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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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Is Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure?
Apr 21, 2015 By Faye Routledge, RN, PhD, FAHA, Emory School of Nursing

insomnia clinical trialWith more than 1,000 clinical trials underway at Emory, today’s research is giving patients and families a better tomorrow. Read about one of our active nursing clinical trials below: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common but serious condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 3 adults in the United States (about 70 million people) has high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of blood in the blood vessels is higher than it should be, which can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans. While hypertension can be controlled through prescribed medications, lifestyle changes are equally as important. A healthy diet and exercise are known ways to lower blood pressure, but a clinical trial currently underway at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff [...]

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Join Team Emory and Walk to End Lupus Now
Apr 16, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Lupus Team

Members of Emory's 2014 team celebrate at last year's Walk to End Lupus event.

It is estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus, a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. Normally, the function of the body’s immune system is to protect it against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. In an autoimmune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissue, so the immune system then makes antibodies and begins attacking itself. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus can strike men and women of all ages, but 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women, mostly [...]

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Fecal Incontinence: Talk to Your Doctor Today
Apr 13, 2015 By Kristie Greene, MD

fecal incontinenceFecal Incontinence (FI) is the accidental or involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool from the rectum. The two most important things to know about FI are:

  1. It is not a normal part of aging. And
  2. You are not alone.
Fecal incontinence affects nearly 18 million adults in the United States and has a profound impact on one’s quality of life. Still, many women are hesitant to talk to their doctors about this condition because they are embarrassed or think that there is nothing that can be done about it.

What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

There are many different factors within the body that have to all work together to keep us continent. These include intact mental function, normal volume and consistency of stool, and intact muscles, nerves, and reflexes within our colon and anal canal. A problem with any of these factors can lead to fecal incontinence. Some examples of [...]

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Emory Healthcare Turns Trash into Treasure
Apr 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory RecyclesMetal hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows – these items come to mind when renovating or building a new structure, but they should also be considered when demolishing a building, too. Sometimes, these materials don’t need to end up in the dumpster! The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Facilities Management team partnered with a group of volunteers from the Lifecycle Building Center to redefine what it means to reuse and repurpose at EHC. To make room for the new hospital bed tower on Clifton Road, the Emory University sorority houses on Gambrell Drive were demolished. , Facilities Management salvaged many items, such as those listed above, from the sorority houses. Rather than throwing away perfectly useful building fixtures, the Lifecycle Building Center will repurpose the items throughout the community for use in other building [...]

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Clinical Trials: Leading the Way to Better Health Care
Apr 7, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Clinical TrialsAs the leading academic medical center in Georgia, Emory Healthcare is home to researchers and physicians who are pioneering or participating in thousands of clinical trials across the nation. The discovery that comes from these research studies not only makes a different in the way health care is delivered, here and now, but impacts patient care for generations to come. A recent Atlanta Business Chronicle article highlights twenty clinical trials across the state of Georgia that have the potential to make a big difference in health care. 15 out of the 20 trials identified are Emory-led or Emory-involved clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials at Emory Healthcare, or click to find an Emory clinical trial. Also, make sure to read below to see the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of promising trials to keep and eye on.

  • LEUKEMIA CLINICAL

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Pituitary Tumors - Types, Treatments and More
Apr 2, 2015 By Nelson Oyesiku, MD

pituitary glandYou or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Pituitary Tumor. So what’s next? First, virtually all pituitary tumors are benign, that is to say they are not cancers, which is usually what comes to mind when the diagnosis “tumor” is made. They are certainly growths, hence the name tumor, and left untreated usually will get bigger. This will likely cause more symptoms and may become more complicated to treat. The pituitary gland is a very important organ, so much so that it is called the “master gland” because it literally controls the functions of all the other endocrine (hormone-producing) glands such as the thyroid, adrenal, testis and ovaries, while also having a very key role in regulating metabolism and growth. In fact, without the pituitary or replacements for what it produces, life as we know it would not be possible. However, the pituitary is quite small, [...]

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Sexual Dysfunction: When To See A Specialist
Mar 31, 2015 By Kristie Greene, MD

What is sexual dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction is a general term that refers to a problem during sexual activity that interferes with an individual’s ability to enjoy the sexual experience. Sexual problems typically fall into one of four categories:
  1. Desire disorders
  2. Arousal disorders
  3. Orgasm disorders
  4. Pain disorders

What causes sexual dysfunction in women?

Many things, including physical or medical conditions as well as psychological causes, can contribute to sexual dysfunction. Some examples may include:
  • Medical problems, such as depression
  • Medications
  • Smoking, alcohol, and drugs
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Prior negative sexual experiences
  • Hormone changes/menopause

What’s the link between sexual function and menopause?

Sexual function can affect both men and women of all ages. However, there are specific changes that occur around [...]

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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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