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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.

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

Do Your Numbers Count? New Guidelines for Cholesterol Meds

For years we’ve been told to watch our cholesterol levels. If your numbers were too high, your doctor likely prescribed medications, known as statins, to lower that cholesterol level and, along with it, reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Cardiologist Dr. John Bisognano explains new guidelines, recommending that doctors consider patients’ risk factors for cardiovascular disease, rather than focusing on the numbers.
 
12/2/2013 | 0 comments

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.
 
10/29/2013 | 0 comments

Catching ZZZs: Study Reveals Brain ‘Takes Out Trash’ While We Sleep

In findings that give fresh meaning to the old adage that a good night’s sleep clears the mind, a new study shows that a recently discovered system that flushes waste from the brain is primarily active during sleep. 
10/17/2013 | 0 comments

What NOT to Do Tomorrow Morning: Skip Breakfast

A recent study linked eating breakfast with significantly lower heart disease risk in some men. Our nutrition expert weighs in on what’s new about the importance of breakfast, and offers tips to make the most of your morning meal.

9/9/2013 | 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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