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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 Preemies benefit from hearing mother’s voice

May 22, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It appears that premature babies benefit greatly when they hear their mother’s voice, especially while still in the hospital. Researchers have shown that preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit may experience more cognitive development the more their mothers interact with them. That’s compared with infants who only […]

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Audio Smartphone device, app provide health screening

May 21, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You use your smartphone to check the weather, take a look at your stock portfolio, track your exercise routine and much, much more. In the near future, smartphones may be used for a whole new purpose: analyzing blood samples for health screenings. Researchers from Columbia University have developed […]

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Audio Pets may help infants avoid animal allergies

May 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Having your first baby changes life in countless ways. Suddenly, you go from sleeping soundly each night to waking at the tiniest peep from the nursery. Cash flies out of your pocket at record speed to pay for diapers and doctor’s appointments. And free time … What’s that? […]

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Audio Parties pose an eating problem for people pleasers

May 19, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download With Memorial Day just around the corner, you might already be planning the menu at your barbecue or checking out which of your neighbors will have the best spread. But if you’re a people-pleaser, you might want to think less about what type of burger meat is best […]

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Audio Electronic device use may contribute to teen sleep deprivation

May 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download There’s an old stereotype that says teenagers sleep too much. Today, it appears that many of them aren’t sleeping enough, due to their use of smartphones, video games, computers and similar items. That’s the conclusion of a study published recently in the journal B-M-J Open, which looked at […]

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Audio Soothing the savage itch

May 15, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like trying to reach a mosquito bite on your upper back, scientists have been struggling to get at an answer to why we itch — and why it feels so good to scratch an itch — ever since it was proven that itching is a separate sensation than […]

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Audio Some infections seem to offer protection against rheumatoid arthritis

May 14, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Urinary tract infections are no fun, but new research shows they may have a silver lining. Along with infections in the gut and the genitals, U-T-I-s seemed to be linked with a lower incidence of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers from Sweden say their study of more than 6,000 people […]

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Audio Fungus among our genes

May 13, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Approximately 32 million people in the United States develop toenail fungus … and something other than not wearing shoes on the pool deck or in the gym shower may be to blame. People may have their parents to thank when they develop the brown, wrinkly toenails caused by […]

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Audio FDA doesn’t routinely notify journals of irregularities in clinical trials

May 12, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Before a study is published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, it’s carefully reviewed and revised. If the editors become aware of a problem afterward, they can print a correction. But if someone finds a problem and never tells the editors, there’s nothing they can do. This troubling scenario […]

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Audio Feeling blue? How about red?

May 11, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you ever felt green with envy? How about tickled pink? Did some yellow-bellied scoundrel make you see red today? Human beings have a history of using hues to describe emotional states, but new research puts that colorful language to the test. Using color, Finnish researchers recently set […]

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