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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 Boys’ and girls’ brains process trauma differently, study shows

February 28, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadApproximately 24 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition sparked by a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories of the event, low self-esteem and problems in personal relationships. But according to a small study, gender may play a role in how we process traumatic events. […]

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Audio Link found between teenage binge drinking and brain function of future children

February 27, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen talking to your teenager about the downsides of drinking alcohol, there is one more warning you can add to the list: excessive drinking may alter the brain function of their future children. A study by researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine suggests that repeated […]

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February 24, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSweet potatoes are nature’s nutritional powerhouse, packed full of vitamins and minerals. They have high levels of vitamins A, C and B6, which promote healthy eyes and improve metabolism and the immune and nervous systems. You’ll also get important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese, which help […]

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Audio Less sleep may make you pack on pounds

February 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you don’t sleep well, you may end up eating more. New research has found that sleep-deprived people eat an average of 385 more calories a day than those who get a good night’s rest. Scientists at King’s College in England analyzed 11 earlier studies involving 172 participants whose […]

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Audio Making sense of multivitamin myths

February 22, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan a multivitamin a day keep ailments away? Many people think so. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of Americans take a multivitamin or mineral supplement every day. These products promise to improve health in various ways, including boosting energy, strengthening the immune system and […]

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Audio Martial arts and kids not always a good mix

February 21, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s practically a rite of passage for American kids to don a white robe and belt and karate chop a board. Martial arts are known to improve muscle strength, flexibility, cognition, confidence and self-awareness. But new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that the 6.5 million kids […]

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Audio Excess iron a cause of gestational diabetes?

February 20, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOh, the scourge of gestational diabetes. Doesn’t pregnancy inflict enough hardships on a woman’s body, with its aches, swelling, nausea, cravings, heartburn and sleepless nights? Must it also alter blood sugar and deny an expectant momma the solace of sweets and carbs to get her through those trying nine […]

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Audio Stay hydrated for optimal health

February 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a magical elixir that could help energize muscles, detoxify the body and ward off weight gain. This fluid exists. It’s water. While a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested there is little science to support the longstanding recommendation to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water […]

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Audio Diet high in protein may raise heart failure risk in older women

February 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany fad diets lurking around the internet today suggest eating sufficient amounts of “lean protein.” Protein shakes are a common staple among fitness buffs. In fact, previous research has shown that protein-rich diets can boost metabolism and weight loss efforts. However, a new study suggests that one diet does […]

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Audio Heart disease risk might be linked to cooking temperatures

February 15, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNumerous studies have linked fried food to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Trans fatty acids — a type of “unhealthy” fat — are usually to blame. A new study suggests that cooking food at high temperatures — like roasting or deep-frying — might cause the release of toxic […]

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