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Diabetes a disease of both men and women

For some diseases, gender is largely unimportant. “Diabetes is an equal opportunity employer,” says Steven Wittlin M.D., director of Diabetes Service at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital. Diabetes afflicts huge numbers of Americans. According to a 2014 Centers for Disease ...

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Colleges use websites to draw in new students

Thick packets of glossy brochures, application forms and other printed recruiting materials are a thing of the past for colleges and universities. “The website is a recruitment tool—and probably our most powerful recruitment tool,” says Heidi Marcin, Finger Lakes Community ...

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Combining households requires lots of planning

Daniel Mendelson M.D. specializes in caring for elderly patients at Highland Hospital. When his own father had a stroke, he realized that his father could no longer live alone.   Their solution was to move his father into an independent ...

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Seniors traveling abroad must do their research

Seniors planning to go abroad for the first time need to do more than apply for a passport and break in a pair of sensible shoes, Rochester-area travel agents say. Thinking about the trip as a chance to dip a ...

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Loss accrual may add to risk of depression for seniors

Over seven million Americans 65 and older suffer from depression each year. Though the disorder does not afflict older adults more than any other age group, the nature of the aging process can make diagnosis—and thereby treatment—more difficult. Depression is ...

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Commercial real estate on the march downtown

As development in downtown Rochester marches on, efforts to transform downtown’s commercial spaces have begun bearing fruit. Overall vacancy rates fell last year, and various properties have signed new tenants or inked deals granting existing tenants more space. That progress ...

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For many, green space a must for downtown

As many welcome what looks like the formative stages of a long-awaited renaissance in the center of Rochester, the phrase “open space” has been introduced into the conversation. Megan Douglas of the Manhattan-based advocacy group New Yorkers for Parks describes ...

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Busier downtown attracts millennials from suburbs

After busing from her Henrietta digs to her job in Rochester for two years, Cady Guyton pulled up stakes and moved downtown. “Rochester today is very different from the Rochester during the Kodak and Rochester heyday—it’s picking up on a ...

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2016 shows folly of pundit predictions

Last year was a year of surprises. Sure, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced that they are dissolving their marriage, but I’m talking about more ...

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Fresh ideas help banks attract customers into branches

Amid declining foot traffic, Rochester-area banks and credit unions are following different paths to draw customers to their brick-and-mortar branches. Some have revamped branch design and décor, while others have redoubled efforts to showcase ties to the community. Banks and ...

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Finally, bankers foresee return to normal interest rates

The Federal Reserve increased the short-term federal funds rate by a quarter percent in mid-December, hinting that more rate hikes may be in the offing in 2017 if signs of economic growth continue. That’s generally good news for banks that ...

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