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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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Audio Sweet drinks suppress stress response, causing habit-forming consumption

July 28, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ever had that afternoon craving for a sweet, bubbly soda? A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that sweetened drinks suppress cortisol, a hormone that causes stress responses in the brain. The researchers say these stress-suppressing effects could be habit-forming and could enhance […]

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Audio Breath test could detect stomach cancer

July 27, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download One of the fundamental truths about cancer is the earlier it’s detected, the better. If doctors locate a tumor just after it forms, there’s an increased chance of successful treatment. Unfortunately, there are no early screening methods for most types of cancer. But medical science is always progressing. […]

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Audio Attention! Standing makes you pay more of it

July 24, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The phrase “stand at attention” may mean literally just that. It turns out that students with standing desks appear to pay more attention in the classroom than their seated counterparts. Researchers from Texas A&M University observed 300 children in second and fourth grade throughout a school year. They […]

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Audio Study: Women believe smoking helps achieve desired weight

July 23, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download One myth may be keeping some women from even thinking about quitting smoking: the false belief that smoking helps control weight. According to newly released findings, women who believe smoking leads to slimmer waistlines are not likely to kick the habit. Researchers at the University of Illinois at […]

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Audio Heavy snoring can lead to cognitive problems

July 22, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download To save your brain, do something about your snoring and sleep apnea. A new study has linked breathing problems during sleep to an earlier decline in memory and thinking skills. Researchers at New York University Medical Center found a troubling link between abnormal breathing patterns like snoring and […]

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Audio Disinfection byproducts in pools

July 21, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download People love to jump into swimming pools to get a little relief from the heat. Contrast that with a different way people relieve themselves, which involves modern plumbing and closed doors. But what happens when the public pool becomes a source of relief for the kidneys as well […]

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Audio To reduce stress, pet a goat

July 20, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you ever been so stressed you could just, maybe, hug a dog? If you’re a student on campus at certain universities during finals week, you might be able to do just that. Some universities have found creative ways to help students deal with their stress: They bring […]

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Audio Being a night owl might not help your health

July 17, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Night owls might enjoy the hours they keep, but it’s not helping their health. According to a recent study, staying up too late creates a greater risk for diabetes and other health problems. After studying the habits of sixteen-hundred middle-age men and women, Korean researchers found that men […]

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Audio Gold nanoparticles may aid cancer radiation therapy

July 16, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Radiation beams are powerful tools for treating cancer, but one side effect is that the radiation can kill healthy cells that receive exposure. So researchers are always seeking better ways of protecting healthy tissue that isn’t targeted for treatment. A study published recently in the journal Proceedings of […]

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Audio Don’t mess around when it comes to thunder and lightning

July 15, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Oh, the joys of summer. Campfires and s’mores, carefree days of bike riding for kids, trips to the beach and … lightning. Thunderstorms are more frequent in summer, making them the party pooper that can end all these fun summer activities by sending everyone inside. As much of […]

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