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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 Exercise changes quality of life even in identical twins

June 29, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Everyone’s heard the statement “Exercise changes your life.” But for twins in Finland, the saying actually holds true. The University of Jyvaskyla (You-es-ku-la) studied what happened when the exercise habits of identical twins drastically diverged after leaving home. Genes affect endurance and health, so working with an identical […]

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Audio Aspartame sensitivity may exist only in sufferers’ minds

June 26, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The artificial sweetener aspartame [ASS-purr-taym] hit supermarket shelves in the early 1980s as an ingredient in reduced-calorie foods and beverages. Controversy has followed it ever since. Critics charge that aspartame causes numerous health problems, including headaches, seizures and even cancer. However, the F-D-A studied aspartame before approving it […]

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Audio Child Insomnia: How to help your child get a better night’s sleep

June 25, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You probably know the feeling … lying awake in bed, unable to fall asleep no matter how many sheep you count. Well, it turns out that insomnia doesn’t just affect adults. One out of four children and teenagers suffer from it too. Defined as the inability to fall […]

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Audio Hispanic, Asian women show rise in skin cancer rates

June 24, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Having a darker complexion doesn’t make you immune to skin cancer. And California researchers are now warning that Hispanic and Asian women are developing skin cancer at alarming rates. The trend is possibly linked to the increased popularity of sun tanning … and the assumption that darker skin […]

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Audio Exercise can counteract age-related brain issues

June 23, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For active seniors, here’s yet another health benefit: Older people can ward off the effect that age-related brain decline has on their movement abilities just by getting off the sofa and out the door. A recent study published in the journal Neurology found that the most physically active […]

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Audio Clean air: don’t take it for granted

June 22, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For most North Americans, it’s probably hard to imagine an environment where the air is so dirty every day that it makes you sick. But for many people throughout the world, foul air is a daily reality. Lack of government action to keep air clean and penalize polluters […]

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Audio Stock up on peaches this summer

June 19, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A juicy peach is a sweet snack that tastes great on a hot summer day, but did you know that it has endless health benefits, too? One raw, medium-sized peach has 50 calories, just point-five grams of fat, and contains two grams of fiber and one gram of […]

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Audio Protein from opossums contains ingredient for improving anti-venom

June 18, 2015
 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Opossums have something humans want: a protein that protects the animals from snake venom. According to research conducted decades ago, a peptide in the protein seems to neutralize toxins in venom by binding to them. California researchers recently picked up where past scientists left off, experimenting with the […]

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Audio Live longer with more muscles

June 17, 2015
 

Here’s one more reason to get to muscle beach this summer — no matter your age muscles make you live longer. A new study of more than 3,000 adults found that the more muscle elderly adults have, the lower their risk of death. The U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey looked at the muscle index […]

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Audio Anglo-Saxon potion kills MRSA?

June 16, 2015
 

Some times the old ways are the best — even for science. A thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may be a way to defeat the modern-day superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (MER-suh). The ancient remedy was discovered at the British Library in a copy of Bald’s Leechbook, widely regarded as the first known […]

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