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  • What’s the difference between hospice and palliative care?

    Posted 23 August 2016 by Melissa Soltis, M.D.
    Melissa Soltis

    Palliative care and hospice services are often used interchangeably among the public as well as within healthcare. Together, they do create a single sub-specialty similar to obstetrics and gynecology. Just as a woman seeking a gynecologist doesn’t have to be pregnant, those who seek palliative care services don’t necessarily have a terminal illness. It is important to identify the similarities and differences in the type of care that is provided, as well as the patient populations th...

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  • August is National Breastfeeding Month

    Posted 18 August 2016 by Summa Health

    At Summa Health we want what's best for your baby that's why we promote breastfeeding - the healthiest and most beneficial type of feeding for your baby. As a baby friendly designated hospital, Summa Akron City Hospital is committed to successful breastfeeding for our moms. We are proud to be the first hospital in Summit County to receive this designation. We support moms who want to breastfeed by creating an environment that encourages breastfeeding by giving infants no nourishment othe...

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  • What is Population Health?

    Posted 16 August 2016 by Summa Health

    We’ve all been there.  You know, going from one doctor to the next, repeating your symptoms over and over again… Sitting on the phone waiting to make appointments, getting multiple tests and labs, then waiting for those results.  The disconnected healthcare in this country is difficult and frustrating.  That’s because it’s based on a model where hospitals and doctors are paid to treat illness, not promote healthy behaviors. But today there is a revol...

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  • Understanding Patient Centered Medical Homes

    Posted 11 August 2016 by Anne Valeri, DO, FAAFP
    Anne Valeri

    When it comes to choosing a primary care physician, what should you look for when making a decision? One option is finding a PCP who is part of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). A Patient Centered Medical Home is the hub of your health care, and it places you at the center. As a patient, you are assigned a team of medical staff to help guide you through the health care system. This team gets to know you and your unique health needs. Your team’s aim is to help you get things done by: ...

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  • CenteringPregnancy® - Helping pregnant mothers struggling with addiction

    Posted 9 August 2016 by Michele McCarroll

    All too often these days we see the sad headline in a local paper about another death from heroin use. Unfortunately, this is no surprise to me as the Summa Center for Women’s Health Research has been researching how to help women with addiction – specifically, addicted women who are pregnant. The growing number of pregnant women addicted to opiates in counties served by Summa Health has compounded the already-urgent problem of high infant mortality and preterm labor rate in Ohio&md...

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  • Marathon race tips

    Posted 9 August 2016 by Nilesh Shah, MD
    Nilesh Shah

    Just making the decision to run a marathon is a huge achievement. But what are some steps you can take before and during the race to make sure you have a successful and safe run? Here are some recommendations promoted by the American College of Sports Medicine. Hydration/Avoiding Heat Illness Drink 8-10 ounces of sports drink 2-3 hours before the race to make sure you are properly hydrated before arriving at the starting line. 10-20 minutes before the race, drink another 8 ounces of ...

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  • Baby Changing Time

    Posted 5 August 2016 by Summa Health
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    For the past several decades, how we take care of babies has evolved, based on research, modern advances and technology. Here's a look at some of the top ways baby care has changed.

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  • How to feel like an Olympian

    Posted 2 August 2016 by Scott M. Barbone MS, AT
    Scott Barbone

    As the Summer Olympics kick off this week in Brazil, many of us will watch these seemingly superhuman athletic feats and wonder, “How do they do it?” Can the rest of us really live like an Olympic athlete? Olympic athletes spend their days optimizing their health, paying borderline obsessive attention to their diet, exercise and sleep. For the rest of us non-Olympians, we can benefit from the same attention to those areas of our life. When’s the last time you really took a hard...

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  • Zika virus: fact and fiction

    Posted 28 July 2016 by Angela Silber, M.D., FACOG
    Angela Silber

    Even though the Zika virus hasn’t appeared yet in mosquitos in the U.S., cases continue to be reported. So far, there have been 1,305 travel-associated cases reported in this country and 14 sexually transmitted cases, although some experts believe that the sexually transmitted number might be higher. It’s important to know the facts about where Zika comes from and how to protect yourself. Here are some of the common Zika myths debunked. Myth 1: We don’t need to use condoms if w...

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  • Prepping for back to school sports

    Posted 26 July 2016 by Benjamin J. Burkam, MD
    Ben Burkam

    If you have kids active in sports, July is the perfect time to make sure all their paperwork is in order so they can get back on the field, court or mat. The Summa Health Orthopedic Institute offers a number of services for student athletes from sports physicals to pre-season baseline testing for concussions. Pre-Season Physicals The Summa Health Orthopedic Institute provides pre-participation sports physicals, which are required by school districts in order for your child to participate in a sp...

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