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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 Federal tax on junk food is feasible, study finds

April 20, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour potato chips, Cheetos and Mountain Dew might someday come with something extra — a federal junk food tax. Slapping a federal excise tax on foods that meet certain nutritional or category criteria is both legal and feasible, researchers at two universities have found. An excise tax is a […]

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Audio Smartphone app targets obesity prevention based on users’ eating habits

April 19, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA smartphone app that targets eating habits and lifestyle could help you fend off overeating during times of stress and exhaustion. So says a study by a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Connecticut, who presented the results at the American Medical Informatics Association’s annual symposium. […]

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Audio Trendy nose rings can pose health risks

April 18, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe ring once reserved for bulls’ nostrils has made its way onto celebrities Rhianna and Lady Gaga. Septum piercings, the hoop that goes in between a person’s nostrils, have become a trend. Like all trends, though, be wary before you take the plunge. Piercing this area takes skill. The […]

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Audio Neighborhoods impact heart health

April 17, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur neighborhoods, the original social networks, help define us. Among friends, family and strangers, they are a collection of shared experiences. Their markets and hospitals, their traffic and trees, their crime and pollution shape our lives. And our heart health. A new study says neighborhoods significantly impact residents’ incidence […]

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Audio The connection between magnesium and sleep

April 16, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you can’t sleep, you’re not alone. About 30 percent of American adults report having issues with insomnia, according to the American Sleep Association. A quick Google search for the phrase “trouble sleeping” yields nearly 7 million results. With quality sleep evading so many, we’re often searching for new […]

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Audio Secrets to long life revealed, at long last

April 13, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWant to know what experts say are the two secrets to a long life? We’ll get to the answer soon enough. First, some background. It starts with a look at places where people live for a long, long time. Think 90s, 100s and even supercentenarians, or people who have […]

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Audio Skipping breakfast may harm your heart

April 12, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs a kid, did your mom warn you about skipping breakfast as you ran out the door for school? Turns out, mom was on to something. Skipping breakfast and hitting the road with only a coffee or juice may heighten the risk of your arteries getting clogged with plaque, […]

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Audio The truth about cats, baby’s breath and other health-related myths

April 11, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s hard these days to know if what you read or hear is true, especially when you’re surfing the internet. When it comes to health-related information, the stakes are high and it’s important to discern fact from fiction. With that in mind, the website Everyday Health has exploded 10 […]

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Audio For first time, researchers grow hairy skin

April 10, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt seems that for researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, no day is a bad hair day. In a study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at the university reported being able to grow hair follicles in cultures of mice stem cells. Because stem cells can […]

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Audio Apples, tomatoes can help ex-smokers’ lungs

April 9, 2018
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a former smoker, consider eating more fresh tomatoes and other fruits. People who kicked their tobacco habit and ate those foods, especially apples, had a slower natural decline in lung function, new research shows. Certain compounds in the fruits may also help restore smoking-related lung damage, according […]

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