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Ebola and Emory Healthcare – An Extraordinary Year
Jul 31, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

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This August marks the first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory, and it was an extraordinary year!

Emory's experience with Ebola began at the end of July 2014 when two American citizens became infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa. Both patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were brought to Emory University Hospital and discharged a month later free of the virus. To date, the Emory Healthcare Ebola Team has successfully treated four patients infected with the Ebola virus. Emory is now an international leader in researching the disease. Our experts have shared their protocols and knowledge gained from treating these patients through a variety of journal publications, training conferences and an extensive public website for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, [...]

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Breakthrough clinical study exposes crucial role parents play in behavior management for children with autism
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

parent-childHighlighted in an April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a clinical trial involving Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center provided insight into the effect parent training has on managing disruptive behavior with young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and serious behavioral problems. ASD is a chronic condition beginning in early childhood and is mostly characterized by impaired social communication and repetitive behavior. Commonly, severe behavioral problems accompany ASD in young children including tantrums, aggression, self-injury and severe noncompliance in response to routine environmental demands. For parents of children with ASD, these disruptive behaviors can be overwhelming and produce uncertainty on how to handle these problems. While there are approved medications for these disruptive behavioral problems, many parents are [...]

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Emory hospitals again ranked among best in country, state and metro area by U.S. News & World Report
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

euh-frontU.S. News & World Report has announced its 2015-16 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our Emory Healthcare hospitals have been placed among the best in the country. For the fourth year in a row, Emory University Hospital has been named the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is ranked 5th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranks 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta, also a two-way tie.

NATIONALLY, Emory University Hospital was TOP ranked in 12 adult specialty areas:

• Cancer - (#22 up from #24) • Cardiology & Heart Surgery - (#15 up from #16) • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#18 up from #23) • Ear, Nose & Throat - [...]

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Emory Metabolic Camp Helps Young Women Manage Metabolic Disorders
Jul 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

This summer marked the 21st annual Metabolic Camp hosted by Emory University. This camp helps girls and young women with inherited metabolic disorders, including phenylketonuria (PKU) and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), learn how to better manage and live with their disorders. Metabolic Camp provides the girls with educational opportunities for handling the lifetime responsibility of managing their diets and health along with traditional camping activities.

These disorders are caused by the body’s inability to process proteins normally. In individuals with these rare genetic disorders even one gram of protein can cause irreversible brain damage or death. However through Georgia’s newborn screening program, metabolic disorders can often be detected early on.

"Metabolic Camp has had a tremendous impact not only on the quality of life of girls over the years but also on the

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5 Common Summertime Emergencies
Jul 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

SummertimeEmergencies _ 7-9Summertime is fun time! The beautiful weather demands you come out and play. Enjoy your hiking, biking, gardening, and all the activities that are much more enjoyable when it's warm and sunny, but be careful. Emergency visits tend to rise with the temperatures. While many injuries are relatively minor and will heal quickly on their own, it's important to understand when it's appropriate to go to the emergency room. It could save a life. Here's a list of five common summertime injuries and the symptoms you need to know:

Heat Stroke

As temperatures rise in the summer, it's important to remain cool, well rested and hydrated. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and dehydration are a lethal mix causing your body to overheat. This can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the most serious of all - heatstroke. Heatstroke is a very serious problem that causes internal organ [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2015 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jul 7, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Top Docs 2015As our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more Top Doctors. Atlanta magazine’s 2015 July 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 in the listing, Emory physicians make up the majority – 58% to be exact! We honor, celebrate and thank all of our physicians—and the care teams that support them—for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority, and caring for YOU - our patients and families - each and every day. Congratulations to you all! With our continuing expanded footprint, communities all over Atlanta and throughout Georgia have access to even more Emory Top Doctors. Big or small, major or minor, if you have a reason to seek medical care, you now have an Emory [...]

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Partial Hospitalization Program - What is It?”
Jul 2, 2015 By Jenny Barwick, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Transitions Senior Program, Emory Healthcare at Wesley Woods

Partial Hospitalization ProgramI have been a part of the Emory family for 6 years. Over the past 6 years, I have worked in the Transitions Seniors Program, better known as PHP. When attending different community events, a question I hear all too often is, “PHP? What’s that?” PHP is short for Partial Hospitalization Program. I hope this blog can answer the question, “PHP? What’s that?”

What is Partial Hospitalization Program?

Partial hospitalization is defined by the American Association of Partial Hospitalizations as: A distinct and organized intensive psychiatric outpatient treatment that closely resembles short-term inpatient program. The Medicare psychiatric partial hospitalization benefits were established to provide patients with an acute mental illness, services in lieu of inpatient psychiatric care (Block & Lefkovitz, 2009). The PHP patient care is an individualized treatment plan developed [...]

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Spotlight: Men's Fitness
Jun 29, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Men's Health MonthJune is Men's Health Month. It's also the time of year when many men become more active. The warm temperatures and long days make it easier (and more fun) to play on a softball team, tend to the yard, or start a new exercise routine, like biking or swimming. But after months of rest, the sudden explosion of activity can wreak havoc on the body. If you're about to ramp up a new summer workout, keep these injury prevention tips in mind:

1. Get Professional Help

If you are new to exercise, or just haven't been active in a while, see your doctor for a physical to make sure you are healthy enough to take on strenuous activity. Also consider hiring a professional trainer or coach who can teach you proper form and technique.

2. Wear Proper Clothing

Always wear appropriate footwear. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will also be able to alleviate undue stress to your [...]

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Revolutionary Research Underway with First-in-Man Clinical Trial for Hunter Syndrome
Jun 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Hunter SyndromeAs an academic medical center, many physicians at Emory not only take care of patients on a daily basis, but also partake in research and teaching/training the future generations of physicians. It’s through discovery that happens during clinical trials and research that allows for new advancements in medicine to be made. Providing the standard of care of is not always enough. New treatment therapies, technology and care delivery techniques must be developed, tested and perfected in order to keep advancing health care.

Not sure what clinical trials are? Check out our blog post that explains Clinical Trails>>

  Currently happening at Emory is the first-in-man clinical trial, testing a newly developed drug for a rare genetic condition called mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) or Hunter syndrome. Hunter syndrome is a hereditary disease in which a critical enzyme is [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 4: What Questions Should You Ask Before Enrolling in a Clinical Trial?
Jun 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Clinical Trials QuestionsParticipation in clinical trials is 100% voluntary. While there are many benefits to participating in clinical trials, there can also be risks. If you have been offered a clinical trial, or are considering participating, it is important to talk with your physician before enrolling in one. Your health care team wants to make sure you have all the information needed to make a decision. Do not hesitate to ask any questions or bring up any issues concerning the trial with the research team associated with the clinical trial. Tips for asking about clinical trials include:

  • Take a family member or caregiver with you for support and for help in asking questions and recording answers.
  • Plan questions ahead of time — you can still ask new questions you think of while you're there, but it helps to be prepared ahead of time.
  • Write down your questions in advance, to make sure you
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