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Common Sense on the Common Cold

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 them so difficult to dodge.

Mammograms: Facts on 'False Positives'

Mammograms: Facts on 'False Positives'

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 'false positive,' meaning no cancer is found. UR Medicine Women's Imaging director Dr. Avice O’Connell shares what you should know about callbacks and false positives.

12/14/2015
Tips for Traveling During Cancer Treatment

Tips for Traveling During Cancer Treatment

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 may just what you need. Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Julie Berkhof shares tips to help you travel safely.  

12/7/2015
Colds and Flu: Do You Need Antibiotics?

Colds and Flu: Do You Need Antibiotics?

As the mercury in the thermometer drops, we see a rise in colds and flu, making their way through schools and workplaces. How long do they last? And will antibiotics help? Dr. Mike Gavin, of UR Medicine Primary Care, offers advice to help you get through cold and flu season.

12/3/2015
Give Bad Breath the Brush-Off

Give Bad Breath the Brush-Off

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 you can do to ward it off.

11/24/2015
Quitting Time: Helping a Loved One Stop Smoking

Quitting Time: Helping a Loved One Stop Smoking

Despite declining tobacco use, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. still smoke. About one-third of them try to quit each year but only 4 to 7 percent will succeed without help from medications or the people around them. Patty Mallaber, Wilmot Cancer Institute tobacco treatment expert, shares tips for helping loved ones quit.

11/19/2015