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6 Grilling Tips to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Juicy burgers, hot dogs with the fixings, and steaks grilled to perfection are staples backyard cookouts. But grilling at high temperatures can produce chemicals that damage DNA in our genes that may lead to cancer. These helpful tips can make your summer barbecue safer.

Shoveling Snow? Be Heart Smart

Mother Nature is certainly being generous toward snow lovers this winter. Even winter wonderland fans should know there's a dark side to the beauty of that frosty whiteness. A 2011 study  showed 7 percent of men started experiencing heart symptoms while shoveling snow. Heart specialist Dr. John Bisognano offers advice to consider before you venture out to shovel snow.
1/20/2014 | 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

About the Blog


 

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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