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Tune in to Kids’ Screen Time

Tune in to Kids’ Screen Time

With cellphones and handheld devices joining the ranks of the usual screen-time suspects—television, computers, and video games—parents need to be vigilant about their children’s electronic media use. Excessive screen time can lead to a myriad of issues, such as attention problems, difficulties in school, sleep disorders, and obesity. UR Medicine’s Dr. Stephen Cook shares advice for curbing kids' screen time.   
 
Health Care Proxies: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Health Care Proxies: Let Your Voice Be Heard

From when the alarm blasts us awake until we drift off to sleep at night, the days are chock-full of choices—not only snap judgments, but those that require deeper thought. With the hundreds of decisions we face daily, who needs to sort through yet another one? You do, if you haven’t begun to consider how you’d like your medical care to proceed, in the event that you become ill or injured and are unable to then make or express your wishes. Our expert Dr. Richard A. Demme sheds light on this important health care issue.
 
Just Add Water: Quenching Your Winter-Parched Skin

Just Add Water: Quenching Your Winter-Parched Skin

Freezing temperatures and harsh winds can wreak havoc on our skin. Mix cold, dry, windy weather with indoor heating and the result for your skin may be an itchy, scaly mess. UR Medicine Dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio explains why our skin is so parched in winter and offers advice for quenching it.
 
Be Aware: Colonoscopy Can Screen for and Prevent Cancer

Be Aware: Colonoscopy Can Screen for and Prevent Cancer

If you could take a few simple steps to prevent cancer, would you? Most of us like to think we’d do anything we can to stay healthy. Until your doctor says it’s time for a colonoscopy. Even the most punctual people find themselves putting it off. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind you, with help from UR Medicine Gastroenterologist Dr. Thomas Werth, why having a colonoscopy is so important. 
 
Toothbrush Tactics: Give Germs the Brush-Off

Toothbrush Tactics: Give Germs the Brush-Off

It’s a tough year for colds and flu. So when the sneezing and coughing subside, many of us launch cleaning attacks to rid our homes of germs. But should we toss our toothbrushes? Dentist Bhumija Gupta offers some germ-fighting advice.