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Men’s Health: Should You Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. While it’s rarer in men under the age of 50, many men will have some form of the disease as they age. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to learn about early detection, according to UR Medicine urology expert Dr. Edward Messing.

Belly Fat: What’s Estrogen Got to Do with It?

Pot belly, beer belly… call it what you will, but the fact is no one likes belly fat. It’s not uncommon for women to gain belly fat during menopause, but is it inevitable? UR Medicine menopause specialist Dr. James Woods sheds light on the role of this hormone in gaining fat.

6/23/2015 | 0 comments

Cooking Oils: Which One When, and Why?

Which cooking oils do you keep on hand? And which occasion calls for which oil? UR Medicine Registered Dietitian Kayla Florian agrees it’s a challenge to sort through everything out there (and even harder trying to decide when you’re faced with a wall of choices on the grocery store shelf!), so she offers a quick overview.


6/15/2015 | 0 comments

Poison Ivy: Prevention Takes Priority

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 offers steps to take if poison ivy finds you before you find it.

6/8/2015 | 0 comments

Spotting Sneaky Salt Sources

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 help you uncover hidden sources of sodium that may be sabotaging your efforts.

5/21/2015 | 1 comment

6 Steps to Lower Stroke Risk

Although a stroke can happen to anyone, there are certain factors that may increase your chances of having one. UR Medicine Neurologist Dr. Adam Kelly says you can improve your odds—and your overall health—by understanding and addressing your lifestyle and medical risk factors for stroke.

5/21/2015 | 1 comment