This week has brought significant concern for Ohioans as the first confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified in Cuyahoga and Stark Counties. We understand it is hard to navigate information out there, identify the facts, and stay abreast of the rapidly changing situation. To keep you informed, we have pulled the information below from the CDC, which has a very extensive section on COVID-19. Here are the most important things you need to know.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability causing behavioral, social and communication issues. The Autism Society estimates that 3.5 million Americans live with ASD.

ASD is typically diagnosed in early childhood as these challenges are noticed by parents and doctors. Individuals with ASD often display an inability to carry conversation and make eye contact, compromised motor skills, and delayed communication abilities.

Southeastern Med’s staff of physical, occupational and speech therapists can help individuals with ASD deal with the symptoms in various ways.

Occupational therapists can help these individuals utilize better communication techniques at home or in a job setting. With younger individuals, these staff members may coordinate efforts with teachers to promote appropriate classroom behaviors, social interactions and improved academic performance.

Someone having trouble with their handwriting may work with a therapist to develop better hand strength and fine motor control that will help them write more legibly. Limiting sensory distractions may also prove beneficial for individuals with ASD.

Movement challenges are common challenges for individuals with ASD.

Physical therapists can help people living with autism improve their stamina and fitness levels, motor skills, boost social skills and develop better posture.

These therapists help individuals with autism improve body awareness and coordination, mobility skills, and boost strength for movements such as jumping or pedaling a bicycle. By boosting a child’s sophisticated skills such as kicking, throwing and catching, therapists can increase students’ social interaction abilities.

Speech therapists can help people with ASD have more success in developing relationships through improved communication techniques. Through testing and monitoring, these therapists evaluate a person’s communication abilities and formulate a series of goals, which may include:

  • Using proper facial expressions that correlate with emotions
  • Speaking more clearly
  • Working to strengthen muscles of the mouth, jaw, and neck

Southeastern Med offers an Autism Support Group for parents and caregivers of individuals with autism.  Call 740.439.8977 for more information.

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According to Donate Life Ohio, more than 113,000 people across the U.S. – including about 3,000 Ohioans – are on the waiting list for organ transplants. Southeatern Med reminds you that just one donor can save or improve the lives of up to 50 people on the list by donating their organs and tissues.

Types of Donors

Donors can either be living or deceased.

Living donors are able to donate a kidney, bone marrow or a portion of the living and lobe of the lung. These type of donations may be given to a specific individual or as a non-directed donation, in which the national donor registry matches you with someone in need.

Deceased donations are typically done by people who previously registered with their state of residence to donate their organs or tissues upon death. However, next of kin can also consent to donate their family member’s organs or donations. Filling out advance directives such as a living will ensures your wishes are granted.

A third type of donation, vascularized composite allografts (VCA), involves transplanting body structures such as muscles, bone, skin, nerves and blood vessels. These groundbreaking procedures are typically used for hand and face transplants. VCA require a specific authorization separate from the general organ registry.

What Can Be Donated

Many organs and tissues of the body can be donated, including:

  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Pancreas
  • Eyes
  • Bone
  • Skin
  • Intestines

Our Spiritual Care office is available to help you set up your living will and answer any questions you or your family may have about organ donation. Call 740-439-8190 for more information.


You can also register to become an organ donor at your area Bureau of Motor Vehicles or by visiting DonateLifeOhio.org.

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Although young men may not be eager to talk about it, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer found in males aged 15 to 35.

About one in 250 men will develop testicular cancer. According to the Testicular Cancer Society, more than 8,800 American men are diagnosed each year, with more than 400 dying from it. The average age of diagnosis is 33, with Caucasian men being five times more likely to develop it than African Americans. Hispanic men are diagnosed at a rate between those two races.

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Southeastern Med and OhioHealth are proud to bring Delay the DiseaseTM to our community. This Parkinson’s-specific exercise program empowers participants to take control of their disease with daily exercise. Southeastern Med physical therapists are OhioHealth Delay the Disease-certified trainers offering classes at several locations throughout our community.  

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What is mindful eating?

First, let’s identify what it is not:

  • Inhaling the last two pieces of pizza from the box because no one else wants them.
  • Coming home from work and automatically grabbing the potato chips for a five-minute snack session before you start making dinner.
  • Taking a donut – or two – brought in by a coworker, even though you already had breakfast.

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We all know a child who only eats mac & cheese, PB & J sandwiches or chicken nuggets. Maybe that child sits at your dinner table every night.

It can seem like too much trouble to fight with kids about their limited palate and incorporate more healthy items into their diet. “I just give them this because I need them to eat something,” is frequently heard by parents of picky eaters.

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Modern-day lifestyles and busy schedules have only fueled the popularity of processed foods, or rather, heavily processed foods.

Processed foods aren’t just hot dogs, potato chips, fast-food burgers and frozen meals – they’re also homemade casseroles and soups, cheese, milk, whole-wheat bread or dried fruit.

For a food to be considered “processed,” it must have been cooked, packaged, frozen or altered with preserving, fortifying, or preparing in some fashion. When we prepare food in our own kitchen, we’re processing it.

Woman having heart attack symptoms, clutching heartDid you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? Although it’s often thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease kills roughly the same number of men and women each year.