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Audio Pacing a healthy rhythm

Nov 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSince the 1960s, pacemakers have been used in people with heart problems. By the 1980s, similar technology was first applied to dogs. So, just what does it mean and how is it done? A pacemaker is a small device consisting of a generator placed under the skin and wires […]

Audio Skipping breakfast may have more negative impacts than previous research suggested

Nov 1, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor some people, starting the day with a hearty breakfast is merely a dream. With the stress of rushing off to work and school, this important meal is often sacrificed for a few extra minutes in the morning. Even those who do eat breakfast usually grab something light, such […]

Audio Facts on frogs

Nov 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrogs can make good pets for some folks. But the capture of wild frogs for the pet trade has pushed them to the point of extinction. So, if you’re thinking of getting a frog, first make sure it has been locally bred in captivity. And before you make the […]

Audio Looking for a way to improve sleep, ease pain? Go for the big D

Oct 31, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany things divide Americans these days, but there is one thing almost all of us have in common: pain. Pain affects more people in the U.S. than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. It’s the most common reason why people seek medical care and it take an enormous bite […]

Audio Will vaccines save us from antimicrobial resistance?

Oct 30, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAntimicrobial resistance occurs when a strain of bacteria becomes less vulnerable to antibiotic medication that should kill it. This happens as specific strains encounter antibiotics and develop defenses against them. In some cases, the medication is no longer effective against the bacteria at all. Some bacteria resist multiple antibiotics, […]

Audio Upset? Study suggests talking to yourself in third-person might help calm you

Oct 27, 2017 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe all talk to ourselves. And when we do, it’s usually in the first person. “What do I want to eat tonight?” or “I really aced that math exam.” People might think it a little odd if that inner dialogue was in the third person. “Robert is going to […]

Audio Snorting chocolate is the latest way to get a buzz

Oct 26, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s legal, drug-free and provides a jolt of energy. Indeed, snorting chocolate is the newest “sugar high.” Coco Loko, a chocolate powder mixed with other ingredients usually found in energy drinks, hit the shelves in mid-summer. It gives an energy boost that lasts 30 minutes to an hour. Think […]

Audio Could ‘smart underwear’ alleviate back pain?

Oct 25, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many people, it’s a familiar experience: The dull ache in the muscles across your back or a sharp spasm. But what if a couple taps on some high-tech underwear could help alleviate the stress of back pain? An engineering team from Vanderbilt University has developed what they’ve dubbed […]

Audio Give knee pain the run-around

Oct 24, 2017 • By Melissa Blouin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEveryone occasionally experiences joint pain, but if one or both of your kneecaps hurts frequently, you may have patellofemoral pain syndrome, otherwise known as runner’s knee. Don’t be fooled by the nickname: you don’t have to be a runner to develop this syndrome. It can be caused by other […]

Audio Scientists closer to being able to predict autism

Oct 23, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEarly diagnosis of autism can improve treatment results, and researchers may have found a way to detect the condition earlier. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. […]

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