A Transformation Fueled by Friends, Faith and Mercy

It’s hard to imagine that Brian Busto, a biomedical equipment technician, has struggled with his weight for most of his life. The trim marathoner once shunned physical activity and depended on medication to control high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. His transformation from an unhealthy 308 pounds to a 185-pound physique was not without…

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After TAVR Procedure at Mercy, MCI Patient Clyde Erb Says He ‘Feels 20 Again’

This past April, the discovery of a heart murmur brought Clyde Erb of Kidron to Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI), where his cardiologist uncovered a damaged aortic heart valve. For Clyde, a congenial, outgoing man who loves to travel with his wife Joann, the diagnosis was yet another challenge among the many health problems he’s faced…

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Canton Mercy TAVR Clyde Erb 2018
OPTIFAST Helps Teacher, Singer & Author Get the ‘St. Bernard’ Off Her Chest

Imagine wearing a baby carrier on your chest. Now imagine that you’re not carrying a baby in it, but instead you’re carrying a 70-pound St. Bernard dog. Imagine carrying this 70-pound St. Bernard on your chest for 24 hours a day. That’s how it feels to be overweight. Stair steps, walking, and even sleeping are much harder with a…

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Robyn's Testimonial Canton Mercy OPTIFAST 2018
42% Percent of Americans Are Vitamin D Deficient. Are You Among Them?

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient your body requires primarily to build strong bones and for overall good health. A fat-soluble vitamin that functions like a steroid hormone in the body, vitamin D comes in two forms in your diet, D2 and D3, and can also be produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight….

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Vitamin D deficiency
Overweight at 380 Pounds: ‘Your Weight Is Always on Your Mind’

Larry*, a Mercy Weight Management Client, Shares How Losing Weight Put Him, Not His Weight, in Control When you are overweight at 380 pounds, it affects every area of your life. Your weight is always on your mind, and it has an impact on everything you do. Before joining the Mercy Weight Management OPTIFAST program,…

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Weight Loss Testimonial for Mercy Weight Management Client Larry
With Strokes, Time Lost is Brain Lost

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, an opportunity to talk about stroke symptoms, the rapid response necessary to minimize injury and disability, and steps we can all take to lower our risk of stroke. Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent…

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Trauma Centers: What You Need to Know

Trauma can affect all of us, with no regard for age, gender, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity. More lives are lost to traumatic injuries per year than are lost to heart disease and cancer combined, making it the fifth leading cause of death overall. For people 44 years and younger, trauma is the No. 1…

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Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin

By now, everyone knows that tan skin is damaged skin. But just because you don’t have a sun tan doesn’t mean your skin is in optimal health. May is skin cancer awareness month, and Mercy Cancer Center would like to take this opportunity to remind you to take care of your body’s largest organ, the…

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Just Drive! Commit to Safety in Honor of Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Spring is all about fresh starts. As April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, it’s an excellent opportunity for all of us to renew our focus on good driving habits. Are you keeping your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving? Risky habits could be putting you, your passengers, other drivers…

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Distracted Driver Awareness Month, April 2018
Building a Great Relationship

Do you know anyone who’s been married for fifty years or more? In the past it wasn’t unusual to know one or two couples who made it to their golden wedding anniversary. And the reason most didn’t last had more to do with health than divorce.  Today, couples who don’t marry seem to split up…

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Relationship Tips from Mercy Concern Counseling in Canton and Akron Ohio
Water, water everywhere, but did you forget to drink? How to keep your body hydrated.

We know we should, but drinking enough water during the day can be a struggle. It should be simple enough, but there can be barriers to staying hydrated. Some people don’t enjoy the taste of water. Others prefer drinking sugar sweetened beverages. Others get so busy with their day they don’t think to have some…

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How to stay hydrated with infusion recipes
10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

People experience the most unwanted weight gain from Halloween to New Year’s. Studies show that weight gained over this eight-week period can take months to lose. The days and weeks leading up to the holidays and after can be stressful enough without having to worry about stepping on the scale. Practice these tips to help…

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Massillon Woman Thankful to Stay Close to Home for Heart Valve Procedure

“Some people told me to go to the Cleveland Clinic. But I didn’t want to and I didn’t need to, thanks to Dr. Sabe.” — Diane Blicharski, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Patient When Massillon resident Diane Blicharski underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Mercy recently, she felt at ease and confident…

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Staying Well as a Couple While Coping With Cancer

The burden of supporting someone you love can be both a privilege and a responsibility. It is vitally important to identify the limitations that may exist emotionally, relationally, and psychologically for a couple that is battling cancer together. One of the most difficult aspects of coping with a chronic or long-term illness such as cancer…

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4 Simple Ways to STOP and Practice Mindfulness

When the word mindfulness comes to mind, many assume it involves being zoned out and ignoring reality. In fact, mindfulness is just the opposite. Jon Kabat Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” The results of regular…

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Mindfulness techniques from Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio
Seven Marriage Myths You Might Believe

In June it seems love is all around, and weddings are big business. So much attention is paid to the party, but what about the marriage itself? What comes after the wedding, and how can a couple increase their chances of success in marriage? There are so many myths in our society about what love…

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Seven marriage myths from Mercy Concern counseling in Canton Ohio
Life After Cancer and Survivor Care Plans

One of the most exciting things in oncology is the vast improvement in survivor rates over the past few decades. It’s led to a whole new phase of the cancer journey called survivorship. Learn what survivorship is and how you can develop a Survivor Care Plan. Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore….

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Life after cancer - what is a survivor care plan? Mercy Cancer Center in Canton Ohio
Life After Limb Loss

Nearly 2 million people living in the United States have experienced limb loss, according to the Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for people affected by limb loss. Over half are a result of vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease). Other causes include trauma and cancer. It is estimated that by…

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Amputee Support Group for Canton Ohio - Stark County - Amputee Coalition - Mercy Medical Center
Honor Mental Health Awareness Month By Doing These Six Things

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been since 1949. Sometimes it seems as if there is something vying for our attention every week, so it’s fair to ask,“What is mental health and why does it deserve a month of awareness?” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines mental health as the condition of being sound…

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mental health awareness month 2017 - six tips from Canton's Mercy Concern
Is the HPV Vaccine the Right Thing to Do?

Chances are if you are a parent of a tween or teen, you have been offered or even chosen to get your child vaccinated against HPV or human papilloma virus. Have you thought about why this vaccine is so important? Nicole Haines with Mercy Cancer Center provides an educational message on the HPV vaccination. What is HPV…

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HPV vaccine education from Mercy Cancer Center 2017
‘Profound Understanding of Reality’: What Jesus’ Teachings & Neuroscience Have in Common

“Can the reality and truth of the teachings of Jesus be validated by history, neuroscience, and personal experience? The surprising answer to this question is that they can indeed be verified without resorting to myths or mysticism which are beyond human comprehension.” — John Nadas, MD, author of The Book of Reality: the Neuroscience of…

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Neuroscience of the teachings of Jesus by John Nadas MD
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