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AnAkronBeaconJournalAdvertisingSpecialSectionContinuesonpageD2MelissaKirvenMDisaboardcertiedobstetrician-gynecologistatAkronGeneralObstetricsGynecology.Shespecializesinprovidingcompassionateandcomprehen-sivewomenscare.InadditionsheservesasaClinicalAssociateProfessorofObstetricsandGynecologyatNortheastOhioMedicalUniversity.MelissaKirvenMDYourHealthCalendarAhealthypregnancyIfyouareplanningtobecomepregnantitisimportanttobeginthinkingaboutyourhealthbeforeyouconceive.Studieshaveshownthatawomanshealthpriortopregnancycaninuencebothherabilitytoconceiveandherabilitytocarryababyhealthilytoherduedate.The6-12monthspriortoconceptionareanidealtimetoscheduleapre-pregnancyorpre-conceptioncounselingap-pointmentwithyourobstetrician-gynecologist.Onceyoundoutyourepreg-nantitsimportanttoscheduleanappointmentwithyourObGyn.Yourprenatalcareshouldbeginearlyinyourpregnancyusuallyaroundeightweeksorearlierandcontinueregularlyuntilyoudeliver.Youwillhaveamonthlyprenatalvisituntiltheendofyoursecondtrimester28weeksofpregnancy.Thereafteryouwillbeginmorefrequentprenatalvis-itssothatwecancloselymonitoryourhealthandyourbabyshealthasdeliveryapproaches.Forwomenwhohavedifcultyconceivingthereareawidevari-etyoftestsandtreatmentoptionsthatcanhelpidentifypotentialcausesandpossiblyincreasethelikelihoodofconceiving.Itsimportanttotalktoyourdoctoraboutanyconcernspersonalorfamilyhistoryandcurrentsymp-tomsthatmayimpactyourabilitytoconceive.HealthyagingforwomenAswomenagethereareseveralcommonhealthissuesthatyourprovidercanhelpyoumanageincludingmenopauseandosteoporosis.Menopauseisanormalnaturaleventthatmarkstheendofawomansreproductiveyears.IntheUnitedStatestheaverageageofnaturalmenopauseis51yearsofage.Thetimeperiodleadinguptomenopausewhichiscalledperimenopausebeginsinmostwomenwhiletheyareintheir40s.Duringthistimetheovariesgraduallydecreasetheirproductionofestrogenandprogesterone.Itisthedecreaseofthesehormonesthatcausesthesymptomsofperimenopauseandmenopausetooccurwhichcanvaryinseveritybetweenwomen.Yourprovidercanhelpidentifymedicationsortreatmentsthatcanhelpyoumanagethesesymptoms.Osteoporosisorporousboneisadiseaseinwhichthereisalossofbonemassanddestructionofbonetissue.Thisprocesscausesweakeningofthebonesandmakesthemmorelikelytobreak.Womenarefourtimesmorelikelytodeveloposteoporosisthanmenasestrogendeciencyisoneofthemaincausesofbonelossinwomenduringandaftermeno-pause.Yourprovidercanhelpyoumonitoryourbonehealth.Heorshemayrecommendabonedensitytestwhichisaquickpainlessoutpatientscreeningthatwilldetermineyourriskfordevelopingosteoporosis.Thistestcanbeusedonanongoingbasistodeterminefuturebonehealth.Yourprovidercanhelpidentifyatreatmentplantohelpmanageosteoporosisthatcouldincludehealthylifestylehabitsandpos-siblymedicationsorsupplements.ContinuesonpageD2APRILISOCCUPATIONALTHERAPYMONTHArticleonpg.D4Mostwomenspendalotoftheirtimetakingcareofotherschildrenspousesagingparentseventhefamilypet.Unfortunatelywomensome-timesspendsomuchtimeworryingabouteveryoneelsethattheyputtheirownneedsonholdincludingtheirhealth.Inordertotakecareofothersitsimportanttotakecareofyourself.Well-womanvisitThewell-womanvisitisanessentialpartofawomanspreventivehealthmaintenance.Thisvisitprovidesanopportunityforproviderstodiscussyouroverallhealthandwellness.Atthetimeofawell-womanvisityourproviderwillCompleteacomprehensivehealthhistoryincludingpersonalmedicalhistorysurgicalhistorygynecologichistoryandfamilyhistoryReviewcurrentsymptomscomplaintsandquestionsObtainvitalsignsandcalculatebodymassindexBMICompleteaphysicalexaminationincludingclinicalbreastexaminationandpelvicexaminationwhenageappropriateoraccordingtoriskfactorsMakerecommendationsforage-appropriatescreeningsandimmunizationsProvidehealthcounselingandeducationregardinghealthylifestylechoicesUndertheAffordableHealthcareActapreventivewomenshealthcarevisitiscoveredeachcalendaryear.WOMENSHEALTH101WHATYOUNEEDTOKNOWTOSTAYHEALTHYANDWELLByMelissaKirvenMDAkronGeneralobstetrician-gynecologistADVANCEDIRECTIVESWORKSHOPLIVINGWILLSANDMOREAmedicalcrisiscanhappenatanytimeatanyage.Ifyoubecameseri-ouslyillorwereinanaccidentandunabletomakeyourownmedicaldecisionswouldyourfamilyknowwhattodoAkronGeneralHospiceofVisitingNurseServiceisofferingafreeadvancedirectivesworkshop.WhenApril9Time530-630p.m.WhereHealthWellnessCenterWest4125MedinaRoadAkronCostFreeCall330-668-4683NUFITNUTRITIONFITNESSEDUCATIONFORANEWYOUThisfreemonthlyprogrampro-videsinformationaboutthelatesttopicsinnutritionandtness.NuFitisheldatAkronGeneralHealthWellnessCentersinMontroseWestStowNorthandGreen.TheAprilnutritiontopicwillbeConqueringtheFoodLabelandthetnesstopicwillbeTargetingTroubleAreas.BringafriendandenjoyahealthysnackTime6-7p.m.WhenApril7NorthApril14WestApril28GreenCallusNorth330-945-3100West330-665-8100Green330-896-5000AARPSMARTDRIVERCOURSEDriversages55andoldercanlearnhowtoavoiddrivinghazardsdealwithaggressivedriversandmore.Notestingisinvolved.Participantsmayqualifyforadiscountonautoinsurance.WhenApril16TimeNoon4p.m.WhereHealthWellnessCenterWest4125MedinaRoadAkronCost15forAARPmembers20fornon-mem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BARIATRICWEIGHT-LOSSSURGERYINFOSESSIONLedbySurgeonandMedicalDirec-torWalterChlystaMDFACSthesefreesessionsgiveanoverviewofthedifferenttypesofweight-losssurger-iesofferedandthesupportprovidedbyAkronGeneralsBariatricCenter.Therisksbenetsandpossibleoutcomesofsurgerywillalsobediscussed.Post-operativepatientswillsharetheirstoriesaswell.WhenApril21Time6p.m.WhereAkronGeneralMedicalCenterBoardroom1AkronGeneralAve.AkronCallus330-344-2462Onlineakrongeneral.orgobesityMENFACINGGRIEFMensometimesnditdifculttorecognizeanddealwithgriefandmayevenhaveahardtimeacknowl-edgingtheirneedforsupport.Thisgroupformenonlyseekstoprovideideasforhelpingmenhealfromaloss.WhenApril132027Time5-730p.m.WhereHospiceofVisitingNurseServiceJustinT.RogersCareCenter3358RidgewoodRoadCopleyCostFreeCallus330-668-4662THEARTOFJOURNALINGAROADTOHEALINGJournalwritinghelpsreectuponthemeaningandsignicanceofeventsinyourlife.Discoverhowjournalwrit-ingcanbearoadtohealing.WhenApril132027Time2-330p.m.WhereHospiceofVisitingNurseServiceJustinT.RogersCareCenter3358RidgewoodRoadCopleyCostFreeCallus330-668-4662YourHealthCalendarContinuedfrompageD1BEFOREBABYFAIRTourtheNewLifeCentervisitvariousinformationboothsenterarafeforgiftsandenjoyrefreshmentsandfreeparkingatthisFREEmaternityhealthfair.Informationalseminarsbeginat115p.m.inthesurgicalwaitingarea.WhenMay3Time1-3p.m.WhereAkronGeneralMedicalCenter1AkronGeneralAve.AkronCostFreeCallus330-344-BABY2229Onlineakrongeneral.orgwelcomebabyFREESKINCANCERSCREENINGAkronGeneralsMcDowellCancerIn-stituteiscommittedtotheearlydetec-tionandtreatmentofcancer.Throughscreeningswebelievethisisthebestwaytondcancerearlyandprovidecareasquicklyaspossible.RegisterforafreeskincancerscreeningheldinconjunctionwiththeAmericanAcad-emyofDermatologyandtheClevelandDermatologicalSociety.WhenMay9Time8a.m.to1p.m.WhereAkronGeneralsAmbulatoryCareCenter1AkronGeneralAve.Akron.CostFreeCall330-344-2462BREASTCANCERSCREENINGFreeclinicalbreastexamforuninsuredandunderinsuredwomen.Ifascreen-ingmammogramisneededwomenwillhavetheopportunitytohaveasame-daymammogramorscheduleanyneededfollow-uptests.Womenwillalsoreceiveinformationonbreastself-examsandafreewellnessjournaltotracktheirpreventivescreenings.Ap-pointmentrecommended.Freeparking.WhenMay30Time830a.m.-noonWhereAkronGeneralAmbulatoryCareCenterBreastHealthCenter1stoor1AkronGeneralAve.AkronCostFreeCallus330-344-AGMC2462WOMENSHEALTH101WHATYOUNEEDTOKNOWTOSTAYHEALTHYANDWELLImportantwomenscancerscreeningsThereareseveralcancerscreeningsthatareimportantandhaveproventobeeffec-tiveintheghtagainstcancer.Belowisalistofrecommendedscreenings.Theseareconsideredthebaselinerecommendationsbasedonyourpersonalriskfactorsandfamilyhistoryyourprovidermayrecommendmorefrequentorearlierscreening.BreastCancerWomenbetweentheagesof20and39shouldhaveaclinicalbreastexambyahealthcareprofessionalevery1-3years.Womenwhoareage40orovershouldahaveayearlyclinicalbreastexambyahealthcareprofessionalaswellasayearlymammo-gram.CervicalCancerHaveapelvicexamandPaptestbeginningatage21.Talkwithyourhealthcareproviderabouthisorherrecom-mendationsforfurthertestingandscreeningforthehumanpapillomavirusorHPV.ColorectalCancerScreeningsshouldbeginatage50orearlierifthereisapersonalorfamilyhistoryofcolorectalpolypsorafamilyhistoryofcolorectalcancer.Womenshouldhaveacolonoscopyevery10yearsormoreofteniftheyhaveanelevatedrisk.TalktoyourdoctortodayTaketimetotakecareofyourself.Startbyschedulingawell-womanvisitwithyourprovidertoday.Routinecheckupsandscreeningsarecriticalfordetectinghiddenproblemsearlyandlivingalonghealthylife.Thisinformationismeantforeducationalpur-posesonlyandshouldnotbeconsideredspecicmedicaladvice.PhysicianisamemberofAkronGeneralPart-nersPhysicianGroupHealthcareQA3122104JoinourHealthcareQABefeaturedinamedicaleldspecicadvertisingspacetoberecognizedasanexpertinyoureldFormoreinformationcontactAkronBeaconJournalAdvertisingat330-996-3410.AInternalMedIcIneRaymondP.BermeaMDFairlawnInternalMedicineUniversityHospitalsFairlawnHealthCenter3800EmbassyParkwaySuite240FairlawnOH44333UHhospitals.orgFairlawn330-666-9002RaymondP.BermeaMDQWhataretherisksofprescriptionsleepingpillsPrescriptionsleepingpillsmayseemliketheobvioussolutiontoinsomniabuttheycanbeveryrisky.Sleepingpillsaremeanttobetakenaewtimesaweekoruptoaewmonthstoaddresssleeptroublerelatedtoaspecifclieeventorstressor.Takingthesemedicationsorlongperiodscanmakethemdifculttogeto.Somecancauselie-threateningconsequencesitheyarewithdrawntooquickly.Talktoyourdoctoraboutsettingupascheduletograduallyreduceyourdosagetodecreasetheriskounpleasantsideeects.Develophealthysleephabitsbygettingseventoeighthoursosleepandwakingatafxedtimeeachmorning.Reduceambientlightandturnothetelevisioninyourbedroom.Exerciseatleasttwentyminutesadayourtofvehourspriortobedtime.Avoiddaytimenapsespeciallylateintheday.ACHIROPRACTICDr.GregoryC.LucasB.S.D.C.TallmadgeChiropractic168EastAve.Rt.18LowerLevelTallmadgeOH44278330-633-1909www.dc1st.comDr.GregoryC.LucasB.S.D.C.QYourneckbonesarecalledcervicalvertebrae.Youhave7smallvertebraeC-1toC-7fromthetoptobottom.Allver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Dreadfearangerhopeless-ness.Thesearejustafewfeel-ingsthatcometomindwhenyouhearthewordcancer.Cancerhasnofriends.Itisabullythatwillpickonanyoneofanyagegenderorrace.InfactoneofeveryfourdeathsintheUnitedStatesisfromcancer.Thisissecondonlytoheartdisease.Despitethosestatisticsitisimportanttoknowthatmanyadvanceshavebeenmadeincancerresearchandtreat-ment.Theratesforhowoftencanceroccursandhowmanydeathsitcausescontinuetodrop.Andhowlongpeoplesurviveaftercancerhasincreasedforallcancerscombined.DuringNationalCancerCon-trolMonththisAprilweneedtocontinuesupportingpeoplewhoareghtingthisdiseaserememberthosewehavelostcelebratewiththeoneswhohaveovercomecancerandcommityourselftotakingatleastonestepinpreventingcancer.CancerpreventionManycancercasescanbeprevented.Unfortunatelypeopleoftenwaituntilitstoolate.Theywaituntiltheyhaveahealthproblembeforemak-ingchangestotheirlifestylethatcouldhavestoppedtheillnessfromhappening.TheWorldCancerResearchFundhasestimatedthatuptoone-thirdofthecancercasesintheUnitedStatesarerelatedtonotgettingenoughexercisebeingoverweightorobeseandoreatingpoorly.HerearesomethingsyoucandotoloweryourriskofgettingcancerStopsmoking.AccordingtotheAmericanCancerSocietysmokingwillcausealmost171000oftheesti-mated589430cancerdeathsintheUnitedStatesin2015.Avoiddrinkingtoomuchalcohol.Menshouldhavenomorethantwodrinksperday.Womenshouldhavenomorethanonedrinkperday.Drinkingmorethantherecommendedamountsofalcoholcouldincreaseyourriskofseveraltypesofcancer.Eatahealthydiet.Includefruitsvegetablesandwholegrains.Exerciseregularly.Trytogetatleast30minutesofactivityeachday.AccordingtotheNationalCancerInstitutethereisstrongevidencethatphysicalactivityisassoci-atedwithloweringyourriskofcancersofthecolonandbreast.Limitsunexposureandavoidindoortanning.Morethanthreemillionskincancercasesarediagnosedeachyear.Manycouldbepreventedbyprotectingyourskin.Protectyourselffromvirusesthatarelinkedtocancer.Theseincludehumanpapil-lomavirusHPVhepatitisBvirusHBVhepatitisCvirusHCVhumanimmunode-ciencyvirusHIVandHe-licobacterpyloriH.pylori.Protectyourselfbygettingvaccinatedandchangingbehaviorswhereyoucouldbeexposedtothesevirusessuchaspracticingsafesex.CancerScreeningAlongwithpreventiontak-ingadvantageofappropriatecancerscreeningsisanothergooddefenseagainstcancer.Regularscreeningswithyourdoctororhealthcareprovidercanhelpyoudetectcancerearlybeforeyouhaveanysymptoms.Thisisoftenwhencanceriseasiesttotreatandhasbetteroutcomes.UndertheAffordableCareActallMarketplaceExchangeplansandmanyotherinsuranceplansmustcoverthesecancerscreeningsColorectalcancerforadultsoverage50Breastcancermammogramevery1-2yearsforwomenoverage40CervicalcancerforsexuallyactivewomenDontletcancerwin.Talkwithyourdoctororhealthcareprovidertolearnwhatpreven-tiveactionsandscreeningtestsarerightforyou.ByDr.RobertRzewnickiChiefMedicalOfcerMedicalMutualofOhioAPRILISNATIONALCANCERCONTROLMONTHRobertRzewnickiischiefmedicalofcerforMedicalMutualofOhioresponsibleforoverseeingallclinicalaspectsofthecompanyscaremanagementcredentialingqualityimprovementandmedicalpolicyfunctions.Dr.RzewnickioriginallyjoinedMedicalMutualin1987asphysicianadvisor.Hewasnamedtohiscurrentpositionin1993.InadditiontohispostatMedicalMutualheisanactivelypracticingrheumatologistandservedasdirectorContinuingMedicalEducationforSt.VincentCharityMedicalCenterfor25years.Dr.RobertRzewnickiwww.swmedgroup.comLift-chairsstartingatonly609www.pacemedicalsupply.com3573CopleyRd.CopleyCircle330-665-1085TollFree866-831-5288OpenMonday-Friday9am-5pmScootersstartingatonly899WeserviceeverythingwesellOhiosPremierLiftChairScooterDealerPACEMEDICALWespecializeincustompetiteextratallandbariatriclift-chairsupto700-lb.capacityinstockTravelandHeavydutyscootersinstock.3113876Miracle-EarCenterNortonGreenridgePlaza3725Cleve-Mass.RoadNortonOH44203330706-0446miracle-ear-norton.comMiracle-EarCenterKent-Ravenna2637StateRt.59RavennaOH44266330297-7666miracle-ear-ravenna.comMiracle-EarCenterCanton4351DresslerRd.NWCantonOH44718330305-1859miracle-ear-cantonoh.comMiracle-EarCenterTallmadge161NorthwestAveSuite101TallmadgeOH44278330633-4890miracle-ear-akronoh.comMiracle-EarCenterFairlawn2950W.MarketStreetSuiteLFairlawnOH44333330855-1660miracle-ear-fairlawn.comDr.GregoryC.LucasD.C.AkronLaserCenterTallmadgeChiropractic168EastAvenueTallmadgeOH44278330-633-1909dc1st.comAUDIOLOGYHEALTHCAREDIRECTORYRaymondP.BermeaMDFairlawnInternalMedicineUniversityHospitalsFairlawnHealthCenter3800EmbassyParkwaySuite240FairlawnOH44333330.665.9800UHhospitals.orgFairlawnLoriDAvelloMDChildrensMedicalGroupUniversityHospitalsFairlawnHealthCenter3800EmbassyParkwaySuite260FairlawnOH44333330.664.8120UHhospitals.orgFairlawnAcmeFreshMarketWestAkron1835W.MarketSt.330-867-2740acmestores.compharmacyAcmeFreshMarketEllet2420WedgewoodDr.330-733-9995acmestores.compharmacyAcmeFreshMarketPortageLakes3235ManchesterRd.330-644-0350acmestores.compharmacyAcmeFreshMarketAkron2147EastAve.330-753-5021acmestores.compharmacyAcmeFreshMarketCanton2905WhippleAve.N.W.330-478-1821acmestores.compharmacyAcmeFreshMarketCuyahogaFalls2226Sta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Whatparentdoesntdreadfamilyvisitstothephysicianforimmuniza-tionsManyparentsndthemselvessheddingatearalongwiththeirinfantsandtoddlersonshotdays.Butthepainistemporaryandthatshortpinchofpainpalesincomparisontowhatimmunizationsprotectourchildrenfrom.AprilisNationalToddlerIm-munizationMonthwithNationalInfantImmuni-zationWeeklandingonApril18throughtheApril25.Becauseofthiswehaveprovidedsomein-formationcourtesyoftheCentersforDiseaseCon-trolonhowvaccinationsworkaswellasatypicalvaccinationscheduleforyourchild.APRILISNATIONALTODDLERIMMUNIZATIONMONTHBETHESDAMDMarch272015Dur-ingthemonthofApriltheAmericanOccupationalTherapyAssociationAOTAcelebratesOccu-pationalTherapyMonthandthemorethan185000occupationaltherapistsoccupationaltherapyassistantsandstudentswhoworknationwidetocreatefullerlivesforclientsandtheirfamilies.Occupationaltherapyistheonlyprofessionthathelpspeopleacrossthelifespantodothethingstheywantandneedtodothroughthetherapeuticuseofdailyactivitiesoc-cupations.Occupationaltherapypractitionersenablepeopleofallagestolivelifetoitsfullestbyhelpingthempromotehealthandpreventorlivebetterwithinjuryillnessordisability.Thesearejustsomeoftheinterventionsandser-vicesthatoccupationaltherapypractitionerscanprovideHelpingchildrenwithmentaldisabilitiessuchasautismspectrumdisorderandphysicaldisabilitiessuchasce-rebralpalsytopartici-patefullyinschoolandsocialsituationsKeepingolderdriverssafeandindependentintheirvehiclesbyprovid-ingin-carassessmentsrecommendationsforadaptiveequipmentandappropriateself-restrictionsOfferingaclientwhoisrecoveringfromastrokewaystoresumeindependenceinbath-ingdressingandcook-ingamealHelpingpeoplerecover-ingfrominjurytoregainskillsnecessarytoreturntoworkProvidingsupportforolderadultsexperienc-ingphysicalandcogni-tivechangesEvaluatinganolderadultshometopromotesafetyandpreventfallsHelpingWoundedWar-riorsovercomephysicalinjuriessuchaslimblossandmentalchal-lengessuchasTBIandPTSDandreintegrateintothecommunityOccupationaltherapypractitionershaveaholis-ticperspectiveinwhichthefocusisonadaptingtheenvironmenttotthepersonandthepersonisanintegralpartofthetherapyteam.Itisanevidence-basedpracticedeeplyrootedinscience.PracticeareasareChil-drenandYouthMentalHealthDisabilityandRehabilitationHealthyLivingAgingandWork.Tolearnmoreabouttheprofessionofoccupa-tionaltherapyvisitwww.aota.orgndusonFace-bookorfollowOTMonthandAOTAInconTwit-ter.Foundedin1917theAmericanOccupationalTherapyAssociationAOTArepresentstheprofessionalinterestsandconcernsofmorethan185000occupationaltherapistsassistantsandstudentsnationwide.TheAssociationeducatesthepublicandadvancestheprofessionofoccupa-tionaltherapybyprovid-ingresourcessettingprofessionalandedu-cationalstandardsandservingasanadvocatetoimprovehealthcare.BasedinBethesdaMd.AOTAsmajorprogramsandactivitiesaredi-rectedtowardpromotingtheprofessionaldevel-opmentofitsmembersandassuringconsumeraccesstoqualityservicessopatientscanmaximizetheirindividualpotential.Formoreinformationgotowww.aota.org.-Seemoreathttpwww.aota.orgPublications-NewsForTheMediaAPRILISOCCUPATIONALTHERAPYMONTHwww.acmestores.comKnudsonJewelersTriCountyPlaza1500CantonRd.Akron44312330-784-7431EverySecondCountsInAMedicalEmergency...MedicAwareJewelryIsThereToHelp.WecarryseveraltypesofmedicawarebraceletsnecklacesandIDTagsforMenandWomen.Wealsoprovidecustomengravingservicesfortheseandotherjewelry.Thereislimitedtimeduringamedicalemergencydontleaveanythingtoguesswork.