March 2015 Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the March issue of Healthy Living News. Pictured on this month’s cover is UTMC’s Parkinson’s Disease Interdisciplinary Clinic (PDIC) team, a diverse group of healthcare practitioners and volunteers who provide comprehensive care to Parkinson’s patients in one convenient location at the UTMC Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center. See the story on page 4 for more information on this dedicated team as well as details on the upcoming 18th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium to be held April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Parkway Place in Maumee. Themed “The Parkinson’s Show Starring Dr. Larry Elmer,” this year’s symposium promises to entertain and enlighten those whose lives have been touched by this progressive neurological disease.

Also in this issue, Toledo Clinic sleep medicine and pulmonary specialist Dr. Naeem Lughmani shares expert insights on the relationship between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (p. 12); Joy Riedl of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices discusses the innovative “small house” concept of skilled nursing care (p. 40); Mary Cheney of ProMedica Wound Care talks about the various treatment options for tough-to-heal chronic wounds (p. 22); Deb Ross of Mercy Cancer Center emphasizes the vital importance of colorectal cancer screening (p. 10); and Super Fitness owner Ron Hemelgarn explains the remarkable longevity of his club, which celebrates its 43rd anniversary this month (p. 8).

On a more somber note, last month we mourned the loss of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. His love, vision, and pride in our hometown will long be remembered. Whether he was a direct descendent of Irish patriot Michael Collins or not, we always greatly admired his devotion and interest in his Irish heritage.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. In fact, this month’s Spiritually Speaking by Sister Mary Thill (p. 6) is dedicated to Mayor Collins’ memory.

Hopefully, as you read this letter, we’ve had a break in the winter weather so area residents can get back to enjoying outdoor activities. If you need a little inspiration in this regard, next month’s issue will be jam-packed with information on upcoming triathlons, duathlons, and run/walks events plus our 19th annual Summer Camp Guide.

Until then, stay safe, active, and healthy!

Laurels is on leading edge of patient care with telemedicine technology

Telemedicine technology allows the physician to perform a virtual clinic any time a patient experiences an acute change of condition.

Hospitals today are under mounting pressure from insurance providers to treat and discharge patients more rapidly. At the same time, across the healthcare spectrum, there’s growing awareness of the importance of reducing costly rehospitalizations. As a consequence, skilled-nursing facilities are receiving patients much earlier and at much higher acuity than they once did—in other words, patients are coming to them quicker and sicker—and must be poised to recognize and respond promptly to any change in condition that might result in a patient’s readmission.

Screening is key to conquering colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women combined, claiming even more lives than breast cancer and affecting the lives of one in every 20 Americans. Yet, according to Deb Ross, BSN, RN, OCN, Education Coordinator for Mercy Cancer Center, one in three people between the ages of 50 and 75 are not getting screened for this silent killer.

Allergies and the ear

Everyone is looking forward to the end of winter and the beginning of the warmer spring temperatures. For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the warm weather of spring, summer, and fall can unfortunately bring on allergy symptoms. Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds is the main cause of seasonal allergies.