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To Grandmother’s House We Go: Keeping Holidays Safe for Kids

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of gatherings highlighted by family, friends, and feasts. With so many loved ones milling about, it’s not uncommon for the littlest guests to sneak off and find their way into trouble. Pediatrician Dr. Anne Brayer offers steps for keeping kids safe in various settings.

Beat the Blues: 5 Tips for Tackling SAD

When it’s cold and drab outside, some people start feeling bad inside. This could be a sign of SAD—Seasonal Affective Disorder—that commonly strikes during the winter months. Psychiatrist Michael Privitera offers some ways to cope if you suffer from SAD.
 
1/27/2014 | 0 comments

Myth Buster: Cracking the Case on Colds

Cold and flu season is upon us and with it comes the flurry of well-meaning advice handed down through generations. Though mom meant well by telling you to zip up your coat to avoid getting sick, our flu expert Dr. John Treanor sets the record straight on some common cold and flu myths.
 
1/13/2014 | 0 comments

Where There’s Smoke: Clearing the Air About e-Cigs and Quitting

So you’ve decided 2014 is the year you’ll kick that smoking habit. As you plot your strategy for success, should you consider swapping tobacco for e-cigarettes? Are the trendy electronic devices a safe alternative? Our tobacco dependence counselor Avi Dressler fills us in on some e-cig facts.

1/7/2014 | 0 comments

Holiday ‘Cheer’ and Depression Don’t Mix

Toasting the holidays with a festive cocktail is a tradition for many. A glass of wine or other alcoholic drink can lower inhibitions and help us relax, or temporarily relive the stress of a difficult event. URMC Therapist Kevin Coffey warns that, if you’re feeling blue in the midst of the merrymaking, think twice before downing a few drinks. Alcohol may actually make you feel worse.

12/23/2013 | 0 comments

Tinsel in a Tangle? Don’t Let Stress Spoil the Season

We waited all year for the holiday season to come 'round, but is it becoming a bit too much? Does the prep sap your energy, dominating the lead-up to the celebration? What if, rather than focusing on the “big finish” or making a future moment perfect, we slowed down and made a point of enjoying the season? Health and lifestyle counselor Linda Potter offers advice for handling the holiday hubbub.
 
12/19/2013 | 0 comments