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Preventive Medicine
The Difference Between Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke
Jun 21, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

woman with heat illness gets helped by manDehydration

One of the most important things you can do to prevent heat illness is staying hydrated. Without the right amount of fluid intake, your body can’t keep its temperature at a normal, consistent level. Dehydration happens when your body lacks the proper amount of fluids and electrolytes to keep working properly.

Dehydration symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Less frequent urination than normal
  • Darker urine color
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness and/or fainting
  • Headache
Signs of dehydration may be slightly different for younger individuals. In young children and infants, dehydration symptoms can include a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, an extended period of time (around 3 hours) without a wet diaper, high fevers, and an unusual amount of sleepiness or drowsiness.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a serious condition. Heat exhaustion happens when the body loses a great deal of water and salt (which is usually caused by profuse sweating). Cases of heat exhaustion are made much worse whenever there is a high level of humidity or physical activity involved. Notably, heat exhaustion can cause any pre-existing conditions to worsen or become [...]

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Over 50 Percent of 2019 Atlanta "Top Doctors" are Emory Physicians
Jun 20, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

2019 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors CoverAtlanta magazine’s 2019 July issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. Once again, we are proud to announce that Emory physicians make up more than half the list – more than any other health system in Atlanta. Emory physicians represent 55 percent of the 860 total doctors recognized – 469 to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our 11 hospitals and over 250 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. “We are pleased to have so many excellent physicians across multiple specialties represented in the 2019 ‘Top Doctors’ list,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. “These physicians are highly regarded and selected by their peers for this recognition. We thank them for the superior care and dedication they give to our patients and their families every day.” We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2019 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their outstanding care teams—for providing exceptional care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their [...]

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Brain Health Center
Using Virtual Reality as Therapy for PTSD
Jun 17, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

virtual reality exposure therapy for ptsdJune is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and Emory Healthcare Veterans Program would like to share how it uses Prolonged Exposure therapy and Virtual Reality Exposure therapy to heal invisible wounds. Our highly skilled team of professionals is led by world-renowned Emory clinical psychologist Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., who has been working in the PTSD field since 1986 and pioneered Virtual Reality Exposure therapy as a treatment for PTSD in veterans and service members. In exposure therapy, we help people confront reminders of the traumatic event, but in a therapeutic manner so that their distress decreases.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

There are many approaches to treating PTSD, and after several decades of research, our program has determined Prolonged Exposure therapy to be the most successful in healing invisible wounds. This process treats PTSD by asking the patient to recall the memory repeatedly, and in a therapeutic manner, so that he/she will feel more comfortable with the memory and gain a sense of mastery over the experience, rather than experiencing anxiety and avoidance. Avoidance is a common behavior for those suffering from PTSD, and [...]

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Take Care of Those Pearly Whites: 4 Dental Health Tips For Everyone
Jun 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Woman flossing for dental healthYour mouth doesn’t just communicate through words. It can give you important signs about your health including clues of infection, illness or chronic disease. And, in some cases, issues with your mouth, teeth and gums can actually cause serious health conditions. Making your oral hygiene a priority can go a long way in preventing a number of health conditions and managing the side effects of some chronic health conditions, like diabetes and cancer. Make sure you’re doing all you can to maintain your dental health, before it becomes a problem. These four simple tips can help.

1. Floss

Flossing may not be fun, but done properly it removes the plaque and food stuck between your teeth and under your gum line. That’s an important step in your oral hygiene routine since stuck food particles lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Be sure to floss at least once a day, preferably before you head to bed, to get rid of any food stuck in your teeth from snacks and meals.

2. Drink Fluoridated Water

In the 1940s, scientists discovered that individuals who drank water with naturally occurring fluoride levels of approximately one part fluoride per million parts water had fewer [...]

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4 Ways Men Can Lower Their Risk of Cancer
Jun 14, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Man talking with doctor One out of every three men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. This is a sobering statistic to consider. Beyond skin cancer, men are most frequently diagnosed with prostate, lung or colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Those are also the three malignancies responsible for the highest number of deaths in men. For men, reducing the risk of cancer is more important than ever.

