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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 Self-prescription of antibiotics a growing problem

October 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs antibiotics have become a common cure for bacterial infections, adults have become more comfortable self-prescribing this medicine without consulting a physician. That’s the finding published by Baylor College of Medicine researchers, who surveyed a random sample of 400 adults in Houston. Five percent of those adults reported using […]

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Audio Febrile seizures, epilepsy could be linked to ADHD

October 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen kids have a fever, the high body temperature sometimes triggers febrile (ˈfe-ˌbrī(-ə)l) seizures. The fever related seizures typically happen when a child’s temperature rises to 102 Fahrenheit or higher. Doctors have long advised parents that these seizures are not usually dangerous. However, recent research calls that conventional wisdom […]

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Audio One-hour workout can undo effects of prolonged sitting

October 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe health risks of a sedentary lifestyle are well-documented. Now, undoing those effects might be easier than you thought. Just one hour a day of moderate physical activity can reduce the health risks that come with prolonged sitting. Findings published recently by European researchers show that people who spend […]

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Audio Nail biters, thumb suckers may be less prone to allergies

October 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIs your child a champion nail biter? Or maybe a thumb-sucker way past the toddler years. If so, you’ve probably had more than enough parental angst over these undesirable habits. A new study suggests these bothersome behaviors may actually have some benefit. Children in New Zealand who were nail […]

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Audio Hushing bacteria to avoid a mosquito bite

October 17, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhether it’s the beer you drink or the carbon dioxide you emit when you’re breathing, scientists have told us there are many reasons mosquitoes are drawn to humans. Now, researchers are taking advantage of one of those reasons to find a less toxic way to ward off the tiny, […]

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Audio In older women, sexual dysfunction could be linked to metabolic syndrome

October 14, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs women age and enter menopause, it’s important for them to discuss their sexual health with their doctors. This is because sexual well-being is often seen as an indicator of overall health and activity level. Now, there’s yet another reason to have that conversation: A study has found that […]

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Audio Laser hair removal swaps unwanted hair for risky fumes

October 13, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLaser hair removal offers the convenience of eliminating unwanted hair with a relatively easy procedure. It’s an attractive prospect: Who wouldn’t like to spend less time shaving and less money on those expensive razors? But laser hair removal comes with a newly discovered, and potentially undesirable, exposure. Researchers writing […]

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Audio Are happy cows healthier?

October 12, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHappy cows produce more calcium. So says a study published recently in the Journal of Endocrinology by researchers at the University of Wisconsin. People who consume a standard American diet rely on dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt as a primary calcium source. However, estimates are that […]

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Audio Germs can take refuge in toys

October 11, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour preschooler is sick — again. It could be other kids spreading germs through close contact, but toys could also be the culprit. A new study from Georgia State University found that germs can survive on toys for up to 24 hours. Researchers looked at enveloped (en-VELL-upped’) viruses, such […]

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Audio To floss or not to floss? That is the question

October 10, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn June, the U.S. government released the latest dietary guidelines, which lacked a recommendation dating back to 1979 — they no longer include advice to floss every day. But before you throw out the white thread and celebrate the extra time in your day, it’s important to understand why […]

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