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Preventive Medicine
Back-to-School Bugs & Beyond: Know Where to Go
Jan 3, 2020 By Emory Healthcare

Back to school bugsBack-to-school bugs mean your kids may soon be coming home sniffling, sneezing or showing other signs of battling a “bug.” Your kid’s classroom can be just the kind of enclosed space that makes a great breeding ground for viruses and bacteria to multiply and spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elementary school children catch eight to 12 colds or cases of flu each school year.

Back-to-School Bugs

Back to school brings kids back in touch with lots of other kids. It can be a stressful time, even for kids who have the healthiest immune systems. Children returning to school may be exposed to:
  • Colds, cold sores, coughs
  • Pink eye
  • Stomach bugs
You can prepare your kids for battling any back-to-school bugs by strengthening their immune systems. Here’s how:
  • Get your kids back on a good sleep schedule
  • Boost diets with Vitamin C rich fruits & veggies
  • Make sure they stay hydrated

Healthy Habits

  • Hand washing: The best way for your child to stay healthy at school is to practice good hand washing. Teach your child to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. That’s how you know they’ll be washing for at least
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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Patient Honors the Gift of Life in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade
Jan 3, 2020 By Emory Transplant Center

Donate Life Light in the DarknessEmory Transplant Center patient Sherrell Gay was given a second chance at life, twice. On New Year’s Day, Sherrell was able to honor those who gave her the gift of life in the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade. Sherrell, the recipient of two life-saving heart transplants and a kidney transplant, honored her donors and their families by riding on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. This year’s float, with the 2020 theme of “Light in the Darkness,” highlighted the power of unity, light and love, as celebrated during Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a celebration of light shining in the darkness. The float honored donors, recipients and their families who have been involved with organ, eye or tissue donation, and hopes to serve as a platform for inspiring others to heal and save the lives of those in need. Sherrell is thankful for her donors and their families, and has made it her life mission to be a passionate advocate for organ donation. She is an active volunteer with LifeLink of Georgia, a mentor with Georgia Transplant Foundation and the co-manager of Team Georgia. “I live every day to the fullest and honor my donors with everything I [...]

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Highlights
Are You Managing Your Stress? 5 Ways to Feel Better and Be Healthy
Jan 3, 2020 By Caroline J. Collins, MD

Stress is part of everyday life. In fact, the right amount of stress can help us in our jobs to make decisions and to meet a goal. But when stress is constant and lasts for days or weeks, it can have a serious impact on our health. And that’s the type of stress that concerns health care professionals.

How is Stress Bad for the Body?

A Gallup poll found that Americans are among the most stressed in the world and are frequently or sometimes stressed in their daily lives. Stress causes a physical and emotional reaction in our bodies: The nervous system releases hormones, including cortisol, that trigger the “flight or fight” response. Usually, this response is short-term. Your heartbeat increases, breathing gets faster, muscles tense and you may start to sweat. But, when you stay stressed over a long period of time, the release of those hormones can impact your health. Prolonged stress can cause:
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility problems
  • Frequent headaches
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight gain or loss

What are Common Causes of Stress?

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4 Tips to Help You Succeed at Your New Year's Resolutions
Dec 26, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

new year's resolution listThe first day of the new year inspires many to start a new, healthier lifestyle. For some, the holidays have been a time of over-indulgence. Surveys suggest that the average American reports that they gain about 5 pounds during the holiday season. For others, the previous year has inspired concern with overall health. Studies consistently show that a good diet and regular exercise not only reduce the risk of heart disease but reduce cancer risks, as well. Whatever your reason for making healthy changes this year, we have some suggestions to help you make and meet your new goals.

1. Know Your Numbers

Taking the time to find out your blood pressure, blood glucose level, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers can be a scary task, but deciding to know your numbers can be incredibly empowering. Having this information can help you and your healthcare provider make specific decisions about your diet and exercise plans as you resolve to make changes.

2. Make New Habits

It’s much easier to make a new habit than it is to break an old one. For example, instead of giving up your favorite desserts altogether, decide to choose healthier options more often. Still allowing [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Manage Your Blood Pressure and Keep Your Heart Healthy!
Dec 23, 2019 By Dr. Robertson

doctor checks patient blood pressureDid you know that approximately 90 percent of all Americans will develop hypertension over their lifetime? One in three adults has high blood pressure, yet, many people don’t even know they have it. Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when your blood flows with too much force through your arteries, stretching your arteries beyond a healthy limit and causing microscopic tears. Though our body naturally repairs these tears with scar tissue, that tissue also traps plaque and white blood cells, which can turn into blockages, blood clots, and hardened, weakened arteries. These effects, in turn, prevent blood flow and cause heart tissue to die, causing further severe conditions, such as stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and heart failure. High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease and can injure or kill you. It is known as the “silent killer” as it shows no symptoms, except in its most extreme cases known as hypertensive crisis, and without knowing it, you can damage your heart, brain, eyes and kidneys. Blood pressure measures the force pushing against your arterial walls. A blood pressure reading consists of two [...]

