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Sports Injury? Check Out 5 Non-Surgical Treatments That Offer Quicker Recoveries

Posted March 13, 2023 by Zachary Vallandingham, D.O.


A sports injury can be scary, especially if you're facing surgery that could keep you sidelined for weeks, if not months.

Fortunately, surgery isn't always the best option when you suffer an injury from playing a sport, exercising, or participating in recreational activities. A wide range of non-surgical treatments are available today that effectively treat muscle pain, joint pain, and lack of mobility. 

A sports injury encompasses the musculoskeletal system, including…

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5 Ways to Reduce Joint Pain and Stiffness This Winter Season

Posted January 30, 2023 by Joseph Rabe, M.D.


Do frigid temperatures cause slow, achy joints that make it difficult for you to get moving? It’s not just your imagination. People living with joint pain related to conditions, such as: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia, often report when temperatures drop, their joint pain acts up. 

It’s true, cold weather causes muscles to tense, which can lead to less mobility and flexibility in the joints. Some studies also associate joint pain with…

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What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Posted August 01, 2022 by James K Salem, MD


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 10 Americans have diabetes. Diabetes can take a toll on your quality of life, seriously impact your physical and mental well-being and lead to many medical issues, including affecting the eye.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions that affect diabetic patients. Patients who maintain high blood glucose for a prolonged period of time can damage the tiny blood vessels located behind…

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Neurological Disorders: Take Strides To Reduce Your Fall Risk

Posted July 18, 2022 by Hasan Askari, M.D.


Falls are an unfortunate, yet frequent complication for people with neurological disorders. From Parkinson’s disease and Diabetes Mellitus to neuromuscular disorders, and from brain tumors to multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders affect the brain and central nervous system. This can cause paralysis, muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, pain and much more. 

Because of the mobility challenges, instability and other symptoms, people with…

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Oral, Head And Neck Cancers: Get The Facts On Risk Factors, Symptoms

Posted June 20, 2022 by Greg Manson, M.D.


While head and neck cancers are not the most common malignancies diagnosed in the US, it affects a significant number of patients. According to the National Cancer Institute, this group of cancers occur in about 4 percent of all cancers in the country.

While more common cancers such as breast, colon and lung cancer are more known, oral, head and neck cancers can and do occur, especially in men. Additionally, the population affected by this disease has changed over the…

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A Guide To High Blood Pressure To Help You Lower Your Numbers

Posted May 23, 2022 by Joseph F. Pietrolungo DO, MS, FSVM, FACC


There’s good reason why blood pressure readings are taken first at all routine doctor visits. Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure, known as hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. It’s a very common condition, especially as you age.

Your blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heartpumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your…

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Don't suffer in silence: What you need to know about hearing loss

Posted May 02, 2022 by Deanna Nickerson, Au.D. & Amy Welman, Au.D.


Do you often find yourself replying, “Say that again,” during a conversation? Do you have difficulty understanding words while in a crowded place? Does it seem as if your loved one is mumbling or talking quieter than usual? These could be signs of hearing loss.

As we age, hearing lossis a common problem. In fact, nearly 25 percent of people ages 65 to 74 and half of those who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of…

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Get your top questions about epilepsy answered

Posted April 24, 2022 by By Marvin Rossi, MD, Ph.D


Epilepsy is more common than you might think. It’s estimated 3.4 million adults and children in this country are living with epilepsy, with about 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that leads to disturbances in the brain’s electrical activity, causing repeated seizures. These seizures occur when the nerve cells fire more rapidly and with less control than…

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Feeling the pressure? 8 ways to live a heart-healthy lifestyle

Posted March 28, 2022 by Fatima Samad, MD


Are you feeling the pressure to live a heart-healthy lifestyle? You’re not alone.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). What’s more, nearly half of all adults in this country are living with some type of cardiovascular disease.

The good news is you don’t have to be a statistic. While genetics do play a role in heart disease, there are several risk factors that can…

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Summa Health opens new Joint Replacement Center of Excellence

Posted March 21, 2022 by Kiel J Pfefferle, MD


Summa Health is pleased to bring to Barberton and the greater Akron community a brand new, state-of-the-art Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. The new center is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive care, all the while enhancing the patient experience throughout every phase of treatment.

Patients can expect a high concentration of expertise and resources centered on providing exceptional orthopedic care for hip and knee replacement. Summa Health is proud to…

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Brain basics: What you should know about traumatic brain injuries

Posted March 14, 2022


From a car accident to a sports injury to an unfortunate fall to domestic violence or child abuse, all of these horrific scenarios can result in traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. Head injuries can happen to anyone, at any age, and can damage the brain.

A TBI occurs when a sudden bump, blow or jolt to the head causes the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, injuring brain cells, breaking blood vessels, even creating chemical changes. It also can happen with a penetrating…

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Colorectal cancer screening: Which test is right for you?

Posted March 07, 2022 by Truong Ma, M.D.


As the third leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the U.S., screening for colorectal cancer should be an important part of your routine healthcare.

Colon and rectal cancers, more commonly known as colorectal cancer, can be found early with testing before it has a chance to grow and spread. And studies prove catching it early when the cancer is easier to treat improves patient outcomes.

Just look at the survival rate for colorectal cancer as proof.…

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How "Long COVID-19" is taking a toll on patients' mental health

Posted February 14, 2022 by Patrick Palmieri, PhD


The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but especially on those who have battled the virus and now have lingering symptoms.

Known as “long COVID-19” or “post-COVID syndrome,” some patients are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for weeks or even months after recovering from the acute phase of infection — even when the virus is no longer detected in their bodies. Even patients who had mild cases and weren’t hospitalized…

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Exercising your brain: 6 ways to build mental fitness

Posted January 24, 2022 by Dr. James R Bavis


Just as our bodies require care and exercise over the course of our life, so do our brains — especially as we age. Lifting weights strengthens our muscles, while strengthening our mental “muscles” improves our memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence and navigation.

The key is variety. Similarly when we exercise our body, if doing something becomes too easy, it’s time to make a change to build brainpower. The more something is second…

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10 early signs of diabetes that shouldn't be ignored

Posted January 10, 2022 by James Salem, MD


High blood sugar can cause gradual, unassuming symptoms that can sneak up on you. Frequent urination and excessive thirst — the telltale signs of type 2 diabetes — are often mild and can easily be attributed to other factors.

