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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. D1Tuesday May 5 2015 Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL. An Akron Beacon Journal Advertising Special Section Continues on page D2 Farid Muakkassa MD is a board certied and fellowship trained surgeon at Akron General. As chief of trauma surgery at Akron Generals Level I Trauma Center he specializes in trauma and critical care surgery. In addition Dr. Muakkassa is a professor of clinical surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Farid Muakkassa MD Your Health Calendar Continues on page D2 APRIL SHOWERS BRING ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA SYMPTOMS Article on pg. D3 Driving responsibly With prom and graduation parties scattered throughout the next few weeks and into the summer the opportunity for celebrating is ample. The important thing to remember is to do so safely and responsibly especially teenage drivers who are already four times more likely to be involved in an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of teen death in America. Investigating further a 2012 study showed that nearly 25 percent of teens involved in fatal accidents had been drinking. There are Eight Danger Zones identied by the CDC that are the leading causes of teen accidents Driver inexperience Driving with teen passengers Nighttime driving Not using seat belts Distracted driving Drowsy driving Reckless driving Impaired driving Distracted and impaired driving is dangerous for everyone. Talk to your teen about the importance of safe driving. Stress the importance of never getting behind the wheel impaired or driving while distracted texting talking to passengers ddling with the radio. The CDC recommends that parents and teens make an agreement to check in with each other on nights where teens will be driving to and from parties and to call if plans change or your teens needs help. By Farid Muakkassa MD chief of trauma surgery at Akron General FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING Akron Generals McDowell Cancer Institute is committed to the early detection and treatment of cancer. Through screenings we believe this is the best way to nd cancer early and provide care as quickly as possible. Register for a free skin cancer screening held in conjunction with the Ameri- can Academy of Dermatology and the Cleveland Dermatological Society. When May 9 Time 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where Akron Generals Ambulatory Care Center 1 Akron General Ave. Akron. Cost Free Call 330-344-2462 BREAST CANCER SCREENING Free clinical breast exam for uninsured and underinsured women. If a screen- ing mammogram is needed women will have the opportunity to have a same-day mammogram or schedule any needed follow-up tests. Women will also receive information on breast self-exams and a free wellness journal to track their preventive screenings. Ap- pointment recommended. Free parking. When May 30 Time 830 a.m. - noon Where Akron General Ambulatory Care Center Breast Health Center 1st oor 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost Free Call us 330-344-AGMC 2462 PREVENTING A HEART ATTACK WHAT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW Grab your mom sister or a friend today and register for this girls-night-out and interactive panel discussion with Cleve- land Clinic and Akron General heart and vascular experts hosted by WKYC Senior Healthcare Correspondent Monica Robins. Theyll offer practical advice on achieving a healthier heart to give you peace of mind. Youll also learn about innovative options available right here in our community. Enjoy light refreshments before the program and visit booths to learn about womens health topics including varicose veins osteoporosis stress man- agement tness nutrition gynecology sleep medicine and more When May 21 Time 515 p.m. registration and booth 6 p.m. program start Where Health Wellness Center West 4125 Medina Road Akron Cost Free Call to register 330-344-7170. NUFIT NUTRITION FITNESS EDUCATION FOR A NEW YOU This free monthly program provides information about the latest topics in nutrition and tness. NuFit is held at Akron General Health Wellness Cen- ters in Montrose West Stow North and Green. The May nutrition topic will be The Scoop on Sugar Substitutes and the tness topic will be Growing Strong through Active Recovery. Bring a friend and enjoy a healthy snack Time 6 - 7 p.m. When May 5 North May 12 West May 26 Green Call us North 330-945-3100 West 330-665-8100 Green 330-896-5000 HEARTBURN INFORMATION SESSION Join us for a lecture and discussion led by our team of experts Jeffrey Neher MD Charudutt Paranjape MD Richard Salvino MD and William Pa- pouras MD. The physicians will present information about GERD heartburn acid reux and Barretts esophagus as well as review the latest treatment op- tions including incisionless surgery and radiofrequency ablation. When May 21 Time 6 p.m. Where Akron General Health Well- ness Center Green 1940 Town Park Blvd. Uniontown Cost FREE Call us 330-344-BURN 2876 