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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 Sunlight gives energy to infection-fighting T Cells

April 27, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know the refreshing feeling of letting the warm sun hit our cheeks. Besides boosting our mood, experts say 10 minutes of sunlight each day can provide an array of health benefits. Exposure to the sun can boost the body’s ability to make vitamin D, lower blood pressure, […]

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Audio For the body, not all sugar is created equal

April 26, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot all sugar is the same, at least in the way that it affects the body. The type of sugar that is consumed can influence the risk of health problems, according to a study by researchers in Spain and California. Using rat models, the researchers found that the risk […]

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Audio Regular exercise can help keep your cells fit

April 25, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe more you sit, the more you age. That’s the upshot of a recent study that found older women who sit more than 10 hours a day and get little physical activity have cells that are biologically older. Just how much older are their cells compared with more active […]

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Audio Parents should share screen time with kids

April 24, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s been much ado about kids spending too much time online, but a new study offers parents some practical advice for helping them scroll, click and surf for best results: Show them how. The conclusion draws from a study published in the journal Child Development that looked at how […]

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Audio Reducing salt could be most cost-effective way to prevent cardiovascular disease

April 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHeart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 800,000 Americans annually. By 2030, experts predict that medical costs associated with cardiovascular disease could cost America nearly $1 billion a day. But a new global study published in The BMJ offers one simple solution — create government policies to […]

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Audio New study finds eating lots of red meat linked to gut disorder in men

April 20, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you a red-meat-and-potatoes kind of guy? A nice cut of beef is OK in moderation, but a new study published in the journal Gut found that men who eat too much red meat can have a much higher risk of diverticulitis, or painful inflammation of the colon. Diverticulitis […]

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Audio Early introduction may prevent peanut allergy

April 19, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadParents no longer need to fear peanuts. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recently issued new health guidelines that encourage parents to introduce peanuts to their kids’ diets early to help them avoid peanut allergies. Peanut allergies affect about 2 percent of children and can be life-threatening. […]

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Audio A one-hour nap a day may improve memory and thinking skills in older adults

April 18, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret that as we age, we see a decline in our general cognitive function, our ability to remember, pay attention and reason. We can all empathize with that frustrating feeling when we misplace our keys or walk into a room and forget why we’re there. A study […]

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Audio Diet and timing can affect cardiovascular health

April 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret that you have to eat smart to help keep your heart healthy. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meat and fish is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. But when — and how often — you eat […]

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Audio Hunter-gatherers stay fit for life

April 13, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes your new year weight-loss plan include hunting on foot for your lunch instead of brown bagging it, or foraging for berries instead of hitting up the vending machine? If so, you’re in good company with the Hadza tribe of Northern Tasmania. Their daily step counts are off the […]

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