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Is BMI Accurate? New Evidence Says No

  • Jan. 8, 2024
For years, BMI—body mass index—has been the go-to tool for plotting our weight into categories. If your BMI number is 25 or higher, you fall into the overweight or obese category. So, does that mean ...
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Is it a Cold or an Allergy?

  • Mar. 21, 2023
That first sneeze and sniffle prompts you to reach for a tissue. The second and third—perhaps fourth and fifth—may send you to the medicine chest for relief. But, is it a cold? Or is it a spring ...
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What is Alopecia?

  • Mar. 30, 2022
You may not have heard of alopecia, but it is likely that we all know someone who suffers from this condition, which includes all forms of hair loss. Dermatologist Mary Gail Mercurio answers common ...
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Colds and Flu: Do You Need Antibiotics?

  • Jan. 5, 2022
COVID-19 has significantly changed the way we consider even minor coughs and cold-like symptoms. UR Medicine Primary Care's Dr. Michael Gavin offers advice on what to look for, when to call to your ...
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Could Your Snore Mean Something More?

  • Mar. 7, 2019
There’s a difference between making sounds in your sleep, and being a sound sleeper. When snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, that difference may have serious health implications. Learn more about ...
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Beat the Blues: 5 Tips for Tackling SAD

  • Jan. 18, 2019
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 Dr. Justin ...
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6 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

  • Dec. 31, 2018
A new year brings a fresh start, when many of us vow to make changes for the better. Unfortunately, those promises are often forgotten by February. UR Medicine Primary Care’s Dr. Lou Papa shares ...
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Do Coffee Drinkers Live Longer?

  • Nov. 13, 2018
Good news, java junkies—it turns out that coffee drinking may have some real health perks. Registered dietitian April Ho filters out some facts from a recent study that suggests that drinking coffee ...
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5 Facts on Vaccines and Pregnancy

  • Oct. 19, 2018
Getting vaccinated against flu and other contagious illnesses is one of the most powerful ways a woman can protect herself and her baby, before and after it’s born. UR Medicine pregnancy specialist ...
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Q and A: Breast Cancer Screening

  • Oct. 3, 2018
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which annually sheds light on the importance of early detection. UR Medicine women's imaging specialist Dr. Avice O'Connell answers a few questions women commonly ...
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Flu Shots: What, Why and When

  • Oct. 2, 2018
Flu season is rapidly approaching and ads for flu shots are popping up everywhere. Should you get one? Will it work? UR Medicine vaccine expert Dr. Ann Falsey explains what's new this year and why ...
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A Fresh Take on Leafy Greens

  • Aug. 31, 2018
Does your family flee when leafy greens crop up at the table? Registered dietitian Sue Czap of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute offers advice on which greens to choose and shares some tasty ways ...
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Temper Your Workouts in Extreme Heat

  • Jul. 3, 2018
We look forward to summer all year long, aiming to make the most of warm weather for our outdoor sports and workouts when the sun is shining. UR Medicine Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Sandeep ...
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Chill Out: Help When the Heat Hits

  • Jun. 29, 2018
Summer can bring some blistering temperatures that make it hard to keep your cool. UR Medicine Urgent Care's Dr. Michael Kamali shares ideas for beating the heat and offers advice for when it impacts ...
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5 Tips for Safe Summer Theme-Park Thrills

  • Jun. 26, 2018
Amusement parks are mainstays of summer family fun, attracting 375 million Americans annually. If you’ll be among them this year, heeding these tips from Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Elizabeth ...
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Hepatitis C: What You Need to Know

  • Jun. 18, 2018
When it comes to hepatitis C, what you don’t know can hurt you. That’s because most people who have the liver infection don’t have symptoms, so may not even know they have it. UR Medicine clinical ...
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Q&A: Keeping Kids Safe in the Sun

  • Jun. 1, 2018
Before heading out to enjoy the warm weather and soak up some sunshine, check out this advice from UR Medicine Primary Care's Dr. Michael Gavin for protecting kids from too much sun.
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Tasty Tips for a Healthier Heart

  • May. 17, 2018
If you enjoy a nibble on dark chocolate to satisfy a craving, you’re also helping your heart with every bite. The tasty treat is known to improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure. URMC ...
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Tinnitus: The Noise Only You Can Hear

  • May. 14, 2018
Whether it’s a barely noticeable hum or a continuous buzz, if you’re hearing something that others around you aren’t, you may have tinnitus. UR Medicine Audiologist Dr. Kristin Geissler describes ...
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How Can We Prevent Elder Abuse?

