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Stroke: Know Your Risk and Think FAST

Nearly every 40 seconds, someone in America suffers a stroke. Taking good care of yourself and knowing the warning signs of stroke can help reduce your risk. And acting quickly when stroke occurs may even save your life.

Breast Health Day: Dispelling Mammogram Myths

Mammograms are the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. But they can be uncomfortable, and women may avoid them out of fear of what they may reveal. Dr. Avice O’Connell, director of Women’s Imaging at UR Medicine, says discomfort and fear should not keep you from being screened.

8/29/2014 | 1 comment

Take Heart: Antidepressants in Pregnancy Not Likely to Cause Cardiac Defects

Pregnancy is usually a time of excitement and anticipation, though joy may be overshadowed by worry for the 10 to 15 percent of pregnant women who struggle with depression. Moms-to-be can take heart—a new study shows that taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not raise the risk of cardiac defects in babies. UR Medicine high-risk pregnancy expert Dr. Eva K. Pressman says the study offers reassurance that antidepressants are safe to use in pregnancy, even in the first trimester. 
6/17/2014 | 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

When You 'Gotta Go': Get the Facts on Bladder Health

From pills to perfumes to protective pads, there’s no shortage of ads touting products aimed at helping women cope with “leaky pipes.” Many women think urinary incontinence simply comes with aging or they feel too embarrassed to ask a doctor about it. Urogynecologist Dr. Gunhilde Buchsbaum says it’s never too late—and rarely too soon—to take steps to protect your bladder health.

11/4/2013 | 0 comments

Life After Breast Cancer: The Survivorship Journey

You’ve just finished your last round of chemotherapy or radiation. Emotionally, you’ve been tested like never before. You survived! Where do you go from here?

10/18/2013 | 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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