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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 Safety first in fireworks fun

July 3, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Independence Day conjures up thoughts of barbecues, Americana and the celebration of another birthday for the stars and stripes. And while the party wouldn’t be complete without fireworks, nothing puts a damper on Fourth of July festivities like an injury. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about […]

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Audio Alcohol, lack of safety training are big drivers in boat fatalities

July 2, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download According to the U.S. Coast Guard, more than 4,000 recreational boating accidents took place in U.S. waters in 2013. These accidents caused more than $39 million in property damage and killed 560 people. While these numbers are down from 2012, they’re still too high. Most boating accidents involve […]

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Audio Brain scans show language-center variations among autistic children

July 1, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Diminished communication skills are a hallmark of autism spectrum disorders. People with one of these disorders have a wide range of abilities when it comes to talking and to understanding speech. Using brain imaging techniques, researchers may have found a way to better predict future language skills in […]

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Audio Eating more fish and vegetables cuts colon cancer risk

June 30, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your mother was right: Vegetables and fish really are good for you. In fact, eating vegetarian can reduce colon cancer risk, especially if you include fish in your diet. A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that eating more vegetables and very […]

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Audio Exercise changes quality of life even in identical twins

June 29, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Everyone’s heard the statement “Exercise changes your life.” But for twins in Finland, the saying actually holds true. The University of Jyvaskyla (You-es-ku-la) studied what happened when the exercise habits of identical twins drastically diverged after leaving home. Genes affect endurance and health, so working with an identical […]

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Audio Aspartame sensitivity may exist only in sufferers’ minds

June 26, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The artificial sweetener aspartame [ASS-purr-taym] hit supermarket shelves in the early 1980s as an ingredient in reduced-calorie foods and beverages. Controversy has followed it ever since. Critics charge that aspartame causes numerous health problems, including headaches, seizures and even cancer. However, the F-D-A studied aspartame before approving it […]

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Audio Child Insomnia: How to help your child get a better night’s sleep

June 25, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You probably know the feeling … lying awake in bed, unable to fall asleep no matter how many sheep you count. Well, it turns out that insomnia doesn’t just affect adults. One out of four children and teenagers suffer from it too. Defined as the inability to fall […]

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Audio Hispanic, Asian women show rise in skin cancer rates

June 24, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Having a darker complexion doesn’t make you immune to skin cancer. And California researchers are now warning that Hispanic and Asian women are developing skin cancer at alarming rates. The trend is possibly linked to the increased popularity of sun tanning … and the assumption that darker skin […]

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Audio Exercise can counteract age-related brain issues

June 23, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For active seniors, here’s yet another health benefit: Older people can ward off the effect that age-related brain decline has on their movement abilities just by getting off the sofa and out the door. A recent study published in the journal Neurology found that the most physically active […]

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Audio Clean air: don’t take it for granted

June 22, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For most North Americans, it’s probably hard to imagine an environment where the air is so dirty every day that it makes you sick. But for many people throughout the world, foul air is a daily reality. Lack of government action to keep air clean and penalize polluters […]

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