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Flu Shot Facts: What, Why and When

It’s flu season, and ads for flu shots are everywhere. You got one last year, but still got sick. So, why bother? UR Medicine vaccine expert Dr. John Treanor explains why it’s important to get a flu shot every year.

No Sugar-Coating It: Sugar Isn’t Helping Your Health

Here’s a grim truth for sweets-lovers: Nobody needs added sugar. On top of that, the substance may even be harming your health. UR Medicine registered dietitian Lisa Fischer arms you with the facts so you'll be ready the next time that brownie stares you down.
11/17/2014 | 5 comments

Power Struggle: Pain Meds May Weaken Your Flu Shot

Just got your flu shot? Good for you! Experts say that’s one of the best ways to ward off winter illness. And though that shot can’t give you the flu, it may leave you with some temporary discomforts. Resist the urge to reach for a pain remedy.University of Rochester researcher Dr. Richard Phipps says common, over-the-counter pain relievers may sap your flu shot’s strength.
11/17/2014 | 1 comment

6 Steps to Better Sleep

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 help you make restful nights a priority.

11/7/2014 | 0 comments

Myth Buster: Dishing the Details on Diabetes

Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. And though it’s quite common, it’s an often misunderstood disease. As we kick off Diabetes Awareness Month, UR Medicine endocrinologist Dr. Victoria Hsiao dispels some myths about the disease.

11/3/2014 | 0 comments

Food for Thought: Can Healthy Eating Go Too Far?

There’s something that may surprise you in the ever-swelling tsunami of food and nutrition information: healthy eating can go overboard—and turn dangerous. It’s known as orthorexia: an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy food. UR Medicine registered dietitians Liz Carnes and Rachel Reeves share what you need to know about the relatively new condition.
10/27/2014 | 0 comments