Late spring and early summer for many families signal the end of another school year and the start of summer. Unfortunately summer also coincides with an increased number of Emergency Department and Trauma Center visits. The good news is that there are some easy tips that can keep every- one safe this year while still enjoying all of the festivities. If youre hosting a party be sure to have plenty of non- alcoholic drinks available and to keep an eye on guests who are drinking. Never serve underage guests alcohol. If someone has had too much to drink offer to call a taxi. Swimmingly safe Practice the No. 1 rule of swim- ming safely never swim alone. You should also keep your eyes and ears alert for any signs of trouble. Never leave children unat- tended near a body of water even if they know how to swim. If you have a pool at home a fence and locked gate can prevent accidental drownings espe- cially for young children. A step further swimming pool alarms sound if the water surface is disturbed. Finally never jump or dive into an unfamiliar body of water. The depth can be deceiving and there could be dangerous rocks undergrowth or plants that could cause injury or drowning. Dont get burned Who doesnt love a good cook- out or campre As grilling and campre season pick up so too do the number of burns seen in Emergency Departments. Make sure your grill is well ventilated and located in a safe area away from the house and foot trafc. Use ameproof gloves and long cooking utensils to avoid burns. Keep children away from the grill. If you use propane be sure to completely close the tank valve when youre nished and regularly check the line for any leaks. Similarly campres should be well supervised and located in a re pit or other contained area. Keep a safe distance from the re and set a boundary line to keep children safe. Do not wear loose-tting or ammable clothing near the re. Never use gasoline lighter uid or other combustibles to start or fuel a campre. You may be surprised to learn that burns can occur after the re has been extinguished. Day-old campre coals can remain extremely hot be sure to extinguish campres completely by stirring water into the ash until it cools. Spark reworks safety Although a sight to see re- works pose a serious safety risk if not handled correctly. Dont strike the match until you know state and local policies on reworks and have read all label directions and warnings carefully. Keep children in sight and out of harms way. According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety more than 50 percent of sparkler-related injuries occur in children age 14 and under. Light only one rework or sparkler at a time and never relight a failed rework. Fire- works shouldnt be pointed or tossed at other people or used indoors. The person handling the reworks can help protect his or her vision by wearing eye protection. A source of water should always be kept nearby. Drench used reworks in water before placing in the trash. Safety through prevention Being proactive and practic- ing preventive safety measures like those mentioned above can help keep you and your family safe this summer. Just in case though its important to be pre- pared in case of an emergency. Know the fastest route to the closest emergency facility ahead of time and if the situation is life- threatening call 911 immediately. Paramedics can start treatment during transport if necessary. Remember if your gut instinct tells you to call 911 do so and dont hesitate. This information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered spe- cic medical advice. Most physicians at Akron General are independent practi- tioners THINK SAFETY FIRST THIS SUMMER www.akrongeneral.orger www.akrongeneral.org ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D2 Tuesday May 5 2015 Your Health Calendar BARIATRIC WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY INFO SESSION Led by Surgeon and Medical Director Walter Chlysta MD FACS these free sessions give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron Generals Bariatric Center. The risks benets and possible outcomes of surgery will also be discussed. Post-operative patients will share their stories as well. When May 19 Time 6 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center Boardroom 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Call us 330-344-2462 Online akrongeneral.orgobesity DINING WITH DIABETES Cooking series for those with diabetes or people who are at risk for diabetes. Includes cooking demonstrations taste testing and healthy meal planning all presented by certied diabetes educators and a professional chef. When May 13 and 20 Time 6 - 8 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center Frasche Classroom 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost 10 for both nights Call us 330-344-AGMC 2462 REMEMBERING OUR MOTHERS It is the moments we shared and the memories we hold that keep their legacy alive. Join us as we remember the moth- ers who have shaped our lives. Tea will be served. