‘Natural Time’ and ‘Technology Time’

by Guest Blogger November 25, 2014
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Nearly 20 years after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, I visited the national park and was surprised to see continued signs of destruction. While the geological scars were clearly evident, recovery and growth were also obvious. Small trees and wildflowers dotted the landscape. However, the park’s terrain seemed sparse compared with its forest-covered […]

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Are you making the right food choices?

by Summa Flourish November 18, 2014
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What types of foods are part of a healthy diet? Are they part of your family’s diet? Often, eating healthy can be a mystery. Summa Health System’s Registered Dieticians Tess Lockhart and Laura Ilg have a few helpful tips about what you and your family should eat and why. The goal is to eat a […]

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Leaks – let’s talk about it

by Guest Blogger November 11, 2014
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As I sit across the table from the middle-aged woman nodding in agreement with the symptoms of the little “leaks” when she coughs or runs, and the feeling of having to “go” all the time with nothing really “coming out”, she exclaims “yes!” in astonishment . “I have been having these things happen to me […]

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Girl Rising

by Dr. von Gruenigen November 6, 2014
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It is not often that I am emotionally moved by a movie. Yet, Girl Rising elicited several emotions and not all of them are good.    Girl Rising is a documentary seeking educational equality for underprivileged girls across the globe. Director Richard Robbins tells the moving stories of several girls, with the help of actresses Meryl […]

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Surfing through Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Guest Blogger November 4, 2014
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On July 30th, I noticed the daylight diminishing. Then, four weeks ago, the green of the leaves began to dull as summer ended. For those of us who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these are signs rough waters may be ahead. Energy, interest, and enjoyment seem to drop off a cliff. For me, there […]

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A letter to my Cadaver

by Guest Blogger October 30, 2014
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The first day of medical school, I was introduced to my cadaver. This lab was perhaps my least favorite aspect of being a medical student; maybe because I have end of life issues, maybe because of the smell or maybe because we were thrown in a room with our own expectation that we would perform […]

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My Grandmother’s Chair

by Dr. von Gruenigen October 28, 2014
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I come from a family of readers. My maternal grandmother, mother, aunt — all were readers. When my grandmother died, I asked my mother for one thing, my grandmother’s chair. It was a simple chair located in the corner of her southern kitchen. In that chair, she would mind the cooking, listen to the radio, […]

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WAGtime Pet Partner Visitation Program

by Summa Flourish October 23, 2014
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Summa Health System is always looking for volunteers, including man’s best friend – dogs! Why not bring your dog to the hospital to visit patients and brighten their day? The WAGtime pet program of Summa Health System allows teams of pet owners and their dogs to visit with patients and family members within Summa Akron City, St. […]

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A monthly breast self-exam could save your life

by Summa Flourish October 22, 2014

A monthly breast self-exam can help you identify any changes or abnormalities early, which could lead to a better chance of successful breast cancer treatment. Heidi Eve-Cahoon, MSN, CNP, Summa Health System breast care coordinator, demonstrates how you can do breast self exam. This 5-minute demonstration is worth watching. Just a few minutes, one day each […]

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