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Special Emory Clinic Seeks to Diagnose Rare Diseases
Mar 24, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Special Diagnostics Patient

Rheumatologist Heather Gladue, DO, sees patient Drew Crenshaw during a check-up at Emory following his diagnosis of severe gout.

Emory Healthcare patient, Drew Crenshaw, was just 18-years old when he started down his six-year journey to diagnosis. After seeking medical help for crippling ankle pain, X-rays revealed that Drew had minor stress fractures in both his feet. Wheelchair bound for six months with casts on his feet, Drew withdrew from college and returned home to recover. But even after his casts were removed, Drew’s pain not only continued, but spread to all of his joints. "Some days, the pain was so bad I could not even get out of bed," says Crenshaw. "My shoulders, knees, elbows, fingers and ankles were all affected. Everything hurt." After visiting doctors and health care facilities in several states, Drew came to Emory's Special Diagnostic Services (ESDS), a [...]

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What Is A PCP and Why Do I Need One?
Mar 19, 2015 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Primary Care ProviderA primary care provider, or PCP, is your main point of contact for healthcare in non-emergency situations. Think of this type of healthcare 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 a 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 a condition requires more targeted treatment
In addition, a PCP ensures prescribed medications will not [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 1: What are Clinical Trials?
Mar 17, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

What is a Clinical Trial

WATCH Winship at Emory patient and clinical trial participant, Holly Johnston, discuss her decision to enroll in a cancer clinical trial.

Clinical trials are an essential part of moving research forward and most medical advances have been made possible because of volunteer participation in clinical trials. At Emory Healthcare, clinical trials are at the core of our mission where discovery and research fuel exceptional patient-and-family-centered care. But for many people, clinical studies seem complicated and intimidating. To answer some popular questions about clinical trials and clear up common misunderstandings, we are launching a six-part series on understanding clinical trials and why they are an important part of patient care.

What are clinical trials?

A clinical trial is a form of research that uses human volunteers (called participants) to answer specific questions [...]

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How to “Live Long and Prosper:” Avoiding COPD
Feb 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Leonard Nimoy COPDBy now you’ve probably heard that the world lost a beloved actor, poet and photographer today. Some of you know him as “Spock,” while to his family he was Leonard Nimoy, a husband and father. Nimoy passed away from the third leading cause of death in the United States: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nimoy was open with his fans about his COPD diagnosis and often used Twitter to highlight the importance of quitting smoking, tweeting things such as: “Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP.” Nimoy signed all of his tweets with “LLAP,” a nod to Mr. Spock’s signature catchphrase “Live Long and Prosper.” In honor of his work raising awareness around smoking and COPD, we’d like to help shed some light on this disease:

What is COPD?

COPD is a type of lung disease that can cause breathing-related problems due to the blockage of airflow through [...]

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Emory Healthcare: Always Growing and Improving
Feb 23, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

EUH construction update 2015If you’ve visited Emory University Hospital (EUH) or Emory Clinic on Clifton Road, you’ve noticed a lot of changes happening! Several construction projects are taking place to prepare for the arrival of a new hospital tower, which will provide additional beds and clinical space on the Clifton Campus. The new bed tower will be patient- and family-centered facility, which we anticipate will open in 2017. It will include:

  • 210 patient beds
  • 450,000 square feet and nine levels
  • Patient care units for cancer and transplant (liver, pancreas, kidney)
  • Diagnostic and treatment spaces
  • ICU rooms
  • General Medical/Surgical rooms
  • 500 underground parking spaces
  • A new pedestrian bridge concourse that will connect EUH, Emory Clinic and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University to the new building
With some services relocating to the new tower, services currently at Emory [...]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
Feb 18, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

seasonal affective disorderSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Seasonal Depression is a type of depression that correlates to changes in seasons. Most people with SAD start to experience some symptoms in the fall that continue, and can sometimes worsen, in the winter months. In people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, symptoms of depression will usually dissipate in the spring and summer, though a small percentage of people do report SAD symptoms during the summer.

Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder

There are many external factors that can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Winter can often bring dreary weather, such as colder temperatures and lots of precipitation. These factors, combined with shorter daylight hours, can make it difficult to find the energy to get through the season. Geographically, those who live farther from the equator, either north or south, are more likely to [...]

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital continues Community Health Classes
Feb 12, 2015 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Wellness ClassesLooking for a way to kick start a healthier lifestyle in the new year? A new 5-week course starts Feb. 25 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital focusing on health and wellness. Classes are taught by community and hospital healthcare providers and provide general education on nutrition and health issues to help participants progress toward developing personalized health plans. Classes meet every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Physicians Plaza Suite 109, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. The cost for all five sessions is $75. Class topics are:

  • Feb. 25: Introduction and Initial Health Screening. Taught by Andrew Pugliese, MD, a Disease Prevention Physician at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, will set the foundation with information on how a healthy, active lifestyle can influence personal risk factors for disease. Licensed lab technicians help participants complete

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Emory in Your Community – Free Osteoporosis Prevention Program
Feb 4, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

nurses screening patientsEmory Healthcare’s Community Health Partnership* is offering a complimentary Osteoporosis Prevention Program at the United Methodist Church in Tucker. This 6-week program will screen and educate participants on ways to reduce their risk of osteoporosis. Sessions will be facilitated by Emory specialty nurses who will provide:

  • Osteoporosis screenings
  • Personal progress consultations
  • Individual evaluation and follow-up

Start Date

Tuesday, February 17 5:30 – 7:00 PM


Tucker First United Methodist Church-Wesley Center 2397 Fourth Street Tucker, GA 30084

Register today as space is limited to the first 20 participants.

To register or for more information, call 404-778-7777 or e-mail *Emory Healthcare’s Community Health Partnership is a collaboration between Emory and the North Georgia Conference of The United [...]

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
Jan 12, 2015 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Joint Commission Top PerformerEmory Johns Creek Hospital is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013 by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. The hospital has been recognized for achieving excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care measure sets during 2013. It was one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. “Emory Johns Creek Hospital is very proud of receiving Top Performer designation from The Joint Commission,” says Laura Lang, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Emory Johns Creek. “It demonstrates our commitment to the highly reliable use of evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for our patients.” To make the list, Emory Johns [...]

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Hit Your New Year's Goals - Every Single Day!
Jan 8, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

It's the first full week of the new year! Many of us have made lengthy lists of New Year's Resolutions that probably include many long-term goals. While long-term goals are great - and necessary for success - sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when you know that your goal is far off in the future. An easy way to avoid that discouragement is to set daily goals that you can meet every single day. Feeling a sense of accomplishment every day will help you stay motivated to reach your future, long-term goals. Here's a template of simple, healthy goals you can meet every single day. Visit our Pinterest page for a printable version you can hang on your fridge and check off every single day. Good luck, and Happy New Year! Daily New Years Goals [...]

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