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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 Any exercise boosts brain benefits

January 29, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA daily run can control weight, improve mood, raise energy and could combat future illnesses. It can also provide brain-boosting benefits as you age. But as you get older and running becomes more challenging, it can be confusing as to what type of physical exercise you should do to […]

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Audio Unhealthy snacks come in all sorts of packages

January 28, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen 3 o’clock rolls around and you’re jonesing for that mid-afternoon snack, are you making the wisest decision? Instead of hitting the office vending machine and filling up on sugar, choose a snack that will keep you on track and feeling great. According to a study from the University […]

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Audio Study suggests slow weight loss may not be best after all

January 27, 2016
 

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

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Audio Walk this way to increase calorie burn

January 26, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWalking can be a reliable, calorie-torching exercise, especially for those with sensitive joints. It burns about 100 calories per mile at a moderate pace. But if you really want to get the most burn for your buck, you might want to mix it up between walking, strolling and briskly […]

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Audio Vaccine-induced anaphylaxis rare

January 25, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the safety of vaccines. According to the study, anaphylaxis [an·a·phy·lax·is]… a serious, systemic allergic reaction… occurred only 33 times out of the 25 million vaccination cases studied between 2009 and 2011. Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction […]

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Audio Delirium and urinary tract infection

January 22, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadConfused thinking, disordered speech and other symptoms of delirium in an older adult could cause loved ones to suspect dementia. But these symptoms could actually stem from a fairly common disorder: a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Both older men and older women are prone to developing urinary tract […]

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Audio Supplements spur estimated 23,000 emergency visits per year

January 21, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThose dietary supplements you take could be the source of your next major health problem. If you think that’s an alarmist statement, consider this: In the United States, supplements such as vitamins, herbal products and other items used to boost nutrition, increase energy or promote weight loss are not […]

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Audio Sleep duration in primitive cultures relatively short, study says

January 20, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s a vague but common notion that says back in the “good old days” people used to sleep a lot longer. Well, if your definition of the “good old days” reaches back far enough to include prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies, then we have some news… this notion of more sleep […]

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Audio Young physician-scientists needed

January 19, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPhysician-scientists are medical doctors who focus largely on research but also see patients. These doctors are responsible for many advances and discoveries in modern medicine. The role they play in moving medicine forward is critical. But statistics show that their numbers have been declining. Based on a report from […]

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Audio “Good” cholesterol not so good for menopausal women

January 18, 2016
 

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCholesterol can be a little confusing. You might have heard that it’s actually been divided into two camps: “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Good, or HDL, cholesterol actually works to clean up arteries from the havoc wreaked by bad cholesterol. But ladies in the throes of menopause, listen up: High […]

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