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Audio Dry January

Dec 28, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe holiday season can be a time of exuberant excesses. Many of us stay up too late, eat way too much good food and drink more alcohol than normal. But the calendar page eventually flips and we’re faced with a new year to pay for the good times we […]

Audio Is stress the new junk food?

Dec 27, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIs stress the new junk food? When it comes to the digestive system, the answer may be yes. Recently published research shows stress exposure transforms the gut microorganisms that are essential to digestive health much like a high-fat diet does. The research, carried out in female mice by researchers […]

Audio Social anxiety treatment idea gives some physicians stress

Dec 26, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor many people, there’s nothing more terrifying than having to stand in front of a crowd and give a speech. Except, maybe, flying. Or going on a first date. Often, the attempts to quell a racing heart have included deep breaths and, possibly, a stiff drink. But what if […]

Audio For skin self-exams, rely on medical illustrations

Dec 25, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDoes that mole on your skin look threatening? When it does, many people turn to Google for information about possible skin cancer. But if you do go online, it’s better to rely on medical illustrations rather than medical photos. A study published recently found that illustrations were more effective […]

Audio Concert, earphone music may not permanently impair hearing

Dec 22, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat mother hasn’t warned her children they would go deaf if they attended a music concert or listened to loud rock ‘n’ roll on their earphones? Turns out, mom may not be infallible, after all. A recent study by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas found that […]

Audio The eyes have it, especially the limbal rings

Dec 21, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou meet someone for the first time, perhaps sizing them up for a possible relationship. Often, the first thing many people notice is the other person’s eyes. Research now shows there’s something in the eyes that instinctively telegraphs to the other person, particularly in women looking at men, that […]

Audio Cram in exercise during the holiday season

Dec 20, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBetween holiday parties, family visits and shopping trips, exercise can fall to the wayside in the hustle and bustle of the season. Our already busy lives become even more hectic and exercise no longer feels like a priority. However, staying active at this time will reduce stress and mitigate […]

Audio ‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

Dec 19, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDecember ushers in a month of great parties – and great parties often include free-flowing booze. Unfortunately, people are more likely to drink excessively during this season than at any other time of the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This can lead to […]

Audio Some over-the-counter hearing devices perform well in study

Dec 18, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCongress is considering legislation that would allow certain over-the-counter hearing amplification devices to be sold as hearing aids, and a new study lends support to the effort by showing some of the devices work nearly as well as expensive hearing aids. The devices, known as personal sound amplification products, […]

Audio Lack of health literacy leads to more preventable ER visits

Dec 15, 2017 • By

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFlu. Kidney. Jaundice. Osteoporosis. Are these words that you can correctly pronounce? Or does a trip to the doctor leave you with a twisted tongue? Medical researchers say the ability to correctly read a series of health-related words is a surprisingly good way for doctors to determine if someone […]

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