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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 Years carrying excess pounds could contribute to cancer

November 30, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWomen looking for some extra motivation to lose weight might consider this: A new study shows the longer those pounds stay on, the higher the risk for breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. Odds of getting cancer increased by 10 percent for every 10 years a woman was obese, […]

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Audio When traffic backs up, pollution builds up inside cars

November 29, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs the traffic jam grows longer, you fuss, fume and complain about the inconvenience. But traffic jams pose a threat to more than just your blood pressure and sanity: As your car sits, unhealthy air builds up inside. Researchers in England  found that the air inside a traffic-bound car […]

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Audio Thirsty? Put down the soda and pick up the water

November 28, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDrinking just one glass of water instead of a sugar-laden beverage every day may help you lose weight and improve your health, suggests a study by researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The results are published in the journal Nutrients. The team […]

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Audio Infertility can deliver stress, anxiety for couples

November 25, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTrying to get pregnant can be an emotional rollercoaster for both women and men. It’s an issue for one in eight couples of childbearing age in the U.S. struggling with infertility, studies show. Years of trying can turn into a sudden glimmer of hope, only to be dashed again […]

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Audio Trim the fat, not the flavor

November 24, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo many Americans, Thanksgiving dinner and overeating often go together. Between turkey, sides and pie, it’s practically one’s patriotic duty to feast. The average American consumes over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, more than double the recommended daily amount, according to the Calorie Control Council. Thanksgiving can be challenging […]

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Audio Quitting smoking can enhance your health and social life

November 23, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhiter teeth, healthier lungs, less risk of cancer, cleaner-smelling breath, more money for necessities or fun … there are many excellent reasons to quit smoking. Here’s another one you may not have considered: A fuller social life. A study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research found smokers […]

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Audio Pedal device could bring exercise to sedentary workday

November 22, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you work a typical 9-to-5 job, you know how hard it can be to get motivated to hit the gym after a long workday. Sitting for long periods of time in sedentary environments, such as an office, can lead to health problems such as obesity. But researchers at […]

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Audio Safer opioid painkiller in development

November 21, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe United States is in the grip of prescription painkiller addiction. In 2014, 28,000 Americans died of narcotic overdoses, four times more than in 1999. More than half of these deaths involved prescription drugs, such as the narcotic oxycodone. In response, President Obama this year signed into law a […]

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Audio How to Help Your Kids Make Healthy Lunch Choices

November 18, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you pack your kid’s lunch every night wondering if he or she will actually eat and enjoy what you think is a healthy, balanced meal? One way to be sure children are eating nutritious lunches is to let them be the masterminds in creating the meal. Dietitians at […]

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Audio Study shows Latinos age slower than other ethnic groups

November 17, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo certain ethnic groups age slower or faster than others? A study published in Genome Biology found that Latinos age slower than any other racial group even though they experience higher rates of diseases like diabetes. Scientists call this the “Hispanic Paradox.” According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

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