In fact, most people don’t even know they have high blood sugar until they’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetesis a chronic condition that causes glucose (or sugar) levels in the body to rise. The problem is ignoring or…

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5 tips for safeguarding your home against preventable accidents

Posted December 27, 2021 by Shivonne N Suttles


When you think of home, you often think of it as your safe haven from the outside world. It’s your safe space you get to return to every night.

The sobering reality, however, is more than 50 percent of unintentional injuries happen in or around the home, according to the National Security Council (NSC). People of certain ages, especially young children and the elderly, are more susceptible to serious injury from household hazards.

The good news is many of them are…

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Are you experiencing increasing memory lapses When it's normal and when to be concerned

Posted December 19, 2021 by Jen Drost, D.O., MPH


Where is my phone? Did someone take my keys from their hook? We all forget things at one time or another. That’s why Find My iPhone and Bluetooth key finders exist on the market.

But if you find yourself worried about these or other similar instances of forgetfulness or memory loss, you’re not alone. Subtle changes in memory occur naturally as part of the aging process.

In fact, about 40 percent of people in this country age 65 and older deal with the mildest form &…

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10 ways to stop and prevent nosebleeds

Posted December 06, 2021 by Gary Huang, M.D.


Nosebleeds are very common and can strike at any time. While they can look scary with blood trickling out your nose, the good news is nosebleeds are rarely serious.

But you may be wondering, what is causing this messy nuisance?

There are many reasons why you could be getting nosebleeds. The most common cause is dry air. During the winter months, dry household heat and cold, dry air outside can irritate nasal membranes and trigger nosebleeds.

Other reasons for nosebleeds can…

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Get the facts on lung cancer so you can breathe easier

Posted November 29, 2021 by Sandy Kohut, RRT


You’re not a smoker, so you can’t be at risk for lung cancer, right? Not so fast.

While smokers, especially cigarette smokers, make up the leading cause of lung cancer deaths, nonsmokers do get diagnosed with this deadly disease.

Lung cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and the leading cause of cancer deaths, making up almost 25 percent in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

However, despite how…

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What You Know About Sepsis Could Save Your Life

Posted November 22, 2021 by Ashley Desmett, M.D.


Whether it is a urinary tract infection, sinus infection, or an infected wound, most people consider these things to be a part of life. While many infections clear up on their own or with antibiotic medications, some infections progress to a life-threatening condition called sepsis.

According to the Sepsis Alliance, 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis every year. What’s more, sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, accounting for 35% of all…

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'Tis the season to avoid asthma triggers

Posted November 17, 2021 by Brian Bauman, MD


You know winter has arrived when the days get shorter, snow flurries fill the air and you can see your breath when you speak. When temperatures hover around freezing for months on end, it can make for a long and dreary season for many.

But for people with asthma, it can be even more frightful when the frigid winter weather causes their symptoms to worsen. Exposure to cold, dry air is a common asthma trigger and can quickly cause severe symptoms.

When cold, dry air enters the…

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Overactive bladder? Find the urge to talk to your doctor and get relief

Posted November 15, 2021 by Naveen K Arora, MD


Find yourself rushing to the bathroom in an emergency more than usual? So much so that it’s actually interfering with your daily life? If you answered yes, you might be suffering from an overactive bladder, or OAB.

OAB causes the sudden, hard-to-control urge to urinate that cannot be ignored. At times, you may even leak urine, known as incontinence. It occurs when the bladder senses it is full prematurely and communicates to the brain that it’s time to go.


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Atrial Fibrillation... What you should know

Posted October 25, 2021 by Sahil P. Attawala, MD and Lori O'Shell APRN-CNP


Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib) is a chaotic, or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 2.7 million Americans are currently living with AFib and it is estimated that by 2030 more than 12 million Americans will have AFib.

With normal electrical conduction, impulses originate from an area in the top right corner of the heart…

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What does "High Risk" for Breast Cancer really mean?

Posted October 17, 2021 by Victoria L. Van Fossen, MD


One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime; this is considered average risk for U.S. women.  High risk for breast cancer is defined as a greater than or equal to 20% lifetime risk, or in other words, a one in five chance of developing breast cancer over a lifetime. We all know someone — a coworker, family member such as a mother, sister, daughter or friend — that has been diagnosed with this disease. 

That’s why for…

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Physical therapy: 4 benefits that go beyond better mobility

Posted October 11, 2021 by Ronda Beery, P.T., M.A, CERT. MDT


Pain relief

PT has been shown to be an effective treatment method to reducing or even eliminating pain — both acute and chronic — without surgery or the need for opioids.

Physical therapy uses a variety of therapeutic exercises, and therapeutic interventions such as soft tissue and joint mobilization to help reduce pain, improve range of motion and strength. Patients are educated on proper exercises and many benefit from continuing these exercises long after their…

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Finding pain relief for your autoimmune disease

Posted September 27, 2021 by Aisha Rahman, MD


Chronic, severe pain from autoimmune diseases can have a detrimental impact on your health, work and relationships. When you’re suffering from chronic pain day in and day out, it’s only natural that you become less active, antisocial, moody and find it difficult to sleep.  

Not to mention, the stress, anxiety and even depression that comes from dealing with pain can make it even worse.

Autoimmune diseases are a chronic condition in which your immune system…

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Why is it so important to get your flu shot this year?

Posted September 13, 2021 by Thomas File, MD and Shanu Agarwal, MD


Last winter, the community took several precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. From masks and social distancing to virtual work and school to cancelled events, an unforeseen positive side effect was a less intense flu season.  

Flu cases documented during last year’s flu season were historically low by a wide margin. Medical professionals haven’t seen anything like it.  

So with many precautions still in place amidst an ongoing pandemic, you may be…

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4 Alternatives to CPAP masks to treat sleep apnea

Posted August 30, 2021 by Ketan Deoras, M.D. and Gary Huang, M.D.


It’s estimated about 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. That number, however, continues to rise due to the country’s growing obesity epidemic.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes your breathing to stop during sleep — sometimes up to several hundred times a night. When you stop breathing, your blood oxygen levels can drop abruptly during the night, which may cause the brain to…

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When do adults need their tonsils removed?

Posted August 09, 2021 by Ryan Gerritsen, M.D.


Tonsillectomies are common surgeries performed on children. But sometimes adults can benefit from having their tonsils removed, too.

Tonsils are two oval-shaped clumps of tissue that sit in the back of your throat to trap germs that enter your body through your mouth or nose. Because they are your immune system’s first line of defense against bacteria or viruses, they are particularly vulnerable to infection and inflammation. This can cause recurring sore throats,…

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Summer Safety: Knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke could save a life

Posted August 02, 2021 by Lindsey Meade, MD


Summer often brings some much-needed fun in the sun. But as temperatures and humidity rise, so do the dangers of heat illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people are killed by extreme heat every year in this country.

