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Audio The hazards of water hemlock

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDid you know that a wetland plant in the carrot family contains one of the most potent toxins in North America? And it’s one that you—or animals under your care—could easily encounter. Even a minute amount of the poison in water hemlock is enough to cause uncontrollable seizures and […]

Audio How to get on a dog’s nerves

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEven if you do all you can to pamper your pooch, you might unwittingly be doing things that drive him nuts. For example, do you touch your dog’s face? If so, chances are he pulls back or flinches—even just a little. That’s because you’ve moved into his private space. […]

Audio Are macrolides too hot for foals to handle?

Apr 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOne of the challenges some foals face is bacterial pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi (road-o-cock-us ekkie). Fortunately, combination therapy with a macrolide antibiotic may provide effective treatment. But that same macrolide might pose other dangers to a young horse. In particular, erythromycin (ur-rith-ro-my-a-sin) has been shown to cause dangerously […]

Audio Yo-yo dieting can take a toll on heart health

Mar 31, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith swimsuit season approaching, many people may be tempted to crash diet to fit certain body image ideals, only to gain the weight back later. And a vicious cycle rolls on. Researchers say nearly 55 percent of women in the U.S. admit to having done this so-called yo-yo dieting, […]

Audio An hour of yoga a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

Mar 30, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMore than 75 million American adults are dealing with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood pressure can result in an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, one in three Americans have prehypertension, defined by a […]

Audio Undercooked chicken linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome

Mar 29, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEating undercooked chicken is extremely dangerous and can cause infections such as salmonella poisoning. Now new evidence shows that a common bacterium found in pink poultry can also cause Guillain-Barre [GHEE-on ba-RAY] syndrome. In this disorder, the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. Early symptoms […]

Audio There’s a reason why time flies when we’re having fun

Mar 28, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | Download“Time flies when you’re having fun” is an age-old saying that too often seems to be true. Have you ever been excited to go on vacation only to have it end too soon? By contrast, stressful situations seem to make time stand still. Studies have shown this phenomenon is […]

Audio Shock-absorbing shoe inserts don’t do much for feet

Mar 27, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe’ve all seen the commercials of long-distance runners who seem to be gliding blissfully on cushions of air, their toned legs impervious to the constant pounding of their feet on unforgiving concrete and asphalt. Their secret? Special insoles in their shoes or orthotics that absorb the punishment so their […]

Audio Can saunas decrease the risk of memory disorders?

Mar 24, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTo stave off memory problems, you might want to spend some time in a sauna. A recent study at the University of Finland suggests that men who sauna bathe several times a week are significantly less likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Men who spent time in a sauna […]

Audio Racial discrimination is more than skin deep

Mar 23, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat are the effects of racial discrimination? Entire disciplines are dedicated to studying its impact on society as a whole, how marginalizing an entire population based on their skin color minimizes their contributions and value. But what happens to a person on an individual and even genetic level when […]

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