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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 Post-traumatic stress severity differs among pregnant women

May 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWomen who have experienced a traumatic life experience such as domestic abuse, a natural disaster or sexual assault often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Studies show that approximately 10 percent of women will experience PTSD in their lifetime. So researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School […]

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Audio Too much, too little sleep can impact pre-baby weight

May 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLack of sleep is linked to many health issues, including diabetes, memory loss, hypertension and obesity. Even so, pregnant women may be tempted to do as much snoozing as possible before baby arrives and sleep becomes a distant memory. But a recent study by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine […]

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Audio Punishment, not reward, is key to healthy success

May 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat gets you moving? Is it a picture of the swimsuit you want to wear on vacation or simply the satisfaction of achieving a tough goal? Instead of a reward, think about punishing yourself instead. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that punishments are more effective than […]

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Audio Mild stress can activate brown fat and keep excess weight away

May 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know the feeling before a math test: Formulas swarming through your head make your stress levels spike. But that stress could also help keep extra weight off. A study published recently in the journal Experimental Physiology found that a little bit of mild anxiety can raise levels […]

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Audio In trials, cold virus helps HIV vaccine do its job

May 18, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe virus that causes the common cold may have some usefulness for humanity. Scientists running trials in the United States and parts of Africa have attached an HIV vaccine to two strains of manipulated cold virus and tested the combination in humans. The cold viruses were meant to help […]

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Audio Gum disease associated with kidney disease deaths

May 17, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe mouth is the doorway to the body, so oral health has a significant effect on the rest of the body. Now, there’s yet another reason to have a clean mouth. A study by researchers at the University of Birmingham in England found that people with chronic kidney disease […]

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Audio Foods like apples, peppers can help maintain weight

May 16, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat foods you should or shouldn’t eat is an enduring question for people trying to lose weight and maintain their health. With age comes the likelihood of gaining weight due to the slower metabolism, hormone changes, lack of exercise, eating too much and eating the wrong foods. So what […]

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Audio Grocery store cranberry juice may do little to treat a UTI

May 13, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUrinary tract infections affect 3 million Americans each year. If you’ve ever experienced one, someone probably told you to drink a big glass of cranberry juice. But contrary to popular belief, the cranberry juice at the grocery store may not do much to treat this infection. A urologist at […]

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Audio Kitchen chaos may lead to more calories consumed

May 12, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAre you overeating? Your kitchen might be to blame. If you’re reaching for that extra handful of potato chips or grabbing another snack while standing in your kitchen, take a look around. A new study from Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab found that “chaotic food environments” encourage people […]

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Audio Chocolate beneficial for mom and baby

May 11, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPregnancy may mean abstaining from some of your favorite treats such as a glass of red wine or daily latte, but there is some sweet news: New research suggests that nibbling on chocolate daily can benefit both mom and baby. The study from Canada’s Laval University in Quebec City, […]

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