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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 Some jobs bring increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

November 21, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a bricklayer or concrete worker, your job might be making you sick. A study of men in those fields showed they have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis through exposure to noxious airborne particles. The odds of developing the blood-borne protein antibodies associated with rheumatoid arthritis […]

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Audio Beef up your protein knowledge

November 20, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou’ve likely seen marketing for high-protein foods. It has become a popular label on everything from bread to ice cream. Athletes swear by protein shakes after a workout and various protein bars line grocery store aisles. But do you understand what protein is, its role in your body and […]

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Audio New knees, hips don’t lead to increased activity, studies show

November 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost patients who have had total knee or hip replacements aren’t more physically active six months after surgery, even though they report less pain and a better quality of life, a recent review has found. Higher life expectancy and the growing recognition of the benefits of staying mobile at […]

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Audio New dads are getting older in the United States

November 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMen in the U.S. are waiting longer than ever before becoming fathers, with the average new dad now nearly 31 years old. That’s more than three years older than a new dad was in the 1970s and tracks a similar trend among women, where the average age of first-time […]

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Audio New moles present biggest threat for skin cancer

November 15, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFall is here and for many people in the United States, that means the end of the tanning season, time to put away your bathing suits and beach bags. It’s also a good time for people to take stock of their skin, specifically to look for any suspicious spots […]

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Audio Questions raised about new treatment for low back pain

November 14, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have chronic low back pain, you can count yourself as part of the in-crowd. Nearly 80 percent of us contend with it, especially as adults. There are a number of ways to address the pain, and one of the newer methods involves a class of drugs known […]

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Audio Delivering fat-shrinking drug through a tiny patch

November 13, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat if a medicated skin patch could dissolve those pesky love handles? Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina believe that nanotechnology may one day be the answer. Using a small patch that delivered a fat-shrinking drug via microneedles, the team said that, in […]

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Audio Study looks at possible connection between marijuana and kidney function

November 10, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Study looks at possible connection between marijuana and kidney function   Marijuana use throughout the United States is spreading rapidly, and the world of science is taking notice. In the first study of its kind, researchers examined the relationship between marijuana and kidney function in healthy young adults. […]

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Audio Bowling, dancing and other activities may extend life

November 9, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPlaying a few rounds of golf, bowling, dancing or enjoying any of a number of leisure-time activities later in life may help you live longer. That’s the message in a recent study by a University of Florida scientist and researchers from across the nation. It found that older women […]

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Audio Flipping the off-switch on the impulse to drink

November 8, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you prone to pouring an evening cocktail or after-dinner glass of wine? There might be a switch to shut down that impulse, according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. The scientists, studying mice, found a link between blocking a certain receptor in the brain and eliminating the […]

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