Genetics and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Only about 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary or caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. If there happens to be an error in a gene, then that same mistake will appear in all the cells that contain the same gene. It would be like having an instruction manual and…

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Two Strategies for Handling the Pain of Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, “‘arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease.’” With more than 100 different types, arthritis affects people of all ages, and it’s the leading cause of disability in the United States. Learn more about arthritis and how you can…

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Dr. Greg Boone on Surviving Prostate Cancer: ‘My Breast Cancer Patients Came to the Rescue’

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most men pondering the effects of prostate cancer — including Mercy surgeon and prostate cancer survivor Greg Boone, MD — fully agree. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (and throughout the rest of the year), we want to arm men with the…

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16 To-“Do’s” For a Successful School Year for Your Child and You

It’s back-to-school time! Get tips from Mercy’s Gail Snyder, licensed professional clinical counselor, that can help you and your child make this school year as successful as possible. The first year of school for your child, as well as all the subsequent years of returning to the classroom each fall, can sometimes cause stress and…

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How to Stay Healthy in High Temps with Heart Disease

Summer is the perfect time for all ages to get outdoors and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. However, if you have heart disease, you need to take some extra precautions when when temperatures soar. Here are some tips on safety in the heat from Mercy Heart Center’s Mary Bosyj. As the summer temperatures go up,…

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The ABCDE’S of Managing Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a condition that affects millions of people who are able to lead normal healthy lives by managing their symptoms and learning to take care of themselves. Becoming self-aware and a partner with your healthcare provider will keep you on track with managing your heart failure. A: Angiotension-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEI) and Angiotension II…

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Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Yourself for Skin Safety in the Sun

In Ohio, we want to get outside as soon as the weather breaks and we feel those warm rays on our skin. Unfortunately, just one bad sunburn as a child makes you 50 percent more likely to develop melanoma as an adult. Almost everyone has a traumatic sunburn story, but that does not mean we…

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Are Dental Implants Right For You? Five Things to Talk About With Your Dentist.

Dentists have been using dental implants to replace missing teeth for more than 40 years. They can be used as single implants to replace one tooth, or as multiple implants to replace a section of teeth, to replace all upper and lower teeth, or to help dentures stay in place. But are dental implants right…

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Five Ways to Grill the Perfectly Nutritious Summer Meal

In the summer, you want to kick back and enjoy the warm weather and longer days. No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals. But do we have to sacrifice healthy eating for convenience? No way! Just go to the grill. It’s an easy, quick, flavorful way to cook with a bonus:…

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If You Have Heart Failure, Read This Before Drinking Alcohol

Studies about cardiovascular disease and alcohol consumption can sometimes be confusing. When does alcohol consumption benefit heart health and when does it do harm? Mercy Heart Center’s Mary Bosyj provides some insight specifically for heart failure patients. Heart failure is a major public health issue that affects our country with about 500,000 Americans newly diagnosed…

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Don’t Be Afraid of Palliative Care

Cancer can be complicated and scary. For some, when they hear the word “palliative,” they think dying. In reality, palliative care means something very different. Cancer can be complicated and scary. Many wonder if their cancer diagnosis spells the end of their life and carefully avoid discussions about prognosis for fear of hearing the worst….

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5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Sure, you hear about actors and models hiring personal trainers. There was also that show, The Biggest Loser, that featured personal trainers helping people with their weight loss goals. But why would someone like you want to hire a personal trainer? Here are five reasons to consider. Can you remember the first time you ever…

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Quiz: Is Your Weight Robbing You of Freedom or Fun?

Gaining weight is easy and a lot more fun than trying to lose weight. Maybe it is just by nature we resist the thought of losing. We hate losing our car keys or our favorite baseball cap. Losing a loved one is painful. So, if losing is so hard, maybe we need to change our…

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Why ‘Health’ Claims on Vaping & E-cigs Are a Dangerous Smoke Screen

A tremendous number of appealing new e-cigarette products are hitting the market. People assume (and have been told) they are healthier than regular cigarettes. Kids as young as 11 are vaping, saying, “Who wouldn’t want to try a vapor that tastes like caramel macchiato or cotton candy? What can be harmful in a liquid that…

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The Common-sense ABCs of Raising Confident, Self-assured Children

Helping a child build a solid sense of self has three simple, common-sense steps. Just remember ABC. Raising confident, self-assured children takes more than love and praise. Telling a child how wonderful and special he or she is can result in a child who is either arrogant or insecure (“Why am I so special?”). Helping a…

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5 Things Everyone Taking Diabetes Medications Should Do

Diabetes can definitely be a challenging condition to manage, especially when it comes to medications. If you are diabetic, there are five key things you need to do to get the most health benefits from your prescriptions.  Guest post by: Mike Shelley Fourth Year Pharmacy Student Northeast Ohio Medical University As I approach the start…

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How Will You Help Prevent Cancer in 2016? Two Simple Things Can Make a Difference.

Most of us have an uncomfortable, if not painful relationship with cancer and cancer-related issues. But the first step to being proactive in preventing cancer is staying informed. February is National Cancer Prevention month. It’s important to know what each of us can do to make a difference. It was not too long ago that…

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The Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease

According to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study published by the American Heart Association, people with rheumatoid arthritis are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease or heart failure, especially if they test positive for rheumatoid factor, or RF. Find out more about the connection between these two diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is…

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10 Financial Resources If You or Someone You Love Has Cancer

You have been sick and used all your vacation and sick days. Now you find out you have cancer requiring a long course of treatment. You didn’t plan for this. You won’t be able to work and have no disability benefits. How are you going to support your family? How are you going to pay…

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The Five Best Questions to Ask a Pharmacist About Your Prescription

When you or someone you love starts a new prescription medication, it may be difficult to know what to ask your pharmacist. Try these five questions to get this important conversation started. Guest post by: Ken Biddle, PharmD candidate Ohio Northern University “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?” If you’ve ever picked up…

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OPTIFAST: A Different ‘Weigh’ to Look at Weight Loss

The OPTIFAST® weight-loss system at Mercy Weight Management is different from other diet programs that focus on just looking good. At Mercy, we want you want to feel good, too. Discover the six things that make Mercy’s OPTIFAST program unique! When choosing a program, it is important to choose a trusted weight loss solution that…

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