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Can You Be Scared to Death?

Many people are thrilled by the chills that Halloween brings—lining up for haunted hayrides, frightening mansions and scare-fests, all in good fun. But could it go terribly wrong? Cardiologist Dr. Eugene Storozynsky says yes, those ghouls could frighten you to death.
 

Less TV, More ZZZs for Kids

We all need sleep to restore our bodies and minds—especially kids and teens, who require more sleep as their bodies develop. In an age when time we spend in front of a screen is on the rise, the amount of sleep we get tends to suffer the consequences. Sleep expert Dr. Heidi Connolly says limiting the use of electronics throughout the day will help kids transition when it’s time to go to bed. 

 

4/24/2014 | 0 comments

Autism on the Rise: What You Need to Know

The number of kids with autism has risen sharply, according to a new estimate issued March 27 by the Centers for Disease Control. The data finds autism spectrum disorders in one in every 68 children, up 30 percent from numbers reported just two years ago. UR Medicine autism expert Dr. Susan Hyman weighs in on the importance of these new statistics.
 
3/28/2014 | 0 comments

Tune in to Kids’ Screen Time

With cellphones and handheld devices joining the ranks of the usual screen-time suspects—television, computers, and video games—parents need to be vigilant about their children’s electronic media use. Excessive screen time can lead to a myriad of issues, such as attention problems, difficulties in school, sleep disorders, and obesity. UR Medicine’s Dr. Stephen Cook shares advice for curbing kids' screen time.   
 
3/24/2014 | 0 comments

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.
11/22/2013 | 0 comments

Eating Disorders Often Missed in Overweight Teens

About half of adolescents with eating disorders are or have been overweight. Because of that extra weight, it takes them longer to get diagnosed. As a result, they are often sicker when they finally get treatment. Parents are the frontline for recognizing signs of eating disorders in young people. Adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Shellie Yussman shares these tips to help parents recognize the difference between healthy weight loss and an eating disorder.
 
11/5/2013 | 1 comment
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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.

 

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