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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 Trampoline-related E.R. visits more than double in two decades

August 28, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Between 2002 and 2011, emergency room visits for injuries from trampoline-related accidents in the United States cost more than $1 billion. Yes, $1 billion. That’s according to a study by Indiana University researchers. The cost of visits for broken bones alone reached $408 million. The study revealed another […]

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Audio New “thermometer” could help diagnose heart attacks

August 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Imagine using a device like a thermometer to diagnose a heart attack. Sound crazy? It might not be. Korean scientists have developed a device inspired by thermometers that could help doctors diagnose a heart attack at an early stage by measuring the level of a specific protein in […]

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Audio Lasers spur teeth regeneration

August 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s a “Jetson’s”-style thought: In the future, we could use toothbrushes made of lasers to avoid cavities. OK … maybe not. But researchers have recently shown that a low-powered laser light can nudge dental stem cells into forming dentin, the material that makes up much of your teeth. […]

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Audio Different kinds of sugar can affect cravings

August 25, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Not all sugar is the same … at least as far as your body is concerned. A recent study found that consuming the sugar found in corn syrup and fruit, fructose, seems to make the brain more likely to respond to images of food. The study was published […]

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Audio Sleepwalking is inherited, study suggests

August 24, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sleepwalking is one of the more common sleep disturbances in children. For parents, it can be unnerving. Although sleepwalkers are up and about, they’re often disoriented … and less than coherent. The good news is that most kids grow out of sleepwalking. Now, a study published in the […]

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Audio Skipping meals could be bad for weight loss

August 21, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Some may think that skipping a meal or two could help with weight loss, but new research indicates that this might be doing the opposite. In a January study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers organized two different groups of mice and observed their eating habits. […]

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Audio Are standards for gluten-free labeling strict enough?

August 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Many people with celiac disease turn to probiotics for better gut health. But a new study suggests that’s probably not a good idea. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center say their tests showed more than half of the popular probiotic products they tested contain gluten, the protein that […]

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Audio Too little exercise for preschoolers at child care

August 19, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Preschoolers are bundles of seemingly boundless energy. But you may be surprised to learn that many of them don’t get enough exercise during a normal day. A recently published study by Seattle researchers looked at 10 licensed day-care centers, each for a 50-day period. The scientists tracked how […]

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Audio Researchers say cellphones disturb fetuses

August 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re pregnant and carry a cellphone on your body, be mindful of the health effects it could have on your child. A new study finds that the sound of a mobile phone disturbs a baby while in the womb. “Startle reflex” is the phrase used to describe […]

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Audio Behavior may hold clues to kids’ mental, physical health

August 14, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Is your kid a tantrum thrower? If so, researchers from the University of Michigan say it may be a good idea to tell the pediatrician. That’s because behavioral problems could be linked to a child’s physical and mental health, not just a bad attitude. Experts from the university’s […]

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