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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.
 

Breast Cancer: Simple Steps May Reduce Your Risk

Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among women. While treatments have improved significantly, prevention is always preferred. UR Medicine cancer specialist Dr. Alissa Huston shares some lifestyle changes that may help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
 
10/3/2014 | 2 comments

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

Prepping for a Pedicure? Tap These Tips for Safety

If warmer temps find you eager to scrap the socks and strap on sandals, perhaps a pedicure is in your plans. Before you step foot in that salon, UR Medicine infection prevention specialist Ann Marie Pettis offers advice for keeping your feet happy and healthy.

5/5/2014 | 0 comments

Soothing Achy Knees and Hips When the Temperature Dips

We’ve had more than our share of bone-chilling days this winter. And if you suffer from arthritis (inflammation of the joints in your body), it may seem as though the frigid temperatures are magnifying your aches and pains. Does the cold affect arthritis symptoms? UR Medicine orthopaedist Dr. Jonathan C. Gabel offers tips on weather-related flare-ups, supplements, and current therapies.
2/17/2014 | 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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