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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 Consuming more protein may prevent stroke

September 18, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Meat lovers rejoice! A new analysis recently suggested that protein-rich diets may reduce a person’s risk of stroke. Now before you whip into the nearest drive-through restaurant for a burger, remember to focus on lean proteins such as chicken and fish as your main sources. The analysis looked […]

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Audio Swapping biopsies for blood tests

September 17, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download After surviving the agonizing wait for a new heart and a grueling transplant operation, recipients of a donated heart face another major battle: avoiding the body’s rejection of the new organ. Rejection can cause the heart to fail, requiring another transplant to keep the patient alive. Stanford University […]

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Audio Processed red meats may raise men’s heart failure risk

September 16, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When firing up the grill, you may want to think twice about the type of meat you cook. A recent study suggests that men who eat processed red meats such as hot dogs and salami may have a higher risk of developing heart failure than those who stick […]

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Audio Want more microbes in your gut? Exercise

September 15, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Gut bug: it’s a term that doesn’t exactly inspire desire in people. But gut bugs are something people should desire … in fact, they should want a great number and diversity of them. Gut microbes may play a large role in a person’s overall health. Benefits include a […]

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Audio Sperm donor’s age doesn’t affect fertility, study says

September 12, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When it comes to family planning, the phrase “biological clock” is often mentioned. It’s been said that a woman’s age affects fertility more than a man’s age does, and a recent study supports that claim. Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that a sperm donor’s age doesn’t […]

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Audio I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

September 11, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download -M-G and L-O-L are universally known shorthand for texts. But I-F-A-I-C-G-U (Eye-Eff- AY -Eye-See-Gee-You) never caught on, even though they stand for: I’ve Fallen … And I Can’t Get Up! O-K, maybe it’s a few too many letters to text or Tweet. But no matter why the initials […]

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Audio Estrogen could be behind rising rates of male obesity

September 10, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You know that new car smell? It could be making you fat — especially if you’re a man in a developed country. New research from the University of Adelaide suggests that the culprit behind rising levels of male obesity in Western countries could be something other than fat […]

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Audio Bugs: They’re what’s for dinner

September 9, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You know those reality shows where competitors eat a disgusting pile of bugs to win some incredible amount of money? Well, the idea of eating insects is less “reality show” than you might realize, and more “reality.” The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a report in […]

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Audio Elderly can dance knee and hip pain away

September 8, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Could dancing be the best medicine for senior citizens with arthritis? A new study found that a low-impact dance class significantly improved the health of elderly patients with stiffness or pain in their knees and hips. Researchers from Saint Louis University studied the effect of dancing on a […]

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Audio Don’t rinse that raw chicken!

September 5, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Looking for a way to speed up dinner prep? Now you can skip a step in that chicken recipe, according to the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency. The organization says rinsing raw chicken can actually spread dangerous bacteria living on the poultry. Droplets of water splashing off the […]

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