Here Are Four Ways to Make an Impact Today

  1. If you use any tobacco products, quit now. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than a dozen types of cancer including those involving our lungs, bladder, and mouth. Chewing tobacco and snuff can also cause head and neck, esophageal, stomach or pancreatic cancer. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to help you kick the habit for good. Finding a support group can also make a big difference in whether you succeed.
  2. Cut back on alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking can cause health problems, but did you also know that alcohol can increase your risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, liver and colon? The risk increases for those who drink and smoke at the same time. It is

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Brain Health Center
Dementia Resources We Trust
Jun 14, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

Dementia patient and physicianAt Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we often field questions from family members and caregivers who've been doing their own research. While we encourage you to educate yourself, it can be difficult to separate facts from theories and to make sure your resources are reputable. We've set out to provide a list of reliable and trustworthy resources. This isn't intended to be an all-encompassing list, but these are almost always our first recommendations.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association offers information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, including Lewy Body and Vascular dementias. You'll find information on everything from legislation related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease to local resources, such as caregiver training and support groups, programs such as SafeReturn®, and stage-specific information. View Alzheimer's Association >>

National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) works to understand the nature of aging and the aging process. The institute's mission includes supporting and conducting aging-related research and sharing information related to this research with the general public,


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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory Sports Medicine Center Searching for Relief from Osteoarthritis in the Knee
Jun 6, 2019 By Emory Sports Medicine

osteoarthritis of the kneeAnyone who suffers from painful osteoarthritis of the knee knows how debilitating the condition can be. Joint stiffness, swelling and pain progress over time as cartilage wears away. Eventually, simple activities, like walking or kneeling, become intensely painful. Lifestyle modification, medication and steroid injections may help alleviate symptoms for some people, but these treatments also carry some risk. Many patients, short of a total knee replacement, are out of options. To address the problem, researchers at Emory Healthcare’s Emory Sports Medicine Center have begun a study to investigate ways in which various cellular therapies may provide relief for this ever-growing population. The idea behind stem cell therapy is that live cells can be transferred to a patient in hopes of improving symptoms or lessening a disease process. While there have been patients in the past who have experienced positive outcomes, the science has not been refined enough to predictably replicate consistent results. "Stem cell therapies hold great promise in sports medicine but very little has been proven," said Ken Mautner, MD, associate professor and director of Primary Care Sports [...]

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Coping with Survivor’s Guilt After Cancer
Jun 3, 2019 By Joy McCall, LCSW

woman cancer survivor serious Being diagnosed with cancer can bring on many different types of emotions, from fear to sadness to relief; however, many patients don’t think about how they might feel after they complete their treatment. Many are surprised when they begin to feel guilty. This is known as survivor’s guilt. It is a feeling that is often experienced by those who have survived a major or traumatic event, such as being diagnosed with cancer. The feelings may come from a sense of guilt that they survived the disease and another patient did not, or they did well with treatment while another had a very difficult time recovering. Here are some things to keep in mind if you think you might be suffering from survivor's guilt:

  • You are not alone. Survivor’s guilt is very common. It is a natural response for many cancer patients. It often feels like sadness, depression or even grief.
  • Tell someone about how you’re feeling. Talk with a friend or family member you trust. You can always reach out to a social worker to help you process these feelings. Acknowledging these feelings can help you process them and ultimately overcome them.
  • Consider keeping a journal. Sometimes it is helpful

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Emory University Hospital's Asbury Café is Fighting Food Waste with Second Helpings
May 31, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Second Helpings Atlanta logoThe Food and Nutrition Services team at Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café diligently works behind the scenes after the daily breakfast rush to package and freeze leftover food items. All this extra work is for a good cause. Unused pans of high-protein items, such as eggs, bacon and sausage, are donated to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta. Every Thursday, volunteers from Second Helpings Atlanta pick up pounds of frozen breakfast leftovers from Asbury Café and deliver the food to the Good Samaritan Health Center, which serves hot meals to the homeless. “We have been partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for almost two years now,” says Emory University Hospital Executive Chef Mike Bacha. “On average, we donate 300 pounds of breakfast leftovers per month to Second Helpings.” In 2018, Asbury Café donated 2,755 pounds of rescued food items to Second Helpings Atlanta. Through these donations, Second Helpings Atlanta was able to stream valuable food into the metro Atlanta community to feed individuals and families who face the challenges of poverty and food [...]

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Your Cancer Survivorship & Support
May 31, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Cancer survivor and friend or caregiverAccording to the National Cancer Institute, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this description. At Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, we take survivorship seriously and have developed programs to help you navigate through your role as a “survivor.” The cancer journey is difficult enough to maneuver through, so our comprehensive and dedicated care team members are there for you each step of the way. For some survivors, life during and after cancer takes getting used to. What was normal prior to diagnosis may not be the case after cancer treatment. Ongoing care and attention to maintain a healthy quality of life are recommended. It is important to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you to heal, both physically and mentally. Exercise, maintaining a proper diet, and joining a support group are all activities that will help your body heal from the physical and emotional distress cancer may have caused. At Winship, we provide support for all [...]

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