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. When May 8 Time 2 - 4 p.m. Where Hospice of Visiting Nurse Ser- vice 3358 Ridgewood Rd. Copley Cost Free Call us 330-668-4662 INTERFAITH SERVICE OF REMEMBERING Interfaith memorial service presented by Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service which remembers and honors the deceased members of our community. Call to receive an invitation. When May 17 Time 3 p.m. Where Bath United Church of Christ 3980 Bath Road Bath Cost Free Call us 330-668-1455 or 1-800-335- 1455 press 0 to talk to the operator CHALLENGE GOLF CLASSES Ideal for individuals who have expe- rienced a stroke amputation head trauma spinal cord injury orthopedic condition or other illness or injury who would like to resume playing golf or learning for the rst time. Classes run for 10 weeks two ve-week sessions. No class May 23. When Saturdays May 30 June 27 Time 9 - 10 a.m. Where Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Challenge Golf Course 1596 Flickinger Road Akron Cost 80 for each ve-week session Call us 330-784-5400 BABY CARE FOR BEGINNERS Expectant parents grandparents and oth- ers can practice feeding bathing diaper- ing swaddling and holding a baby. Also learn about safety home preparation and when to call the doctor. When May 14 or 26 Time 6-9 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost 35 per couple Call us 330-344-BABY 2229 Online akrongeneral.orgwelcomebaby INFANTCHILD CPR Every parent should know what to do in case of an emergency. This one-session basic class is video based and gives you the condence and security to act quickly and effectively. A certied instructor provides the lat- est education in this essential course. Learn and practice on mannequins. All students receive a participation card upon completion. When May 14 Time 6-830 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Cen- ter 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost 20 per person Call us 330-344-BABY 2229 Online akrongeneral.orgwel- comebaby AKRON GENERAL WELL- NESS FAIR IN FAIRLAWN Dont miss this fun healthy family affair Support a healthier lifestyle for you your family and community during our family health fair. This indooroutdoor event is sure to have something for everyone more than 35 information tables physi- cians various screenings demonstra- tions lectures and fun activities for kids Buy something to eat at a food truck tour the Akron General Health Wellness Express or just stroll the beautiful park with family and friends. When June 13 Time 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Where Fairlawn Kiwanis Com- munity Center Bicentennial Park When we think about cancer heart disease or diabetes we dont wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4we be- gin with prevention. When people are in the rst stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough high blood pressure or high blood sugar we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We dont ignore them. In fact we develop a plan of action to reverse and some- times stop the progression of the disease. So why arent we doing the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness When you or someone close to you starts to experience the early warning signs of mental illness knowing what the risk factors and symptoms are will help to catch them early. Often times family and friends are the rst to step in to support a person through these early stages. Experiencing symptoms such as loss of sleep feeling tired for no reason feel- ing low feeling anxious or hear- ing voices shouldnt be ignored or brushed aside in the hopes that they go away. Like other diseases we need to address these symptoms early identify the underlying disease and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental health conditions should be addressed long before they reach the most critical points in the disease processbefore Stage 4. Many people do not seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because they dont recognize the symptoms. Up to 84 of the time between the rst signs of mental illness and rst treatment is spent not recognizing the symptoms. Mental Health Americas screen- ing tools can help. Taken online at www.mhascreening.org a screening is an anonymous free and private way to learn about your mental health and see if you are showing warning signs of a mental illness. A screening only takes a few minutes and after you are nished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health. This May is Mental Health Month. Mental illnesses are not only common they are treatable. There is a wide variety of treat- ment options for mental illnesses ranging from talk therapy to medication to peer support and it may take some time for a person to nd the right treatment or com- bination of treatments that works best for them. But when they do the results can be truly amazing and life changing. AFFILIATE wants to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health and know the signs of mental illness B4Stage4. Its up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated and we can live up to our full potential. We know that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses. 