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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 Vasectomies may prevent unplanned babies, but not cancer

November 27, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Vasectomies may be a safe choice for avoiding unplanned pregnancies, but new research shows the procedure could also lead to a 10 percent increase in the risk of developing a serious form of prostate cancer. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk was […]

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Audio Thanksgiving and your taste buds

November 26, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ready to carve that turkey and dig into a slice of pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream? Maybe the broccoli casserole and sweet potatoes sound more appealing to you. Or perhaps, you’d rather skip the whole meal and eat pizza. Either way, your taste buds will be guiding […]

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Audio Tired of turkey? Try a Thanksgiving alternative

November 25, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like peanut butter and jelly, Halloween and candy, and red, white and blue, Thanksgiving dinner and turkey just go together. But what if you aren’t a fan of turkey or have special dietary restrictions? Can you have a big Thanksgiving feast without the big bird? Over the last […]

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Audio Think TV is the answer to your stressed-out work prayers? Think again.

November 24, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Look at that couch. And your favorite movie is already conveniently in the DVD player. Doesn’t that set up look inviting? Especially after a tough day at work? Research published recently in the Journal of Communication suggests that you should perhaps slow your roll toward that couch. The […]

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Audio Pediatric tuberculosis may be more common than currently believed

November 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the United States, tuberculosis is rare nowadays. But in developing countries, it kills more people than any other infectious disease except AIDS. The World Health Organization estimates that 490,000 children under age 15 develop tuberculosis each year, worldwide. However, a study published in The Lancet Global Health […]

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Audio Salt in moderation is good for you, even necessary, study finds

November 20, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download All of the times salt-lovers have tossed a couple grains over their shoulders for good luck may have worked: A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has split the difference in opinion on salt consumption. Previously, a Tufts University study found that consuming more than […]

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Audio Chemicals in everyday products affect testosterone levels

November 19, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your shampoo bottle, hair spray and plastic food storage containers may affect your sex life. And not in a good way. Chemicals found in the plastic products we use every day leach into our bodies. Slathering our skin and hair with commonly used toiletries and cosmetics also exposes […]

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Audio Natural is not so natural

November 18, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Organic. GMO-free. Natural. These are so-called health food buzzwords — we read them on food packaging and feel reassured. This food must be healthy. This food must be good for us. But one of these words is not like the others. While “organic” and “GMO-free” both have corresponding […]

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Audio Marijuana raises heart attack risk

November 17, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For those who smoke marijuana, the primary benefit is typically a little bit of relaxation. But a new study has shown that even moderate use of the drug doesn’t come without its ill effects. A new study has found that marijuana actually increases the risk of having a […]

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Audio Malnutrition prevalent among seniors

November 14, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Millions of Americans go without food every day. You might not think you know someone struggling with hunger or malnutrition, but if you know people who are 65 or older, chances are good you do know someone who is malnourished or in danger of becoming that way. To […]

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