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Cochlear Implants Could be a Game Changer for Those Affected by Hearing Loss
Aug 27, 2014 By Esther Vivas, MD

Cochlear ImplantAccording to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, hearing loss affects millions of children and adults worldwide. Hearing loss can stem from conductive problems or problems with the external ear canal, ear drum, middle ear space or middle ear bones. Conductive hearing loss often can be treated with surgery to address the structure that is affected; however, this is not an option for nerve hearing loss. Nerve or sensorineural hearing loss is caused by intrauterine infections, congenital malformations of the inner ear, trauma, medication induced, sudden deafness or a progressive hearing loss from genetic predisposition. While many patients benefit from standard hearing aid technology, there are some who do not. Fortunately, a result of decades-long research, in 1985 the FDA approved cochlear implant use in humans to address sensorineural hearing loss. Cochlear implants [...]

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Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged
Aug 22, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

As of yesterday, we confirm that the two Americans infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. The two patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were the first Ebola patients to be treated in the United States. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Dr. Brantly was discharged Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Emory’s Bruce Ribner, MD, and Dr. Kent Brantly spoke at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Aug. 21, about their experiences over the last few weeks. Watch a portion of the news conference below to learn more! [...]

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Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital
Aug 21, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

In an effort to keep our community informed on the status of the Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital, today we confirm that as of this afternoon, both Ebola patients have been discharged from our Infectious Disease Unit at the hospital. Nancy Writebol was discharged from the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Kent Brantly, MD, was discharged today, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. “After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” says Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of the Emory University Hospital Communicable Disease Containment Unit. Criteria for the discharge of both patients were based on standard infectious [...]

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Get Your Cardiovascular Screening from One of Our Convenient Mobile Locations in September
Aug 15, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of September. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood. Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

September 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • September 2, Walmart, 1735 S Highway 27, Carrollton
  • September 3, The Fresh Market, 100 N Peachtree
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Vertigo: What is It and What Causes It?
Aug 11, 2014 By Esther Vivas, MD

VertigoLightheaded, woozy, unsteady, dizzy – these are all words used frequently by doctors and patients alike to describe vertigo, a well-known balance disorder that gives you the sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving. According to the NIH, more than four out of 10 Americans will report an episode of dizziness to their doctors. Teasing out the root cause of vertigo can be a difficult task because it can be related to problems with the inner ear, brain, vision, migraines, circulation, or even emotional hardship and anxiety. Fortunately, the majority of causes for balance disorders are not life-threatening. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your head might be spinning. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) The most common cause of vertigo is BPPV. BPPV produces a short, but intense sensation of spinning typically triggered by specific head movements or [...]

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Video Blog: Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola
Aug 7, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital recently received two American patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission overseas. Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care, and our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to provide them outstanding care of the highest quality. The media and the global community continues to have great interest in both of these patients. Physicians at Emory University Hospital spoke at a press briefing last Friday, Aug. 1 about Ebola patients being treated in a special isolation facility. Watch highlights of their remarks below to learn more. [...]

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Answering the Question of Why
Aug 6, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Susan Grant, RNWe have received a lot of feedback since the news broke that our team at Emory University Hospital would be caring for two patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. In an opinion editorial in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Susan Grant, RN, chief nursing executive for Emory Healthcare, explains the many reasons for Emory’s commitment to helping these patients. Read more here. [...]

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus and Emory University Hospital
Aug 2, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare New BrandThere has been much discussion about bringing patients with Ebola back into our country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff can treat them safely and effectively, and we are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. These two Americans want to come back home and be treated here, and we are committed to helping them. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others. Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care. Our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to receive both patients and provide them outstanding care of the highest quality. The patients will be housed in a physically separate and highly specialized unit that was [...]

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Emory University Hospital Prepares for Ebola Patients
Aug 1, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare New BrandAs you’ve heard in the media, Emory University Hospital plans to receive a patient with Ebola virus infection in the next several days. Please be assured that our hospital is prepared and ready to handle this situation. We have a highly specialized, isolated unit in the hospital that was set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. This unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. In fact, Emory University Hospital is one of just four facilities in the entire country with such a specialized unit. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially [...]

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Emory Healthcare Makes Strides in Going Green
Jul 30, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

sustainabilityAccording to Practice Greenhealth, the premier US organization for healthcare sustainability, hospitals in the US produce almost 6 billion tons of waste annually, or 33 pounds per bed per day. So, how does a large academic medical system like Emory Healthcare tackle the challenge of going green? Here are just a few ways we’re working toward our goal:

  • By 2015, Emory Healthcare and Emory University aim to divert landfill waste by 65 percent through sophisticated recycling and composting programs, starting in the operating rooms (ORs) and other patient care areas. Emory University Hospital Midtown kicked off the recycling program in May, with Emory University Hospital joining the program during the summer. Medical technology company Stryker has placed bins in every operating room to collect used medical equipment. Equipment being collected includes laparoscopic devices,
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