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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.
 

Teens and Sleep: Pediatricians Say Let Them Snooze

To exasperated parents of teens: It may seem like your kids are choosing to be night owls who’d rather not rise early in the morning but the truth is, they can’t help it. UR Medicine pediatric sleep expert Dr. Heidi Connolly says it's a delay in biologic rhythm—not a stubborn streak—that leads to their preference to fall asleep later at night and wake later in the morning.
 
9/8/2014 | 0 comments

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

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

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

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

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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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