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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 Shingles under 40 could cause stroke later

April 21, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download After you’ve dealt with chickenpox as a kid, you’re done with it forever, right? Wrong. For some folks, the virus that causes chickenpox can re-emerge later and cause shingles, a painful rash that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. The illness could also cause other problems […]

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Audio Staying safe on foot

April 18, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ever watched a pack of kids at the park? Then you will have observed one thing about the smaller set. They really like to run. They chase each other across the soccer field. They bound down the hallway after the family pooch. They scamper across the playground. They […]

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Audio Total smoking bans linked to more quitting smoking

April 17, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download There’s nothing pretty about smoking cigarettes. For decades studies have linked the habit to a host of conditions, from cardiovascular disease to cancer to low birth weight. Even for those who don’t partake, secondhand smoke is almost just as dangerous … and there is evidence now that toxic […]

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Audio Office air could make you sick

April 16, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You’ve probably heard the news about the link between job stress and heart disease and how too much sitting can increase your risk of death. Some bosses can be a real pain, and then there are toxic coworkers and hostile work environments. But what if your actual work […]

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Audio Diagnosis by laser

April 15, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s something even the Jetsons couldn’t predict: Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a laser that can diagnose diseases. Researchers say the laser could potentially detect trace gases in exhaled breath in a surgery room. For example, people with diabetes exhale tiny amounts of acetone, which […]

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Audio Juggling, running and robots

April 14, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What do juggling and running have in common? Both use repetitive motion. But when a person juggles, his or her feet are usually fairly stationary — which is why researchers at Johns Hopkins University are using juggling to study the way a person moves in a repetitive way. […]

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Audio Cobalt, Dr. House, and poisoned beer

April 11, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The patient presents with severe heart failure. The left ventricle of his heart is only pumping out about 25 percent of the blood within it, compared to the healthy 55 to 70 percent. He has nearly 20 times the amount of a certain peptide used to measure heart […]

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Audio Frequent male drinkers subject to memory loss

April 10, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Middle-aged adults face a wide variety of daily challenges … and some find a good release at the end of the day, be it in a glass of wine or a frosty mug of ale. Drinking much beyond that, however, can open up a Pandora’s Box of issues, […]

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Audio Cinnamon: Not just for rolls

April 9, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you hear the word cinnamon, you may think of gooey cinnamon rolls or other sweet goodies. Although these may not be the makings of the healthiest meal, cinnamon by itself is extremely beneficial to your health. The spice is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fiber, and […]

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Audio Chocolate, wine and berries may protect against type 2 diabetes

April 8, 2014
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Chocolate and wine lovers rejoice! Researchers have found yet another reason to stock up on these rich indulgences. A new study suggests that consuming high levels of flavonoids, found in foods such as chocolate, tea, berries and wine, may help protect against Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes […]

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