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Skin Cancer Check: Know the ABCs

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 curable if caught early. Better yet: Take steps to protect your skin and avoid skin cancer entirely, says UR Medicine dermatologist Dr. Marc Brown
 

Skin Smarts: 6 Steps for Sun Seekers

Heading south for the upcoming spring 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 healthy is truly only skin deep. She offers six steps for sun safety.
4/10/2014 | 0 comments

Organ Donation: The Power to Change Lives

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 life is more about life than death, says Rob Kochik, executive director of UR Medicine’s Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

4/4/2014 | 4 comments

Autism on the Rise: What You Need to Know

The number of kids with autism has risen sharply, according to a new estimate issued March 27 by the Centers for Disease Control. The data finds autism spectrum disorders in one in every 68 children, up 30 percent from numbers reported just two years ago. UR Medicine autism expert Dr. Susan Hyman weighs in on the importance of these new statistics.
 
3/28/2014 | 0 comments

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.   
 
3/24/2014 | 0 comments

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.
 
3/17/2014 | 0 comments