  • May. 8, 2018
Many older adults live in fear and isolation, with their emotional, physical and even financial well-being at risk due to elder abuse. UR Medicine Geriatric Specialist Dr. Thomas Caprio says knowing ...
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Prep Now for a Safe Gardening Season

  • Apr. 19, 2018
If you’ve been less active through the colder months, rigorous yard work may result in aches and strains—especially back problems. UR Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Emmanuel Menga offers advice to ...
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DIY Tips: Eating Healthy Starts at Home

  • Mar. 28, 2018
When it comes to eating healthy, there may be a grain of truth in the old adage, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” If you’re daunted by dining at home, Registered ...
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5 Ways to be Heart Healthy Every Day

  • Feb. 8, 2018
A decision to live well often prompts personal changes—such as losing weight, eating right and exercising more—to rise to the top of our to-do lists. UR Medicine Heart and Vascular Cardiologist Dr. ...
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What You Can Do to Avoid the Flu

  • Jan. 30, 2018
The flu virus is at near-record levels and it is especially fierce. UR Medicine Primary Care’s Dr. Natercia Rodrigues offers advice to help reduce your chances of catching it.
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5 Tips for Getting Through the Flu

  • Jan. 23, 2018
The best protection from the flu is the annual vaccine. Whether you got the flu in spite of getting the vaccine, or you skipped your flu shot and are now under the weather, UR Medicine's Dr. Michael ...
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Lead Poisoning: Is Your Child At Risk?

  • Jan. 15, 2018
If you and your family live in an older home, your child could be at risk for lead poisoning—and there is no cure for this serious condition. The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. ...
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Stay Safe on the Slopes this Season

  • Jan. 3, 2018
Wintry weather is a welcome sight for skiers and snowboarders. If you’re a fan of winter sports, learn how to avoid injury and stay safe on the slopes with tips from UR Medicine Sports Medicine ...
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Kids and Weight: What Not to Say

  • Dec. 20, 2017
Their intentions may be good but, far too often, the way people talk, think and act about obesity—especially around kids—can fuel weight stigma. Golisano Children's Hospital pediatrician Dr. Stephen ...
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Centering: A Prenatal Care Alternative

  • Oct. 3, 2017
Pregnant women often enjoy the advice and support of others who are expecting; that may be why an alternative prenatal approach called Centering is growing in popularity. Certified midwife Michele ...
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3 Food Fixes for Lower Cholesterol

  • Sep. 19, 2017
Food choices are an important part of a healthy diet and may have a direct influence on certain health measures, such as your cholesterol level. UR Medicine Registered Dietitian April Miller shares ...
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5 Signs Your Kids May Be Too Busy

  • Aug. 25, 2017
Music lessons, drama club, soccer practice, dance class…the list of youth activities goes on and on. They add a lot to our kids' lives, but when does it all become too much? UR Medicine clinical ...
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Q & A: Back-to-School Physicals

  • Aug. 18, 2017
Kids are returning to school and it’s a good time for parents to check in with the pediatrician to see if their children are due for an annual physical. UR Medicine Primary Care pediatrician Dr. Anne ...
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Solar Eclipse: Safety Viewing Tips

  • Aug. 15, 2017
For the first time in nearly a century, on Monday, Aug. 21, the entire country will be able to view a total solar eclipse. In this video, UR Medicine ophthalmologist Dr. Ajay Kuriyan explains how to ...
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4 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

  • Aug. 3, 2017
There are simpler ways to sharpen your brain health than sitting through a lecture on integrated quantum photonics. UR School of Nursing researcher Vankee Lin says a few simple lifestyle choices may ...
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Lyme Disease: Prevention and Symptoms

  • Aug. 1, 2017
Lyme disease has made its way to Western New York and UR Medicine infectious disease expert Dr. Jennifer Nayak advises being extra vigilant in the summer months. She offers a few tips to help you ...
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Taking Tylenol: Does OTC Mean Risk-Free?

