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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 For American kids, apples are the favorite fruit

December 1, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is indeed true, then most American parents should have little trouble keeping their kids clear of the pediatrician’s office. A new study of fruit consumption among American kids found that children eat apples more than any other […]

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Audio Modified yeast turn sugar into painkillers

November 30, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Stanford University researchers have developed a faster and simpler way of making narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin using a kitchen staple. The scientists have successfully transformed common yeast … the kind used to make bread … to create the high-powered drugs, called opioids. They have modified the yeast […]

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Audio To shed weight, drink more water

November 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Losing weight isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about what you drink. According to one study, consuming a 17-ounce bottle of water 30 minutes before every meal can help with weight loss. Drinking a standard-size bottle of water led to greater weight loss among obese adults […]

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Audio Vitamin D may not help older women

November 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Vitamin D supplements may not help older women after all. Findings from a clinical trial show that the supplement doesn’t help improve bone strength or bone density, bringing some clarity to a medical question that has been murky for years. The study appeared in the Journal of the […]

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Audio Saturated fats and trans fats not equal when it comes to heart disease

November 25, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download As a consumer, most of us hear experts describing fats as “good” or “bad.” Often times, trans fats and saturated fats get thrown into the “bad” category. However, researchers have found that when it comes to heart disease, stroke or Type 2 diabetes, saturated fats may not be […]

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Audio Thanksgiving and your taste buds

November 24, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ready to carve that turkey and dig into a slice of pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream? Maybe the broccoli casserole and sweet potatoes sound more appealing to you. Or perhaps, you’d rather skip the whole meal and eat pizza. Either way, your taste buds will be guiding […]

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Audio Testosterone therapy in men may reduce heart attack risk

November 23, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In older men, testosterone therapy is often prescribed to combat low testosterone, which can affect a man’s sex drive and muscle mass among other things. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that this therapy may cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. […]

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Audio Head lice developing resistance to common medications

November 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Watch out, moms and dads. The next time your youngster brings home head lice from school or a friend’s sleepover, it may not be as easy to get rid of as it was in the past. Handling a case of head lice has never been a walk in […]

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Audio Neurological disease deaths increasing in Western nations

November 19, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Neurological disease deaths seem to be on the rise, a new study by British researchers shows, and it’s not just because people are living longer than in the past. The scientists examined World Health Organization data on total neurological deaths in 21 Western countries. The data reflected two […]

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Audio Pedal device could help add exercise into sedentary workdays

November 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If 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 […]

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