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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 Step away from the light box

March 31, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo the short winter days, lack of sunlight and all that cold get you down? Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that affects about half a million Americans each year. The go-to treatment for this disorder is straightforward and simple. Doctors often prescribe time with a light […]

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Audio Overweight teens face greater risk of sudden death later in life

March 30, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBeing overweight at age 18 increases the risk of sudden cardiac death for women later in life. A recent study published in the journal Clinical Electrophysiology found that the risk of sudden cardiac death remained higher for those women who were overweight at age 18 – even if they […]

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Audio When you lose fat, where does it go?

March 30, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture this: Breathe in and fill those lungs — and breathe out fat. The image may be an exaggeration, but it’s not much of one. According to the law of the conservation of mass, matter is neither created nor destroyed. So the widely held belief that fat is burned […]

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Audio Acetaminophen won’t help with the flu

March 29, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you have the flu and thought about taking some acetaminophen tablets, don’t bother. A recent study found that the popular pain-relieving drug is no more effective against flu symptoms than a placebo. Researchers in New Zealand found that acetaminophen – has no noticeable effect on fever and other […]

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Audio Quit smoking for a healthy pregnancy

March 28, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s well-known that cigarettes and babies don’t mix, but being tobacco-free should begin long before a pregnancy. Women who want to get pregnant, or those simply wanting to enjoy a normal period of fertility, should not only avoid smoking but also secondhand smoke, according to a new study by […]

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Audio Stick with traditional tattoos, don’t poke around with others

March 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTattoos might be too mainstream for some people. After all, the pain is tolerable and temporary. One Direction’s Harry Styles is covered in them. Heck, your grandmother might have a tat of her cat. But if you’re considering getting the more alternative stick-and-poke tattoo, think again.  Stick-and-poke is a […]

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Audio Be kind to stress less

March 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s one of those days when nothing is going your way. Traffic is insane, urgent work emails are piling up and your coffee is bitter. But when the going gets tough, stressed-out people should be kind to others, says a new study by the Yale School of Medicine. Researchers […]

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Audio One-time therapy may help relieve spider phobia in sufferers

March 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPerhaps you’ve heard of a medication called propranolol [pro-PRANN-oh-loll]. It’s used to treat high blood pressure, migraines and heart conditions. Oddly enough, it also blocks a biochemical reaction that plays a major role in perpetuating our phobias. As a result, propranolol can provide a window of opportunity for reprogramming […]

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Audio Marriage, cohabiting linked to higher weight

March 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLoneliness isn’t good for anyone, but a new study shows that living alone is tied to a lower weight. For this study, a Western Washington University researcher analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth. Using data that goes back to 1979, sociologist Jay Teachman examined the living […]

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Audio Shingles virus raises cardiovascular risk for seniors

March 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe shingles virus is an unwelcome visitor, one that causes an excruciatingly painful rash for up to six weeks. Now, research published in the journal P-L-O-S Medicine highlights another downside of shingles: Seniors who get shingles are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, beginning about a […]

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