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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 Lighting up during pregnancy could lead to ADHD for baby

October 24, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Smoking cigarettes with a bun in the oven increases the risk of miscarriage, complications during pregnancy, low birth weight and obesity for baby later in life. Now, a new study from Denmark found that it can also lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Even smoking cessation solutions could […]

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Audio Teeth may be able to repair themselves with the help of a laser

October 22, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Halloween candy could put your teeth in a scary state, but researchers are looking into an eerie new technique that could be used to repair decaying teeth in the future. Could you imagine if teeth could regenerate? Using human dental stem cells and lasers, Harvard University scientists were […]

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Audio Endurance athletes’ Achilles’ heel is their smile

October 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Running does wonders for your body, from decreasing body fat, relieving stress, lowering cholesterol and strengthening your heart. It also lends you a fabulous dose of feel-good endorphins. But it might not be so great for your endorphin-induced smile. As it turns out,Halloween candy isn’t the only culprit […]

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Audio Propelling medicine to the source of illness

October 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1966 film “Fantastic Voyage,” a team of intrepid CIA agents and doctors boarded a submarine. They were miniaturized, then injected into a fellow CIA agent’s bloodstream. The goal? To remove a blood clot threatening the agent’s life. Today, scientists are trying to develop something eerily similar: […]

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Audio Healthy breast removal often not beneficial

October 20, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download With increasingly better options for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, choosing to have one or both breasts removed to prevent or fight breast cancer is an easier decision than it once was. For some women, natural-looking results are possible without multiple surgeries and uncomfortable tissue-expanders used in reconstruction. Some […]

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Audio Feed the good bacteria

October 17, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By now, most of us have heard of the term “probiotics” — those foods like yogurt and tempeh that contain live microbes: “friendly” bacteria that aid in digestion. However, prebiotics are a less familiar topic — but similarly important in keeping our immune systems healthy. Prebiotics are natural, […]

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Audio A different kind of prescription

October 16, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What if, instead of medicine, a doctor could prescribe a nature walk to patients as a way to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and asthma? Several movements are now underway to encourage physicians to do just this. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., an initiative dubbed D-C Park R-X […]

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Audio Kidney donation won’t necessarily shorten seniors’ lives

October 15, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Kidney donation is a profound act of giving. And it’s not for everybody. Potential donors are screened carefully and accepted only if they seem healthy enough to tolerate surgery and get along with just one kidney. This organ’s blood-filtering ability declines with age, and older people used to […]

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Audio Practicing mindfulness improves physical and mental health

October 14, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Living in the moment” isn’t just one philosophy of life. Putting that edict into practice can help ease pain and other symptoms in people with certain physical and mental health problems. According to a study recently reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, patients who practice what are […]

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Audio Chronic stress and high sugar/fat content

October 13, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download New research shows it may not be what you eat that affects your risk for metabolic disease … but how stressed you are when you eat it. Published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology [Psycho-neuro-endo-crin-ology], the research compared the eating habits of 61 women. Thirty-three women were experiencing chronic stress, […]

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