ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. D1Tuesday June 2 2015 Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL. An Akron Beacon Journal Advertising Special Section Continues on page D2 Esther Rehmus MD is a hematologistoncologist at Akron Generals McDowell Cancer Institute. She specializes in treating a wide variety of cancers and blood disorders. In addition she serves as a clinical associate professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Esther Rehmus MD Your Health Calendar Continues on page D2 NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT 5 TIPS FOR SEASONAL ALLERGY RELIEF Article on pg. D2 CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CELEBRATION Join cancer survivors family members friends oncology professionals and volunteers for an evening of celebration support and education Free parking. WhenJune 10 Time 530-730 p.m. WhereAkron General Medical Center Conference Auditorium 1 Akron Gen- eral Ave. Akron Cost Free Callus330-344-1418 AKRON GENERAL WELL- NESS FAIR IN FAIRLAWN Dont miss this fun healthy family af- fair 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 physicians various screenings demonstrations 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 Time10 a.m. 2 p.m. Where Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center Bicentennial Park 3486 S. Smith Road CostFree FARMERS MARKET IS BACK The Akron General Farmers Market returns to the Health Wellness Center West. The vendors will sell fresh local farm produce owers herbs farm and baked goods. Support local growers while purchasing healthy foods for you and your family. Mark your calendars and see you there When Tuesdays June 16 - Sept. 22 Time3 - 6 p.m. Where Parking lot on the west side of Health Wellness Center West 4125 Medina Road Akron Callus330-665-8100 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 June nutrition topic will be Superfoods for a Better You and the tness topic will be Exercise on the Go. Bring a friend and enjoy a healthy snack Time 6 - 7 p.m. When June 2 North June 9 West June 28 Green Call us North 330-945-3100 West 330-665-8100 Green 330-896-5000 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 June 16 Time 6 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center Boardroom 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Call us 330-344-2462 Online akrongeneral.orgobesity Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States accounting for nearly half of all cancer diagnoses. Over the last 30 years the rates of skin cancer have continued to grow despite a better understanding of how to prevent it. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma commonly called non-melanoma skin cancers are the two most common types of skin cancer. They are gener- ally less aggressive and more easily treated and cured than the third most common type of skin cancer melanoma. Mela- noma is important to diagnose early because if caught early it usually has a high cure rate. Unfortunately if melanomas are diagnosed at a later stage they are often aggressive and cause most of the skin cancer deaths. Skin cancer risk factors Your skin cancer risk increas- es as you age. Fair-skinned people with blond or red hair and light-colored eyes have a higher risk for developing skin cancer. Other risk factors include Having a personal or family history of skin cancer Having a personal history of at least one severe blistering sunburn even as a child Extended exposure to UV radiation either sunlight or tanning beds Having many moles or large unusual moles Having many freckles Exposure to radiation Skin cancer prevention tips Since UV radiation is a lead- ing cause of skin cancer it is important to protect your skin especially during the summer months when we spend more time outside. Its estimated that about 80 percent of skin can- cers can be prevented. There are simple steps that you and your family can take When possible avoid being outside in direct sunlight be- tween the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the suns rays are strongest. Always apply a broad-spec- trum sunscreen with a SPF sun protection factor of 30 or higher about 20 minutes before going outside to allow it time to bond with your skin even on cloudy days. Broad spectrum sunscreen blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays. Reapply sunscreen after swimming perspiring or drying skin with a towel. Wear protective clothing a hat and sunglasses. Seek shade and take extra precautions when youre near reective surfaces including water and sand which intensify the suns rays. Say no to tanning beds which deliver the same damaging UV rays as the sun. In fact the World Health Organization of- cially declared tanning beds as carcinogenic cancer causing and further reported that people who use tanning beds before age 30 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma the deadli- est form of skin cancer by 75 percent. The WHO also found that people who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcino- ma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. By Esther Rehmus MD Akron General hematologist and oncologist PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SUMMER SUN AND SKIN CANCER As the