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Helmet Safety for Your Child and Teen
May 16, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Bike Helmet SafetyYour child’s helmet should fit properly and be:
  • Well maintained
  • Age appropriate
  • Worn consistently and correctly
  • Appropriately certified for use
While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can help protect your child or teen from a serious brain or head injury. Even with a helmet, it is important for your child or teen to avoid hits to the head.

HEADS UP Video: Get a Heads Up on Helmets


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How Not to Get Sick: 5 Tips to Stay Healthy All Year Long
May 2, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

washing handsA cold or virus can knock you off your feet and keep you in bed for days at a time. Not only do you feel miserable when you’re sick, but you miss out on work, school and with your family. While you can’t avoid sickness altogether, there are a few ways you can stay healthy all year long. Read on to learn five simple tips for combatting illness and keeping you up and at ‘em.

1. Wash Your Hands Properly

Hand hygiene is one of your best defenses against getting sick. But proper handwashing may not be as straightforward as you think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer five foolproof steps to make sure you’re washing away germs and bacteria that can make you sick:
  1. Wet hands with clean, running water.
  2. Apply soap and lather the backs of hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands

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Nurses Choose Emory Healthcare for Personal and Professional Growth
Apr 1, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

dr sharon pappas with nursing groupLeaders at Emory Healthcare (EHC) share a common goal of providing a world class environment where nurses can thrive and patients can heal. It is this level of commitment that creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, where leaders listen to and value the contributions of nurses. Chief Nursing Executive Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, leads with gratitude and deep appreciation for the nurses who serve at EHC. “For us, it’s important to let nurses know how valuable they are, and we are serious about hiring nurses who appreciate this culture,” said Dr. Pappas. “Here at Emory Healthcare, we practice patient- and family-centered care where nurses are an active member of the care team.” This collaborative environment is critical to patient care. Nurses and other members of the care team can make the best, most well-informed decisions with this approach. [...]

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Nutrition Tips to Get You Back On Track
Mar 11, 2019 By Carrie Claiborne, RD, LD

March is National Nutrition Month®. This is a perfect month to promote the importance of wellness and nutrition. For most people, the motivation of continuing their New Year’s resolution is wearing off by now and we all could use a little push heading into the second quarter. With the endless marketing ads we encounter from billboards, to television, to digital media, the concept of eating healthy can seem confusing and downright overwhelming. Every week, there seems to be a new diet or superfood with claims of increased vitality and health. Maybe you’ve tried a few, maybe you haven’t. The truth is, eating healthy is easier than you think, once you know the basics. Here are a few nutrition tips to help you stay on track to reaching your New Year’s resolution.

  1. Eat whole foods – No, that does not mean eat the whole pizza! Whole foods are foods that are free from

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Social Wellness: Your Relationships Impact Your Health
Mar 8, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

social wellnessThere’s a lot of talk these days about your emotional, physical and mental wellness, but what about your social health? After all, your relationships with family and friends certainly impact your overall well-being. Think about the last time you had an argument with a loved one or were on the outs with a friend: It can make your blood pressure rise and release stress hormones in your body. All relationships have their ups and downs. But with strong communication, open-mindedness and empathy, healthy relationships will stand the test of time — and add great value to your life. In fact, research supports the idea that people with strong social wellness (those who have healthy relationships and can successfully interact with others) enjoy many health benefits, including:

  • Boosted immune systems
  • Healthier hearts
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Longer lives
  • Stronger

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Emergency Preparedness: Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe
Mar 1, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

Emergency Preparedness KitWe don’t like to think about it, but emergencies can strike at any time. From major disasters to health scares, it’s important to be prepared so you and your family can cope with whatever comes your way. For some, emergency preparedness is a daunting task. To make it less overwhelming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest breaking it down into an easy-to-remember, three-step process:

  1. Get a kit
  2. Make a plan
  3. Be informed

1. Get a Kit

Make a kit of supplies you would need in a disaster. The Department of Homeland Security recommends your emergency kit include:
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Dust masks
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Food (three-day supply of non-perishable food such as energy bars, peanut butter, nuts, canned vegetables and dried fruit)
  • Local

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5 Ways to Reduce or Even Reverse Diabetes
Feb 28, 2019 By Candace C. White, DO

American Diabetes Alert DayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and more than 7 million of them do not know they have it. Hence, it is possible that you or a family member or close friend could be undiagnosed. When diabetes goes untreated it can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness and foot problems. Also, diabetes is expensive and people with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on medical expenses than those without diabetes. American Diabetes Association Alert Day, held the last Tuesday of March each year is a one-day event that encourages everyone to take the Type II Diabetes Risk Test. Each year, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to participate in workplace activities and increase its awareness of the disease.

Here are some tips to reduce or reverse


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50+ Million Americans Suffer from Allergies Each Year
Feb 22, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

What’s the Problem?

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that generally do not affect other individuals. These substances, or allergens, can cause sneezing, coughing, and itching. Allergic reactions range from merely bothersome to life-threatening. Some allergies are seasonal, like hay fever. Allergies have also been associated with chronic conditions like sinusitis and asthma.

Who’s at Risk?

Anyone may have or develop an allergy – from a baby born with an allergy to cow’s milk, to a child who gets poison ivy, to a senior citizen who develops hives after taking a new medication.

Can It Be Prevented?

Allergies can generally not be prevented but allergic

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Allergies: Know Where to Go to Get Relief This Season
Feb 20, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

For allergy and asthma sufferers in Atlanta, there are effectively three seasons: summer, winter and pollen. With a warmer-than-average winter, high pollen counts have already been reported across the U.S. In Atlanta, this warmer-than-usual weather triggered an early release of tree pollen. As a result, pollen counts started rising in mid-February. This means allergy season is already here — which may seem unfair, considering we are still at the tail end of flu season. Click here to learn more about pollen counts and what the numbers mean. Respiratory allergies, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), flare up because of a heightened immune system response to pollen particles. Allergic rhinitis produces the typical sneezing and runny nose associated with pollen season, as well as itchy, watery eyes. You can also experience itching in your ears, nose [...]

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Falls Among Older Adults
Feb 6, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Important Facts about Falls

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, 1 but less than half tell their doctor. 2  Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. 3

Falls Are Serious and Costly

2005-2014, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+ Source: 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96, 2014: 58.48
  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.4,5
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.6
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.6
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.7
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,8 usually by falling sideways.9
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).10
  • In 2015, the total medical costs

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