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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 Exercise and older adults

July 24, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This news might make you jump out of your seat. A recent study found that for adults over age 60, every additional hour a day spent sitting is linked to a 50 percent greater risk of being disabled, regardless of how much moderate exercise a person may get. […]

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Audio Fat’s chance

July 23, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Forty years ago, heart disease became one of the greatest health concerns in the United States, and the culprit thought to be responsible was saturated fat. Found primarily in animal products such as meat and dairy, saturated fat was thought to raise a person’s LDL cholesterol — the […]

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Audio Disinfection byproducts in pools

July 22, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download People love to jump into swimming pools to get a little relief from the heat. Contrast that with a different way people relieve themselves, which involves modern plumbing and closed doors. But what happens when the public pool becomes a source of relief for the kidneys as well […]

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Audio Errors at outpatient clinics

July 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You depend on your doctor to help you understand your health and identify medical problems that arise. While your physician probably does her best, no one is perfect. What happens when your doctor misses something or just plain gets it wrong? A new overview study by researchers from […]

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Audio Oil pulling: Ancient answer or old-school hoax?

July 18, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A 5,000-year-old Indian medical remedy is making news as a possible tool to improve a variety of ailments. Oil pulling is a technique where you swish a tablespoon of vegetable oil — like sunflower oil, sesame oil or coconut oil — in your mouth for about 10 to […]

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Audio Music to someone else’s ears

July 17, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When picking songs for a playlist, you may choose bluegrass over big band, or death metal over dubstep — but the assumption that all of us enjoysome form of music was accepted as part of human nature. New research, however, may change our tune entirely. Researchers at the […]

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Audio Morning sunlight exposure may shrink waistlines

July 16, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Opening up your windows in the morning may do more than just light up the house and wake you up. A recent study suggests that exposure to morning sunlight may help shrink waistlines, too. Researchers at Northwestern University say the benefits of getting a little sunshine may extend […]

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Audio Don’t mess around when it comes to thunder and lightning

July 15, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Oh, the joys of summer. Campfires and s’mores, carefree days of bike riding for kids, trips to the beach and … lightning. Thunderstorms are more frequent in summer, making them the party pooper that can end all these fun summer activities by sending everyone inside. As much of […]

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Audio Laughter is good for your brain, researchers say

July 14, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Seek out those hilarious memes on Facebook and watch more stand-up comedy. Apparently, the health benefits are robust. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California recently presented information from a study that suggests the more you laugh, the better you feel mentally. The study, presented in late April, […]

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Audio Even average weight kids need to be cholesterol conscious

July 11, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you given up high-cholesterol foods like pizza, but allow it in your kids’ diets? A new study says it’s just as important to watch your kids’ cholesterol intake as your own. Pediatric cardiologists at Texas Children’s Hospital screened children between the ages of 9 and 11 for […]

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