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Weight Management
Practical Goals for Weight Loss
Dec 22, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

5 Tips for Practical Weight Loss

group of women joggingWeight-loss scams, crazed fashion diets, and countless pills have promised fast and simple ways to lose weight. In reality, the true foundation for successfully losing weight is developing a realistic and healthy program that fits your body and lifestyle. Here are five simple tips that can help you create practical weight loss goals for yourself.

1.   Commit to Your New Lifestyle

In order for you to successfully lose weight, you must be willing to devote your time as well as your effort. Changing your daily habits and sticking to a set plan takes a significant amount of energy, so make sure you are willing to commit yourself. Once you feel prepared and motivated, choose a date to start your program, and then begin!

2.   Establish Realistic Goals

One of the most important parts of dieting is to create attainable goals. First, determine a realistic target weight that you want to reach. “Most clinicians would say goals of losing five to 10 percent [of your start weight] are achievable,” according to Jennifer A. Linde, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Second, be sensible about the [...]

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Brain Health Center
Jerry Grillo’s Story: Surviving and Recovering from a Cerebellar Stroke
Dec 18, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

jerry grillo in woodsI remember it like it was yesterday. Just before 7 p.m. on August 5, 2018, I was sitting in my living room, watching TV with my wife and son, when the sound of the TV faded away and was replaced by what sounded like the buzz of a thousand bees deep inside my right ear. The buzzing only lasted a few seconds but was followed with an all-consuming dizziness and nausea. I was having a cerebellar stroke.

What Is a Cerebellar Stroke?

A cerebellar stroke occurs when there’s a lack of blood flow to the part of the brain (cerebellum) that helps with body movement, eye movement and balance. They’re most commonly caused by blood clots, like mine was, but can also be caused by trauma. Cerebellar strokes account for only about 10 percent of all strokes and are not easy to diagnose. They’re often mistaken as migraines, gastritis, meningitis or even inner ear infections. Without a quick and accurate diagnosis, cerebellar strokes can be severely debilitating — even life-threatening. Luckily for me, Fadi Nahab, MD, stroke quality director for the Emory Healthcare Stroke Program, was able to identify what was happening to me. After looking over my MRI from the night of the [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center is Expanding its Footprint to South Georgia
Dec 12, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Committed to Delivering Transplant Care to Patients Near and Far

georgia map emory transplant centersEmory Transplant Center is making it easier for patients in South Georgia to access kidney and liver transplant services closer to home. Beginning in December 2019, Emory Transplant Center will see transplant patients in Thomasville, Ga. The new clinic joins a network of Emory Transplant Center clinics located throughout the state in Acworth, Athens, Dublin, Emory Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Savannah. The Thomasville clinic is located at the outpatient clinic on the first floor of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Patients will be seen for kidney pre-transplant evaluations and kidney post-transplant follow-up visits beginning in December, and liver pre-transplant evaluations beginning in January 2020. The clinic will rotate its services every other month. “We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with Archbold Memorial Hospital to provide a location for patients in need of kidney and liver transplant evaluations and post-kidney transplant care without making the drive to Atlanta,” says Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, executive director of the Emory Transplant Center and Livingston Professor of Surgery [...]

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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program – Site Visit
Dec 6, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

PUBLIC NOTICE

MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM® — SITE VISIT

emory johns creek hospital magnet visitEmory Johns Creek Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail and direct mail. Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by January 12, 2020. NOTE: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the health care organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Address: AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC) MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM OFFICE 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492 E-Mail: magnet@ana.org [...]

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Transplant
Real Patients, Real Stories: Hear from Two-Time Lung Transplant Recipient
Nov 25, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Joseph McCanne was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three years of age. That diagnosis began a life-long journey that would ultimately lead to two lung transplant surgeries – with each transplant giving him a new opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest. Hear Joseph’s story as he describes his journey to transplant and how the Emory Lung Transplant Program has impacted his life. As we reflect on this Thanksgiving holiday and all that we are thankful for, let’s remember those who have given the generous donation of life through organ transplantation. "I know firsthand how lifesaving organ donation can be," says Joseph. "It is a beautiful, wonderful gift and I am thankful.”

Emory Lung Transplant Program

Emory Transplant Center offers the only Lung Transplant Program in Georgia. Our program specializes in the treatment of complex lung disorders and offers the full continuum of high-level care involved in lung transplantation. Performing more than 500 lung transplants, we are at the forefront of clinical excellence, innovative transplant therapies, and outstanding pre- and post-transplant care. Our number one goal is to provide our patients with the [...]

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