Infants and people aged 65 or older, especially those with chronic conditions, are most at risk for heat illness. However, it can affect anyone, even young athletes and those in good physical condition.

The good news…

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Are you coping with stress in a healthy way?

Posted July 26, 2021 by Patrick A. Palmieri, Ph.D.


Stress is inevitable and a natural part of our modern lives. Bills come every month, kids’ activities are year-round and work never seems to slow down.

Suffice it to say, stress is something all of us struggle with at times. However, it’s one that all of us cope with differently — some in healthy ways and others in unhealthy ways. Some people may turn to meditation or a friend to release stressful energy, while others may turn to more harmful activities or…

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Best and worst foods for your next sizzling cookout

Posted July 05, 2021 by Laura Ilg RD, LD


Nothing says summer like the classic American barbeque: hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni salad with berry pie for dessert. Cookouts with family and friends are a favorite summer pastime to enjoy good food, the great outdoors and warmer temperatures

But considering on average a person consumes upwards of 2,000 calories on typical barbeque fare, it’s not a bad idea to switch up this year’s cookouts to include healthier options. Who said cookouts had to be unhealthy…

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What you need to know about Alzheimer's disease

Posted June 21, 2021 by Natalie Kayani, M.D.


Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Sadly, it is the country’s sixth leading cause of death.

Although the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, it is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that involves the progressive deterioration, or…

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Summa Health's Workplace Wellness Program

Posted June 14, 2021 by Kevin James Karas, E-RYT 500


In a society that is constantly filled with stress and disease, especially in the role of a healthcare worker, we need to find something to turn to which offers a sustainable solution to addressing life’s difficulties. One solution may be found from three very hot wellness topics of yoga, mindfulness and self care practices. If any of these spark your interest, you won’t want to stop reading because this article will provide you with not only information but more…

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7 Tips to living better with lupus

Posted May 31, 2021 by William C McCord, MD


Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the immune system’s antibodies mistakenly attack the body’s healthy cells. Because it can affect nearly any organ in the body, symptoms vary widely and can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Skin rashes, such as a malar rash that stretches across the cheeks and bridge of the nose (also known as a butterfly rash)
  • Joint pain
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Hair loss
  • Organ complications, such as inflammation in the lining of the heart, abdomen or lungs, and…
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    How to recognize alcoholism and the need for help

    Posted May 24, 2021 by Kelli Blue, LPCC, LICDC


    For many, alcohol is used occasionally as a way to celebrate, relax, bond and socialize with friends and loved ones. It’s a toast to wedding nuptials or an anniversary, or a shared drink with a loved one to kick off the weekend.

    When drinking is done in moderation, it is generally not considered to be dangerous to your health or mental wellbeing. The problem for some is it can be difficult to tell when their alcoholic intake has crossed the line from casual or moderate…

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    Food allergy vs. food intolerance: How to tell the difference

    Posted May 17, 2021 by Dr. Julia Thornton


    Chances are good at one time or another you have experienced unpleasant symptoms — an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea or bloating — after eating a delicious meal. Reactions from food are common, but it can be challenging to understand the cause.

    Food intolerance can trigger some of the same physical symptoms as a food allergy. But, understanding the difference is vital to your health. Eating a food that your body is intolerant to can leave you feeling uncomfortable, but eating…

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    Keep an eye out for these 7 everyday habits that are hurting your vision

    Posted May 10, 2021 by Jennifer Bohl, M.D.


    Vision is something many of us take for granted. We use our eyes to see our loved ones, read a great book or watch a movie, play video games with our children and every activity in between.

    However, you may be surprised to see that many of the habits you practice every day could actually be putting your eyesight at risk and could lead to painful eye conditions or even vision loss.

    Yes, some eye conditions are hereditary, but many are a result of poor eye care. Summa Health…

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    Closing the gap on health disparities in the LGBTQ community

    Posted May 03, 2021 by Scott T Hamler, MD


    All of us rely on healthcare services at one time or another — and many of us take them for granted. But the sad truth is in today’s world, access to medical advice and treatment isn’t equal.

    It is true LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) individuals face health disparities in a number of ways. As a result, this community is at a higher risk for certain medical conditions, has less access to healthcare and experiences worse health…

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    Occupational therapy: What you need to know to get back to life

    Posted April 26, 2021 by Megan Copen MS, OTR/L


    You recently suffered a stroke. You’re recovering well, except that you’re still struggling with weakness in your left leg, along with balance and coordination issues. Your provider has referred you to an occupational therapist (OT) to help overcome these challenges so you can get back to work. 

    But you and other patients in similar circumstances may be wondering, what exactly is occupational therapy? We often hear about physical therapy and its benefits to a…

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    8 Facts You May Not Know About Catching Your Zzzs

    Posted April 19, 2021


    In today’s fast-paced world, sleep often takes a back seat. But, what many of us may not realize is good sleep is one of the pillars of good health, along with eating right and exercising regularly.

    Sleep requirements vary by age, genetics and other factors, but the average adult should get between seven to nine hours of sleep every night for peak health benefits, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

    Find out 8 facts you may not know about the benefits of good…

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    Coughing etiquette 101

    Posted April 12, 2021 by Thomas M File, Jr., M.D. and Shanu Agarwal, M.D.


    When you are suffering from a respiratory infection, you risk spreading the infection through your cough. In fact, each cough expels thousands of tiny, infectious droplets that travel up to six feet away.

    Those droplets can be inhaled by others or land on their face. Droplets also can fall on and contaminate nearby surfaces, where they can be easily transferred to another’s hands.

    Coughing etiquette, combined with facial coverings and social distancing, is the best way to…

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    Top 5 Health Concerns in Northeast Ohio

    Posted April 05, 2021 by Bitan Ghosh, M.D.


    COVID-19 remains one of our region’s top health concerns as we navigate this pandemic. Community spread leading to new cases and unfortunate deaths have affected every one of us.

    It’s important, however, that we don’t ignore other health concerns. Resuming care for regular health checkups, health screenings and management of chronic illness is critical to the overall health of our community.

    Here are 5 major health concerns in Northeast Ohio that cannot be…

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    Using a Catheter for Post-Op Pain Management

    Posted March 28, 2021 by Aisha Rahman, MD


    Undergoing surgery can be a stressful event and most patients are concerned with pain management after the procedure. There are many different techniques and medications that are used to control postoperative pain, including intraoperative local and general anesthesia; but those only last a few hours after surgery. A peripheral nerve block is another option for longer lasting postoperative pain control for 1-2 days at best.