  • Jul. 20, 2017
It’s easy to get, relatively inexpensive and one of the most commonly used drugs in the world, but that doesn’t mean acetaminophen—best known as Tylenol®—is risk-free. UR Medicine Pharmacy Director ...
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Poison Ivy: Prevention Takes Priority

  • Jun. 16, 2017
Before heading out to dig in your garden, take steps to avoid a poison ivy encounter that might make you miserable. UR Medicine dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio tells you what to look for and ...
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Tips to Tame Spring Allergies

  • Jun. 2, 2017
Spring can be glorious, except when it’s marred by the itchy, watery eyes and relentless sneezing that come with seasonal allergies. UR Medicine Allergist Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo offers advice for ...
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Skin Cancer Check: Know the ABCs

  • May. 5, 2017
The bad news: there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined, according to the American Center Society. The good news: Skin cancer is almost always ...
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Every-Other-Day Diet: Does it Work?

  • May. 2, 2017
Can changing when you eat, rather than what you eat, make it easier to lose weight? UR Medicine nutrition expert Dr. Thomas Campbell weighs in on intermittent fasting and what works over the long ...
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FDA Approves New Eczema Drug Tested at URMC

  • Mar. 30, 2017
People who suffer from eczema have new hope for relief with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a “game changing” medication tested at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The ...
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Why Walk? 5 Reasons to Step it Up

  • Jan. 27, 2017
Walking is one of the best ways to exercise and doing it regularly can yield an array of health benefits. Whether you prefer a solo stroll or being flanked by family, UR Medicine Primary Care’s Dr. ...
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Common Sense on the Common Cold

  • Dec. 19, 2016
Despite all the advances of modern medicine, the common cold continues to vex us. UR Medicine Primary Care’s Dr. Louis Papa explains why colds are easy to get and challenging to treat, and what makes ...
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Papa Named to NYS Board of Medicine

  • Dec. 7, 2016
The New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents has appointed UR Medicine Primary Care internist Louis J. Papa, M.D., to a five-year term on the Board of Medicine.
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Election Day: Taming the Emotional Toll

  • Nov. 4, 2016
The American Psychological Association says 52 percent of American adults—Democrats and Republicans alike—report that this presidential election is a significant source of stress. UR Medicine ...
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Shifting to a School-Time Sleep Schedule

  • Aug. 24, 2016
It’s time for kids to snap out of their summer sleep schedule so they’ll be well rested and ready to succeed in the classroom. UR Medicine pediatric sleep expert Dr. Heidi Connolly offers advice for ...
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Quenching the Discomfort of Dry Mouth

  • Jul. 26, 2016
More than 50 percent of older adults are likely to experience the discomfort of dry mouth. Oral health expert Dr. Adina Jucan provides facts on what causes the condition and steps you can take to ...
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When Summer Heat Takes Your Breath Away

  • Jul. 22, 2016
Sunny, sticky days surely make you sweat, but they can also hamper breathing—especially for children and seniors. UR Medicine Urgent Care’s Dr. Michael Kamali explains how ozone levels can be ...
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Healthy Eating: 6 Tips for Travelers

  • Jun. 30, 2016
Vacation is often a time to escape reality, abandon routines and indulge in things we enjoy. UR Medicine registered dietitian Mary Johnson offers advice to help fuel your fun without fretting over ...
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DIY Teeth Whitening: Too Good to Be True?

  • Jun. 20, 2016
From wedding dresses to recipes and beyond, anyone can post or “pin” ideas they have to the popular website Pinterest—including health tips. Dr. Hans Malmstrom explains why some of the do-it-yourself ...
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Get the Buzz on Mosquitos and Ticks

  • Jun. 9, 2016
As great as an afternoon in the woods can be, or a stroll at dusk, you are never alone: Ticks and mosquitoes inevitably come along for the ride. Are their bites just a nuisance, or a cause for worry? ...
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Salt Savvy: What is in Your Food?

