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Pink Power: Mammograms Can Save Lives

Though it's not a traditional fall color, when October rolls around, many of us think pink to show solidarity and support for those affected by breast cancer. Pink ribbons are also a gentle reminder of the importance of screening mammograms, a vital part of early detection of breast cancer.
 

Teen Driving Plan May Be a Life-Saver

Summertime: When young drivers with school-free schedules hit the road for fun activities with friends. While we welcome the warm days of July, they also find us in the thick of the “100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers, a term coined for the weeks from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when free time and inexperienced drivers can combine with tragic results. A Teen Driving Plan can help young drivers stay safe this summer, says UR Medicine pediatric safety specialist Dr. Anne Brayer. 
7/7/2014 | 0 comments

Dose of Reality: Whooping Cough Can Be Deadly

Whooping cough or pertussis has a funny sounding name, but the illness—and the cough—are anything but. Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital explains why.

6/30/2014 | 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

Bedtime Routines: Don’t Fall Behind

Autumn: the season that brings us crisp air, colorful leaves, and a chance to recapture that lost hour surrendered with last spring’s shift to Daylight Savings Time. Gaining that hour can be a treat for many, but a trial for parents of young kids whose habits and body clocks don’t seem to care what time of day it is. Our pediatric sleep expert offers advice on bedtime routines and helping kids adjust to changes.

10/28/2013 | 0 comments

Using Your Head: Common Sense is Key to Sports Safety

Fall sports are in full swing and for many young athletes, bumps, bruises and the occasional broken bone are considered part of the game. Fortunately, life-threatening injuries are rare. But, when they happen, parents pause to consider what’s best for their child. URMC neurosurgeon offers advice for safe participation in youth sports.

9/23/2013 | 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.

 

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