, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For people in many professions, exposure to chemicals such as paint and certain cleaners are a major part of everyday life. Now, new research shows that people who are exposed to fumes from chemical solvents for long periods of time may have a higher risk for memory loss […]

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Audio Study suggests odor could impact perception of beauty

August 19, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you see an exceptionally lovely human being, pause for a second and consider: Is this person lovely because her features are symmetrical … or is it just because she smells really good? New research from the Monell (Moe-Nell) Chemical Senses Center suggests that a person’s perception of […]

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Audio Keeping skin safe in the sun

August 18, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For many people, the summer means no school and more time outdoors … but it also means ensuring your skin is well-protected from the hot summer sun. Doctors recommend that everyone apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 with UVA and UVB protection for all the […]

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Audio Protein shakes have health risks

August 15, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Superstar athletes such as LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter probably drink them often. Millions of other Americans make them part of their regular diet, too. But can protein shakes be bad for you? The dietary supplement, which often comes ready to drink or in powder form, […]

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Audio The pregnancy bug

August 14, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You’ve probably heard the joke that pregnancy is contagious, but now there’s research to back the theory up. According to a study by Italy’s University of Milan and The Netherlands’ University of Groningen (GrōniNGən), women tend to become pregnant within two years of their high school friends’ pregnancies. […]

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Audio Are there benefits to skipping shampoo?

August 13, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It turns out there could be a hidden secret for healthy hair … but you’re going to have to get dirty first if you want to give it a try. In recent years, a shampoo-free lifestyle has become an underground trend, inspired by penny-pinchers, eco-friendly people looking to […]

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Audio Don’t forget your child in a hot car

August 12, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ever zoned out in the car on a Saturday morning and started to drive to work when you meant to go to the grocery store for milk? It happens. According to memory experts, the part of your brain linked to your habits and routines can take over, drowning […]

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Audio Foreclosures are bad for your blood pressure

August 11, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In many parts of the country, the real estate market is coming back from years of sluggish activity and low prices. In 2013, the yearly rate of home foreclosure filings was the lowest it’s been since 2007. But in areas such as Florida, Maryland and Delaware, foreclosures remain […]

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Audio Helmets may not help moderate infant skull flattening

August 8, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the early 1990s, parents were told to lay their babies on their backs to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. While the cause of SIDS is unknown, back-sleeping is believed to reduce the risk. This relatively new practice has surely saved lives … but has also […]

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