Health in a Heartbeat show

Health in a Heartbeat

Summary: Health 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 the University of Florida Health Science Center News & Communication staff and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fl, Health in a Heartbeat airs on public radio stations in more than 55 markets nationwide.

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 Secrets to long life revealed, at long last | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Want to know what experts say are the two secrets to a long life? We’ll get to the answer soon enough. First, some background. It starts with a look at places where people live for a long, long time. Think 90s, 100s and even supercentenarians, or people who have reached the age of 110. A […]

 Skipping breakfast may harm your heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

As a kid, did your mom warn you about skipping breakfast as you ran out the door for school? Turns out, mom was on to something. Skipping breakfast and hitting the road with only a coffee or juice may heighten the risk of your arteries getting clogged with plaque, which can lead to heart attack […]

 The truth about cats, baby’s breath and other health-related myths | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

It’s hard these days to know if what you read or hear is true, especially when you’re surfing the internet. When it comes to health-related information, the stakes are high and it’s important to discern fact from fiction. With that in mind, the website Everyday Health has exploded 10 common health myths. Here are a […]

 For first time, researchers grow hairy skin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

It seems that for researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, no day is a bad hair day. In a study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at the university reported being able to grow hair follicles in cultures of mice stem cells. Because stem cells can develop into different kinds of cells, […]

 Apples, tomatoes can help ex-smokers’ lungs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

If you’re a former smoker, consider eating more fresh tomatoes and other fruits. People who kicked their tobacco habit and ate those foods, especially apples, had a slower natural decline in lung function, new research shows. Certain compounds in the fruits may also help restore smoking-related lung damage, according to a study by European researchers […]

 Cycling doesn’t jeopardize men’s sexual health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Keep on cycling, men. Bike riding apparently does not harm men’s urinary and sexual functions, recently published research shows. A multinational study involving more than 4,000 active men found that cyclists’ sexual and urinary health was comparable to those who participated in certain other sports. The study was the largest of its kind, and its […]

 Conflict in childhood may lead to health ills as adult | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Conflict is to teens what water is to fish. They swim in it. Adolescents get into beefs with classmates. They’re berated by bullies. Romance blooms, then wilts in acrimony. Teens often struggle against parental control. Thankfully, teen angst is temporary. We all grow up. But does the body remember? That is the title of a […]

 Remember safety and cleanliness when raising backyard birds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Raising your own chickens can give your family benefits, from fresh eggs to a greater understanding of how food gets to the table. It can also give your family a bad case of salmonella poisoning. With the number of families setting up chicken coops in their yards rising nationwide, health experts are seeing a corresponding […]

 Anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Worsening anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. A recently published study suggests there is a link between higher anxiety and the buildup of protein clumps in the brain that underlies Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers studied the relationship between depression and the protein clumps in 270 people between the ages of […]

 Preventing Sexual Assault | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Sexual assault has been a high-profile topic as a result of the #MeToo movement, which has brought to light incidents of harassment and assault from hundreds of women and men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five women and one in […]

 Can an electric “slap” curb binge-eating impulses? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

It’s the end of a long day, and despite your best intentions, you find yourself reaching for a tub of ice cream or a bag of chips, and before you know it, you’ve consumed the whole pint or package. Or you light up a cigarette, even though you swore you would quit. Or one glass […]

 Are larger wineglasses leading to more drinking? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Sharp-eyed consumers may have noticed that plates have grown in size over the years, leading to larger portion sizes and, in turn, larger human beings. That’s led to something of a backlash among folks who are changing to smaller plates to help lose weight. Now, the focus is shifting to the size of wine glasses, […]

 Most Americans worried about the future of the country, survey says | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

When you lie in bed at night, staring at the ceiling, what keeps you awake? Money? If so, you’re among the 62 percent of Americans who report in a recent survey being stressed about their financial future. While money and work typically lead the list in the annual Stress in America survey conducted by the […]

 Special gum, probiotics fail to help sore throat sufferers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

This time of year, it’s not unusual to have a sore throat and to be scanning the aisles of a drug store for something that can help ease the pain. If you find yourself reaching for some highly touted probiotics or special chewing gum that promises to work wonders, you might want to keep on […]

 FDA issues warning about snorting chocolate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

For a while last year, snorting chocolate was a thing. It was peddled to folks in the club scene as an alternative to doing illegal drugs. Now, federal regulators have issued a warning to a company that distributes chocolate to be used for snorting. Known as Coco Loko, this is a powder mixed with other […]


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