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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 Healthier diet may help ease pain for multiple sclerosis sufferers

February 20, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEating a diet of fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and less red meat has long been shown to be a recipe for better health. A new study suggests this diet may also help reduce painful symptoms for people who have multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease in […]

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Audio Being married may help block dementia

February 19, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s a news flash for people who complain that listening to their spouse chatter on and on is making them lose their minds: A new analysis shows just the opposite is true. Being married may lower your risk of dementia compared with being single for life or widowed, British […]

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Audio Is ‘man flu’ a thing? Researcher says yep

February 16, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s a staple of comedy routines and TV shows, the tough guy who can run through a brick wall and feel no pain but who becomes a puddle of pitiful, simpering fluff at the first hint of a cold or the flu. There’s even a name for this condition: […]

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Audio Loneliness linked to increase social media use

February 15, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re feeling a little blue and lonely, new research indicates a good tonic may be to stop doing something that many people find addictive: Engaging in social media. A study tracking 579 students at Brigham Young University found that a student’s feeling of loneliness and depression increased the […]

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Audio Job stress strains women’s hearts

February 14, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJuggling tight deadlines, time-consuming projects, difficult coworkers and the demands of an overbearing boss are skills many employees must possess in today’s economy. A little stress is good for the soul, but too much can take a toll on more than just your sanity and sense of well-being. Women […]

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Audio Good mood when getting flu shot may increase vaccine effectiveness

February 13, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDon’t let the needle get you down. While a flu shot is not traditionally a time of unbridled joy, being in a good mood might actually help some people avoid influenza. British researchers recently found that a positive mood in older adults when they received their flu shot appeared […]

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Audio Your favorite breakfast may be hindering your flu vaccine

February 12, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe flu season is underway and people may be congratulating themselves for getting a flu shot, lamenting for forgetting or, in some cases, wondering why they even bothered to get stuck. In recent years, flu vaccines have not always lived up to their billing and some experts are pointing […]

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Audio Your dog may help you live longer

February 9, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGood news for parents of pooches: Your dog might help you live longer. New research by a team of Swedish scientists shows dog owners had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes. After studying the health histories of more than 3.4-million people over 12 years, […]

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Audio It’s a date…the fruit, that is.

February 8, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLet’s talk about dates. No, not romantic dates — the fruit! Dates are an oval-shaped, sweet fruit cultivated from a plant in the palm tree family. The fruit has been a staple in Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years and dates are believed to have originated in what […]

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Audio Beware the dangers of eating raw cookie dough

February 7, 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWinter is upon us and many people, especially those living in parts of the country where Jack Frost moves in for a few months, reach for comfort food to put a warm smile back onto chapped lips. For some, that means baking cookies, which not only provides yummy snacks […]

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