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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 Healthy breast removal often not beneficial

October 20, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download With increasingly better options for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, choosing to have one or both breasts removed to prevent or fight breast cancer is an easier decision than it once was. For some women, natural-looking results are possible without multiple surgeries and uncomfortable tissue-expanders used in reconstruction. Some […]

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Audio Feed the good bacteria

October 17, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By now, most of us have heard of the term “probiotics” — those foods like yogurt and tempeh that contain live microbes: “friendly” bacteria that aid in digestion. However, prebiotics are a less familiar topic — but similarly important in keeping our immune systems healthy. Prebiotics are natural, […]

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Audio A different kind of prescription

October 16, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What if, instead of medicine, a doctor could prescribe a nature walk to patients as a way to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and asthma? Several movements are now underway to encourage physicians to do just this. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., an initiative dubbed D-C Park R-X […]

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Audio Kidney donation won’t necessarily shorten seniors’ lives

October 15, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Kidney donation is a profound act of giving. And it’s not for everybody. Potential donors are screened carefully and accepted only if they seem healthy enough to tolerate surgery and get along with just one kidney. This organ’s blood-filtering ability declines with age, and older people used to […]

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Audio Practicing mindfulness improves physical and mental health

October 14, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Living in the moment” isn’t just one philosophy of life. Putting that edict into practice can help ease pain and other symptoms in people with certain physical and mental health problems. According to a study recently reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, patients who practice what are […]

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Audio Chronic stress and high sugar/fat content

October 13, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download New research shows it may not be what you eat that affects your risk for metabolic disease … but how stressed you are when you eat it. Published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology [Psycho-neuro-endo-crin-ology], the research compared the eating habits of 61 women. Thirty-three women were experiencing chronic stress, […]

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Audio Tis the season — for flu

October 10, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It seems like children are being introduced to their A-B-C-s at increasingly younger ages, but how soon before they start learning the A-B-C-s of flu? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the first vaccinations against the seasonal scourge begin at 6 months of age. […]

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Audio Calorie labels on menus: Does anyone care?

October 9, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Do the calorie listings on menus actually help people make wise food choices? A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 60 percent of people who notice menu calorie labels consider them when making a selection. That’s a pretty good rate. Would it […]

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Audio Caffeine powder can kill

October 8, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You might have heard of molly or spice, the latest synthetic drugs to fall into the hands of naive kids. But what about caffeine powder? Doesn’t sound so sinister, but just one spoonful could be fatal. The drug is also cheap, potent and easy to acquire. It’s also […]

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Audio Get the skinny on brown fat

October 7, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We know too much body fat can increase our risk for diabetes and heart disease, not to mention our pant size. But just when it seems we know everything there is to know about dastardly fat, new research shows it may not be a black-and-white issue after all […]

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