    Not many patients associate pain relief when they…

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    What is angina and how is it treated?

    Posted March 22, 2021 by Justin M Dunn, MD


    In times of intense stress, does it ever feel like someone is squeezing your heart? Do you feel pain or numbness down your left arm? Does it seem like you get indigestion each time you exercise?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from angina. Angina occurs when the heart muscle does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood. The pain can be mild or severe and often follows exertion or stress.

    Angina is not a disease, but instead a symptom of a more…

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    Gluten Digestive Issues Explained

    Posted March 08, 2021 by Amin O. Mahdi, M.D.


    Gluten intolerance or sensitivity, gluten allergy and celiac disease all have one thing in common - you guessed it, a problem with gluten. The term “gluten-free” has exploded across brand and food marketing the last decade; you can find it on many restaurant menus and products in the grocery store. While this wording may seem like a fad, it’s important to remember that people who have issues with gluten can have terrible, debilitating problems with their…

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    Living with COPD? What you need to know

    Posted March 01, 2021


    Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous habit that damages nearly every organ in the body, leading to disease and long-term disability.

    People who smoke are at a higher risk for lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, tuberculosis, eye diseases, and the list goes on. Another major health effect caused from smoking is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

    COPD is a lung disease that affects the way air flows in and out of your lungs, making it difficult to breathe.…

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    Weight Loss Options Built for Your Needs

    Posted February 21, 2021 by Dr. John Zografakis


    Obesity and the need to lose weight is a deeply personal journey. With many new medical options available, it can be difficult to select the best individual approach to be successful with long-term weight loss.

    Obesity is the second-highest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The rate at which obesity has worsened over the past 20 years, especially in the state of Ohio is alarming, and there is now a growing amount of national attention focused on the problem. In…

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    African-Americans More at Risk for Heart Disease

    Posted February 15, 2021 by Grace Ayafor, M.D., FSCAI


    February is Black History Month, when we recognize African-Americans and those of color who have played major roles in shaping our present culture. February is also American Heart Health month – a time to raise awareness of heart disease. While these two events are different, they are linked in healthcare. Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans, and African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites.

    We do not…

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    Is working from home a pain in the neck — literally?

    Posted February 08, 2021 by Ann Wargo PT MsMHA CMCP CAPS

    Many agree one positive that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the work-from-home order to prevent further spread. No more long commutes and fighting traffic, more time spent with family and less interruption from chitchat around the water cooler.
    In the United States, it’s estimated nearly 50 percent of the working population is now working at home. But as more and more companies embrace remote working for the long haul, one negative has emerged: new or…

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    Thyroid disease 101: Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing serious complications

    Posted February 01, 2021 by James Salem, M.D.

    The thyroid gland has an important job to do in the body. It produces thyroid hormones that help regulate metabolism and the body’s overall temperature. Metabolism is a process that turns food into energy, which is vital to keeping all of our body systems working correctly. This small, but mighty gland impacts just about every area of the body, including heart function, digestive function, muscle control, mood and brain development.
    The thyroid gland is a small,…

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    Extinguishing the Burn of GERD

    Posted January 25, 2021 by Tyler Bedford, M.D.


    Most of us have been there, you meet with friends or family and overdo it a little. Maybe it’s that extra beer or glass of wine or the heaping scoop of Uncle Kenny’s buffalo cheese dip; but the end result is predictable. You get home and snuggle up in bed only to have that unpleasant feeling of burning in your chest and that bitter taste that seems to flow up into your mouth. It’s not a very tantalizing subject but nearly everyone has experienced reflux at…

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    Urologic cancers 101: Be in the know so you can catch it early

    Posted January 11, 2021 by Naveen K Arora, MD


    Bladder cancer is the most common urologic cancer in both men and women. Each year, about 57,000 men and 18,000 women are diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    But, urologic cancers don’t only affect the bladder. They also can affect the kidneys, ureter (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), urethra, and specifically in men, the penis, prostate and testicles.

    In fact, the CDC states prostate…

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    5 unusual COVID-19 symptoms you need to know about

    Posted December 28, 2020 by Shanu Agarwal, M.D.


    Fever, dry cough and shortness of breath are the telltale signs of a COVID-19 infection. But, those aren’t the only symptoms that have been linked to the virus. Other symptoms include chills, muscle or body aches, sore throat, fatigue and congestion.

    As we learn more about this dangerous virus and its full range of symptoms, doctors are uncovering yet another set that are unusual and uncommon. From lesions to vomiting to deadly blood clots, doctors are discovering COVID-19 is…

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    7 ways to reduce sodium without sacrificing flavor this holiday season

    Posted December 14, 2020 by Dr. Gabriela Orasanu


    With so many celebrations centered on food, it’s easy to lose track of how much we’re consuming — including our sodium intake. In fact, it’s not unusual for a typical holiday meal to meet or exceed our recommended daily value for sodium.

    But, what’s all the fuss about? Sodium, or salt, is a mineral that’s essential for life. It’s regulated by your kidneys and is required for nerve and muscle function and maintaining your body’s…

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    Cold feet: Common winter foot problems and ways to avoid them

    Posted December 07, 2020 by Dr. Jacqueline Tulodzieski-Ahlstrom


    Winter is upon us — freezing temperatures, snow flurries and whipping winds — and we all know what that means. It’s time to bust out our heavy, winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves to keep us warm on these frigid days. But, don’t forget about your feet, too. It’s important to always wear winter shoes and boots to protect them against the harsh elements.

    Lower temperatures can be hard on your extremities, especially your feet. Exposure to cold air causes the body to slow…

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    SAD: Overcoming the "winter blues" in a pandemic

    Posted November 30, 2020


    Beautiful colors, cooler temperatures and the anticipation of the upcoming festive holidays make fall a season favorite for many.

    But for those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the shorter days with intermittent sunshine can make for a long and dreary fall and winter season — both physically and mentally.

    SAD is a reoccurring type of depression that tends to have a seasonal pattern. For most, symptoms begin in late fall and can linger around until late…

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    Signs of sleep apnea: When is snoring something more serious?

    Posted November 23, 2020 by Lisa Perri BS, RRT, RPSGT, RST


    Does your partner snore — loudly? Do they snort throughout the night? If so, it could be more than an innocent annoyance. It could be a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Loud, excessive snoring coupled with other symptoms, such as obesity and hypertension, could be a sign it’s something more.

    Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop during sleep — sometimes up to several hundred times a night. When you stop breathing, your blood…

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    FAQ: Partial knee replacement surgery

    Posted November 15, 2020 by Ryan A Combs, MD


    If you’re like one in five Americans, you’ll eventually develop arthritis of the knee. This means the cartilage that cushions the bones of your knee begins to degrade, causing those bones to painfully rub together. When that pain becomes too much or restricts activities you once enjoyed, it’s time to talk to your doctor about treatment, including knee replacement surgery.

    What’s the difference between a partial and a total knee replacement?


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    Sports injuries of the knee: ACL and meniscus tears

    Posted November 08, 2020 by Ryan J Urchek, MD


    You’ve seen it on the soccer field or basketball court: a player plants a foot, twists and goes down grabbing a knee. The problem is most likely tearing of the meniscus (cartilage) or ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Both can be extremely painful and sideline an athlete for months of recovery.

    A tear usually requires more intervention than a strain or sprain.

    A knee strain is a stretch or partial tear of a tendon or muscle, while a sprain is a stretch or tear of a…

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    Does Weather Affect Joint Pain?

    Posted November 02, 2020 by Zach Vallandingham, DO, MS


    Have you ever heard from someone that they can predict when a storm is coming because their joints hurt? It’s pretty common for people to blame joint pain flare-ups on changes on the weather, but scientists and doctors have yet to pinpoint exactly what it is about cold, rainy, or humid weather that makes joints stiff and achy.

    Leading Theories

    While joint pain isn’t directly correlated with dropping temperatures, the thought is that the change in barometric pressure…

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    Respiratory Therapists: Who they are and what they treat

    Posted October 25, 2020 by Brian Bauman, M.D. & Kyle Jendral, MS-RC, RRT-ACCS, AE-C


    Are you suffering from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or another lung problem? A respiratory therapist may be able to help.

    One out of six Americans will suffer from a serious pulmonary (lung) disease at some time in their lives. Of those afflicted, however, many patients don’t realize a respiratory therapist can help them overcome breathing problems and breathe easier — all the while increasing their quality of life.

    As vital members of the healthcare team,…

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    Think Pink: How to lower your risk for breast cancer

    Posted October 18, 2020


    For decades, October and the color pink have gone hand in hand to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. The universal pink ribbon represents prevention, early detection and treatment — supporting the mission to spread awareness and education.

    According to, breast cancer affects one in eight women, and chances are you know someone — a co-worker, a family member, a friend — who has been diagnosed. Other than skin cancer, it is the most commonly…

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    Radiculopathy: Treating a painful pinched nerve in the spine

    Posted October 12, 2020 by Matthew N Jaykel, MD


    If you’ve ever felt pain, numbness, tingling or weakness along the path of a nerve, you may have experienced radiculopathy, caused by a pinched or irritated nerve in your spinal column. If you’re lucky, these symptoms will be infrequent and merely irritating, but for many they can become constant and even incapacitating.

    Because different areas of your body are served by different areas of your spinal column, your specific symptoms will depend on where in your…

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    Importance of flu shots—even in a pandemic

    Posted October 05, 2020 by Vivek Bhalla, MD


    With an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and influenza (flu) season now upon us, getting the flu vaccine should be at the top of your family’s to-do list this fall.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe both the flu virus and COVID-19 could be running rampant this season. That’s why many medical experts agree this year the flu shot is more important than ever before.

    Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and peaks between December and…

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    Are veggie burgers really a healthier choice?

    Posted September 27, 2020 by Alyssa C. Diamant, RD, LD


    It’s no secret that meatless meals are becoming more popular. While this is certainly not anything new for our vegan or vegetarian consumers, terms like “plant based” and “meat alternatives” are quickly becoming more mainstream. Wildly popular, meatless burgers are even entering the fast food market with Burger King’s addition of the “Impossible Whopper” to their regular menu. But, are veggie burgers actually healthier than a…

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    5 health numbers you should know by heart

    Posted July 20, 2020 by Melanie K Bortell, DO

    As we grow older, wrinkles, fine lines and gray hairs aren’t the only aging factors we need to be concerned about. The real health indicators we should be tracking can’t be found in any mirror — and they affect our heart and other vital organs. 

    These are critical heart health numbers that should not be ignored and include blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for…

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    Top causes of back pain and when to see a doctor

    Posted July 13, 2020 by Aisha Rahman, MD

    Most of us have experienced back pain at one time or another. We’ve woken up in the morning with an aching back or come in after a hard day’s work in the yard only to be greeted with a sore back.  

    Considering the vital role your back and spinal column play in your everyday life, it’s no surprise as much as 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reason for missed work and second…

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    Neurodegenerative disease: What you need to know about Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

    Posted July 06, 2020 by Dmitri S Kolychev, MD

    Dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people in this country. 

    It’s estimated there are 5 million Americans aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, the Parkinson’s Foundation states there’s about 1 million people who suffer from the disease in this country, with more than 60,000 patients being newly diagnosed each year. 


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    Alzheimer's disease: Top 5 myths debunked

    Posted June 29, 2020 by Natalie A Kayani, MD

    Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

    Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thinking and other cognitive behaviors. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

    Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out…

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    How virtual visits are changing healthcare

    Posted May 26, 2020 by Vivek Bhalla, Chief Medical Officer - SHMG, Executive Staff & Luke Smith, Director, Ambulatory Services, Administration - Clinical Services.

    In this day and age, nearly everything is readily available at our fingertips. We can grocery shop, pay our bills, get merchandise shipped directly to our door and even virtually consult with medical providers all from the palm of our hands. 

    Now with much of the country shut down and under stay-at-home orders due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is perhaps more important than ever before. 

    Telehealth enables patients to conveniently connect with…

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    Play to laugh

    Posted April 06, 2020 by Joseph D Varley, MD


    Laughter is what the doctor ordered when it comes to stress relief.  Science shows laughter may very well be the best medicine when it comes to relieving stress — and that’s no joke. Whether you’re howling at a TV sitcom or giggling at your friend’s joke, the positive effects from laughter on body function — from increased circulation to muscle relaxation — confirm that real, sincere, happy laughter is good for you!

    With April being…

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    Your Options for Weight Loss

    Posted March 16, 2020 by Kenneth W Wells, MD


    The desire to lose weight and the process chosen to go about it is a deeply personal journey. With many new options on the market, it can be tough to understand the best approach to reaching long-term weight loss.

