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Expanding Compassion Amid the Loneliness & Isolation of COVID-19
May 21, 2020 By Jennifer Mascaro, PhD

young woman speaks with elder on video chat during home lockdownOver the last two decades or so, researchers from many different fields of science have been working to uncover the biological bases of social connection. I am one of those researchers, trained as a biological anthropologist. I study interventions, behaviors, and programs that cultivate feelings of connection and compassion and reduce feelings of loneliness, isolation, and us-versus-them-driven social threat. A pioneer of this research, the late John Cacioppo, defined loneliness as the perceived sense of isolation. He and his colleagues have uncovered how loneliness affects the brain and body, as well as how loneliness increases mortality. During a global pandemic, where we have a new normal of social distancing that may increase loneliness, we may fluctuate mood between feelings of rage, helplessness, guilt, and fear. At the same time, we may seek profound connection and [...]

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Top 4 Health Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
Apr 24, 2020 By Emory Healthcare

women walking in park to do yogaAs we all know, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of various injuries and/or health conditions, instead of running on a treadmill or jumping rope, many people (especially those with back pain) must choose to participate in low-impact activities. If you’re someone who is impacted by musculoskeletal issues, ranging from tender joints to osteoarthritis, check out the four activity options below for healthy ways to stay active without all the wear and tear.

1. Yoga

Because the foundation of yoga is stretching, it is an ideal exercise option for those requiring low-impact options for staying fit. The slow and gradual movements associated with yoga allow the body to gracefully ease into each position and ensure joints avoid taking on the heavy impact associated with many other forms of exercise. Yoga can help you become more flexible and has a [...]

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Health Benefits of Yoga
Apr 6, 2020 By Emory Healthcare

National Yoga Awareness Month Developed in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an incredibly popular form of exercise in the United States. There are more than one hundred different types of yoga, and most focus on three core elements: breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming poses (or postures) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. You’ve probably heard yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and found that you walked away feeling better than when you came in. Yoga not only feels great but it’s also great for you, providing instant gratification and lasting transformation (if you stick with it!). But while you probably know that yoga can help you become more flexible, you may be surprised by the wide range of health benefits—both physical and mental—that yoga can help you achieve.

Physical Benefits

  • Builds Muscle Strength - Many yoga poses require you to
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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.
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