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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 How prevalent is microcephaly among Zika babies?

June 30, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Zika virus is the newest anxiety-inducing danger keeping expectant parents up at night. Babies born with abnormally small, misshapen heads, a condition known as microcephaly, are the dominant image of this mosquito-borne disease. Though scientists have known about it for decades, the illness has only recently started getting […]

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Audio Having a younger sibling may reduce risk of childhood obesity

June 29, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHaving several children household can be tricky, especially when the sibling rivalry kicks in and the headaches start. But recent research also shows that having a sibling can have health benefits. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids with younger siblings have a lower risk […]

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

June 28, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou 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 asleep […]

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Audio Comprehensive sex education can be effective

June 27, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | Download“Don’t have sex,” the coach in the movie Mean Girls cautions a classroom of students, “or else you’ll get pregnant and die!” The truth is, having sex doesn’t kill you. But only one-fifth of middle schools are teaching all the sex-education topics recommended by the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Audio Kids’ urinary tract infections are increasingly drug resistant

June 24, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUrinary tract infections, a fairly common ailment in children, are getting tougher to treat. A study published recently in the British Medical Journal found that pediatric urinary tract infections typically caused by the E. coli bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Drugs such as ampicillin and trimethroprim [tri·meth·o·prim] are […]

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Audio Clean air: don’t take it for granted

June 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor 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 may […]

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Audio Peanuts, eggs may benefit baby

June 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor years, peanuts have been taboo for infants. Pediatricians recommended withholding them because they are considered highly allergenic. The fear was that infants’ developing digestive systems may adapt poorly, triggering food allergies. But several recently published studies don’t support that idea. In fact, they indicate a potential benefit to […]

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Audio Stock up on peaches this summer

June 21, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA 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 protein. […]

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Audio When at Oktoberfest …

June 20, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAaah, Oktoberfest — a festival originating in Germany that celebrates all beers: marzen, porter, hefeweizen … and pancreatitis? A group of researchers at the Technical University of Munich wondered whether binge drinking, such as the drinking that takes place during Oktoberfest, contributes to acute pancreatitis — inflammation of the […]

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Audio MIND your diet

June 17, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA change in diet is usually the first step in creating a healthy lifestyle — but it’s easier said than done. Our diets are our habits, and as we all know, changing a bad habit is harder than it looks. But what if we could have all the benefits […]

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