Do you use checklists?

by Michele L. McCarroll Ph.D. March 5, 2015
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Have you ever used a checklist to be able to accomplish tasks? I’ve used checklists/lists to help me remember the things I need to do. Sometimes, I go to the grocery store with a checklist and sometimes I go without a checklist. Just this weekend, I went without a list because I thought, “I’m just […]

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What is a stoma?

by Guest Blogger March 3, 2015
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A stoma is an opening in the abdomen that allows stool or urine to pass out of the body. There are three different types of stomas all described based on what organ is connected to the outside of the body. An ileostomy connects to the small intestine, a colostomy connects to the large intestine, and […]

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Should you take out my tubes, too?

by Guest Blogger February 24, 2015
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As a gynecologic surgeon, among the many procedures I perform is the hysterectomy – removal of the uterus. It is not uncommon for women to ask for their ovaries to be removed because they want to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer in the future. I am mindful that cardiovascular disease is the number one […]

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Can you be 10% Happier?

by Michele L. McCarroll Ph.D. February 19, 2015

While in the deep throes of winter and my anti-SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) light beaming on high to battle the depressing cold and lack of sunlight, I couldn’t help but come across an intriguing book by Dan Harris,  a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good […]

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Radiation After Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancer

by Guest Blogger February 17, 2015
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So, your doctor has recommended radiation therapy following a hysterectomy for endometrial cancer.  Why do you need it? How does it work? What are the side effects? Read on for answers to these questions and more. Some patients will require additional treatment after surgical staging for endometrial cancer. Doctors look at the stage of the […]

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Grateful for Opportunity

by Guest Blogger February 10, 2015
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Envision a stable middle class family with two sisters whose parents love, support and protect their children.  Availability of primary, secondary and collegiate education is prevalent along with the capability to plan your future, including job possibilities, who you date, marry and when you will have children. Do you consider these things customary events or opportunities? […]

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The pronouncement of a girlfriend

by Dr. von Gruenigen February 5, 2015
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I was a nurse before I went to medical school. Which means I consider myself  “old school” for two reasons. First, I went to nursing school decades ago. Secondly, when I went to medical school I was a bit older and I considered myself more experienced compared with my classmates. Even today, I would consider […]

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Can Hormones Be Good for Your Heart?

by Dr. Scott February 3, 2015
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Most people think of February and think of Valentine’s Day (except those of us in Northeast Ohio who think snow and cold!) In the medical community, we also think of the heart . . . but the actual organ. Cardiovascular disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women, causing 1 out of 3 deaths each […]

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Being mindful of others while we take care of the sick

by Dr. von Gruenigen January 27, 2015
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It’s a privilege taking care of patients. There is an intimacy and transparency to the relationship. However, as we take care of one patient, we need to be attentive to those around them. This may include family, friends, additional healthcare providers and even surrounding patients. Below is a recent letter from a patient. It made […]

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