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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 The do’s and don’ts of Halloween candy

October 31, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Each year when hordes of ghouls, goblins and princesses trudge home lugging pumpkin-shaped baskets stuffed with sweet treats of every stripe, parents are left with the same age-old problem: What do you do with all that candy? Better yet, how do you stop a gaggle of sugar-crazed seven-year-olds […]

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Audio On gourd behavior

October 30, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Avoid a real scare this Halloween — a trip to the emergency room — by preventing the No. 1 injury reported on this spooky holiday: finger and hand wounds associated with pumpkin carving. Here are some tips to carve without fear this year … First, make sure your […]

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Audio Weather conditions don’t influence back pain

October 29, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Maybe you’ve heard someone blame the weather for a backache. Many people believe that temperature and other weather conditions can trigger muscle pain. But that notion is full of hot air, according to a study published recently in the journal Arthritis Care and Research. The research showed no […]

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Audio Could “unplugging” make you unhappy?

October 28, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Do you get a little rush when your phone buzzes, alerting you to a new text message? Does your heart skip a beat when you see that friends have commented on your Facebook status? Can’t go to sleep without checking your email just one more time? You might […]

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Audio The problem with hair-pulling

October 27, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When faced with an anxiety-provoking situation, you may have found yourself exclaiming, “I’m about tear my hair out!” For 2 to 4 percent of the population, however, these words are no mere expression. Sufferers of trichotillomania [trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh], have a compulsive urge to pull out their hair, usually from […]

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Audio Lighting up during pregnancy could lead to ADHD for baby

October 24, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Smoking cigarettes with a bun in the oven increases the risk of miscarriage, complications during pregnancy, low birth weight and obesity for baby later in life. Now, a new study from Denmark found that it can also lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Even smoking cessation solutions could […]

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Audio Teeth may be able to repair themselves with the help of a laser

October 22, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Halloween candy could put your teeth in a scary state, but researchers are looking into an eerie new technique that could be used to repair decaying teeth in the future. Could you imagine if teeth could regenerate? Using human dental stem cells and lasers, Harvard University scientists were […]

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Audio Endurance athletes’ Achilles’ heel is their smile

October 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Running does wonders for your body, from decreasing body fat, relieving stress, lowering cholesterol and strengthening your heart. It also lends you a fabulous dose of feel-good endorphins. But it might not be so great for your endorphin-induced smile. As it turns out,Halloween candy isn’t the only culprit […]

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Audio Propelling medicine to the source of illness

October 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1966 film “Fantastic Voyage,” a team of intrepid CIA agents and doctors boarded a submarine. They were miniaturized, then injected into a fellow CIA agent’s bloodstream. The goal? To remove a blood clot threatening the agent’s life. Today, scientists are trying to develop something eerily similar: […]

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Audio Healthy breast removal often not beneficial

October 20, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download With increasingly better options for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, choosing to have one or both breasts removed to prevent or fight breast cancer is an easier decision than it once was. For some women, natural-looking results are possible without multiple surgeries and uncomfortable tissue-expanders used in reconstruction. Some […]

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