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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 New public health tool measures caloric content of social media posts

May 26, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all know someone who has fed their Facebook page with pictures of delicious and photogenic meals. Maybe you’ve done it yourself. In our digital age, more and more people are sharing pictures of their food, humble-bragging about their tasty adventures. Some public health researchers now have invented a […]

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Audio The Potential Powers of Turmeric

May 25, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHave you heard of turmeric [TOO-mer-ick]? It’s the main spice in curry and is commonly found in Asian, Indian, Pakistani and Persian cuisine. Besides adding flavor and color to dishes, this yellow-tinted wonder has helpful medicinal properties. Turmeric has been used to reduce stress, extinguish heartburn, aid the digestive […]

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Audio Treating female hair loss

May 24, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMale pattern baldness is commonly expected, but women experience hair loss, too. About 40 percent of those adults losing their hair are women, according to the American Hair Loss Association. The experience can be especially damaging psychologically for women, many of whom consider their hair to be a crucial […]

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Audio Dive into swimming’s benefits

May 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSpring is here and as temperatures rise, many people are heading to swimming pools to cool off. But the benefits of swimming go beyond just getting a break from the heat. Swimming is a great aerobic physical activity, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just […]

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Audio Catching up on some sleep

May 22, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you skimp on getting enough sleep, you also risk getting sick. A new study published in the journal Sleep adds more evidence to the understanding that sleep deprivation weakens the immune system. Researchers examined the sleeping habits of 11 pairs of twin adults over a period of time […]

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Audio Strong drug combos prescribed more often for senior patients

May 19, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPainkillers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics: These are four types of medications doctors are increasingly seeing combined for senior patients. All affect the delicate and essential central nervous system — that is, the brain and spinal cord — so taking them together is problematic, especially for seniors. A cocktail of such […]

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Audio Is running a risky proposition?

May 18, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadExperts say regular exercise can increase energy, burn calories and boost your overall heart health. But what about long-distance running? Recent news stories about marathon runners suffering from sudden cardiac arrest has led some to question the benefits and risks of such strenuous races. Doctors at the Penn Sports […]

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Audio Plants are muscle builders, too

May 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you want to maximize the muscle-boosting effects of your power-lifting session, or just maintain a healthy muscle mass into your golden years? A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicates that plant proteins can be just as effective as animal proteins at building muscle. […]

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Audio Late-life babies pack more brain power

May 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s a good comeback for the next time someone again asks you that dreaded question: When are you going to have a baby? Just tell them you want your baby to be smarter. According to a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science, waiting until […]

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Audio Physicians reluctant to apologize when things go wrong, study shows

May 15, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs kids, many of us were taught to own up to our mistakes and to apologize to those we may have wronged. A new study indicates those important life lessons may have been lost on some of today’s physicians. British researchers presented more than 300 primary care physicians at […]

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