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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 Drowning out the sounds of dining may spur overeating

July 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour TV, cell phone and even your dinner companions could be making you overeat. The common denominator at work is noise. Researchers from Brigham Young and Colorado State universities found that drowning out the sounds of one’s own eating — the racket of chewing, crunching, and swallowing — is […]

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Audio Using mice, researchers find offspring benefit from mom’s exercise

July 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s another indicator of the potential benefits of exercise during pregnancy: Researchers at Baylor University have found that female mice that run are more likely to produce active offspring. While further study is needed to confirm the effect in humans, researchers said their study is the first to show […]

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Audio Noise disrupts development of premature babies’ sensory skills

July 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadQuiet hospitals are better for premature babies. That’s the consensus of a study published by Swiss researchers, who found that a loud and noisy hospital environment can affect how sensory skills develop in premature infants. Babies born two months short of full term are at high risk of developing […]

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Audio New drug improves cholesterol but does not prevent heart attacks, study finds

July 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA recent study has found that a medication meant to prevent heart attacks is good at reducing cholesterol levels but ineffective for heart issues. The medication, evacetrapib [Ev-Ah-SET-rah-pib], reduced a person’s LDL cholesterol, the dangerous kind, and boosted HDL cholesterol, the good kind. But it didn’t reduce rates of […]

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Audio Live music is a proven stress-reliever

July 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor decades, scientists have been studying the effects of music on the brain. It isn’t a surprise that listening live to a favorite band can wash your daily stresses away — but now science has proved it. A study published in the journal Public Health found that attending a […]

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Audio Child sleep needs leave many parents guessing

July 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow much sleep do your kids really need? Many parents and grandparents don’t actually know. A New Zealand study published by the journal Sleep Medicine shows that one in four adults underestimate the amount of sleep children need, while about one in five overestimate it. Only about half the […]

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Audio Congenital heart defects, PTSD often go together

July 14, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPeople born with serious heart defects go through a lot in life. Starting at a young age, many heart patients endure multiple, risky surgeries. They suffer from fatigue and often have to sit out activities, such as neighborhood tackle football games. They tend to fall behind by missing school […]

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Audio More greenery at home linked to lower risk of death

July 13, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWant to live longer? Consider planting some trees, shrubs or even flowers. A recent study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that living in spaces with lots of greenery can lower your risk of mortality by more than 10 percent. The researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health […]

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Audio Retirement years can be great for health, too

July 12, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s the typical snapshot of retirement: rest and relaxation, along with the possibility of new aches and pains. But a new study from the University of Sydney paints a rosier picture: The golden years can be golden for your health, too. A study of more than 25,000 Australian retirees […]

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Audio A Fresh Fruit a Day Keeps Heart Attacks at Bay

July 11, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA little bit of fresh fruit every day can give a big boost to heart health. Researchers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom have found that a modest daily serving of fresh fruit can decrease risk of cardiovascular death by a third. Current dietary guidelines recommend […]

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