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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Just 20 Seconds Can Help Prevent the Spread
Nov 20, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Every year, here at Emory Healthcare, we celebrate Handwashing Awareness Week. The goal of National Handwashing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals through education on the importance of handwashing to help protect their loved ones and communities. By working together we can make a difference! At each of our facilities, all of our team members practice hand hygiene and we are reminded at almost every turn via signage and educational information just how important hand hygiene is for the health and wellness of our staff, patients, families, and visitors. By definition, hand hygiene is the cleaning of the hands using either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. "Handwashing” refers to hand cleaning using soap and water. Hands can become contaminated with bacteria during routine daily activities such as eating, [...]

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Caring for Your Parents
Oct 30, 2019 By Ania Rodney, MD

adult woman with elderly parentAs our parents age, we often find ourselves facing a new responsibility — caring and worrying about their wellbeing. We want to support their wishes, which often include maintaining their independence at home while ensuring they’re healthy, happy and safe. Wherever you (or your parents) are on this journey, take heart in knowing there are simple measures you can take to support them at every age.

Safety at Home

No one wants to hear they’re no longer able to do something they once considered part of their daily routine. But, to make sure your parents stay safe at home, you need to have an honest conversation about your concerns and their physical health. Make a cup of coffee or share lunch and brainstorm steps that will make their daily life easier. That may include:
  • Creating a communication plan that quickly notifies authorities and family members during an
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Memory, Dementia Risk and Sleep as You Age
Oct 17, 2019 By Jorge Isaac Pena Garcia, MD

grandparent with grandsonMisplacing car keys; momentarily forgetting someone’s name: these are common memory lapses that can happen to anyone – regardless of their age. Older adults are often concerned that occasional forgetfulness or the inability to recall information as quickly as they once did is a sign of dementia. Fortunately, it’s not. But, if you’re an older adult and memory loss is interfering with your daily life, you should talk to a loved one or your primary care provider. Together, you can get to the bottom of what’s causing your memory issues and make a plan to address your symptoms. Get peace of mind with these important insights on your mind and aging.

Is Forgetfulness a Sign of Dementia?

Forgetfulness is not always a warning sign of dementia. It’s common for older adults to become a little more forgetful or take a little longer to remember a name or detail. Dementia, on [...]

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What Is A PCP and Why Do I Need One?
Oct 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

patient with primary care physicianA primary care provider, or PCP, is your main point of contact for health care in non-emergency situations. Think of this type of health care provider as the quarterback of your entire health care team, the central point person whose role it is to coordinate your overall patient care, treatment, and education. Overall, your PCP is key to:

  • Providing preventive care and guidance on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Diagnosing and treating acute common medical conditions, such as cold, flu, infections, etc.
  • Treatment and management of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Determining the severity of your medical problems, so he or she can direct you to the most appropriate care provider.
  • Referring you to medical specialists when conditions require more targeted treatment.
In addition, a PCP ensures prescribed medications [...]

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Family with Sickle Cell Gives Back to Others with Disease
Oct 2, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

patient with sickle cell disease care packageMother and daughter Lillie Thomas-Daugherty and Jessica Smith both struggle with sickle cell disease, but have made it their life’s work to give back to others with the same illness. In September, in recognition of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Thomas-Daugherty delivered 30 care packages to sickle cell patients at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital. Thomas-Daugherty’s motivation for creating the care packages was based on her family’s life-long journey with sickle cell disease. She hopes to raise awareness of the disease and its unique challenges so that sickle cell patients receive the medical attention and care they need. “My daughter was hospitalized 17 times before her third birthday,” says Thomas-Daugherty. “She was in and out of the hospital regularly for blood transfusions or to receive medications to ease her pain. I nearly lost [...]

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Emory Healthcare Has Resources to Help with Medicare Enrollment
Sep 30, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Happy senior couple at parkMedicare open enrollment for 2019 starts October 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. Choosing a Medicare plan has a significant impact on many lives. We want to help answer your questions and simplify the process. To help our patients and their families understand the different Medicare options, Emory Healthcare has partnered with MedicareCompareUSA to give you the tools and resources you need to make the best choice. This free, unbiased resource is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., by calling 1-855-256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency that is not affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The helpline connects you with professionals who can help you understand Emory Healthcare’s Medicare resources, and help you:

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Healthy Infused Water Recipes with a Twist
Aug 28, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

man holding fruit infused waterOne of the keys to preventing dehydration is drinking plenty of fluids, including water. While water is almost always the best drink choice, a lot of people complain that they get bored drinking plain water. While you can add purchased flavored drink mixes to water, you can also make your own flavored water by infusing it with different fruits and herbs. Infusing water with a little flavor is really simple. Fill a pitcher with water, add thinly sliced fruits, herbs or spices, and chill in the refrigerator. You also can add sliced fresh fruit to a reusable water bottle. The combinations are endless. Some fruits work better than others. Berries tend to break down faster than hardier citrus fruits like lemons or limes. For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking. A great benefit of infusing water with fresh fruits, [...]

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