weather warms and summer approaches most people begin spending more time outside in the sunshine. The suns rays although warm and inviting are also made up of ultraviolet UV radia- tion which can damage skin. These UV rays are a leading cause of skin cancer and are present even on cloudy days. akrongeneral.orgspotlight ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal Ohio.com INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D2 Tuesday June 2 2015 NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT 5 TIPS FOR SEASONAL ALLERGY RELIEF Your Health Calendar CARDIAC HEALTH HYPERTENSION HELP Kathy Wood RN BSN will present ways to control and prevent hypertension high blood pressure. Anyone who has been diagnosed with hypertension or has a family history of heart disease is welcome.A When June 25 Time 6-7 p.m. Where Lodi Community Hospital 225 Elyria St. Lodi Cost Free Call us 330-948-5502 BABY CARE FOR BEGINNERS Expectant parents grandparents and others can practice feeding bathing diapering swaddling and holding a baby. Also learn about safety home prepara- tion and when to call the doctor. When June 1 11 or 12 Time 6-9 p.m. WhereAkron General Medical Center 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost 35 per couple Call us 330-344-BABY 2229 Online akrongeneral.orgwelcomebaby BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS A unique workshop taught by veteran dads. When June 13 Time 9 a.m. noon Where Health Wellness Center - Green 1940 Town Park Boulevard Uniontown Cost 25 Call us 330-344-BABY 2229 Online akrongeneral.orgwelcomebaby TEEN GRIEF SUPPORT CAMP The camp will help teens ages 12-16 who are grieving the death of a loved one. In an environment of support and guid- ance trained bereavement professionals help teens process their grief through education creative therapies and peer support. When July 31 Time 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where Hospice of Visiting Nurse Ser- vice Justin T. Rogers Care Center 3358 Ridgewood Road Copley Cost Free Call us 330-668-4662 Perform a self-skin exam Most types of skin cancer can be cured if found and treated early which is why it is im- portant to perform a monthly self-skin exam. The best time to do a self-skin exam is after a shower or bath. You should check your skin in a well-light- ed room using a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror. Its best to begin by learning where your birthmarks moles and blemishes are and how they usually look and feel. 1. Examine your body front and back in the mirror then right and left sides with arms raised. 2. Bend elbows and look care- fully at forearms and upper underarms and palms. 3. Look at the back of the legs and feet spaces between toes and soles of the feet. 4. Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look. 5. Finally check back and but- tocks with hand mirror. The rst sign of melanoma the most serious type of skin cancer is often a change in the appearance of a mole or mark on the skin. Think of ABCDE when performing a self-exam Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half. Border irregularity. The edg- es are often ragged notched blurred or irregular in outline. The pigment may spread to surrounding skin. Color is uneven. Shades of black brown and tan may be present. Areas of white grey red pink or blue also may be seen. Diameter. The mole is big- ger than 6 millimeters about the size of a pencil eraser although some skin cancers can be smaller. Evolving. The moles shape or edges have changed. The mole itches bleeds oozes or is tender to the touch. The mole has grown or become more raised. Talk to your doctor Be sure to practice sun safety this summer including performing a monthly self-skin exam. If you or a loved one notices any changes to your skin talk to your doctor im- mediately. This information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered specic medical advice. Physician is a member of Akron General Partners Physician Group Continues from page D1 BPT - Spring is upon us and if you have seasonal allergies you may be less excited about that than most. After all what fun is nally freeing your face from that scarf if youre just going to bury it in a tissue Its no fun at all but allergies dont have to make you miserable. The key to surviving spring aller- gies is knowing what triggers your symptoms said allergist James Sublett MD president of the Ameri- can College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology ACAAI. Because there can be millions of pollen particles in the air nding allergy relief can seem nearly impossible for some. But by knowing what triggers your allergy symptoms and how to avoid these allergens you can be on your way to a sneeze-free season. Here are tips from ACAAI to help you nd relief and enjoy spring. The feel of cotton. For allergy suffers not all cloth- ing materials are created equal. Research shows that when synthetic fabrics rub against one another they create an electrical charge that at- tracts pollen which as it turns out is also electrically charged. Natural bers such as cotton also breathe better so they stay drier and less hospitable to moisture-loving mold. Adjust your workout routine. After months indoors you cant wait to