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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 Lack of health literacy leads to more preventable ER visits

December 15, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFlu. Kidney. Jaundice. Osteoporosis. Are these words that you can correctly pronounce? Or does a trip to the doctor leave you with a twisted tongue? Medical researchers say the ability to correctly read a series of health-related words is a surprisingly good way for doctors to determine if someone […]

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Audio The Grinch diagnosed: Major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern

December 13, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. And maybe ill, too. Consider the symptoms from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and its adaptations. Grinch’s heart is an empty hole, two sizes too small, looking like a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots. His head isn’t screwed on […]

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Audio About half of American adults have food allergies, survey says

December 13, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAmericans typically associate food allergies with children, but new research suggests that nearly half of all food allergies begin during adulthood. While children often have nut or shellfish allergies, more adults are reporting having serious allergic reactions. Since these allergies don’t become prevalent until adulthood, many people do not […]

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Audio For some men, exercise may carry a potential risk

December 12, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor some men, easing up on exercise might provide some benefits. A recent study found that white men who exercise intensely are 86 percent more likely to get plaque buildup in the heart arteries by middle age than those who exercise less. To study the exercise habits of more […]

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Audio Pet dog may protect unborn child from getting eczema

December 11, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHaving a dog as a pet can be rewarding on many levels, from companionship to security. But can Fido help a pregnant woman protect her unborn child from a chronic disease? New research says yes, at least in the case of eczema. Scientists at the Henry Ford Hospital in […]

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Audio Study suggests e-cigarettes are gateway for kids to real cigarettes

December 8, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKids who try electronic cigarettes are more than twice as likely to take up tobacco cigarettes. That’s the finding from a group of researchers in Canada, who found that e-cigarettes appear to be a bit of a nicotine gateway to traditional cigarettes. Children in grades seven to 12 who […]

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Audio Avoiding meat during pregnancy can lead to bad consequences

December 7, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEating less meat and more vegetables is a mantra for those looking to improve their health, but can there be adverse consequences? A study in England points to one. Researchers found children of women who ate little or no meat while pregnant were more likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco […]

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Audio O’ Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree … how sneezy you make me

December 6, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe scent of an evergreen has been known to inspire even the most Scrooge-like among us to deck the halls and rock around the Christmas tree. But for some folks, the reaction to a live Christmas tree is less “Ahh!” and more “Achoo!” While the most common types of […]

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Audio Exercise the key to keeping off weight, “Biggest Loser’’ study shows

December 5, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJust like the chicken-and-egg debate, people have wrestled with the question of which is more important for those who have lost weight and want to keep it off: adhering to a strict diet or exercising more. Now, researchers are closer to the answer, thanks to the TV show “The […]

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Audio Almonds beat bad cholesterol, boost the good stuff

December 4, 2017
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s been fairly well-established that almonds are good for your heart health, particularly when it comes to lowering levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. But not as much is known about how the tasty nuts affect HDL, the good cholesterol. Turns out, almonds not only increase the levels of […]

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