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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 good thing about being ‘thick in the head’

August 29, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Look for this headline coming soon to your favorite science blog: People who obsessively play video games truly may be “thick in the head.” At this moment, hardcore gamers are groaning, “OK, here it comes, another study about how video games are bad for you.” But this time, […]

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Audio Trampoline-related E.R. visits more than double in two decades

August 27, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Between 2002 and 2011, emergency room visits for injuries from trampoline-related accidents in the United States cost more than $1 billion. Yes, $1 billion. That’s according to a study by Indiana University researchers. The cost of visits for broken bones alone reached $408 million. The study revealed another […]

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Audio Lasers spur teeth regeneration

August 27, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s a “Jetson’s”-style thought: In the future, we could use toothbrushes made of lasers to avoid cavities. OK … maybe not. But researchers have recently shown that a low-powered laser light can nudge dental stem cells into forming dentin, the material that makes up much of your teeth. […]

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Audio Sunburn in early life skyrockets risk of melanoma

August 26, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download As if parents needed another reason to coat their children in sunblock and long-sleeved shirts, they now have one more. A recent study found that young women who had experienced five or more blistering sunburns before the age of 20 were at an 80 percent increased risk for […]

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Audio Junk food plus stress equals negative health effects

August 25, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Need further proof that chronic stress can lead to big health problems? Try coupling stress with poor food choices. A new study shows that highly stressed people who eat high-fat, high-sugar diets have different metabolic responses than people who eat the same foods but face less stress. These […]

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Audio Marijuana and motor vehicles don’t mix

August 22, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most of us grew up surrounded by warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving. On television, at school, from parents … these messages were everywhere. What you may not have heard as much were cautions against driving while under the influence of other substances. But getting behind […]

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Audio Exposure therapy could cure arachnophobia

August 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Does the mere sight of a spider send you screaming from a room? Does arachnophobia cause embarrassment when you lose your cool around the crawlers? There might be a simple but very scary solution to your fear of eight-legged insects: Exposure therapy. New research shows that just one […]

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Audio Long-term solvent exposure may affect the brain

August 20, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For people in many professions, exposure to chemicals such as paint and certain cleaners are a major part of everyday life. Now, new research shows that people who are exposed to fumes from chemical solvents for long periods of time may have a higher risk for memory loss […]

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Audio Study suggests odor could impact perception of beauty

August 19, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you see an exceptionally lovely human being, pause for a second and consider: Is this person lovely because her features are symmetrical … or is it just because she smells really good? New research from the Monell (Moe-Nell) Chemical Senses Center suggests that a person’s perception of […]

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Audio Keeping skin safe in the sun

August 18, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For many people, the summer means no school and more time outdoors … but it also means ensuring your skin is well-protected from the hot summer sun. Doctors recommend that everyone apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 with UVA and UVB protection for all the […]

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