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Ask A Doc: Preventing snow shoveling injuries

by David Cywinski Q: How can I prevent injury when snow shoveling? A:   There are numerous steps you can take before and during shoveling that can help prevent injury. •  Get warm and stay warm: It is important to stretch and warm up before going out to shovel. Stretching...
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Ask A Doc: How You Can Prevent Heart Disease

by Hannah Smith Rochester Regional Health Question: February 2nd is recognized as National Wear Red Day, to bring awareness to women’s heart disease. So what should I do? Answer: According to the American Heart Association, deaths from heart disease have been declining steadily for several decades but it is still...
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Ask A Doc: Solutions for flat foot pain

by Dr. Peter Stasko, DPM Dear Doctor, My feet have been bothering me recently.  I have had foot pain in the arch for the past few months, I did not injure myself. Ever since I was a child, I have always been told that I have “flatfeet’ and that my...
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Ask A Doc: The Flu – How can I protect myself?

by Marita J. Michelin, MD We have begun to see a drastic increase in the number of influenza cases in our community. Influenza is highly contagious and passed most often through coughs and sneezing. The flu, as it is commonly called, can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours! ...
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Ask A Doc: What is Vitamin D and why is it important?

by Dr. Rahul Gupta First, the basics! Vitamin D is a hormone, meaning that it acts as a signal to stimulate different cells and tissues in the body into action. There are two forms of Vitamin D: D2 or ergocalciferol, made by plants, and D3 or cholecalciferol, made by mammals....
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Ask A Doc: Extreme Cold Weather

by Marita Michelin, MD Q:Doc, what can I do to protect myself in the extreme cold? A:When the temperatures fall well below freezing, there are many precautions you can take to protect yourself. Before you go outside make sure all your extremities are covered. Wear layers, including gloves, hats and...
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Gene therapy for rare form of blindness wins US approval

By Matthew Perrone AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the nation’s first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine. The...
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