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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!
Apr 15, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Saint Joseph's Hospital Atlanta Magnet DesignatedCongratulations to our team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain
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Heart & Vascular
Reversing Heart Disease – Is it Possible?
Apr 15, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Did you know that in women, heart disease takes more lives than every type of cancer combined? The good news is that in the last 20 years deaths due to heart disease have declined thanks to advances in medicine as well as education of the population. In the past, heart disease was thought to be just a “man’s disease,” but surprisingly more women currently die from cardiovascular disease than men. Therefore, it is important to take action to prevent and potentially reverse heart disease. If you think you may be at risk, schedule your heart disease screening today. There are various things you can do to reverse heart disease and if action is taken quickly, heart disease symptoms can be reduced in a very short period of time.

  • Evaluate your diet to determine if the foods you are eating are causing plaque build up. If you stop consuming foods that are contributing the plaque build up, your arteries will have a better chance to recover. A plant based diet incorporating fruits, vegetables and whole grains can likely help to reverse heart disease.
    • If this diet is too restrictive, or you are just looking to prevent heart disease, the USDA ‘s new “MyPlate”
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Cosmetic Medicine
What is the Best Method of Liposuction?
Apr 11, 2014 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Liposuction AtlantaStandard Lipo, Laser Assisted Lipo, Ultrasonic Lipo, Power Assisted Lipo, Tumenscent Lipo, Smart Lipo, Safe Lipo, Tickle Lipo...there are many different types of liposuction procedures currently offered in the market place, so logically patients are always asking "which is best for me?". Although some practitioners may have strong feelings one way or another, the short answer to the question is that all of these techniques work, and the results are similar for all. Liposuction became popular in the 1980s. The initial method of liposuction used hollow tubes (cannulas) to suction out fatty tissues from under the skin using very small incisions. Although initial techniques worked well, the results got even better when surgeons began using smaller, finer cannulas. A major advance occurred when the technique began to incorporate the injection of a dilute solution prior to suctioning. This technique was very helpful in reducing blood loss and bruising, and is commonly used in most types of liposuction today. During the 1990s, new technologies began to emerge to make the procedure even easier by using the application of energy to break up fatty tissues. Ultrasonic assisted [...]

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Transplant
The Gift of Organ Donation – April is Donate Life Month
Apr 10, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

donate-lifeFor many, April signifies the start of spring with the first signs of sunnier days, bluer skies and growing flowers. But for transplant patients, their families and donors, April symbolizes another kind of rebirth – the journey of organ transplantation and the generous gifts of organ donors. Started in 2003 and celebrated every April, National Donate Life Month aims to highlight the growing need for organ and tissue donations and provide a positive reminder for people to sign up to become donors. As we celebrate Donate Life Month, we’d like to take a look back at some of our amazing stories of donation and transplantation. None of these stories would have been possible without organ donation:

If you’re interested in registering to become a donor, it’s [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Find Out How to Prevent, Diagnose & Treat Ankle Sprains
Apr 9, 2014 By Oluseun Olufade, M.D.

Ankle Sprain Q&A Chat

Did you know that more than 9 million Americans suffer an ankle sprain each year? Well, if you are one of these individuals or want to learn more about how to prevent an ankle sprain join us on Tuesday, May 27 for a live online chat on “Preventing, Diagnosing & Treating Ankle Sprains” with Emory Othopaedics, Sports & Spine physician Oluseun Olufade, MD. He will be available to answer questions related to a sprained ankle such as:

  • Can I prevent an ankle sprain?
  • What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?
  • How do you diagnose an ankle sprain?
  • How do you treat an ankle sprain?
  • Why should I go to Emory for sports medicine care

Emory Orthopaedic, Sports & Spine physician Dr. Olufade is a dedicated non-surgical sports medicine specialist who can offer tips and suggestions to keep you healthy or get you back to health so you can get back to your normal active routine! Sign Up for the Chat Now!