    Obesity is now ranked as the second-highest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The rate at which obesity has worsened over the past 20 years is alarming, and there is now a growing amount of national attention focused on the problem. It is also important to note that Obesity has been proven to increase the risk for cancer including Colon and Breast cancers. Weight loss is an important cancer risk reduction effort for many patients at higher risk for cancer and a component of cancer survivorship plans as well.

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    First Unified World Obesity Day

    Posted March 04, 2020 by Adrian G. Dan, M.D., FACS, FASMBS


    Obesity has been deemed a disease of worldwide epidemic proportions. In the United States, obesity directly affects 40% of the adult population and an additional 30% are considered overweight. Obesity is now ranked as the second-highest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The rate at which obesity has worsened over the past 20 years is alarming, and there is now a growing amount of national attention focused on the problem.

    When talking about obesity, it is very…

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    7 Health Benefits to Getting a Good Night's Rest

    Posted February 17, 2020


    Getting better sleep doesn’t just improve your morning mood; surprisingly, it boosts your health, too. In fact, good sleep is one of the pillars of good health, along with eating right and exercising regularly. It’s true you can’t achieve optimal health without catching your Zzz’s each and every night.

    Sure, most of us have a bout of insomnia from time to time. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss.

    Sleep requirements vary, but the average adult…

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    Novel Coronavirus: Here’s what you need to know

    Posted January 31, 2020 by Thomas M File, Jr., MD


    Everywhere you turn, there are new headlines reporting on the increasing number of cases and unfortunate deaths due to the novel coronavirus. It’s a respiratory infection that was first identified in Wuhan, China, late last year.

    At the time of this post, there have been more than 9800 confirmed cases in China and a dozen other countries, including the United States, and 213 deaths due to the coronavirus.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the…

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    Are short workouts effective?

    Posted January 27, 2020 by Ali Ziegler, Athletic Trainer – Summa Health Sports Medicine


    As a general goal, it is recommended that we get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, more if you’re looking to lose weight. However, some people find it hard to carve out those 30 minutes every day. Some may only have time for a short 10-minute workout. So, is it still worth exercising even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time?

    Studies have shown that short workouts throughout the day are just as beneficial as long continuous ones.


    In this…

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    Minimally Invasive Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia for a Quick Recovery

    Posted January 20, 2020 by Naveen K Arora, MD


    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms as well as bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.

    In many men, the prostate continues to grow throughout life. This continued growth enlarges the prostate enough to cause BPH, which means they have urinary issues or their urine flow is significantly blocked.

    The symptoms of BPH often vary,…

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    Hand Washing Do's and Don'ts

    Posted January 13, 2020 by Nancy Reynolds, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC


    One of the best and most effective ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others is by washing your hands properly and often. It doesn’t take much time or effort and offers a very effective means of preventing the spread of illnesses ranging from viruses like cold and flu to other bacteria or viruses. As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you gather germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your face;…

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    Signs of Thyroid Disease That You Should Get Checked Immediately

    Posted January 06, 2020 by Ryan D Mills, DO


    The thyroid is a small but mighty gland in your neck that produces the thyroid hormone which has huge importance in how your body functions. This gland impacts many different areas of your health, including your metabolism, heart function, digestive function, muscle control, mood and brain development.

    According to the American Thyroid Association,more than 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease, and women are as much as 8 times more likely than men to…

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    Warning Signs of Glaucoma and How it is Treated

    Posted December 10, 2019 by Jennifer Bohl, MD

    Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve of the eye, which can lead to progressive vision loss. There are different types of glaucoma, each of which is related to pressure inside the eye and mostly occurring later in life, though possibly can develop at any age. Vision loss related to glaucoma is permanent and if untreated, can result in complete blindness.  In fact, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60.…

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    SummaCare Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

    Posted December 02, 2019 by Anne Armao


    October 15 marked the beginning of the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, sometimes referred to as the Annual Election Period or AEP. Most Medicare beneficiaries have only 10 weeks, from October 15 to December 7, to make changes to their existing plan. With more than 60 Medicare Advantage plans to choose from in such a short time, it’s no wonder selecting the right plan for some Medicare beneficiaries can be confusing and overwhelming. Anne Armao, Vice President of…

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    Take a Vacation to Boost Your Mental Health

    Posted December 02, 2019 by Renee Fierro, LPCCs, Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services


    Americans are often overstressed and overworked, and it’s no wonder – not all Americans have the luxury of paid time off, and even those who do generally don’t take all of it. According to research, more than one in 10 Americans say they plan to take a quarter or less of their vacation days in 2019.

    There are many studies that suggest taking time off is beneficial to your mental, physical and overall health and that people who take vacations have lower stress…

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    7 Serious Health Concerns Affecting African Americans

    Posted November 25, 2019 by Edward A Pankey, MD


    According to the CDC, the death rate for African Americans has declined more than 25 percent over the past 17 years, especially for those 65-years and older. However, new research shows younger African Americans are living with or dying from diseases most often found in Caucasians much later in life.

    The African American community should be aware of a few serious health concerns that statistically affect them at higher rates. If you think you may be at risk, talk to your…

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    How to Successfully Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays

    Posted November 19, 2019 by James K Salem, MD


    The holidays can be tough for anyone on a diet with all the celebrating, snacking and treats. Those with diabetes have to be especially careful around the holidays because gaining weight or rising blood sugar could be dangerous to your health.

    If you slip into bad eating habits and they extend well into the New Year, you can do long-term damage to your body. Just a little preparation can go a long way towards keeping your weight and blood sugar down – check out these…

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    Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's

    Posted November 13, 2019 by Rachel N Hart, DO


    As our loved ones get older, it’s normal for them to lose a little bit of their mental sharpness, and it’s easy to rationalize and gloss over strange behavior. After all – we all forget things once in a while. When memory and mental issues start affecting daily life, it could be a sign of something more serious. While a qualified physician is needed to diagnose someone with Alzheimer’s disease, there are some signs and symptoms that can suggest a…

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    Alzheimer's Research Showing Promise for Future

    Posted October 29, 2019 by Audra E Krebs, MD


    Billions of dollars have been spent on researching Alzheimer’s, but it stubbornly continues to affect 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65. While we are still waiting for a cure, there have been significant advances that have made an impact on the treatment of Alzheimer's and related diseases:

    New treatments and positive trials on the horizon
    Currently, the medications on the market for Alzheimer’s only relieve symptoms of the disease. None stop the progression.…

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    What is Arthritis? Common Questions Explained

    Posted October 23, 2019 by Mark A Cipriani, Jr., MD


    Arthritis is a broad term covering a group of diseases involving inflammation in your body’s joints. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body but most commonly involves the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet, neck, or back. Most types of arthritis cause pain and stiffness in and around the affected joints. Some types can also affect the immune system and even some internal organs of the body. Continue reading to learn more about arthritis.


