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Organ Donation: The Power to Change Lives

Ever wonder if doctors’ and nurses’ medical care efforts might be less than heroic when they know a patient has signed an organ donor card? Nothing could be further from the truth. Giving the gift of life is more about life than death, says Rob Kochik, executive director of UR Medicine’s Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

Health Care Proxies: Let Your Voice Be Heard

From when the alarm blasts us awake until we drift off to sleep at night, the days are chock-full of choices—not only snap judgments, but those that require deeper thought. With the hundreds of decisions we face daily, who needs to sort through yet another one? You do, if you haven’t begun to consider how you’d like your medical care to proceed, in the event that you become ill or injured and are unable to then make or express your wishes. Our expert Dr. Richard A. Demme sheds light on this important health care issue.
 
3/17/2014 | 0 comments

Spring Forward: Resetting Your ‘Body Clock’

While the shift to daylight saving time is a welcome sign of spring, it may take a while for your body to adjust to that lost hour. If you’re among the groggy who are still recovering from the “spring forward,” sleep expert Dr. Wilfred Pigeon offers insight into why you feel that way and how you can cope.

3/10/2014 | 0 comments

Just Add Water: Quenching Your Winter-Parched Skin

Freezing temperatures and harsh winds can wreak havoc on our skin. Mix cold, dry, windy weather with indoor heating and the result for your skin may be an itchy, scaly mess. UR Medicine Dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio explains why our skin is so parched in winter and offers advice for quenching it.
 
3/3/2014 | 0 comments

Be Aware: Colonoscopy Can Screen for and Prevent Cancer

If you could take a few simple steps to prevent cancer, would you? Most of us like to think we’d do anything we can to stay healthy. Until your doctor says it’s time for a colonoscopy. Even the most punctual people find themselves putting it off. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind you, with help from UR Medicine Gastroenterologist Dr. Thomas Werth, why having a colonoscopy is so important. 
 
2/21/2014 | 9 comments

Soothing Achy Knees and Hips When the Temperature Dips

We’ve had more than our share of bone-chilling days this winter. And if you suffer from arthritis (inflammation of the joints in your body), it may seem as though the frigid temperatures are magnifying your aches and pains. Does the cold affect arthritis symptoms? UR Medicine orthopaedist Dr. Jonathan C. Gabel offers tips on weather-related flare-ups, supplements, and current therapies.
2/17/2014 | 0 comments

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Welcome to Health Matters, a blog aimed at keeping you and your family healthy. We offer advice from URMC experts on timely topics, as well as insight into breaking news and medical research. Visit us weekly for updates and invite your family and friends to check us out. If you have a topic you’d like to see us cover, please send a note to Lori Barrette.

Though health advice offered here is provided by experts, there is no substitute for the personal care your own provider can offer. If you have medical questions or concerns, please contact your physician.


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