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Choosing a PCP: It's a Big Decision
May 21, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Primary Care PhysicianChoosing a primary care provider is a very important personal decision, and a number of factors should be considered to make sure you are selecting a healthcare professional with whom you can form a long-term relationship. A primary care provider, or PCP for short, works with you to maintain your overall health by focusing on wellness and the optimum management of your chronic conditions to avoid future problems. And while your PCP is your health care hub, he or she can also help you with selection of and referral to a specialist should your condition warrant the additional expertise. While specialists focuse on their area of expertise, your PCP maintains a holistic perspective. In that way, your PCP will work with your specialist, or specialists, to guide you through your treatment course and provide high-level oversight of treatments, medications, therapies and recommendations [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 3: What are the Phases of Clinical Trials?
May 19, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Phases of Clinical TrialsThe goal of clinical trials is to determine if new treatments, drugs and care-delivery processes are safe and effective. Discovery and data collected from clinical research studies impacts patient care, here and now, while also informing future generations with the hope of achieving better outcomes. But clinical studies do not happen overnight, and in fact, some take years to yield enough information to answer specific questions they are designed to answer. Clinical trials take place in “phases,” and each phase helps researchers answer specific questions. Learn more about the different phases of clinical trials below:

Phase I:

These trials are used to test brand new drugs, devices or procedures to find out how safe they are, including safest dose, and identify possible side effects. They usually involve 20 to 80 people.

Phase II:

These trials are used to further evaluate [...]

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Emory Healthcare Named One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™
May 14, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Best and BrightestWe’re delighted to announce that for the third year in a row, Emory Healthcare has been named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR)! This award recognizes organizations that provide excellent benefits, compensation, employee engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication and shared vision, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance. “We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s 'Best and Brightest' companies,” said Junnifer Kluge, NABR president. “These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management. This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of metro Atlanta area [...]

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The Truth About Mesh in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
May 11, 2015 By Amos Adelowo, MD, MPH, FACOG

Amos Adelowo, MDPolypropylene mesh material has been used in most surgical subspecialties and in millions of patients for over five decades. In my field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the use of permanent mesh material is often used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, which is when the pelvic organs drop due to weakened pelvic muscles, and stress urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary leakage of urine after physical activity, such as sneezing, coughing, and laughing. In July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an advisory on the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. In addition, there has been significant media attention surrounding this issue, and lawyers have targeted women who have had mesh placed, promising big payouts for their pain and discomfort. Because of these developments, [...]

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Repositioning the Psychiatric Service Continuum at Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods
May 7, 2015 By Ed Lawrence, MHA, CAC, CCS

Adult PsychiatryThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) projects over the next 25 years, we will witness the largest population increase in people over 60 years old in the history of mankind, in addition to a general population that will reach 400 million by 2030. The need for psychiatric services is also expected to increase during this period. These projections demand a review of how we provide psychiatric services. As a result of this review, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods is proud to announce the launch of our new Adult and Senior Inpatient Psychiatry Programs. Our inpatient care model includes a diagnostic assessment, initial treatment and crisis stabilization to insure our patients safely transition from inpatient care to outpatient therapy. We also offer advanced treatments for psychiatric and mood disorders, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Ketamine Infusions [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 2: What are the Benefits of Clinical Trials?
May 5, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

With any clinical trial, there are both benefits and risks associated; however, clinical trials are not just for sick people, unlike common perception. Both healthy people and people with certain diseases or conditions participate in clinical trials. While some participate to receive care or treatment only available through a clinical trial, others participate to help researchers find better treatments. For researchers, physicians and health care professionals, clinical trials are extremely important because they allow us to make real-time differences in medicine. Treatment regimens, drugs and care-delivery protocols all exist today because of clinical studies conducted in the past. Clinical trials and research provide not only hope for our patients, but a possibility for better outcomes and medical advancements in the future. As a leading academic medical center, Emory [...]

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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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