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Medical Society offers online advice on health care

By Cheryl Powell
Beacon Journal medical writer

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Have a question about how to find less costly prescription medications, medical tests and other health-care services?

The Summit County Medical Society is providing answers on a special website dedicated to helping patients find affordable medical care.

The membership group for local doctors launched the website — — in 2011 as a free community service.

The website provides information and links for state and federal health insurance programs, hospital charity-care guidelines, low-cost dental and medical clinics, prescription drug assistance and other help.

Visitors can submit questions by selecting the “Talk to us” link at the top of the website. The person’s full name won’t be shared, but first names are used in the blog section, where some questions are answered.

Camp for grieving kids

The GriefCare Place is offering a free camp to help children and teens cope with the loss of a loved one.

The third annual Kids’ Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17-19 at Adell Durbin Park in Stow.

The camp is offered to help bereaved children ages 5 to 15 through a grieving process.

A bereavement coordinator from Akron Children’s Hospital will be available during the first day of camp. Activities will include interactions with therapy dogs and opportunities to work with a music therapist.

The camp also will allow parents to interact and learn ways to help children.

The deadline to register is Monday.

For more information, contact the GriefCare Place at 330-686-1750.

Flat spots on babies’ heads

The push to have infants sleep on their backs is reducing sudden infant death syndrome but resulting in more infants developing flat spots on their heads, according to a new study released on Monday.

A study published in the latest edition of American Academy of Pediatrics’ professional journal Pediatrics found nearly 46.6 percent of infants ages seven to 12 weeks old in four community health centers studied in Canada have flat spots on their heads from sleeping on their backs, a condition known as positional plagiocephaly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending since 1992 that infants sleep on their backs, resulting in a dramatic decline in cases of sudden infant death syndrome.

The study authors said the high incidence of positional plagiocephaly indicates parents need education before the two-month well baby visit about how to prevent the condition.

According to a report updated by the academy in 2011, “tummy time” while an infant is awake and being observed can help prevent flattening of the head, as well as assist development.

The academy also recommends alternating the head position nightly from left to right.

MS event planned

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Buckeye Chapter is holding its annual Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride Aug. 3-4.

The ride starts at Brunswick High School and offers route options of 30, 75, 100 and 150 miles, finishing in Sandusky.

The event is open to everyone 12 and older.

Registration is $75. Participants must raise at least $300 for the MS Society.

For more information about riding or volunteering, go online to or call 216-503-4183.

Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or Follow Powell on Twitter at

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