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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 you lose fat, where does it go?

March 31, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Picture this: Breathe in and fill those lungs — and breathe out fat. The image may be an exaggeration, but it’s not much of one. According to the law of the conservation of mass, matter is neither created nor destroyed. So the widely held belief that fat is […]

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Audio Nano-rockets blast off inside the body

March 30, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A tiny rocket that delivers medication inside the human digestive system, powered by a chemical reaction … this sounds like the stuff of crazy science fiction. But instead, it is the invention of a team of California scientists who’ve been working on such devices for years. The team […]

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Audio Oncologists aren’t discussing supplements, herbs with patients

March 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It appears many oncologists avoid discussing herbs and supplements with their cancer patients. According to a recently published study, the reason is often simply a lack of knowledge Researchers at the University of Texas found that less than half of cancer doctors initiate conversations about herbs and supplements […]

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Audio Children satiated by healthy snacks

March 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Any frazzled parent knows the mantra of growing children: “I’m hungry.” And even though it’s not going to earn any parenting accolades, reaching for a fatty, salty snack can be the response guaranteed to satiate a child’s never-waning appetite. But the results of a new study suggest that […]

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Audio School lunches may be more nutritious than brown-bag lunches, study says

March 25, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download School cafeteria food might not rank among anyone’s favorite childhood memories. But a study published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior indicates that today’s school lunches may not be so bad after all. In fact, they may be more nutritious than the homemade alternative. Oddly enough, […]

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Audio Aircraft cockpits expose pilots, crew to dangerous U-V rays

March 24, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Lifeguards need to protect their skin from the sun when they’re poolside and landscapers should shield themselves while they’re getting dirty on the job. Here’s another occupation with a high amount of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun: aircraft pilot. A recently released study shows that an […]

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Audio Frequent cell phone use contributes to anxiety, poor grades

March 23, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you aren’t sure how you functioned before cell phones, consider this: A new study shows the devices may actually contribute to anxiety and lower life satisfaction. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, surveyed more than 500 public university students about general phone use, […]

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Audio Beware hidden ingredients in miracle pills

March 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sometimes it can seem like weight loss, significant or otherwise, requires nothing short of a miracle. But be wary of those miracle pills — not all of them follow through on their promises. The US. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a public warning that many weight-loss products […]

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Audio Loading up on laxatives could cause problems beyond constipation

March 19, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Feeling a little stopped up lately? Perhaps too much cheese and not enough fiber, and you need a little something extra to feel regular again? You may turn to laxatives. It’s not a comfortable topic, but it’s a problem many people face. Constipation is typically defined as having […]

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Audio Laundry pods dangerous to small children

March 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Maybe you’ve seen the new detergent products called laundry pods. They hit the U-S market in early 2012. Each pod is about the size and shape of a charcoal briquette. It contains a dollop of brightly colored liquid detergent, just enough for one load of laundry, sealed in […]

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