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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 Smoking linked to Y chromosome loss

February 27, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download An Adam’s apple, five-o-clock shadow and rippling muscles may be some of the masculine qualities we think of when we consider what makes men manly. But when it comes to our genetics, what makes a man a man boils down to one simple letter … Y. Women inherit […]

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Audio Americans’ top fears relate to everyday life

February 26, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Of all the real and perceived dangers in the world, which makes you most afraid? According to the results of a newly published study, Americans’ top fear is walking alone at night — a surprisingly benign threat compared to a terrorist attack or contracting a deadly disease. Researchers […]

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Audio Brushing away misconceptions about fluoride

February 25, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When squeezing out your morning toothpaste, perhaps you’ve noticed the warning label advising you to call poison control if you swallow more than is needed for brushing. It makes you wonder: Is something sinister lurking behind the minty freshness? Approximately 95 percent of toothpastes on the market carry […]

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Audio Sniff your soul mate to feel closer

February 24, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When your partner is living up to the saying “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” don’t you wish you could just read your beau’s mind? Science hasn’t made that leap yet, but a new study has sniffed out the fact that you might just be able […]

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Audio Sleeping makes you more attractive

February 23, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A good night’s rest can do more than reduce your drowsiness, it also may make you more attractive. A new study recently highlighted the science behind being a sleeping beauty. A study by the University of Michigan Health System and the Michigan Technological University recently analyzed participants with […]

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Audio Protecting your baby from SIDS

February 20, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a disease that can ravage the lives of new parents by taking their new baby without warning. Since 1990, researchers have been unraveling causes of the syndrome. When pediatricians recommended infants sleep on their backs, the number of babies who died from SIDS […]

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Audio New treatment for rotavirus may help children

February 19, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wintertime is here and once again parents are on the alert for health hazards associated with cold weather. There’s one childhood ailment that traditionally becomes more common this time of year and has nothing to do with low temperatures. That’s rotavirus [ROW-tuh-VIE-russ] infection, an ailment that many children […]

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Audio Unsocial media

February 18, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Does being constantly connected through technology actually make us lonelier in the long run? The research indicates yes. Experts say the constant presence of social media and smart phones — and texting in particular — is influencing us in a few significant ways. First, the constant presence of […]

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Audio Long kisses transfer bacteria from one mouth to another

February 17, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Before you pucker up, ponder this: There’s something lurking in that kiss. A recent study published in the journal Microbiome showed that people share more than saliva during a passionate embrace. In fact, a kiss that lasts more than 10 seconds transfers about 80 million bacteria from one […]

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Audio App to make jaundice screening easier

February 16, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We love our smartphones almost as much as the apps we download onto them. You have your social media apps, your music apps, your games … and a little something for jaundice screening. Wait. What? The phrase, “There’s an app for everything” is becoming less of an exaggeration, […]

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