exercise outside. However exercising causes you to breathe more deeply and inhale the pollen that affects your allergy symptoms. If youre planning a vigorous workout try to stay indoors and if youre plan- ning on taking a casual walk take a nondrowsy antihistamine before you go. Exercise outdoors when pollen counts are at their lowest - before dawn and in the late afternoon or early evening. Garden smart. Think your spring allergies are going to force you to quit gardening Think again. Taking an antihistamine about half an hour before you head outside will help. You should also wear gloves and a NIOSH-rated 95 lter mask if your tasks including digging in the dirt which can stir up pollen. Avoid touching your eyes and be sure to wash your hands hair and clothing once you go back indoors. Take something a little stronger. Over the counter intranasal steroids nasal sprays as well as non-drowsy antihistamines and decongestants can be benecial for those suffering from mild allergies. However people suffering from more severe allergies will benet from see- ing an allergist. An allergist will help you develop an action plan with ways to avoid allergy triggers and deter- mine what treatment is best for your individual needs says Dr. Sublett. Many severe allergy sufferers nd re- lief in immunotherapy - allergy shots that help the body build resistance to the effects of the allergen. While there is no cure for the more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies immunotherapy is known to modify and prevent disease progres- sion. Eliminate uninvited guests. You can make your spring aller- gies more bearable by limiting your exposure to indoor allergens. Vacuum your furniture leave your shoes by the door shower frequently cover your oors with washable throw rugs and use a dehumidier to limit your mold exposure. All of these steps will help and look for a good air purier with a HEPA lter. Spring allergies are a fact of life but you dont have to let them dictate yours. Employ the tips above and youll be able to enjoy the warmer weather without constantly reaching for a tissue. 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According to the Ohio Department of Health deaths from drug overdoses increased 366 percent in Ohio be- tween 2000 and 2012. With these statistics it is not surprising that opioid abuse is now considered an epidemic. Drug overdoses also come with a high financial burden. In 2012 the total cost of medical care and lost work time due to drug overdoses in Ohio averaged 5.4 million each day. Whatareopioids Opioids often used to treat short-term pain caused by an injury or surgery are strong pre- scription medications that block pain signals to the brain. Opioids can also be used to help manage long-term or chronic pain caused by cancer or back or nerve pain. The problem with opioids oc- curs when your body gets used to having the drug and requires more and more of it. Two of the most commonly abused opioids are Oxycodone OxyContin Per- codan Percocet Hydrocodone Vicodin Lortab Lorcet Other common opioids include Morphine MS Contin Codeine Fentanyl Hydromorphone Dilaudid Methadone Diphenoxylate Lomotil Aside from providing pain relief opioids can also cause sleepiness confusion nausea feeling sick to the stomach and breathing problems. Taking just one large dose could cause serious breathing problems that could lead to death. HowisOhiohandlingthe opioidproblem Ohios healthcare providers health insurers and state and local government officials are work- ing together to track and regulate opioid use Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System OARRS. A healthcare provider treating you can access this drug database that records all your prescriptions filled for opioid containing medications and may also alert prescribers to signs of possible abuse. By Dr. Robert Rzewnicki Chief Medical Officer Medical Mutual of Ohio Opioids In The Midst of an Epidemic Robert Rzewnicki is chief medical officer for Medical Mutual of Ohio responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of the com- panys care management credentialing 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. In addition to his post at Medi- cal Mutual he is an actively practicing rheumatologist and served as director Continuing Medical Education for St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for 25 years. Dr. Robert Rzewnicki Public education. Governor Kasich and his wife launched Start Talking an initiative to help prevent drug abuse among Ohio children. Most teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family and friends. 