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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.

Q and A: Breast Cancer Screening

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which annually sheds light on the importance of early detection. UR Medicine women's imaging specialist Dr. Avice O'Connell answers a few questions women commonly ask about screening for and diagnosing breast cancer.

10/12/2015 | 0 comments

Face Facts: Keep an Eye on Makeup’s Freshness

Before your brush on that mascara or line your lids, stop and think about when you last updated your makeup bag. Old or expired makeup can put you at risk for pink eye and other serious infections. UR Medicine optometrist Dr. Rebecca Nally, of the Flaum Eye Institute offers tips to protect your eyes when you’re putting on your face.

7/24/2015 | 0 comments

Cool It: What’s Behind that Hot Flash?

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re jolted awake by a burst of heat that radiates from your face, neck and torso—until you’re drenched in sweat. Sound familiar? It may if you’re a woman in her late 30s and beyond. Hot flashes affect up to 75 percent of women during menopause, and 10 percent for a lifetime. UR Medicine menopause specialist Dr. James Woods offers information and tips on how to cope.

2/26/2015 | 0 comments

Changing Childbirth: Episiotomy Rates Drop

Once considered routine during childbirth, episiotomies are on the decline, according to a recent study. Episiotomy is a surgical incision made to widen the opening of the birth canal. The downward trend is good news, says UR Medicine childbirth expert Dr. Loralei Thornburg.

1/20/2015 | 0 comments

Long-Acting Contraceptives Recommended for Teens

Condoms and birth control pills may be the most recognizable methods of contraception. But recent studies show that long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the most effective method of preventing teen pregnancy. UR Medicine experts Drs. Andrew Aligne and Katherine Greenberg explain why LARCs are the best birth control option for teens.
12/18/2014 | 0 comments