Everything You (Generally) Need to Know About Heart Medications

Understanding how heart medications function and what they do for you can make it easier to remember them. If you take them, be prepared next time a health professional asks, "Are you taking any medications?" "Are you taking any medications?" That's often one of the first — if not THE first — question you are…

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How to Overcome Your Inner Anti-dentite (or Dealing with Dental Care Fears)

Once shocked by his patients' hatred of dentists, George Williams, DDS, now better understands "anti-dentites," or people with fears about dental care. If you have dentophobia, read Dr. Williams' suggestions for overcoming it. There was a time in my life when I would have guessed the number-one answer to the Family Feud question – Which health-care…

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Your Capacity for Resilience: 5 Habits That Help Overcome Adversity

Resilience is not magic. It’s not a “gift” or found only in certain people. All of us have the capacity to be resilient. Everyone can learn how to face the inevitable problems and troubles of life, work through them, and be strengthened by them. Life can be full of adversities, troubles, misfortune or harm.  Some…

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Just Eat It! Five Rules to Keep Food Safe at Your Next Summer Party

Sunny summer days are perfect for outdoor picnics, barbecues and pool parties. However, warm weather also provides the right environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly, potentially causing foodborne illness. Keep the party happy with these five safe food-handling rules. While enjoying these lazy, laid-back days and warm weather, it is…

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4 Warning Signs of Exercise Boredom & How to Break Out of It

Your body can get bored just like your mind. Think you might be stuck in the exercise doldrums? Check out these warning signs, as well as strategies for change. You Might Be Bored with Your Exercise If: 1) You feel like you’re stuck in a rut. A “rut” is defined as “a habit or pattern…

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How Easily Do You Adjust to Change? Take Our Quick Resiliency Quiz.

Resilience is defined by Merriam Webster as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." Where are you in terms of resiliency? Consider the following statements and how they work in your life. Think of what you have, who you are, and what you can do as important strengths and resources…

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Stay on Top of These 5 Major Safety Issues This Summer

This summer, protect yourself and those you love from injuries, stress and unnecessary health concerns. Stay on top of these five key safety issues. View image | gettyimages.com Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44….

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Coping with Cancer: 5 Ways to Find the Support System You Need

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to understand that you shouldn't make this journey alone. Although there isn't one ideal way to get the support you need, you do have several good options. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Throughout the course of treatment, many people confront physical…

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Antidepressants Getting You Down? How to Cope with Six Common Side Effects.

Have unwanted side effects from your antidepressant medication left you wondering if the treatment might be worse than the depression itself? Good news! Many side effects can be managed effectively — without discontinuing or changing your medication. Here are some tips to help you cope. Headaches and Gastric Upset In a recently published study, data…

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Returning to Work After Cancer: Four Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

Few people are more familiar with new beginnings than cancer survivors. New beginnings might mean many things for you, but some survivors find the path to wellness begins with a new career — or a new take on an existing career. Here are four questions to ask yourself about returning to work after cancer. Getting…

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Four questions cancer survivors should ask before returning to work
7 Steps to a Happier Visit with Your Dentist

I know most people don't look forward to their dental appointments. Yet, there are many things you can do to make your visit to the dentist as pleasant as possible. Try these seven steps. They'll make you and your dentist happy. Airport security lines amaze me. Two words: SENSORY OVERLOAD.  As you are being corralled…

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Everything You Need to Know About Measuring Workout Intensity

Terms like rate of perceived exertion, metabolic equivalents and percentage of heart rate max may sound daunting if you’re just beginning an exercise routine. In fact, many regular exercisers don’t understand what they mean. It’s time to demystify these terms so that you can get a grip on how intense your workout is – or…

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How to measure the intensity of your workout
Be an Exercise Einstein: 4 Tips for Summer Workout Brilliance

Ready to be an Einstein when it comes to exercise? Follow these four tips to make the most of the summer season! It’s that time of year when we all need to get inspired to shape up and get moving. The sun is shining and we are excited to wear shorts, swimsuits and sleeveless shirts….

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7 Ways to Make Time Work for You

Why do so many of us have trouble getting things done? If this is an area of your life where you're frustrated, take a closer look at your organizational habits.  Experts agree there are four main reasons we don't accomplish more: We fail to set priorities. We procrastinate. We bite off more than we can…

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Start Your Summer with Don’t Fry Day & Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day, an annual effort to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention. As the unofficial kick-off to our summer season, Mercy Cancer Center is encouraging everyone to use this day to increase awareness about skin cancer and to adopt…

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Got Junk in Your Trunk? 4 ‘Fun Foods’ That Pack on the Pounds

Even though you may recognize your slow weight gain, the problem might not be one you want to face or think about. However, this issue could be easier to fix than you think — if you are willing to take a serious look at the "junk in your trunk" (i.e., your current junk food intake)….

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Working Out When You Are Busy Working

Everyone struggles with this, cancer history or not. When you are working eight hours a day, who has energy for a post-work workout? How do you prioritize exercise as part of your new normal after cancer recovery? So you’re back to work after cancer, and your doctors continue to remind you that regular exercise is…

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4 Simple Ways to Turn an Exercise Plan into a Routine

One 2012 study revealed exercising at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week (or 30 minutes per day, five days per week) as the American College of Sports Medicine recommends, you can expect a 1-to-7 return, meaning seven extra minutes of life gained for each minute spent exercising. Yet, the bigger issue for most — perhaps even…

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If You’re Always Tranquil, Ignore This. 8 Secrets of Relaxation for the Rest of Us.

For a few lucky people, tranquility seems to be an inborn gift — something they just have. The rest of us must teach ourselves the secrets of relaxation, inner peace and tranquility in the workplace and during troubled personal times. Even when we think we’re too busy and overworked to relax, slowing down a little…

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Money Where Your Mouth Is: How Weight Loss Can Save You Thousands

You're probably aware of the health benefits of losing weight, but did you know losing weight may also save you money? According to Barbara O’Neill, a professor and specialist in finance resource management at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and co-author of Small Steps to Health and Wealth, using a few simple strategies that…

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High or Low: Which Workout Intensity Is OK for Cancer Survivors?

If you or someone you love is a cancer survivor, don't be overwhelmed by the thought of an all-out, agressive, boot-camp-style workout. Learn more about the latest research on exercise for cancer survivors. It was a long winter. Even if you were stalwart enough to stand up to the cold, you might have found it…

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High or Low Intensity Workouts for Cancer Survivors? Tips from Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio