Life Kit: Health

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  • 18 minutes 4 seconds
    These water safety tips can save lives
    Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. To prevent drownings, make sure there's always a designated adult watching the water whenever kids are swimming. We'll cover other water safety tips to protect young swimmers safe this summer.

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    3 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 25 minutes 11 seconds
    Where did I put the keys? Tips to improve memory
    Do you ever feel like your memory lets you down when you need it most? If you forget your keys every time you leave the house, struggle to remember new names or just need a boost before a big test, you might be in need of some memory training. Trivia and memory experts share their best tips for recalling more and warding off everyday forgetfulness.

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    30 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 15 minutes 12 seconds
    Fiber has tons of benefits. Here's how to eat more of it
    Fiber is a dietary superhero. It lowers cholesterol, helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps your hunger in check. But chances are, you're not getting enough of it. NPR health correspondent (and fiber fanatic) Maria Godoy shares easy ways to up your fiber intake. Plus, the science of what fiber does in your body and how having more in your diet could help you. This episode was originally published September 19, 2023.

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    28 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 24 minutes 57 seconds
    Take charge of your gyno visit
    A visit to the gynecologist isn't just an essential part of your health routine. It's an opportunity to ask questions about your reproductive health, from birth control to painful periods to a decreased interest in sex. Dr. Rachel Bervell, co-founder of The Black OBGYN Project, explains how women and trans or non-binary people can structure their next visit — and get the answers they need.

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    16 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 19 minutes 4 seconds
    Jet lag is 'not a choice' — here's what to know
    Taylor Swift claimed that "jet lag is a choice" at this year's Super Bowl. Sleep scientists like Jade Wu would like you to know they very much disagree. The disorder can throw your body clock out of whack and leave you feeling sluggish — not great when you're on a big vacation abroad. Wu explains how to make jet lag less miserable and more manageable.

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    14 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 13 minutes 34 seconds
    Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids
    Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. Researchers developed a five step plan to prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. NPR's Short Wave talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital, about how to eliminate pain during shots.

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    29 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 13 minutes 56 seconds
    Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise. Here's what to know
    In the 1990s, colorectal cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Now, it's the first in men and second in women — and rates are rising among people under age 50. This episode, we explore how you can lower your risk and make sure you catch colorectal cancer early.

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    25 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 49 seconds
    Protect your ears from hearing loss
    People of all ages are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss, but few know how to protect against it. This episode, build out your ear care routine with the help of hearing experts — and get surprising advice on phone volume, noise exposure and Q-tips.

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    15 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 10 seconds
    How to take care of your eyes
    Eye health is more than just an annual eye exam. Learn how to protect your eyes from screens, read your prescription and understand what does and does not affect your vision.

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    21 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 21 minutes 6 seconds
    How much protein do you need?
    Our bodies need protein to maintain muscle. That's important because muscle mass peaks in our 30s and then declines. In this episode, tips about understanding how much protein you really need.

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    18 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 18 minutes 29 seconds
    Thoughts on Ozempic from a body-positive doctor
    The popular weight loss drug Ozempic makes shedding pounds seem like magic. But the reality is more complicated, says family physician Dr. Mara Gordon. She explains why it's hard to talk about Ozempic without addressing weight stigma and diet culture.

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    27 February 2024, 8:00 am
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