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    TMS - A Hope for Treatment of Major Depression

    Posted October 18, 2019 by Jaimie McKinnon, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Behavioral Health Institute


    While the exact cause of depression isn’t known, it is thought to be caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters – the chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. While there are many effective treatments for depression, the typical approaches like therapy and antidepressants don’t necessarily work for everyone.

    For decades, shock therapy, or ECT, has been used to treat major depression that was not treatable with medication and therapy. While there…

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    Understand Your Gut Health - A Helpful Guide to Probiotics

    Posted October 11, 2019 by Julia G Thornton, MD


    Your body is full of bacteria – in fact, the bacteria in your body outnumber your cells 10 to one. The majority of that bacteria lives in your gut, and most of it is not only harmless, but helpful to your body’s functions.

    Balancing your gut bacteria correctly can have many health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, better immune function, better mood and memory function, healthier skin, and a reduced risk of many diseases.

    To boost this friendly…

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    6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your PCP

    Posted October 07, 2019 by Maria A Schiaffino, MD


    Your primary care provider (PCP) should be your partner in ensuring you are your best and healthiest self, which is why it is so important to have a strong and communicative relationship with them. When you meet with your PCP for a checkup or an annual visit, the provider typically has a limited amount of time they can spend with you, so it’s important you go in prepared with a list of questions to get the most out of your appointment. Here are a few questions you…

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    Trauma Center Levels - Explained

    Posted September 13, 2019 by Richard L George, MD, Surgical Critical Care


    While many hospitals have emergency departments, some hospitals are equipped to treat the most severely injured patients. Such hospitals are verified by the American College of Surgeons as Trauma Centers with highly trained doctors who specialize in treating traumatic injuries. These trauma centers are staffed 24/7 and are always prepared to treat patients with any injury.

    Trauma Centers across the United States go through a verification process to receive their designation…

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    What Causes High Blood Pressure?

    Posted August 12, 2019 by Joseph F Pietrolungo, DO, Peripheral Vascular Disease Cardiology


    Almost half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but many are not aware of it. High blood pressure is dangerous and can be a silent killer if gone untreated. That’s why it’s so important to understand what causes it and how to keep it controlled.

    First – what is high blood pressure?

    In order to survive, your tissues and organs need oxygenated blood to circulate throughout the body. When your heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes…

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    A Guide to Your Health in the Heat - UV Index and Air Quality Index Explained

    Posted August 04, 2019 by William D Smucker, MD Family Medicine

    We’re in the depths of summer heat, and as the heat rises, so does the threat of air pollution and the dangers of UV rays. Globally, extreme temperature events are increasing in frequency, duration and magnitude, which means it will become even more important to protect yourself and your family’s health from rising temperatures and extreme heat. 

    While there are many factors to keep an eye on as temperatures rise, there are two numbers right within your local…

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    5 Common Types of Arthritis

    Posted June 17, 2019 by Vivek Bhalla, MD


    Commonly associated with older age, arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including more than 300,000 children each year. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. Depending on the type, it can be extremely painful and affect everyday activities or go relatively unnoticed and be easily managed for years.

    Simply put, arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. Most individuals experience common symptoms like joint pain, swelling, stiffness and/or…

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    Hepatitis: What you need to know

    Posted June 03, 2019 by Vivek Bhalla, MD Family Medicine


    Did you know the liver is the second largest organ of the entire body, after the skin? It’s also incredibly important: essential for food digestion, stores a large amount of your body’s energy and is a cleaning machine, eliminating toxins in the body. Hepatitis, usually caused by a type of virus, is an inflammation of the liver.

    There are 5 types of Hepatitis, but Hepatitis A, B and C are the most common. Each type has different symptoms and treatment options.…

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    Osteoporosis: Don't Be Broken

    Posted April 14, 2019


    6 Proactive Simple Steps You Can Take

    Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bones become weak and brittle. Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is an increased risk of fracturing a bone from a non-traumatic fall or even simple actions such as sneezing.

    According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Studies also show that 50% of women and 25% of men around age 50 are at risk for breaking a bone secondary to…

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    Are you high-risk? Lung health and lower respiratory disease

    Posted March 18, 2019 by Sandy Kohut, RRT, BSAS Lead Lung Navigator


    Chronic lower respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease in Ohio. Chronic lower respiratory disease is a broad term that includes a variety of diseases that affect the lungs, like: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema (a type of COPD), chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma.

    Roughly one in six Americans will suffer from some pulmonary disease in their lifetime. Most of those affected usually associate…

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    An arthritis survival guide for cold weather

    Posted March 11, 2019 by Robert S. Crawford, MD, CAQSM, Summa Center for Sports Health, Summa Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine


    The calendar says Spring is coming – but the weather in Northeast Ohio still feels like winter.  For those who suffer from arthritis, the chilly temperatures can cause serious discomfort. For some, the cold can even trigger severe body pain; we’ve all heard stories of ‘feeling’ the weather change.

    How does the weather affect individuals with arthritis?

    While more research is needed, there are a few theories as to why some individuals experience more severe joint pain in colder weather. 

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    Colon Cancer Screening: What Are Your Options?

    Posted March 05, 2019 by Cindy Jones, BSN, RN, OCN, CTTS Patient Care Navigator, Oncology Services


    Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable and beatable cancers; however, early detection is key.

    Risks increase with age and according to the CDC, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancers occur in those over the age of 50. Unfortunately, most precancerous polyps don’t cause any symptoms. Once the cancer has reached a more progressive stage, symptoms may appear. Those symptoms can include blood in or on the stool, stomach aches, pain or cramping that doesn’t go away, unexplained weight loss and change in bowel habits. These symptoms do occur in many other diseases and infections, you should consult with your doctor immediately.

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    Palliative Care 101

    Posted December 09, 2018 by Melissa Soltis, M.D. Medical Director, Hospice/Palliative Care Summa Health

    Palliative Care is specialized treatment tailored to those who are suffering from chronic or life limiting illnesses. Some of these illnesses may include cancer, kidney disease, heart failure, dementia, lung disease and many others. Palliative care is a specialized team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers and others who work together with a patient’s primary physician and care team. The goal of the team is to improve the quality of life for a patient (and sometimes their caregivers) who has a serious illness or disease. It is appropriate for all ages and stages in a patient’s severe illness.