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Heart & Vascular
What is Congestive Heart Failure? Can I Prevent It?
Apr 8, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

Heart Disease Risk QuizMore than 5 million Americans live with Congestive Heart Failure, and heart failure costs the United States more than $32 billion dollars each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Congestive heart failure affects all ages including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, and is equally prevalent among women and men. There are two conditions that cause congestive heart failure; systolic dysfunction and diastolic dysfunction. Systolic dysfunction is when the heart muscle becomes weak and cannot pump blood adequately. Diastolic dysfunction is when the heart muscle becomes very thick and stiff making it difficult for the heart to fill with blood (often a result of poorly controlled high blood pressure and a frequent causes of heart failure hospital admissions in women). Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is not able to pump blood to all the organs and tissues of the body (either because it is too weak or because it is not filling well enough). Instead of going where it needs to go, fluid can back up into different organs in the body. This fluid “congestion” is what gives this condition its name. Initial symptoms of [...]

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Cancer
Celebrating Volunteers at Winship
Apr 7, 2014 By Walter J. Curran Jr., MD

Winship Volunteers

This is National Volunteer Week (April 6 – 12), a great opportunity to thank the many people who volunteer their services here at Winship in order to make life better for cancer patients and their families.

On any given day, there may be 20 or more trained Winship volunteers helping patients and staff in the clinics, waiting rooms, treatment areas and Patient and Family Resource Center.  You can spot them escorting people around the building, offering snacks or companionship to patients in treatment, playing the piano in the lobby or a cello in the hallway.  They also perform many tasks behind the scenes, such as doing clerical work, keeping the resource center stocked, and providing encouragement and support through the Peer Partners program.

These Winship ambassadors can make a world of difference in a cancer patient’s day.  Our goal is to give patients the very best care possible, and volunteers help us do that.  Winship’s volunteer program was birthed a little over ten years ago when this building first opened.  It started with twelve volunteers; today, there are 150 dedicated people who work on-site.  And those original twelve are still here and serve

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Cosmetic Medicine
Understanding Endoscopic Brow Lifts
Apr 4, 2014 By Brent Hayek, MD

Eyebrow LiftAs we age, parts of our body start to droop – gravity and time seem to spare no one! Much of this results from loss of volume and laxity of the skin occurring in both the face and the body, becoming a concern for many people. One area of the face that can be bothersome is a sagging brow. As our brows droop, it creates an aging look and can make us appear sad, tired or angry. Wrinkles in the forehead can then deepen as we try to lift our brows to help counteract this look—this action can be an unconscious drive that we aren’t even aware of. A brow lift can help rejuvenate the face, especially in the upper part, and can ensure your expression on the outside matches your inward emotion. Though there are many ways to lift a brow, the endoscopic brow lift approach is one of the most cosmetically appealing, since visible scars on the face will not occur. This technique has been around for a number of years and has replaced more conventional methods for brow elevation, especially when related to aesthetic concerns. The endoscopic brow lift procedure involves making 3 to 5 small incisions above the hairline to allow for release of tissue along the forehead, under the [...]

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Highlights
Health Benefits of Mint
Apr 4, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

mintThe use of mint for medicinal purposes dates back thousands of years. According to ancient Greek mythology, mint came to be when Persephone, wife of Hades, became jealous over her husband’s relationship with the river nymph Minthe. In her jealous rage, Persephone turned Minthe into a lowly plant. As Hades didn’t have the power to turn her back, all he could offer was a sweet scent, giving us the aromatic plant we know today. While you might not buy the story of how this popular herb came to be, there’s no denying the medicinal qualities of this plant. Aside from the obvious oral care advantages, mint provides many health benefits. Check out a few of our favorites below!

  1. Allergy relief. Extracts from mint leaves have been shown to inhibit the release of histamines, which often spur on the severe nasal symptoms that are associated with hay fever and seasonal allergies. Extracts of peppermint have also been shown to help relieve the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (colds related to allergy). 2
  2. Digestion and IBS relief. Mint promotes healthy digestion and soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. Studies also have revealed peppermint oil to
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Emory Expansion Update: Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Department is On the Move!
Apr 3, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare ExpansionTo provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many Emory Clinic and Emory Healthcare practices are relocating to redesigned clinical space and/or new locations. The new spaces will be more inviting for patients and more accommodating to the needs of our physicians as well. As of April 1, 2014, the Emory Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences has moved to Executive Park, Building 12. This new facility, located at the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road, is a welcoming environment and more convenient for many of our patients. Beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014, all Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health patients previously seen on the Briarcliff campus, at Emory Clinic Building B, and the Tufts House will now be seen at our new Executive Park location. For more information, call 404-778-5526 or get details online, at: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion/moves.html [...]

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