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New Website Makes Searching For Emory Clinical Trials Easier
Jan 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

cthp-250x250We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Emory clinical trials website! The new site – clinicaltrials.emory.edu – features easy-to-access information for nearly 1,000 active clinical trials at Emory that are currently seeking volunteers. Potential clinical trial participants may easily search for trials related to a specific health condition or browse by topic areas such as cardiology, cancer, or neurosciences and view quick facts about each of the individual trials. While many clinical trials are seeking patients who have a particular disease, many others are seeking healthy volunteers. “Emory’s ability to develop improved therapies through clinical research is a key component of our clinical mission and gives patients access to the most advanced treatments available,” says Jeffrey Lennox, MD, associate dean for clinical research in Emory University School [...]

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Build your Own First Aid Kit with These 16 Items
Jan 8, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

first-aid250x250It’s a new year, and a good time to think about getting a fresh start on your family’s health. Creating a first aid kit for your home – and even your car - helps keep first-aid items in one easy place. It’s also fairly easy to do and low cost. You can either start your first-aid kit scratch, or purchase one from a local drug store and tailor it to your family’s needs.

Either way, be sure to include the following:

  • Contact list: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including those of close friends, neighbors and family members. Make sure you include contact information for your primary care physician and, if you have children, their pediatrician.
  • Copies of insurance and medical records
  • List of prescribed medications and known allergies: Having this information readily available helps paramedics and other medical professionals treat you more effectively. Even
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Takeaways from Dr. Bergquist’s Live Chat on Stress Management
Dec 30, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

stress-cil-638Thanks to everyone who attended our live chat, “Managing Your Stress,” Tuesday, Dec. 22, with Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD, who serves as Emory Healthcare Network primary care physician and associate professor with the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Bergquist fielded some great questions on a range of topics, including:

  • Stress and its relationship to autoimmune disorders
  • Stress effects on aging
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Best stress-relieving activities
  • Managing grief during the holidays
  • Good stress and how to make stress work for you
  • The effects of stress on migraines
  • How your primary care physician can help you manage stress
If you didn't get a chance to join us, read the full transcript from “Managing Your Stress” here.

Two questions didn’t get answered during the live chat, so we're sharing them here, along with Dr. Bergquist’s [...]

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Public Exchange Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 31
Dec 18, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

calendar and computer mouse close up If you missed the Dec. 17 deadline to enroll in a federal insurance plan, don't worry. You can still enroll for a plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Here are two more deadlines to know:

  • Jan. 15, 2016. Coverage starts Feb. 1, 2016 for enrollments or changes made by this date.
  • Jan. 31, 2016. This is the final day you can enroll in or change a plan for 2016. Enrollments or changes made between Jan.16 and Jan. 31 means coverage will start March 1, 2016.
Certain life events qualify individuals for special enrollment periods. For a list of these qualifying events, visit healthcare.gov. In any event, make sure Emory Healthcare is in your plan. See the insurance plans Emory Healthcare accepts in the Health Insurance Marketplace. And if you’re interested in becoming an Emory patient, find a physician here to meet your needs. [...]

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Managing Your Stress Live Chat on December 22nd
Nov 19, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

stress-chatThe holiday season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to think about stress management. In short spurts, stress is actually helpful and can propel us through a tough situation or help us react quickly to avoid one. However, prolonged or severe stress may trigger physical, psychological and emotional reactions that can lead to health problems or worsen existing ones. On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from noon to 1pm EST join Emory Healthcare Network’s Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD for an interactive web chat on Stress Management. Sign up, send questions and learn about

  • Symptoms of stress
  • Long-term effects of stress on your health and body and
  • Techniques for reducing stress

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About Dr. Bergquist

avatar-horesh-bergquist-sharonDr. Bergquist is an Emory Clinic Primary Care Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her expertise includes healthy [...]

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Infertility Statistics and Infertility in Men
Oct 15, 2015 By Akanksha Mehta, MD

couple-walking-autumnInfertility is a common problem that affects one out of every ten couples trying to conceive. Perhaps because of social stigma, infertility is rarely publicized or discussed, despite common occurrence. Recently, several celebrities have opened up on social media about their personal struggles in trying to conceive. Hopefully, these discussions will promote greater awareness of the both the causes of infertility, and the treatments for infertility. Historically, any discussion about infertility has focused on infertility in women. People are often surprised to learn that 50% of all cases of infertility involve infertility in men. Causes of infertility in men range from abnormalities in sperm count, to hormone imbalances, and problems with ejaculation. In many cases, these male fertility issues can be treated either medically or surgically. As a urologist who specializes in [...]

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Emory University Hospital – Recognized as Top-Performing Academic Medical Center 5th Year in a Row
Oct 2, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC®) has presented Emory University Hospital with their Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for the fifth consecutive year! This award, formerly named the UHC Quality Leadership Award, recognizes top-performing academic medical centers. Emory University Hospital ranked No. 4 in the country among all UHC member institutions that were included in the 2015 Quality and Accountability Study. This is the 5th year in a row that Emory University Hospital has been a top 10 recipient of this award. The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award is given to UHC member academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance in quality and safety as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted since 2005. This study uses the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: [...]

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Emory-led clinical trial tests microneedle skin patches as alternative to flu shot
Sep 30, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

An example of a microneedle patch. Photo by Gary Meek, gatech.edu

An example of a microneedle patch. Photo by Gary Meek, gatech.edu

A clinical trial at Emory University is currently underway to test whether microneedle patches applied to the skin are a safe and effective alternative to conventional flu shots. The patches, which are about the size of a quarter, contain very tiny (thin and short) needles, called microneedles, which are barely visible to the eye. Once the patch is applied to the skin, the microneedles begin to penetrate the upper layers of the skin and deliver the vaccine. Researchers plan to enroll up to 100 participants in the clinical study conducted at the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center. Volunteers must be healthy adults between ages 18 and 49 who did not receive a flu shot in the 2014-2015 season will receive either one dose of the regular flu shot or one patch containing either the flu vaccine or containing [...]

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The New and Improved Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods
Sep 15, 2015 By Emory Wesley Woods Center

entrance-wesleyMental illness is an epidemic in the United States today. In the state of Georgia, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (www.namiga.org). As more and more people are seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses, there is a rising need for more treatment options. Sitting down with Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods Clinical Administrator, Jen Schuck, helped to shed light on how Emory Healthcare, is working towards addressing the needs of this rising epidemic. In the past year, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods (EUHWW) has undergone significant changes. Ms. Schuck says EUHWW as a whole, are trying to move away, “from the negative stigmas” by referring to psychiatric services as “behavioral health.” In addition to promoting a more positive way to talk about mental health, Ms. Schuck explains how EUHWW has essentially [...]

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: How It Affects Veterans and Treatment Options That Can Lead to a Better Life Live Chat
Sep 3, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

ptsd-chat-calloutThough commonly associated with combat experiences, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, be it a near-death experience, sexual violence, or even a car accident. Some common symptoms include upsetting memories, jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these symptoms persist, they can cause severe disruptions to daily life. Emory’s Veterans Program offers effective treatment to post-9/11 veterans who may be suffering from PTSD. Join Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, director of Emory’s Veterans Program and a leading specialist in the treatment of PTSD,  on Tuesday, September 22 from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss PTSD and approaches to treatment. She will be available to answer in-depth questions regarding types of therapy and treatment  methods offered through Emory’s Veterans Program. Register for the live chat on September 22 at 12pm [...]

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