  • Jun. 7, 2016
If you’re quick to add a dash of salt to your plate, you could be increasing your risk of heart disease. UR Medicine Cardiologist Dr. John Bisognano says new FDA-proposed guidelines may help people ...
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World No Tobacco Day: Time to Quit

  • May. 31, 2016
If World No Tobacco Day has you thinking about kicking your smoking habit, dental expert Dr. Sangeeta Gajendra offers some facts to help convince you that the time to quit is now.
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It Takes Strength to Stay Active

  • May. 23, 2016
It takes more than aerobic fitness to be healthy and active in your 50s and beyond. You also need to be strong. UR Medicine physical therapist Elizabeth Wetmore offers advice to combat sarcopenia, a ...
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What's the Reason for Your Sneezin'?

  • May. 5, 2016
If you’re sniffling and sneezing your way through spring, you may wonder if you have a cold or seasonal allergy. UR Medicine Urgent Care’s Dr. Michael Kamali offers facts to help you find the reason ...
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8 Steps to Spring into Shape

  • Apr. 25, 2016
If warm, sunny days are inspiring you to spring into action, follow this advice from UR Medicine sports medicine specialist Dr. Katie Rizzone for safely rousing your joints, tendons, ligaments and ...
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5 Tips for Managing Diabetes

  • Apr. 6, 2016
Diabetes may be common but that doesn’t make living with it easy. While there is no cure for diabetes, people who have it must learn to manage it in order to stay healthy. UR Medicine endocrinologist ...
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Holidays and Food: Is it OK to Splurge?

  • Mar. 24, 2016
Holidays have always included the presence of food, and since celebrating with family and friends is an important part of our lives, they may not be the best times to be overly focused on what you’re ...
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Are There Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

  • Feb. 29, 2016
Colonoscopy is the gold standard when it comes to detecting and preventing colorectal cancer, especially for those with a family history of colon cancer or a history of inflammatory bowel disease. UR ...
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Planning for Parenthood After Cancer

  • Feb. 29, 2016
Getting a cancer diagnosis can be heartbreaking. Learning that a treatment that can save your life might also dash your dream of having a family can compound that heartbreak to an indescribable ...
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Eating Disorders: 5 Warning Signs

  • Feb. 19, 2016
Whether or not you realize it, there’s a good chance you know someone who has an eating disorder. People who develop them often experience anxiety, low self-esteem and a level of perfectionism that ...
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6 Tips for Traveling Outside the U.S.

  • Feb. 2, 2016
Passports, itineraries, emergency plans—there’s a lot to consider before you embark on a trip abroad. And with Zika virus and other travel-related health concerns in the news, you’re wise to include ...
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Got Rhythm? The Ins and Outs of Afib

  • Jan. 28, 2016
Afib, or atrial fibrillation, is an irregular heart rhythm that can increase your chances of a devastating stroke or damage to the heart. UR Medicine electrophysiologist Dr. Parag Patel explains how ...
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Get Your Holiday Meal on the 'Nice' List

  • Dec. 15, 2015
Holidays are a time to indulge a bit, but keep in mind even during this time of year, incorporating more plant-based food into your diet can have many benefits. UR Medicine dietitian Joanna Lipp says ...
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Fiscella Appointed to Dean’s Professorship

  • Dec. 14, 2015
Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H., nationally recognized for his research on addressing disparities in health care, has been appointed to a Dean’s Professorship in the Department of Family Medicine. A ...
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Mammograms: Facts on 'False Positives'

  • Dec. 14, 2015
Ten to 16 percent of women who get screening mammograms are called back for additional testing. Though few of them will end up having cancer, callbacks can cause anxiety, even when they result in a ...
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Tips for Traveling During Cancer Treatment

  • Dec. 7, 2015
Nearly 100 million Americans travel during the holiday season. If you’re usually among them but are having second thoughts because you’re being treated for cancer, don’t cancel your plans yet. A trip ...
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Give Bad Breath the Brush-Off

  • Nov. 24, 2015
What’s lurking behind that bad breath? And could it be a sign of a bigger health problem? Dental expert Dr. Jack Caton offers facts on the causes of halitosis—the medical name for bad breath—and what ...
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Urgent Care: Is it the Right Call?

