Sugar – Not as “Sweet” as You Might Think

It can be tricky to navigate the holidays and avoid gaining weight to ring in the New Year. Eating excessive amounts of all foods (meat, potatoes, pastas, cookies, candy and beverages) contributes to that higher reading on the scale New Year’s Day but one food in particular, sugar, is creating year-round health problems. There is…

The Great 8: Eight facts to Know about sleep

Sleep. We all need it. But few of us consistently sleep as long — or as restfully — as we should for optimum health. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 35 percent of adults regularly get less than seven hours of sleep. Although sleep recommendations vary somewhat, most…

OPTIFAST® Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For Myself

After 14 Months With Mercy Weight Management, Local Woman Loses 170 Pounds Last summer, Sarah Young, an area field manager for U-Haul, was in the waiting room at Mercy Medical Center filling out paperwork for her physical exam to renew her commercial driver’s license. At 350 pounds, she was uncomfortable sitting, in constant pain and…

Mercy Weight Management Client Sarah Young After Optifast
I Woke Up This Way: Weight Management Over Age 50

Do you have the creep? You know: the middle-age weight gain that creeps up on you and turns your scale from friend to foe. If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average young adult gains 30 pounds by the time he or she turns 50. Why, Oh Why,…

overweight dog | mercy weight management
Dr. David Gormsen: A Lifelong Commitment to Fitness is Paying Off

Dr. David Gormsen is blessed with wellness. At 67, Mercy’s chief medical officer doesn’t struggle with health issues and takes no prescription medications. Longevity runs in his family – his father lived until 93 and his mother is an active 97-year-old. Luck and good genes? Maybe. But he has never taken his health for granted….

Achoo or the Flu? The Difference Between the Sniffles and Something More Serious.

Though it tends to coincide with many fall and winter holidays, no one looks forward to flu season. But how can you tell the difference between a case of the sniffles and something more serious? Influenza (also called “the flu”) and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms, but are caused…

Achoo or the flu | canton mercy blog
Mom Genes: the Role of Genetics in Your Health

Did you know there are about 20,500 human genes? In recent years, we’ve learned so much about how genes work and why some diseases run in families. While we can’t change our genes, knowing we have a higher-than-average chance of developing certain diseases can help us take steps to lower our risks. Genetics 101 We…

Mom Genes | cancer awareness blog canton mercy 2019
Busy Mom Gets Back in Shape — and Makes Health and Fitness a Family Affair

When Mercy speech therapist Dory Moore makes her daily smoothie, six little hands often help her fill the Ninja blender with chunks of fruits and vegetables. She stretches and relaxes by doing YouTube yoga videos and her children–Alex (6), Max (4), and Finn (2)–are frequently right beside her, showing off their best downward dogs. This…

Dory Moore Employee Fitness Feature August 2019
No Secret Recipe: How Employee Steve Knox Found His Way Back to Fitness

Steve Knox’s “Uh-Oh” moment came when he saw himself in a photo. “It was a wake-up call for me,” said Mercy Medical Center’s Director of Finance. “I thought, well, I might want to do something about this.” Besides carrying extra weight, he wasn’t feeling great and his numbers at his last physical were less than…

Steve Knox Mercy Employee Weight Loss 2019
Stress Less: Managing Stress in a World of Stressors

Stress: We all experience it. Not all stress is bad, of course. Training for a marathon, preparing to defend your dissertation or working toward any other big goal can be a form of healthy stress. However, unmanaged, day-to-day aggravations and major life upheavals can eventually take a toll on your health. What Is Stress? Stress…

Stress Less: managing stress in a world full of stressors
From Awareness to Action: Cancer Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Does fear of a cancer diagnosis keep you from seeing the doctor, even when you know in your heart you should? If so, you are not alone. Most unexplained symptoms that could indicate cancer are usually NOT cancer, but rather, a less serious condition. However, seeing your doctor promptly can avert a lot of uncertainty…

Seeing Spots: Should I Be Concerned About Moles?

The average person has between 10 and 40 moles, though the number can vary drastically.  The number of moles that you have can change throughout your life, as new moles can develop and some may disappear as you age.  You can develop moles almost anywhere on your body, including your scalp and underneath your fingernails….

Moles and skin cancer, healthchat blog, Mercy Medical Center Canton
Cancer-fighting Foods Made Easy

You’ve probably heard from the health experts that eating fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains may reduce your risk of developing cancer. And maybe you’ve been eating your weight in garlic, tomatoes or whatever foods crop up in the news as especially potent cancer fighters. But if you think one food will give you immunity…

Cancer Fighting Foods
Take Care of Yourself So You Can Be There For Others

Mercy employee Alex Camacho talks about what motivates him to stay healthy while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life. Alex Camacho, RN, has a lot of people depending on him — his wife, Monica, his 2-year-old son, Adrian, his coworkers in the ICU and his patients — and he doesn’t take his…

Alex Camacho, Mercy Nurse, Self Care
Diabetes and Your Heart: the Connection

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, managing common symptoms like fatigue and increased hunger may be your most immediate concern. What you may not be aware of, however, is that heart disease and stroke are also linked to diabetes. Health experts want patients to make that connection, because…

How heart disease and diabetes are connected | Canton Mercy
Managing and Reducing Pelvic Pain Without Major Surgery

Women at every stage of life—from teenagers to the elderly—may experience chronic and even debilitating pelvic pain. For some, standard treatments, including major surgery, are ineffective. According to Maurice K. Chung, M.D., urogynecologist and director of the Mercy Center for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Urogynecology, this can happen when underlying problems, which can be complex…

Reduce Pelvic Pain Without Surgery at Canton Mercy Urogynecology
Choosing Hope in the Midst of Cancer

Hope /hōp/ noun: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Most people have never thought much about hope. They may think hope is the same as wishing or optimism, or they may assume everyone hopes the same way they do and that it means the same thing. In actuality, hope…

Choose Hope with Cancer | Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Patient Survives Thanks to Mercy ER Cath Lab

Barbara Pack remembers nothing of her life on January 14, 2019. Not the pain and discomfort. Not being in the car with her husband, who drove her to Mercy. Not the moment she went into sudden cardiac arrest, unresponsive and pulseless, in the Mercy Emergency Department. After rapid resuscitation and heart catheterization in the Mercy…

Canton Heart Attack Patient | Mercy ER Chest Pain Center
Cervical Cancer and HPV: Stop the Stigma

Over the last forty years, the cervical cancer death rate has decreased more than fifty percent due to the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before the cancer develops. It also can find cancer in earlier stages, when it’s most curable. Cervical cancer is most commonly…

Cervical Cancer and HPV | Info from Canton Mercy in Canton Ohio
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…

Brian Busto weight loss story mercy canton ohio
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…

Canton Mercy TAVR Clyde Erb 2018
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