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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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  • New FDA rules for food labels

    Posted 21 July 2016 by Michelle Kaluzne RDN, LD
    Michelle Kaluzne

    In May of this year, the Food and Drug Administration changed its labeling regulations for food and dietary supplements. Virtually unchanged since 1994, the new labels will provide updated nutrition information, addressing today’s concerns about nutrients, chronic diseases and health-related conditions. The goal is to make it easier for you to make more informed food choices.  The classic look of the label will not change, but words like “calories,” “servings per con...

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  • July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month

    Posted 19 July 2016 by Edward M. Ferris, MD
    Ed Ferris

    Expectant parents frequently see ads encouraging them to save their baby’s cord blood in everything from parenting magazines to their own mailboxes. Since July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month, let’s break down some of the pros and cons of saving your baby’s cord blood. Blood from human umbilical cords acquired soon after a baby is born contains a small number of the adult stem cells that mature into healthy blood cells. Umbilical cord blood donation poses little risk to ...

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  • Pathology 101: A patient’s guide to understanding your pathology report

    Posted 14 July 2016 by Amy H. Deeken, M.D.
    Amy Deeken

    If you have ever had a surgery or biopsy with tissue removed at a Summa Health facility, it is likely your specimen was examined and diagnosed by myself, or one of my partners in the pathology department.  Pathologists are an important part of your healthcare team and are one of the few doctors most patients will never meet. Once we finish examining your specimen, the pathology report is written and forwarded to your doctor as a part of your permanent medical record.   The first...

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  • The silent signs of drowning

    Posted 12 July 2016 by Daniel Celik, M.D.
    Daniel Celik

    Drowning accounts for almost 4,000 deaths each year in the United States. Would you recognize someone drowning? Many people think it’s obvious, but more often than not, a person drowning does not look like it does on TV and in the movies. The Instinctive Drowning Response is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and ...

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  • Workouts you can do at your desk

    Posted 7 July 2016 by Summa Health

    The typical adult sits in a desk chair for 8 hours a day. Once you add to that a sitting down commute and time on the couch at night, you've definitely got a problem.

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  • The DO Difference

    Posted 5 July 2016 by Anne Valeri, DO, FAAFP
    Anne Valeri

    Noticing that I am a DO, people frequently ask me what the difference is between my medical degree and that of an MD.  Over the past eleven years, I have been refining my Osteopathic elevator pitch.  Here it goes: DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathy started as a branch of medicine in 1874, established by an MD named Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still firmly believed that optimal health relies on facilitating the body’s own ability to self-regulate and self-heal.&...

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  • Ready SET GO - Survivors Exercising Together

    Posted 30 June 2016 by Sharon Inzetta, MS, RN, CBCN, CPBN-IC
    Sharon Inzetta

    It’s no secret how important daily exercise is to your health and ongoing research shows it’s even more vital for cancer survivors. Exercise may improve your immune system, work to decrease inflammation in your body, reduce your hormone levels and help you manage your weight. Summa Health’s Breast Center is inviting all breast cancer survivors to join a weekly walking support group, Ready SET GO! Bring yourself, bring a friend, or bring your best “furry” friend. The...

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  • Pride Month Equality Ohio

    Posted 28 June 2016 by Grant Stancliff, Communications Director, Equality Ohio
    Pride Month

    Happy Pride, Ohio! At this time of celebration, I’m taking a moment to reflect on the road we have taken to get here, and to prepare for the journey ahead. A decade ago, voters in Ohio cast their ballots and banned marriage equality in the state. Ten long years later – just last summer – the Supreme Court affirmed that marriage for same-sex couples is a constitutional right. Ohio played a key role, with the named plaintiff Jim Obergefell hailing from Cincinnati. And Ohio re...

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