  • Nov. 18, 2015
The late-Friday-afternoon fever. The peculiar rash that breaks out on the weekend. The after-hours ear ache that won’t ease up. Should you call your doctor? Visit an urgent care center? Head to the ...
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Open Enrollment: 7 Steps to Success

  • Nov. 3, 2015
If you’re employed and your benefits package includes health insurance, you’re likely smack dab in the middle of the season known as Open Enrollment. UR Benefits expert Scott Latshaw offers tips to ...
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Shedding Light on Lupus

  • Oct. 27, 2015
Lupus is a challenging disease that requires a lifetime of management. UR Medicine Lupus Clinic Director Dr. Jennifer Anolik answers five questions to help you learn more about lupus.
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Dietary Supplements: Buyer Beware

  • Oct. 14, 2015
While the health benefits of taking supplements have long been a topic of debate, a new study says they’re to blame for an estimated 23,000 trips to the emergency department every year. UR Medicine ...
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Breast Density: What Women Should Know

  • Oct. 12, 2015
Especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you may hear the term "dense breasts" in the media and you may wonder what it means and if it's something you should worry about. Dr. Avice O'Connell, ...
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Myth Buster: The Truth About Midwives

  • Oct. 8, 2015
While the profession of midwifery has evolved with modern health care, misperceptions persist based on centuries-old images or misunderstandings. UR Medicine certified nurse midwife Michele Burtner ...
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Tips for Tackling Tiredness

  • Sep. 28, 2015
Fatigue is a common problem for many people and a common reason for seeing a doctor. UR Medicine Primary Care’s Dr. Laura Gift shares tactics for tackling five common energy-sapping culprits.
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Head Lice: Scratching Below the Surface

  • Aug. 25, 2015
If the mere mention of head lice gets you scratching your head, perhaps a dose of facts will ease your fears. UR Medicine Dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio explains what it is, how to find it, and ...
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Perilous Play: How Safe are Trampolines?

  • Aug. 11, 2015
Trampolines may be popular and fun but, before you jump to conclusions and put one in your backyard, be sure you understand their risks. UR Medicine pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Cook ...
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Staying Healthy After Cancer

  • Aug. 4, 2015
You did it—you’ve come through treatment and now are cancer-free! What can you do now to support your good health? UR Medicine oncology nurse Alicia Coffin offers this advice.
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Fitness Trackers: Trend or Tool

  • Jul. 28, 2015
Move over, wristwatch, there’s a new accessory in town and it’s sleek, functional and wildly popular. Wearable fitness devices are strapped around the wrists of people everywhere, tracking their ...
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Fire it Up! Tips for Healthy Grilling

  • Jul. 2, 2015
Cooking on the grill is one of the best treats of summer. However, grilling can create some less-than-desirable compounds in your food. Joanna Lipp, a clinical nutrition specialist at UR Medicine’s ...
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Pass the Fruit and Veggies, Please!

  • Jun. 25, 2015
There may be something to that old apple-a-day adage. Studies show that plant-based diets may help reduce the risk of getting cancer and also prevent its recurrence in cancer survivors. It might also ...
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Defining Heart Disease

  • Jun. 22, 2015
People often equate heart disease with heart attacks, but they’re not one and the same. UR Medicine preventive cardiologist Dr. John Bisognano explains five common forms of heart disease and offers ...
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Cooking Oils: Which One When, and Why?

  • Jun. 15, 2015
Which cooking oils do you keep on hand? And which occasion calls for which oil? It’s a challenge to sort through everything out there (and even harder trying to decide when you’re faced with a wall ...
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Spotting Sneaky Salt Sources

  • May. 21, 2015
You skip the salt shaker and lean toward the low-sodium labels, but do you really know how much salt you eat each day? UR Medicine registered dietitian Rachel Reeves says some simple sleuthing will ...
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6 Steps to Lower Stroke Risk

  • May. 21, 2015
Although a stroke can happen to anyone, there are certain factors that may increase your chances of having one. UR Medicine Neurologist Dr. Curtis Benesch says you can improve your odds—and your ...
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Free Skin Cancer Screening Offered May 30

