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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 Study suggests slow weight loss may not be best after all

January 28, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You may have been told that slow, gradual dieting and exercise is better for you than rapid weight loss. Well, newly released data from Australia rebukes that stance. A study published in October in the science journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that obese people who used a […]

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Audio Can’t concentrate? Seek a lake

January 27, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Doctors from the 19th century who prescribed sea escapes for illnesses may not have been all wet: Recent research shows that people who take a stroll by a body of water receive a mental lift. In the book Blue Mind, scientist Wallace J. Nichols examines how being near […]

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Audio Dental care difficult for those helping the developmentally disabled

January 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For most adults, toothbrushing and flossing are just part of the daily routine. But oral hygiene isn’t so easy for people with serious developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy or other conditions. These people often need help with personal-care matters throughout their lives. Consequently, adults with serious […]

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Audio Taking a bite out of rabies

January 22, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this day and age, rabies could be misconstrued as an affliction limited to works of fiction: “Old Yeller,” “Cujo” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” come to mind. But rabies is still a threat in our modern world  — and not to just animals. Rabies is a viral […]

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Audio Holiday treat has healing effects

January 21, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The holiday season is over, which means it is time to pack up the decorations. However, there is at least one tradition that could have perks if enjoyed year-round. Experts say peppermint — often consumed in the form of candy canes and ice cream during the holidays — […]

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Audio Exercise may change our perception of pain

January 20, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you ever felt it? Sore muscles that warm up and feel less painful as you head out for a jog? It may be because the muscles begin to loosen up. But scientists have also found that the body releases endorphins that help modulate pain during moderate or […]

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Audio Herbal products prove questionable

January 16, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A New Year’s resolution to take herbal supplements may seem like a good idea, but DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are often weakened by considerable product substitution, contamination and fillers. According to findings published in the journal BMC Medicine, Canadian researchers used a […]

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Audio Starting a diet? Here’s seven ways to feel full without overindulging

January 15, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s a new year, and perhaps a new you. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, like many other people, the best way to keep up your diet is by eating nutritious foods that make you feel full without overeating. If you want to keep hunger […]

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Audio Flu shot could fight heart disease

January 14, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If the chills, shakes, aches and fatigue of suffering from the flu aren’t enough to get yourself vaccinated, maybe the vaccine’s benefit to your heart health is. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those who get the influenza vaccine are one-third […]

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Audio Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may be more prevalent than thought

January 13, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download To drink or not to drink? That is the question. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a bit of a controversial topic. Many U.S. doctors and health leaders eschew the practice as a dangerous taboo, while Europeans are more divided. Proponents of either stance should be interested in a […]

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