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Sleep surfaces are related to sleep discomfort and it is indeed possible to reduce pain and discomfort and to increase sleep quality concluded Dr. Bert H. Jacobson Ph.D. of Oklahoma State Universitys Department of Health and Human Performance after his research into sleep positions and mattress support in relationship to sleep quality and the bodys ability to recuperate by maintaining the natural alignment of our spines. Arya Nick Shamie M.D. associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neu- rosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center says mattresses need to support your body in a neutral position one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks heels shoulders and head are supported in proper alignment. Take that one step further and add the ability to customize mobility and sup- port that an adjustable bed provides to specific areas of your body such as your neck head lower back legs knees feet or ankles. Depending on your specific health concern you can choose an adjustable base and mattress at Levins designed for maximum comfort and individual adjustability. Boasting 1000s of positions to help you find the most comfortable and supportive position for you Grand Legacy Adjust- able beds produced by Cleveland area manufacturer Mantua magnify sleep and health benefits with therapeutic dual body massage that relieves tension stress and muscle aches and improves circulation. While no bed or mattress can claim to heal or treat ailments they can signifi- cantly improve or minimalize symptoms related to many common health problems we experience in our daily lives. Research has shown that the sleep positions you can customize for yourself with an adjustable bed will greatly impact specific health is- sues. Back pain Inclining your upper torso to 45 de- grees provides relief for your lower back. You can relieve even more pressure from your back by lifting your legs and bending your knees. This is the position in which you most frequently see adjustable beds. Headaches The culprit may be sleeping on your side. An adjustable bed elevates your upper body enough to improve the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain. When we sleep on our sides we are hindering our breathing which can result in tension that triggers your morning headache and other minor aches and pains. Acid reflux heartburn and GERD By elevating your upper body six to eight inches you will help your stomach to properly contain acid needed for digestion. When you lie flat liquid is easily trans- ferred to your esophagus and causes that intense discomfort. Asthma When an asthma sufferer sleeps on a horizontal surface his or her air tubs are more restricted than if sleeping with an elevated upper body. If your breathing is restricted your body has difficulty getting enough oxygen to circulate to your vital organs. The FDA has said that adjustable beds aid in the treatment of a number of medical afflictions and illnesses including asthma. Arthritis People with arthritis often awaken stiff and sore. Sleeping on an adjustable bed al- lows them to find a position that provides better support to their specific area of pain and inflammation. By minimizing joint compression in those areas they can decrease their discomfort and wake up less stiff and sore. Edema and fluid retention For those suffering from the pain and discomfort associated edema you are encouraged to sleep with your legs elevated to help prevent fluid build-up. Sometimes pulmonary edema patients will be directed to sleep with their head and chest elevated in addition to their legs. This position encourages fluid to travel freely through the body. Sciatica and spinal problems Adjustable beds are able to improve Sciatica Spondylolisthesis Spinal Stenosis and other spinal issues by facilitating proper spinal alignment breathing pres- sure points and blood flow. Restless Leg Syndrome RLS If youve been diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome you may find that the abil- ity to elevate and fully support your legs with an adjustable bed will help you mini- mize discomfort and pain. RLS sufferers have reported better sleep in an adjustable bed. Insomnia Due to the many positions that can be enjoyed with an adjustable bed people suffering from insomnia can find a com- fortable arrangement that improves blood circulation and boosts oxygen levels to help them fall and stay asleep. Heart and lungbreathing disorders When your heart or lungs are inhib- ited by any variety of issues your body has to work harder to circulate blood. By positioning yourself in a way that facili- tates full expansion of the lungs and rib cage you are helping your heart deliver oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body especially your vital organs. Along those same lines symptoms from allergies and colds such as congestion can make sleeping difficult. Elevating your upper body with an adjustable bed helps keep your sinuses throat and lungs clear. You can enhance those effects by properly supporting your head and neck with a memory foam or cervical pillow. Additional benefits Stacking pillows against your head- board in order to read work on a laptop tablet or watch TV doesnt give your body the support it needs to stay in that position for very long. Before you know it the pil- lows have shifted and you are in an awk- ward position. Your neck back shoulders and lower back are probably feeling the effects. These beds have been recommended for a wide variety of ailments. 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Safety feature Gravity release lowers bed if power is lost. Battery back up. Steel legs with locking rolling casters. UL and ETL certified and approved. Headboard brackets Use new or existing headboardfootboard. Safety Light Subtle LED light under bed.