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Stroke Awareness Month Events at Emory Healthcare
Apr 29, 2015 By Emory Neurosciences

Stroke EventsAccording to the American Heart Association, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare encourages you to learn the signs, symptoms and risk factors for stroke. Mark your calendar for the following events:

Community Stroke Fair

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015; 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Where: Emory University Hospital Midtown Medical Office Tower Lobby Why:
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Free blood pressure screening
  • Ask a neurologist about stroke care
  • Hear about stroke rehabilitation programs
  • Speak to a pharmacist
  • Get your BMI checked
  • Free gift bags

5K Scrub Run and Community Health Festival

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 8 am to 11am Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital parking lot Why:
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Free glucose and
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Emory Ebola Team to Receive Award for Exceptional Nursing
Apr 29, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Obama at Emory

Last year, President Obama met with Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff involved in the treatment of Ebola patients.

Emory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus. Emory University Hospital's special isolation unit, built in cooperation with the CDC, is one of four Serious Communicable Disease Units (SCDU) in the U.S. Our highly trained, exceptional staff and physicians are now being honored for the extraordinary care they provided to critically ill patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation will award Emory’s Ebola Team with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress on April 29-May 1 in Austin, Texas. This award stems from the DAISY (Diseases [...]

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National Infertility Awareness Week: You Are Not Alone
Apr 23, 2015 By Emory Reproductive Center

Infertility Awareness WeekThis week, April 19-25, is National Infertility Awareness Week. At the Emory Reproductive Center, we know well the pain that infertility causes those who are ready to grow their family. Infertility is extremely isolating – it can be difficult to share fertility struggles with friends who seem to conceive easily, or to face family members who continually ask about plans for a baby. That’s why we’re happy that the theme “You Are Not Alone” has been chosen for this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Since infertility is rarely discussed, many people don’t realize just how common the issue is – in fact, infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age. What’s more, people who are unaware of how common infertility is may not realize just how many options we have to treat it. In the spirit of raising awareness about infertility, we’d like to [...]

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Offers State-of-the-Art Vein Illumination Technology
Apr 22, 2015 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Vein IlluminationHave you ever gone to a physician’s office to have blood drawn only to be stuck three or four times to hit a vein? Or, when receiving an IV, have clinician had to search for a good vein because you are dehydrated? Emory Johns Creek Hospital has added new, innovative technology that greatly decreases the number of attempts needed to find a good vein for needle placements, making the process of drawing blood, starting intravenous solutions and other procedures easier on both the patient and clinician. The vein illuminating device, made by AccuVein Inc., uses a visible laser to show a map of veins on the surface of a patient’s skin, which allows the clinician to choose veins that will offer the greatest chance of success for needle placement on the first try. Since the vein finder does not make contact with the skin, it is painless and easy to clean. It is also effective on a [...]

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Is Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure?
Apr 21, 2015 By Faye Routledge, RN, PhD, FAHA, Emory School of Nursing

insomnia clinical trialWith more than 1,000 clinical trials underway at Emory, today’s research is giving patients and families a better tomorrow. Read about one of our active nursing clinical trials below: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common but serious condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 3 adults in the United States (about 70 million people) has high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of blood in the blood vessels is higher than it should be, which can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans. While hypertension can be controlled through prescribed medications, lifestyle changes are equally as important. A healthy diet and exercise are known ways to lower blood pressure, but a clinical trial currently underway at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff [...]

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Join Team Emory and Walk to End Lupus Now
Apr 16, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Lupus Team

Members of Emory's 2014 team celebrate at last year's Walk to End Lupus event.

It is estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus, a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. Normally, the function of the body’s immune system is to protect it against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. In an autoimmune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissue, so the immune system then makes antibodies and begins attacking itself. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus can strike men and women of all ages, but 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women, mostly [...]

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Fecal Incontinence: Talk to Your Doctor Today
Apr 13, 2015 By Kristie Greene, MD

fecal incontinenceFecal Incontinence (FI) is the accidental or involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool from the rectum. The two most important things to know about FI are:

  1. It is not a normal part of aging. And
  2. You are not alone.
Fecal incontinence affects nearly 18 million adults in the United States and has a profound impact on one’s quality of life. Still, many women are hesitant to talk to their doctors about this condition because they are embarrassed or think that there is nothing that can be done about it.

What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

There are many different factors within the body that have to all work together to keep us continent. These include intact mental function, normal volume and consistency of stool, and intact muscles, nerves, and reflexes within our colon and anal canal. A problem with any of these factors can lead to fecal incontinence. Some examples of [...]

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Emory Healthcare Turns Trash into Treasure
Apr 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory RecyclesMetal hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows – these items come to mind when renovating or building a new structure, but they should also be considered when demolishing a building, too. Sometimes, these materials don’t need to end up in the dumpster! The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Facilities Management team partnered with a group of volunteers from the Lifecycle Building Center to redefine what it means to reuse and repurpose at EHC. To make room for the new hospital bed tower on Clifton Road, the Emory University sorority houses on Gambrell Drive were demolished. , Facilities Management salvaged many items, such as those listed above, from the sorority houses. Rather than throwing away perfectly useful building fixtures, the Lifecycle Building Center will repurpose the items throughout the community for use in other building [...]

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Clinical Trials: Leading the Way to Better Health Care
Apr 7, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Clinical TrialsAs the leading academic medical center in Georgia, Emory Healthcare is home to researchers and physicians who are pioneering or participating in thousands of clinical trials across the nation. The discovery that comes from these research studies not only makes a different in the way health care is delivered, here and now, but impacts patient care for generations to come. A recent Atlanta Business Chronicle article highlights twenty clinical trials across the state of Georgia that have the potential to make a big difference in health care. 15 out of the 20 trials identified are Emory-led or Emory-involved clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials at Emory Healthcare, or click to find an Emory clinical trial. Also, make sure to read below to see the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of promising trials to keep and eye on.

  • LEUKEMIA CLINICAL

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Pituitary Tumors - Types, Treatments and More
Apr 2, 2015 By Nelson Oyesiku, MD

pituitary glandYou or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Pituitary Tumor. So what’s next? First, virtually all pituitary tumors are benign, that is to say they are not cancers, which is usually what comes to mind when the diagnosis “tumor” is made. They are certainly growths, hence the name tumor, and left untreated usually will get bigger. This will likely cause more symptoms and may become more complicated to treat. The pituitary gland is a very important organ, so much so that it is called the “master gland” because it literally controls the functions of all the other endocrine (hormone-producing) glands such as the thyroid, adrenal, testis and ovaries, while also having a very key role in regulating metabolism and growth. In fact, without the pituitary or replacements for what it produces, life as we know it would not be possible. However, the pituitary is quite small, [...]

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