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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.

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.

10/7/2015 | 0 comments

Flu Fighters: Does That Shot Make a Difference?

As flu illness grips the nation, stubborn questions persist about the effectiveness of flu shots. UR Medicine expert Dr. John Treanor explains why it’s important to get a flu shot, even when it may seem like it doesn't work.

1/19/2015 | 0 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

Enterovirus D68: Treat Symptoms, Wash Hands and Don’t Panic

An especially nasty virus, called enterovirus D68, has been making its way across the country. With cases now suspected in Rochester, UR Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Geoff Weinberg sheds light on the virus and how to prevent its spread.
9/19/2014 | 3 comments

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.

2/10/2014 | 0 comments