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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 Social anxiety treatment idea gives some physicians stress | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

For 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 you could pop a lozenge, maybe […]

 For skin self-exams, rely on medical illustrations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Does 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 than photos in helping people identify […]

 Concert, earphone music may not permanently impair hearing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

What 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 so called “hidden hearing loss” does […]

 The eyes have it, especially the limbal rings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

You 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 this person could be a keeper. […]

 Cram in exercise during the holiday season | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Between 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 some of the calories from eggnog […]

 ‘Tis the season to drink responsibly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

December 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 unwelcomed consequences, including drunk-driving accidents. Avoid […]

 Some over-the-counter hearing devices perform well in study | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Congress 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, or PSAPs, fit into the ear […]

 Lack of health literacy leads to more preventable ER visits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Flu. 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 adequately understands basic health information. Knowing […]

 The Grinch diagnosed: Major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. And maybe ill, too. Consider the symptoms from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and its adaptations. Grinch’s heart is an empty hole, two sizes too small, looking like a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots. His head isn’t screwed on right, his brain is full of […]

 About half of American adults have food allergies, survey says | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Americans typically associate food allergies with children, but new research suggests that nearly half of all food allergies begin during adulthood. While children often have nut or shellfish allergies, more adults are reporting having serious allergic reactions. Since these allergies don’t become prevalent until adulthood, many people do not get tested for allergies, potentially putting […]

 For some men, exercise may carry a potential risk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

For some men, easing up on exercise might provide some benefits. A recent study found that white men who exercise intensely are 86 percent more likely to get plaque buildup in the heart arteries by middle age than those who exercise less. To study the exercise habits of more than 3,000 black and white men […]

 Pet dog may protect unborn child from getting eczema | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Having a dog as a pet can be rewarding on many levels, from companionship to security. But can Fido help a pregnant woman protect her unborn child from a chronic disease? New research says yes, at least in the case of eczema. Scientists at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that toddlers were less […]

 Study suggests e-cigarettes are gateway for kids to real cigarettes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Kids who try electronic cigarettes are more than twice as likely to take up tobacco cigarettes. That’s the finding from a group of researchers in Canada, who found that e-cigarettes appear to be a bit of a nicotine gateway to traditional cigarettes. Children in grades seven to 12 who tried an e-cigarette were found to […]

 Avoiding meat during pregnancy can lead to bad consequences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

Eating less meat and more vegetables is a mantra for those looking to improve their health, but can there be adverse consequences? A study in England points to one. Researchers found children of women who ate little or no meat while pregnant were more likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco or marijuana by age 15. Avoiding […]

 O’ Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree … how sneezy you make me | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:00

The scent of an evergreen has been known to inspire even the most Scrooge-like among us to deck the halls and rock around the Christmas tree. But for some folks, the reaction to a live Christmas tree is less “Ahh!” and more “Achoo!” While the most common types of live Christmas trees don’t produce allergy-inducing […]


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