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    5 Types of Integrative Medicine You Can Do at Home

    Posted December 03, 2018 by Tara Scott, M.D. Summa Health Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Yearly visits to your primary care physician are an important part of a healthy lifestyle plan. Another form of care known as integrative medicine should be an additional resource you consider when building a complete lifestyle plan. Sometimes confused with other treatment options like complementary or alternative, integrative medicine puts the patient at the center of both physical and mental health by expanding treatment options. However, all three of these terms refer to different types of care.

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    Hispanics and diabetes: Are you at a higher risk for developing diabetic wounds?

    Posted November 18, 2018 by Drazen Petrinec, M.D. Summa Health Vascular Surgery


    Type 2 diabetes is at an all-time high in the United States. One of three types of diabetes - a disease that causes your blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal - type 2 has a direct correlation with your choices in diet and the amount of physical activity you do on a regular basis.

    Did you know that the CDC estimates 40 percent of all US adults have type 2 diabetes? Another staggering statistic: 50 percent of all U.S. Hispanics will develop this disease and they are twice as likely to die from it. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 4 don’t even know they have it.

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    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Posted September 24, 2018 by Renee Fierro, Director, Behavioral Health Outpatient Services


    September is designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, in conjunction with Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day held on September 10.  Events held on this day focus on raising awareness that suicide IS preventable, providing education and information about suicide, and decreasing the stigma associated with suicide.


    Despite these (and other) efforts, suicide statistics tell a grim story. Just to cite a few examples, suicide rates have been on the rise since 1999.…

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    Should you get a wearable sleep tracker?

    Posted September 17, 2018


    Deep, consistent, quality sleep can not only make you feel great during the day; it can also improve your health. Sleep can boost your mood, help you maintain a healthy body weight and help your heart and mind function at tip-top levels.

    But, for some of us, a solid night's sleep may seem like a dream. Lack of sleep can affect our brain's ability to react properly; so much so, that our body’s overall health can be at risk.

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    What is a Lung Nodule?

    Posted August 15, 2018 by Brian Bauman, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Summa Health


    Lung nodules are abnormal clusters of tissue that appear as “spots” on chest X-rays and CT scans. All lung cancers starts as a nodule; however, these spots are very common and almost 95 percent of them are not cancerous.

    Lung cancer is a very tragic disease. It has the lowest 5-year survival rate of all cancers and leads to more deaths that the next 3 deadliest cancers (colorectal, pancreatic and breast) combined.
    Most lung cancers are not diagnosed and treated at an early stage, contributing to the low survival rate. However, early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can increase that rate by up to 20 percent in high-risk patients.

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    Going Natural: Anti-Aging Tips for Over 40

    Posted July 24, 2018 by Dr. Julie A. Mark, Summa Health Dermatology


    It is never too late to adjust your skincare routine. Think of it like a new exercise routine: with a little dedication, determination and education you can undo or halt bad habits.

    Around the age of 30, the body’s collagen production slows down. Collagen plays a big part in the elasticity our skin has. When that production slows down, we tend to see our skin change with the addition of dark spots, larger pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

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    What Exactly is a Kidney Stone?

    Posted July 13, 2018 by Joseph S Dankoff, MD Summa Health Medical Group - Urology


    A kidney stone is a solid, stone-like deposit made of minerals and salt that can form in one or both of your kidneys. These deposits can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pebble.

    Did you know there are actually four different types of kidney stones?

    1. Calcium stones:This is the most common stone and is a form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in some fruits, vegetables, nuts and chocolates. Your liver also produces oxalate.…

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    Alzheimer's Awareness Month: Seven Tips For Caregivers

    Posted June 20, 2018 by Natalie Kayani, M.D. Geriatric Medicine

    Did you know 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease? Every 65 seconds, someone in the US develops this disease. It is the most common form of dementia and affects women at almost double the rate of men. Dementia diseases relate to the brain’s ability to regulate memory and cognitive skills. Other forms of dementia include Parkinson’s and Huntington's disease and vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and mixed dementia.

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    Seven Myths About Mental Health Debunked

    Posted June 11, 2018 by Joseph D. Varley, M.D., DFAPA, - Department of Psychiatry


    Mental health is as complex as physical health. It can fluctuate up or down, it can be affected by genetics and physical trauma and is something that may require treatment by a medical professional.

    In the US, one in five individuals is affected by a mental health condition. To address the stigma associated with mental health, discover seven myths, debunked here.

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    Outstanding Stroke Care at Summa Health

    Posted May 08, 2018 by Susana M. Bowling, M.D., FAHA - Director, Summa Health Neuroscience Institute


    In May, we celebrate Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability. A stroke occurs when part of the brain does not get blood flow. A blood clot can block a blood vessel or artery, or a blood vessel can break. When this occurs, brain cells die quickly. When the cells die, the body loses control of the abilities that area of the brain once controlled.

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    4 Questions to Ask Your Primary Care Physician When Prescribed New Medication

    Posted April 03, 2018 by Dr. Vivek Bhalla

    According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 25 percent of new prescriptions are never filled at the pharmacy. Even more staggering is the fact that medication is not taken as prescribed up to 50 percent of the time. Before your primary care physician (PCP) prescribes any medication, we review all medical history, possible allergies and evaluate and treat the cause for your visit.

    There are many different reasons a PCP may prescribe new medication:

    • A…

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    Reducing the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

    Posted March 22, 2018 by Costas H. Kefalas, M.D., MMM, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer remains the #3 cancer killer in the U.S., yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Statistically, 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 more than 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 50,000 of them are expected to die of this disease. Colorectal cancer screening could save more than half…

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    The Power of Vitamin D

    Posted February 15, 2018 by Lynn M. Hamrich, M.D., FAAFP


    You may have heard of the health benefits of vitamin D in the fight against the common cold.

    A British investigation published in February 2017 concluded that taking vitamin D supplements can help protect against respiratory infections like colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. The researchers looked at data from 25 clinical trials involving some 11,000 patients from 14 countries and found a significant but modest benefit. These results occurred mostly among those…

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    Posted February 01, 2018 by Rose Ann Chiurazzi, MA, RDN, LD, CDE

    The excitement is growing for Super Bowl LII. Before we know it, it will be the kickoff for the Big Game, the must watch commercials, and of course, the anticipated halftime show. It will also be a kickoff to the Big Party with friends and family where we will root for our favorite team.

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