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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 What’s in a name? Veggies taste better when given cool monikers

August 31, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost people know they should eat vegetables to stay healthy, but many fail to do so. A new report suggests people might be enticed into eating more veggies if there is a little zest — in the name, not the dish. Previous studies suggest people think food labeled as […]

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Audio Are your triglycerides too high? Get up and go for a walk

August 30, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt is well-known that too much sitting, especially for long periods of time, can be bad for your health. Excess sitting has been linked to heart disease, high cholesterol and obesity. New research suggests that combining short periods of exercise with one longer session might reduce triglycerides — fatty […]

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Audio How to avoid back pain on your next vacation

August 29, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether you’re going on vacation, or traveling for business, there is always a risk of developing pesky back or leg pain during long hours sitting in a car or a plane. Staying seated for too long can cause pressure to build in the blood vessels in your lower legs, […]

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Audio Agencies consider age-based bans on indoor tanning devices

August 28, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTanning beds could be added to the list of activities with age restrictions… like the use of alcohol, tobacco and firearms… if the Food and Drug Administration acts on the concerns of a growing number of parents and experts who cite their link to cancer. Indoor tanning is becoming […]

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Audio Depression following surgery is common. Here’s how to reduce it

August 25, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve ever undergone a major surgery, you may know the anxiety and stress that follows. In fact, experts say it’s quite common for patients to experience bouts of depression after a major operation. Heart surgery, brain surgery, gastric bypass and hysterectomy are just a few of the procedures […]

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Audio Smelly socks key in research to ward off mosquitoes

August 24, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOnce in a great while, a set of smelly socks proves to be a powerful scientific tool in fighting disease. Of course, it also helps to have a wind tunnel and 200 sets of identical and nonidentical twins handy. In the scientists’ bull’s-eye: The pesky, disease-carrying mosquito. Scientific American […]

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Audio Having a smartphone in view might make it harder to concentrate

August 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOut of sight, out of mind. The adage might hold true when it comes to your smartphone. A recent study suggests that when your phone is within reach or sight, it is hard to concentrate on the task at hand. A team from the University of Texas at Austin […]

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Audio Runner’s high uses same system as marijuana

August 22, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople have long credited endorphins, released during exercise, for the pleasant feeling of the so-called runner’s high. But scientists know that endorphin molecules can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. It turns out something a little more closely associated with a couch and a bunch of snacks may be responsible for […]

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Audio Looking for a longer life and a smaller waist? Fasting may be the answer.

August 21, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan drastically cutting back on calories really help you turn back the clock? Research suggests the benefits of fasting may be more than a smaller waistline; they could include a longer lifespan. Fasting is tough for many people because, well, dieting is difficult. Realizing this, scientists have been looking […]

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Audio In as little as a week, popular meds can boost heart attack risk

August 18, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPerhaps you’ve heard that an aspirin a day can help keep the doctor away. If so, you may wish to reconsider. A new study published in the British Medical Journal reports that using some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin-rivals ibuprofen and naproxen, can increase the risk of heart attack, […]

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