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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 When life gives you lemons, make lemon water

January 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAt restaurants, water often comes with a slice of lemon. Turns out, it’s not just for the flavor. Did you know that drinking lemon water daily could benefit your health? Lemon water has become popular in the wellness community for stimulating and revitalizing the body. Nutritionists say it aids […]

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Audio Healthy planet, tired people?

January 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNo need to squint: Cities are changing their street lighting systems to help cut down on energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that replacing 300 traditional streetlights with LED fixtures would save about $15,000 a year on energy and maintenance cost. Officials also say the switch would […]

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Audio Angry workouts equal greater heart attack risk

January 13, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHeading to the gym when you’re angry may make you feel like you’re getting in a better workout, with all that aggression to fuel lifting your performance to the next level. But it could also send you someplace else you don’t want to go: the hospital. Researchers writing in […]

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Audio How tipsy are you? How tipsy do you want to be?

January 12, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen you’re out having a drink or two, how do you know when you’ve reached your limit? After you feel a little buzzed, do you close your bar tab? Do you keep going, but at a slower pace? A team of social workers and engineers at The Ohio State […]

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Audio Your kid’s digital life – think twice before posting

January 11, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom their first few steps to their adorable first smile, it’s hard not to capture every single thing your little one does as they grow up. But you might want to think twice before posting it online. A new study shows that 92 percent of 2-year-olds have an online […]

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Audio Anti-inflammatory drugs could be used to treat depression

January 10, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 suffer from depression. Like other mental health illnesses, depression can be difficult to treat. Experts say the current “one size fits all” antidepressants may not be effective for about a […]

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Audio A curry a day may keep the heart attacks away

January 9, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou may have heard that eating spicy peppers may be good for the heart, but a small study has found that eating curry may do the same trick. People often experience a sudden rise in blood sugar after a meal. This sugar rush can contribute to atherosclerosis, or build-up […]

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Audio No need to ditch the good cheese to avoid high cholesterol

January 6, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCheese lovers, rejoice: You don’t have to hold the Havarti or fear the Fontina anymore. Regular-fat cheese may be just as healthy as the low-fat versions, Danish researchers have found. A study involving 139 people in Denmark and other countries found no difference in cholesterol and other blood-chemistry measures […]

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Audio Fast-food calorie labels don’t often prompt healthy eating

January 5, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you use calorie information to make healthier choices at fast-food restaurants, you’re in the minority. As few as 8 percent of customers use calorie information to drive their food choices. That’s the upshot of recent findings by researchers at New York University, who say the reasons that calorie […]

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Audio Birth control users beware: Your fears may be confirmed

January 4, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen women begin taking hormonal birth control they sometimes complain of side effects such as mood swings and weight gain. Now a large study conducted in Denmark has confirmed a link between taking birth control and depression. When women take birth control, they introduce a mix of estrogen and […]

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