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A medically-supervised weight loss pr...

by on 12/03/2013 - 10:21 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Kyla Price, Contributing Writer
Last year, Americans ranked losing weight as their top New Year’s resolution, followed by getting organized, spending less, enjoying life, and staying fit. While about half of us will make resolutions this year, less than 10% of us will actually see them through. In fact, about a quarter of the folks who made resolutions in 2012 reported they’ve never accomplished their New Year’s goals.
If that’s true, why even bother? Probably because deep down, we all know we can succeed—somehow.
When it comes to weight loss, the truth is that no two people are the same. What one person can metabolize, another cann ...

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Buying a house? Here’s what you need ...

by on 11/26/2013 - 10:54 am
Category: Home

By Kyla Price
Whether you’re a first-time or repeat home buyer, scouting out housing options can be a long and difficult process. Thankfully, Realtors like Janis Hanna, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, make the process a lot less intimidating.
As with any profession, there are all types of Realtors to choose from—and some are better than others. 
“A good Realtor will ask to meet and discuss what’s most important to you, in addition to assessing your financial situation,” Janis says. As part of their regular routine, Realtors should also research the history of a home, evaluate nearby market trends, and be up to speed on ...

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Mama Jo’s scratch pies are so good, n...

by on 11/22/2013 - 04:06 pm
Category: Food

From the second you pick a Mama Jo Homestyle Pie from the shelf, you’ll know you’re grabbing something great, just by feeling its weight and looking at its flaky crust and fresh filling.
“If you don't have those components, you don't have pie,” owner Johanna Mann says. The reason Mama Jo’s pies are so heavy is that they’re full of ingredients sourced from nature—namely, fruit. In contrast, commercial bakers often rely on fillers full of high fructose corn syrup, making that seemingly “little indulgence” something you’ll eventually regret.
While quality is their hallmark, variety is, too. At Mama Jo&rsq ...

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Holiday hazards and the importance of...

by on 11/20/2013 - 03:39 pm
Category: Smart Living

Before we know it we’ll be hanging stockings by the chimney with care, hoping for lovely weather for a sleigh ride together and worrying about Grandma getting run over by a reindeer again (not to mention seeing Mommy kissing Santa Claus).
But in the midst of all this merry-making, the holiday season is also a good time to think about protecting ourselves by making sure our insurances are up-to-date and sufficient. Mimi sat down with local insurance guru Kindra Smith, founder of Consultative Insurance Group in Middleburg Heights with her husband, Ron.
Mimi: Are there any specific claim situations that arise during the holidays? 
Kindra: You bet. Even driv ...

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‘Tis the season for hemorrhoids

by on 11/18/2013 - 04:02 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists
Q: I’ve already been hit by my first cold and cough of the season. The symptoms are gone now, but I think I might have developed a hemorrhoid. How could this have happened? —Angela P., Medina
Dr. David Gutman: Cold and flu season often brings with it another uncomfortable issue: hemorrhoids. Coughing, sneezing, and vomiting put pressure on the abdomen, which causes hemorrhoidal tissue to hyperinflate and swell. This can flare up an existing hemorrhoid problem, or cause the start of a new one.
Irritating diarrhea or other digestive irregularities resulting in multiple trips to the bathroom can also exa ...

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Everything you ever wanted to know ab...

by on 11/18/2013 - 03:08 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mimi Vanderhaven
Mimi: With laser procedures garnering increased attention, Mimi was wondering if you could provide her readers with a review of the procedures you offer. 
Dr. Stefanie Christian: I’d be glad to, from least invasive to most invasive.
Laser Genesis is my go-to laser for diffuse redness and textural concerns, reducing large pores and smoothing out fine lines. Laser Genesis can even improve the appearance of certain scars. It’s painless and has no downtime. It usually takes five or more treatments to achieve the maximum effect.
Titan treats thin, sagging, crêpe paper-like skin, leaving it looking and feeling tighter a ...

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Everything you ever wanted to know ab...

by on 11/18/2013 - 11:56 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Drs. Vienna and Bizga, Vienna Dental Group
At Vienna Dental Group, our new Biolase dental lasers are improving the way we treat patients and are creating a lot of interest in advanced technology.
While the lasers allow us to remove tooth decay and fill cavities without the need for anesthetics, they also treat conditions you may not think of going to the dentist for, such as cold sores and canker sores.
We have been using the lasers to treat cold sores on patients’ lips and canker sores inside the mouth. While it will not eliminate the virus that causes the sores, patients will not get a cold sore in the same spot after we treat it with the laser.

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Minkin's Music: Musicians Pay It Forward

by on 11/18/2013 - 11:17 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin
This month’s liner notes are giving props and many thanks to a couple of local singer/songwriters who seem to go above and beyond the call of duty.
You can hear a sampling of the talent playing at the corner bar or coffee house on Zach Freidhof’s most recent album Provenance. For those who don’t know Zach, it’s about more than the music. His passionate heart helps make a difference with his Evening for Chuck, a fundraiser dedicated to his father who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, along with being a co-founder of the Akron Peace Project. 
The new record includes 18 other artists with local connections who either co ...

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Bagging it: The eco-friendly alternat...

by on 11/12/2013 - 10:29 am
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Kyla Price
When you’re at the grocery store and have to make the choice between paper or plastic, you likely know that paper is the better choice for the environment. It decomposes in about one month, whereas plastic can take around 1,000 years to fully disintegrate.
Even with this information, many folks still opt for plastic because of its convenience and durability. That convenience factor also influences other choices we make, such as choosing which types of bags to use for collecting yard waste.
Ann Gedeon, of Rain Barrels N’ More, is helping Northeast Ohio lessen its environmental footprint with eco-friendly products, including her newest ...

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Why does the chicken at Stella Mia Ri...

by on 11/11/2013 - 04:08 pm
Category: Food

By Kyla Price
When eating at Westlake’s Stella Mia Ristorante, you can rest assured that the chicken on your plate comes from one of two companies: Gerber’s Amish Farm, or Perdue. That’s for good reason, as both companies take the extra steps necessary to ensure their chickens are top quality.
Gerber’s Amish Farm has worked with feed suppliers, nutritionists, animal welfare consultants, farmers, and caretakers for almost 60 years to develop what they deem a nutritious diet and healthy living environment for their chickens, which is what they attribute to a better end-product. 
In fact, every chick strutting around Gerber’s farms a ...

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