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Stay Healthy at Work: 5 Ways to Stay Active and Focused
Nov 9, 2018 By Caroline J. Collins, MD

A long day at work can be bad for your physical and mental health. Your body gets stiff, your heart rate slows down and your mind can quickly wander – which makes it hard to focus on your job. To make matters worse, if your work happens mostly behind a desk, you may have a higher risk of obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. In fact, one study found that individuals who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity have the same risk of dying as obese individuals or smokers. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to help combat the negative health impact of sitting all day: Get up and move. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults, age 18-64, get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as walking, running, swimming or bicycling every week, as well as muscle [...]

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Get the Facts on Nutrition: Eat Healthy and Feel Good
Nov 2, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Fruit Vegetable FactsThe facts on eating healthy are clear: Good nutrition helps your body run the way it should. Research proves the many benefits to our health time and time again, including:

  • Boosting your mood and appearance
  • Giving you more energy
  • Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing your risk of cancer
  • Reducing your risk of diabetes
Why, then, do we struggle to make healthy eating a priority? Often, it’s because there is an overwhelming amount of information about nutrition to navigate and lack of time. That’s why, with this blog, we’re taking it back to the basics by offering simple nutrition facts to help you maximize your healthy eating habits.

Nutrition Fact No. 1: 5-9 Fruits and Veggies a Day Keep the Doctor Away

If you’re committed to eating healthier, the best place to start is by adding [...]

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The Catching Point: Gaining Enough Momentum to Make Weight Loss Easier
Jun 29, 2018 By J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR

One thing is clear regarding healthy diet and exercise: it is much easier for those who are already lean to do it for body maintenance than it is for those who are obese trying to make a change. People hoping to lose pounds quickly by abruptly starting to exercise and eat well ignite a survival response that turns hundreds of thousands of would-be dieters back each year.

The nature of the survival response is a subject for another article, but for now - how can we overcome it? How can we get that critical amount of momentum, after which things are so much easier? How can we stay on track long enough so that habits "catch?"

The traditional teaching is to push through it and overcome the early entry barrier with "mind over matter" techniques. Unfortunately, that approach has contributed to notoriously high diet failure rates and continually increasing incidences of obesity. In


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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program - Site Visit
Jun 27, 2018 By Emory Healthcare



Emory University Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2014 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In August, 2018, Emory University Hospital is applying for re-designation. 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. All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by Friday, July 27, 2018. 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 [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2018 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 21, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Once again, Atlanta magazine’s July 2018 Top Doctors issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented on the list, Emory Healthcare has more Top Docs than any other health system in Atlanta. Emory physicians represented 42% of the total doctors recognized – 329 Emory physicians to be exact.

These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine.

We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2018 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 priority each day. Congratulations to you all!


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Exercising While Pregnant
May 18, 2018 By Anita Tamirisa, DO

  • “I’m worried if I run, that I will hurt my baby.”
  • “If I continue to do Pilates, will I squish my little one?”
  • “Can I keep doing Cross Fit?”
  • “I’ve never really exercised before…can I start now that I’m pregnant?”
These are some common questions pregnant patients ask during visits and understandably so as there is so much conflicting information out there. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the subject.

What is exercise? Why should I make it a part of my routine?

Exercise, defined as a planned activity with the intention of improving one or more components of physical fitness, has been shown to have many positive benefits for a person in pregnancy. Pregnant patients who have maintained a regular exercise schedule have shown to gain a healthier amount of weight during pregnancy, lose excess weight more quickly after delivery, reduce the [...]

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Sexual Dysfunction
Apr 18, 2018 By Sana Ansari, MD

What you may have been labeling as “lack of sexual interest” or “painful sex” is a form of sexual dysfunction, a common and frequently treatable issue. The term “sexual dysfunction” refers to a recurring or persistent problem that interferes with a person’s ability to have sex or enjoy a sexual experience.  Sexual dysfunction can occur at any point in a woman’s life.  The process of sexual enjoyment is complex, especially in women.  There are multiple points at which the “dysfunction” can occur, and many times there is more than one factor at play. Common problems which can occur include:

  • Low desire or the lack of sexual interest
  • Lack of arousal or difficulty maintaining the arousal
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Pain instigated by intercourse or chronic pain preventing intercourse
Low desire, lack of arousal and inability to achieve an [...]

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - What is the Right Treatment Approach?
Apr 2, 2018 By Jessica Harroche, MD FACOG

Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common and include a wide range of conditions that affect women on a daily basis, significantly impairing one's quality of life. In the United States, up to 35% of women suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and up to 50% of women have physical findings consistent with some degree of pelvic organ prolapse.


At Emory Women's Center, our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists offer help to patients with a wide variety of conditions including pelvic organ prolapse (when the pelvic organs "drop" due to pelvic floor weakness) and stress urinary incontinence (the involuntary leakage of urine with physical activity). Symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse include:
  • Vaginal bulge/pressure
  • Vaginal pain
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Difficulty with defecation
Symptoms associated with stress [...]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Why Diagnosis Isn't Always Simple
Mar 8, 2018 By Emory Reproductive Center

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a syndrome associated with irregular menstrual cycles, acne or excess hair growth, and, occasionally, difficulties with weight control. While PCOS is a broad diagnosis, many women with PCOS do not fit the stereotypical PCOS mold. So, how do I know if I have PCOS? A diagnosis of PCOS requires 2 of the following 3 characteristics:

  1. Irregular menstrual cycles: Periods that occur in an unpredictable pattern or greater than 45 days apart. Women with lengthened cycles typically do not ovulate regularly.
  2. Elevated levels of male hormones: This can be visible clinical signs (e.g. excess hair growth or acne) or unseen lab signs including elevated testosterone levels.
  3. Polycystic-appearing ovaries on transvaginal ultrasound: On an ultrasound, there are many “antral follicles,” which contain small immature eggs. Although the syndrome is

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Patient Family Advisor Spotlight – Marv Trott
Oct 5, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Image of Marv Trott Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) are current or former patients and family members. They volunteer their time to partner with Emory Healthcare leadership, staff, and doctors. They serve on committees, councils, project teams and other groups working in a variety of ways to improve patient care. In May 2017 one of our dear PFA’s made his transition. Marv Trott passed away in Emory University Hospital Hospice. Marv had been a PFA since 2009. He and his wife Margie were early pioneers of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This is Marv’s story...

“In 2007 Dr. Nathan Spell asked if my wife Margie and I would be interested in an Emory project called “Patient and Family Centered Care”. We agreed and Hal Jones came to our home and encouraged us to join which we (wife Margie) both did. During the next two years we both were involved in focus groups in the development of

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