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Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic healthcare problems in the U.S, afflicting 37 million Americans annually.1 It significantly impacts patients physically, functionally and emotionally and takes a toll on quality of life.2
More than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a chronic condition marked by frequent periods of breathing cessation during sleep.
As it celebrates 40 years serving the region, Northeast Ohio Medical University is experiencing unprecedented growth. In the midst of this expansion, its mission — to develop the next generation of local physicians, pharmacists, public health officials and healthcare leaders — remains.
As surgical techniques go, robotic-assisted surgery is still a relatively new development. The modern da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which has come to play such a pivotal role in minimally invasive surgery programs around the country, has been in use for less than 15 years. In fact, prior to 1983 — the year the first primitive surgical robot was used (in Vancouver, British Columbia) — robots in the operating room were unheard of. 
As the demand for orthopaedic services grows throughout Northeast Ohio, so, too, does Crystal Clinic Inc. Established in 1989 by eight physicians in the Montrose area of Akron, the group now includes 39 surgeons in 10 locations, including Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Medina, Barberton, Wadsworth, Green, Streetsboro and downtown Akron.
Treatment at the right place, at the right time. That’s the goal of Kindred Healthcare’s new Transitional Care Program.
Making healthcare decisions can be stressful — even more so when they involve post acute care for a family member. The Kindred Contact Center can help.
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer published in January 2013 shows that overall cancer death rates continued to decline in the United States for all of the most common cancers, including lung, colon, prostate and breast. Modern cancer therapies garner the credit for this. However, some treatments, such as certain chemotherapies for breast cancer, can have serious cardiovascular side effects.
When Robert N. Goldstein, MD, FHRS, was recruited by Lake Health to be Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) in November 2013, the goal was to expand EP services. Less than six months later, the community hospital system now offers advanced tertiary-level EP services and technologies, including advanced cardiac cryoablation, laser lead extraction, subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD), and insertable cardiac monitor (ICM).
Born and raised in China, Heng Wang, MD, PhD, never imagined he would become involved with the health care of an Amish community halfway around the world.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Among all U.S. women who die each year, 25 percent die of heart disease, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.
Outstanding clinical performance: That’s what the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at University Hospitals (UH) Bedford Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, is known for. 
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Minimally invasive, the procedure involves implantation of electrodes in the brain, with input from the patient who is awake throughout the surgery. Now, with an advanced neuro-intervention system, patient input is no longer required. So the patient can ‘sleep’ through the entire procedure.
Breast cancer is the most dreaded diagnosis for women. With early detection and confinement to the breast, however, its five-year survival rate is 97 percent.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are on the rise in children. Paul R. Fleissner, MD, can testify to this. Dr. Fleissner is a pediatric and adolescent orthopedist at Crystal Clinic, Inc., in Akron, where he has practiced for more than two decades.
Type 2 diabetes and its main risk factor, obesity, have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A staggering 68 percent of adults over the age of 20 are overweight (with a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 25–29.9), and more than 35 percent are obese (BMI of 30 or higher), according to an ongoing CDC-supported study. Other serious health problems are linked to obesity, as well, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. 
Most successful businesses are born when someone identifies a need and takes the initiative to address it. So it was with Aris Teleradiology. Located in Hudson, Aris was established in 2007, initially to address the shortage of diagnostic radiologists in Northeast Ohio.
From the big city in New York to a small rural town in Ohio — that’s the route Alan L. Meshekow, DO, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Affinity Medical Center, took to become a general surgeon 34 years ago.
“Super-specialized.” That’s how Kerwyn Jones, MD, describes the nine physicians in the Akron Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, which is part of the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Chronic elbow pain — whether it’s the result of playing tennis or golf, or engaging in repetitive activities at home or work — can be debilitating. So can the treatment, if invasive surgery is required. A new 20-minute procedure, recently introduced at Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, by orthopaedic surgeon Matthew P. Noyes, MD, offers a viable alternative.