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The Catching Point: Gaining Enough Momentum to Make Weight Loss Easier
Jun 29, 2018 By J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR

One thing is clear regarding healthy diet and exercise: it is much easier for those who are already lean to do it for body maintenance than it is for those who are obese trying to make a change. People hoping to lose pounds quickly by abruptly starting to exercise and eat well ignite a survival response that turns hundreds of thousands of would-be dieters back each year.

The nature of the survival response is a subject for another article, but for now - how can we overcome it? How can we get that critical amount of momentum, after which things are so much easier? How can we stay on track long enough so that habits "catch?"

The traditional teaching is to push through it and overcome the early entry barrier with "mind over matter" techniques. Unfortunately, that approach has contributed to notoriously high diet failure rates and continually increasing incidences of obesity. In

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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program - Site Visit
Jun 27, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

PUBLIC NOTICE

MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM® — SITE VISIT

Emory University Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2014 by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In August, 2018, Emory University Hospital is applying for re-designation. 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. All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by Friday, July 27, 2018. 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 [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2018 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 21, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Once again, Atlanta magazine’s July 2018 Top Doctors 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 on the list, Emory Healthcare has more Top Docs than any other health system in Atlanta. Emory physicians represented 42% of the total doctors recognized – 329 Emory physicians to be exact.

These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine.

We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2018 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their outstanding care teams—for providing exceptional care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. Congratulations to you all!

To compile the annual “Top

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Exercising While Pregnant
May 18, 2018 By Anita Tamirisa, DO

  • “I’m worried if I run, that I will hurt my baby.”
  • “If I continue to do Pilates, will I squish my little one?”
  • “Can I keep doing Cross Fit?”
  • “I’ve never really exercised before…can I start now that I’m pregnant?”
These are some common questions pregnant patients ask during visits and understandably so as there is so much conflicting information out there. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the subject.

What is exercise? Why should I make it a part of my routine?

Exercise, defined as a planned activity with the intention of improving one or more components of physical fitness, has been shown to have many positive benefits for a person in pregnancy. Pregnant patients who have maintained a regular exercise schedule have shown to gain a healthier amount of weight during pregnancy, lose excess weight more quickly after delivery, reduce the [...]

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Sexual Dysfunction
Apr 18, 2018 By Sana Ansari, MD

What you may have been labeling as “lack of sexual interest” or “painful sex” is a form of sexual dysfunction, a common and frequently treatable issue. The term “sexual dysfunction” refers to a recurring or persistent problem that interferes with a person’s ability to have sex or enjoy a sexual experience.  Sexual dysfunction can occur at any point in a woman’s life.  The process of sexual enjoyment is complex, especially in women.  There are multiple points at which the “dysfunction” can occur, and many times there is more than one factor at play. Common problems which can occur include:

  • Low desire or the lack of sexual interest
  • Lack of arousal or difficulty maintaining the arousal
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Pain instigated by intercourse or chronic pain preventing intercourse
Low desire, lack of arousal and inability to achieve an [...]

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - What is the Right Treatment Approach?
Apr 2, 2018 By Jessica Harroche, MD FACOG

Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common and include a wide range of conditions that affect women on a daily basis, significantly impairing one's quality of life. In the United States, up to 35% of women suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and up to 50% of women have physical findings consistent with some degree of pelvic organ prolapse.

Symptoms

At Emory Women's Center, our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists offer help to patients with a wide variety of conditions including pelvic organ prolapse (when the pelvic organs "drop" due to pelvic floor weakness) and stress urinary incontinence (the involuntary leakage of urine with physical activity). Symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse include:
  • Vaginal bulge/pressure
  • Vaginal pain
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Difficulty with defecation
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Why Diagnosis Isn't Always Simple
Mar 8, 2018 By Emory Reproductive Center

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a syndrome associated with irregular menstrual cycles, acne or excess hair growth, and, occasionally, difficulties with weight control. While PCOS is a broad diagnosis, many women with PCOS do not fit the stereotypical PCOS mold. So, how do I know if I have PCOS? A diagnosis of PCOS requires 2 of the following 3 characteristics:

  1. Irregular menstrual cycles: Periods that occur in an unpredictable pattern or greater than 45 days apart. Women with lengthened cycles typically do not ovulate regularly.
  2. Elevated levels of male hormones: This can be visible clinical signs (e.g. excess hair growth or acne) or unseen lab signs including elevated testosterone levels.
  3. Polycystic-appearing ovaries on transvaginal ultrasound: On an ultrasound, there are many “antral follicles,” which contain small immature eggs. Although the syndrome is
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Patient Family Advisor Spotlight – Marv Trott
Oct 5, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Image of Marv Trott Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) are current or former patients and family members. They volunteer their time to partner with Emory Healthcare leadership, staff, and doctors. They serve on committees, councils, project teams and other groups working in a variety of ways to improve patient care. In May 2017 one of our dear PFA’s made his transition. Marv Trott passed away in Emory University Hospital Hospice. Marv had been a PFA since 2009. He and his wife Margie were early pioneers of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This is Marv’s story...

“In 2007 Dr. Nathan Spell asked if my wife Margie and I would be interested in an Emory project called “Patient and Family Centered Care”. We agreed and Hal Jones came to our home and encouraged us to join which we (wife Margie) both did. During the next two years we both were involved in focus groups in the development of
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Emory University Hospital ranked #1, Emory Saint Joseph's #2 in Georgia & Atlanta
Aug 8, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

For the sixth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta in its 2017–18 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked 2nd in Georgia and 2nd in metro Atlanta, while Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked 11th in Georgia (a two-way tie) and 6th in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital ranked either nationally or was considered high performing in the following specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Urology. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked high performing in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery. “These hospital [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

2017 Top Doctors AtlantaAs our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more top health care providers. Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors 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 list, Emory physicians make up half of the doctors – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. [...]

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