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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


February 24, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSweet potatoes are nature’s nutritional powerhouse, packed full of vitamins and minerals. They have high levels of vitamins A, C and B6, which promote healthy eyes and improve metabolism and the immune and nervous systems. You’ll also get important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese, which help […]

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Audio Less sleep may make you pack on pounds

February 23, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you don’t sleep well, you may end up eating more. New research has found that sleep-deprived people eat an average of 385 more calories a day than those who get a good night’s rest. Scientists at King’s College in England analyzed 11 earlier studies involving 172 participants whose […]

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Audio Making sense of multivitamin myths

February 22, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan a multivitamin a day keep ailments away? Many people think so. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of Americans take a multivitamin or mineral supplement every day. These products promise to improve health in various ways, including boosting energy, strengthening the immune system and […]

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Audio Martial arts and kids not always a good mix

February 21, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s practically a rite of passage for American kids to don a white robe and belt and karate chop a board. Martial arts are known to improve muscle strength, flexibility, cognition, confidence and self-awareness. But new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that the 6.5 million kids […]

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Audio Excess iron a cause of gestational diabetes?

February 20, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOh, the scourge of gestational diabetes. Doesn’t pregnancy inflict enough hardships on a woman’s body, with its aches, swelling, nausea, cravings, heartburn and sleepless nights? Must it also alter blood sugar and deny an expectant momma the solace of sweets and carbs to get her through those trying nine […]

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Audio Stay hydrated for optimal health

February 17, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a magical elixir that could help energize muscles, detoxify the body and ward off weight gain. This fluid exists. It’s water. While a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested there is little science to support the longstanding recommendation to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water […]

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Audio Diet high in protein may raise heart failure risk in older women

February 16, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany fad diets lurking around the internet today suggest eating sufficient amounts of “lean protein.” Protein shakes are a common staple among fitness buffs. In fact, previous research has shown that protein-rich diets can boost metabolism and weight loss efforts. However, a new study suggests that one diet does […]

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Audio Heart disease risk might be linked to cooking temperatures

February 15, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNumerous studies have linked fried food to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Trans fatty acids — a type of “unhealthy” fat — are usually to blame. A new study suggests that cooking food at high temperatures — like roasting or deep-frying — might cause the release of toxic […]

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Audio Sweet benefits of dark chocolate

February 14, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEying a heart-shaped box of chocolate? Along with symbolizing affection, your Valentine’s Day sweet treat may also benefit your health. If it’s dark chocolate, that is. Research has long shown dark chocolate is good for the body. But why? Cacao, the beanlike seed from which chocolate is made, is […]

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Audio Protect Your Healthy Heart

February 13, 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlong with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month — a perfect time to protect your heart from disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, causing 1 in 4 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Developing five healthy […]

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