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For people with asthma this time of year can be challenging as your asthma attacks can be triggered by allergies. So lets talk about the difference between al- lergies and asthma and what you can do to relieve your symptoms and enjoy the beauty of Ohio while its not covered in a blanket of white Allergies When pollen comes callin Allergies happen when your immune system overreacts to things like plant pollen grass mold pet dander dust mites or certain foods. These are often called allergy triggers. Allergy symptoms could include a runny nose watery eyes sneezing nasal congestion hives an itchy throat and possibly an asthma attack. Here are six tips to help you limit your allergy triggers and manage your allergy symptoms Know what the pollen level is in your area. You can find it on the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology web- site aaaai.org just click Pollen Counts in the upper right corner of the homepage. When pollen counts are high keep your windows closed and use air conditioning. TIP Pollen counts are usually at their peak in midmorning early evening and when the wind is blowing. When outside wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. Dont hang your clothes outside to dry. Pollen may stick to them and make your symptoms worse. Use mite-proof bedding and wash it frequently with hot water to reduce your exposure to dust mites. Wash your hands after pet- ting any animal and wash your clothes after visiting people with pets. Keep the humidity in your home low. This will limit your exposure to mold. Using a dehumidifier and cleaning damp areas such as your bathrooms kitchen and basement regularly can help. Avoiding allergy triggers is a great first step in relieving your symptoms but it may not be enough. And you might not be able to avoid some triggers. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help give relief. Talk to your doctor or health care provider to figure out what works best for you. Asthma Asthma is a lung disease that causes your airways to swell and become narrow. The most com- mon symptoms are Coughing especially at night during exercise or when laugh- ing Shortness of breath Chest tightness Wheezing a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when you breathe Similar to allergies asthma symptoms are also caused by triggers and many of them are the same. Asthma triggers are different for everyone but may include pollen mold dust rag- weed pet hair tobacco smoke chemical fumes strong odors or exercise. In addition to limiting your exposure to these triggers it is very important to regularly take the medicines that help prevent your asthma symptoms from flaring. Asthma can be managed with both long-term medicines and fast-relief or rescue medicines. Long-term medicines are taken daily and are long-acting to help prevent symptoms from occurring. Fast- relief or rescue medicines are quick acting and can open your airways quickly if your symp- toms flare. Talk to your health care provider to identify your trig- gers and develop an action plan that will help keep your asthma under control. Asthma and allergies can be manageable if youre prepared. Know your trig- gers and have an action plan so you can enjoy a safe and active summer By Dr. Robert Rzewnicki Chief Medical Officer Medical Mutual of Ohio April Showers Bring Allergies and Asthma Symptoms Robert Rzewnicki is chief medical officer for Medical Mutual of Ohio responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of the companys care management credential- ing quality improvement and medical policy functions. Dr. Rzewnicki originally joined Medical Mutual in 1987 as physician advisor. He was named to his current position in 1993. 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And few children object when the parents leave the room. A parents trust in the health care provider is telegraphed to the child by merely bringing the child to their usual office conversing with the health care provider and conveying the nonthreatening environment that the medical office should really be. Its an important step in teaching children health communication. Sara Guerrero-Duby Childrens Medical Group University Hospitals Fairlawn Health Center 3800 Embassy Parkway Suite 260 Fairlawn Ohio 44333 UHhospitals.orgFairlawn 330-664-8120 Sara Guerrero-Duby MD ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D4 Tuesday May 5 2015 Its just another part of growing old. - Is typically how most discus- sions surrounding hearing loss begin. And for the most part its true- hearing loss is a perfectly normal part of the aging process. However noise- induced hearing loss from excessive noise is still the primary cause of hearing loss in the United States. Ap- proximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 69 26 million Americans have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities. Once permanent hearing damage occurs it is just that permanent and it cannot be reversed. People