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
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…

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….

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to stay hydrated with infusion recipes