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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 The case for a pocket sandwich

October 13, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We’ve all been there. It’s a little after the lunch hour, and neither a carbohydrate nor a carrot has passed your lips since breakfast. Gradually, you notice your speech gets slightly mumbly and you start to get annoyed with the world for asking you to do things — […]

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Audio Coach education helps prevent serious football injuries

October 12, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download An estimated 3 million children between the ages of 7 and 14 play tackle football each year. Although team sports are a great way for children to exercise and learn social skills, playing tackle football at a young age has been a controversial topic among parents, coaches and […]

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Audio Tis the season — for flu

October 9, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It seems like children are being introduced to their A-B-C-s at increasingly younger ages, but how soon before they start learning the A-B-C-s of flu? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the first vaccinations against the seasonal scourge begin at 6 months of age. […]

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Audio Restaurant meals higher in salt and cholesterol than fast food meals

October 8, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download As Americans become more and more health conscious, fast food joints, for the most part, are getting a bad reputation. But a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that those who eat at sit-down restaurants consume more salt and cholesterol than […]

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Audio Joining a club as a teenager may prolong your life

October 7, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Playing sports or joining a club doesn’t just give teenagers a social outlet. It may also extend their lives. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that teenagers who belonged to community groups, clubs or sports teams had a lower risk of death by age 78. The scientists […]

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Audio New gene therapy drug for inhalation helps cystic fibrosis patients

October 6, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For people with the genetically inherited disorder cystic fibrosis, breathing becomes a constant battle. This rare disease causes the lining of the lungs to secrete heavy mucus that makes it very tough to take a breath and also leads to repeated lung infections. After years of this type […]

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Audio Cannabis compound might mend broken bones faster

October 5, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cannabis plants are infamously known as the source of the recreational drugs marijuana and hashish. In recent years, some scientists have conducted serious research on chemicals produced by cannabis plants in hopes of developing health care applications. For example, a study recently published by the Journal of Bone […]

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Audio Longer survival expectancy for brain tumor patients

October 2, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Patients with low-grade brain tumors are now living about a year longer after diagnosis than they did 16 years ago. A study of a U.S. cancer registry showed that people with a grade II glioma had a median survival expectancy of 57 months in 2010. That’s 13 months […]

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Audio Frequent antibiotic use linked to increased risk of juvenile arthritis

October 1, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The next time your child comes home sick from school, you may want to think twice about putting them on antibiotics right away. Researchers from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School found that the more antibiotics a child is prescribed, the more at risk they will be […]

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Audio To keep the pounds off, weigh in every day

September 30, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download To keep weight off, weigh in every day. That’s the finding of a recent study, which determined that the best strategy for losing weight is to get on the scale every day and chart the progress. The findings reverse the longtime idea that a daily weigh-in isn’t a […]

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