tend to wait five to seven years between first experiencing symptoms and seeking help for their hearing loss. Hearing loss can be treated and managed through use of hearing aids cochlear implants and other assistive technologies under the care of an audiologist. Early detection and treatment is critical for both children and adults. In children untreated hearing problems can lead to academic difficulties and social isolation. In adults untreated hearing loss is associated with depression anxiety and other cognitive disorders. Researchers have also found a strong link between degree of hearing loss and risk of developing dementia. So are you at risk Every time youre exposed to sounds around 85 decibels dB you may be putting your hearing at risk. Most people know the usual suspects well A gunshot 140 dB an air raid siren 125 dB or a loud rock concert 120 dB can all cause hearing damage in less than seven minutes of exposure. However most do not realize they are experiencing these dangerous decibels every day some- times in the most innocuous places. For example a babys cry can reach 115 dB and risk hearing damage in 15 minutes. Someone sitting in the drivers seat of a snowmobile 110 dB can run the risk of hearing damage in a half hour. Even driving a lawnmower 90 dB or a motorcycle 95 dB can run the risk of permanent hearing damage in 4 8 hours. Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by a single exposure to an intense sound or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over time. The louder the sound the higher the decibels the shorter amount of time it takes. Education prevention and early de- tection is key to combatting the rise in noise-induced hearing loss. Because May is Better Hearing and Speech Month I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the sounds you encounter in your day-to-day. Do you experience any of the sounds above 85 dB below If so you may be putting your hearing at risk. The good news is unlike aging noise-induced hearing loss is the only type of hearing loss that is completely preventable. Now that you can better recognize dangerous decibels and the hazards of loud noise you can better protect your hearing. If you feel you are experiencing dangerous decibels in your everyday life there are a number of things you can do to reduce your exposure and risk of hearing loss. If your sound level at work home or in the car exceeds 85 dB reduce the noise level or wear hearing protection. Custom noise filters or solid earplugs can be easily worn to reduce your exposure to dangerous noise levels. Consult your audiologist for the best solution for your level of exposure and for activity-specific hearing protection. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot reduce the level of noise or wear proper hearing protection move away from the noise and source of the sound. It is also important to become a hearing role model for those around you. You should strive to model good hearing health habits for children and young adults. The World Health Organization recently stated that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices. However those younger than you are not the only ones who need a hearing health role model. Be aware of the signs of hearing loss in family friends and colleagues. Early prevention is key to reducing the risk of psychosocial disorders or dimin- ished relationships stemming from untreated hearing loss. If you think you or someone you know has hearing loss or want to learn more about hearing protection personalized for your level of noise exposure the next step is an easy one- see a local hearing healthcare professional. Empower yourself with the information needed to take charge of your hearing health. About the author Kelly Overcasher Au.D. Doctor of Audiology Owner of Ascent Audiology Hearing in North Canton and Hartville Dr. Overcasher an Ohio native became interested in hearing health while studying speech language pathology and audiology at The Uni- versity of Akron. She received her bachelors in speech language pathology and au- diology and a doctorate in audiology all from The University of Akron. Dr. Overcasher completed her internship at The VA Medical Center in Cincin- nati Ohio. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology AAA and the Ohio Academy of Audiology OAA She holds her clinical competency in Audiology through the American Speech and Hearing Association CCC-A Dr. Overcasher has extensive experi- ence with audiological evaluation hearing aid fitting aural rehabilitation hearing loss counseling and fitting custom hearing protection. She opened her own practice Ascent Audiology Hearing to better serve the hearing needs of the North Canton and Hartville communities. Are Dangerous Decibels Affecting Your Hearing www.ritzmanrx.com www.audiphoneakron.com WANTED10 people to try the latest hearing technologies MAY 2015 Not valid for current patients must be 60 years or older No obligation to purchase hearing evaluation three-week test drive and follow-up review must be completed limit one per household offer expires 5292015