  • May. 12, 2015
UR Medicine’s Department of Dermatology is joining forces with the American Academy of Dermatology and the Rochester Dermatologic Society to provide free skin cancer screenings 9 a.m. to noon ...
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Don't Shrug Off That Shoulder Pain

  • Apr. 24, 2015
Shoulders might be the unsung heroes of your body. They’re involved in some way in nearly every move you make, though you may rarely think about them. Until they hurt. UR Medicine shoulder expert Dr. ...
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6 Myths About Organ Donation

  • Apr. 13, 2015
National Donate Life Month is a good time to consider registering to be an organ donor, if you haven’t already. Many people hesitate due to misinformation. In this video, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery ...
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Could Peanuts Prevent Peanut Allergy?

  • Mar. 16, 2015
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine provided strong evidence that early introduction of peanuts can play a role in preventing children from developing peanut allergy. Pediatric food ...
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Pop Quiz: Sorting Out Soda Stats

  • Feb. 26, 2015
Ah, the sweet, refreshing effervescence of an ice-cold soda. Many of us enjoy it with meals and snacks. Some of us wake up with it rather than coffee. But recent studies suggest that soda—even the ...
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Myth Buster: 3 Facts About Vaccines

  • Feb. 26, 2015
News media and social networks are frequently buzzing with debate over vaccines. Blame and misinformation are everywhere. UR Medicine pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg ...
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5 Surprising Tips for a Healthier Heart

  • Feb. 4, 2015
Most of us know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and getting regular exercise is good for our hearts. UR Medicine heart specialist Dr. Christopher Cover shares some lesser-known steps ...
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5 Facts on Miralax for Kids

  • Jan. 20, 2015
Last September, the Food and Drug Administration funded a grant to study potentially harmful effects of the active ingredient of Miralax, polyethylene glycol 3350. UR Medicine pediatric ...
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The Real Scoop on Yogurt

  • Jan. 20, 2015
The past few years have seen a lot of hoopla about yogurt—especially in upstate New York, which a number of production plants for Greek-style yogurt call home. UR Medicine Registered Dietitian Rachel ...
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Shoveling Snow? Be Heart Smart

  • Jan. 20, 2015
Although beautiful to look at from the comfort of your living room, winter storms have a dark side that contrasts with the splendor of that frosty whiteness. If shoveling snow is on your to-do list, ...
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Time to Quit? Smoking Facts to Chew On

  • Jan. 12, 2015
If you need a few more reasons to add quitting smoking to your to-do list for 2015, Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Dr. Sangeeta Gajendra suggests you consider the impact it can have on your ...
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Brush Up on Your Teeth-Cleaning Skills

  • Dec. 18, 2014
Ever heard this from your dentist? You only need to brush the teeth you want to keep. Joking aside, Eastman Institute for Oral Health's Dr. Michael Yunker says how often and how well we brush our ...
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6 Steps to Better Sleep

  • Nov. 7, 2014
If you toss and turn your way from midnight to morning, you’re missing out on some of the great health and wellness benefits of sleep. UR Medicine sleep expert Dr. Jonathan Marcus offers six steps to ...
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Daily Aspirin: Worth the Risks?

  • Aug. 18, 2014
Taking a daily aspirin is touted as a simple way to stave off a heart attack or stroke. Yet, a recent study found that many doctors don’t recommend it to patients who might benefit. UR Medicine’s Dr. ...
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Anxiety: Worried About It?

  • Aug. 1, 2014
Worried about how much you worry? Everyone feels anxious from time to time. UR Medicine behavioral health expert Dr. Michael Privitera offers insight on anxiety and when it rises to the level of a ...
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Home Pregnancy Tests: What to Expect

  • Jul. 14, 2014
Home pregnancy tests have pretty much revolutionized the way couples discover they’ve got a baby on the way. As technology has evolved, those over-the-counter kits have become increasingly ...
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Teen Driving Plan May Be a Life-Saver

  • Jul. 7, 2014
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 ...
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Appendicitis: The Ins and Outs

  • Jun. 2, 2014
Appendicitis is a complicated condition and it is critical to catch it in time before it progresses, potentially causing the appendix to burst. UR Medicine pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher ...
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Skin Cancer: Are You at Risk?

  • May. 28, 2014
When it comes to protecting your skin from cancer, you can’t be too safe. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined, according to the ...
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Less TV, More ZZZs for Kids

  • Apr. 24, 2014
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 ...
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Skin Smarts: 6 Steps for Sun Seekers

  • Apr. 10, 2014
Heading south for the upcoming school break? Remember to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. UR Medicine dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio says the idea that a suntan makes you appear ...
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Organ Donation: The Power to Change Lives

  • Apr. 4, 2014
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 ...
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5 Tips for Heart-Smart Eating

  • Feb. 3, 2014
A variety of foods, including chocolate, can boost our health. Infusing some heart-smart foods into our daily diets is wise because it’s one of the most controllable factors that plays a role in ...
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Myth Buster: Cracking the Case on Colds

  • Jan. 13, 2014
Cold and flu season is upon us and with it comes the flurry of well-meaning advice handed down through generations. Though mom meant well by telling you to zip up your coat to avoid getting sick, our ...
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Got Milk? What it Means for Bone Health

  • Nov. 25, 2013
Mom told you drinking milk would build strong bones. But a new study found that drinking more milk as a teenager does not lower your risk of hip fracture as an older adult. And it appears to increase ...
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Can You Be Scared to Death?

  • Oct. 29, 2013
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? UR Medicine ...
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Bedtime Routines: Don’t Fall Behind

  • Oct. 28, 2013
Autumn: the season that brings us crisp air, colorful leaves, and a chance to recapture that lost hour lost with the shift to Daylight Saving Time. Gaining that hour can be a treat for many, but a ...
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Morning Sickness: The Good News

  • Oct. 15, 2013
If morning sickness—and worry over treating it—overshadows the thrill of being pregnant, you may be happy to learn that a popular nausea medication appears to be safe for both mom and baby. A major ...
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Talking with Kids About Cancer

  • Oct. 7, 2013
One in four adults diagnosed with cancer has a child under the age of 18. While talking about a cancer diagnosis can be tough, striking a balance between open communication and easing a child’s ...
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Pink Power: Mammograms Can Save Lives

  • Sep. 30, 2013
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 ...
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Using Your Head: Safety in Sports

  • Sep. 23, 2013
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 ...
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Stroke: Know Your Risk and Think FAST

  • Sep. 16, 2013
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 ...
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URMC Mourns the Loss of Cindi J. Barry

  • Jun. 19, 2013
Widely respected long-term-care professional Cindi J. Barry, administrator of The Highlands at Brighton since 2005, passed away on Friday, June 14. Barry inspired and directed a transformation of the ...
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When Urgent Care May Be Right for You

  • Jun. 10, 2013
There is no substitute for the strong relationship you build over time with your own doctor. But urgent care can serve a purpose when you require treatment for a non-life-threatening condition and ...
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Golf Classic to Benefit Women’s Health

  • May. 9, 2012
Victor Hills Golf Club will host the Second Annual Women’s Health Golf Classic on Friday, June 8, to benefit the University of Rochester Medical Center’s care and research focused on mid-life women.
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URMC Ob/Gyn Chair Cited for Outstanding Service

  • May. 20, 2010
James R. Woods Jr., M.D., received the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Award for Outstanding District Service for District II on May 19 at ACOG’s Annual Clinical Meeting ...
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Facial Aging is More Than Skin Deep

  • Mar. 22, 2010
A study by physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center indicates that significant changes in facial bones – particularly the jaw bone – occur as people age and contribute to an aging ...
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Free Seminar Offers IVF Information

  • Jul. 30, 2009
A free informational seminar on in vitro fertilization will be offered by the Strong Fertility Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at The Women’s Health Pavilion, 500 Red Creek Drive in Henrietta.
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Nursing Home Specialists May Improve Quality of Care

  • Mar. 16, 2009
Geriatrics experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center are urging the medical community to consider developing a new specialty to meet the needs of nursing home residents. “Nursing Home ...
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Seminar to Explore IVF Technology and Ethics

  • Mar. 1, 2009
In vitro fertilization, pregnancy and multiple births will be the focus of discussion at a free seminar sponsored by the support group Infertility Focus and the Strong Fertility Center at 7 p.m. ...