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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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4 Low Impact Exercise Options
Aug 20, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

tai-chiAs we all know, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of various injuries and/or health conditions, instead of running on a treadmill or jumping rope, many people must choose to participate in low impact activities. If you’re someone who is impacted by musculoskeletal issues ranging from tender joints to osteoarthritis, check out the four activity options below for healthy ways to stay active without all the wear and tear.

Swimming

Swimming is a great way for everyone to stay active, but is especially well-suited for those seeking a low impact way to get or stay healthy. Stiff and sore joints can benefit from the buoyancy of water and the fact that your body bears less of its own weight when underwater. The increased resistance afforded by water (vs. air) means exercise can be even more effective in building not only strength, but also your [...]

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Health Benefits of Yoga
Aug 12, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

yoga-classDeveloped in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an incredibly popular form of exercise in the United States. There are more than one hundred different types of yoga, and most focus on three core elements: breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming poses (or postures) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. You’ve probably heard yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and found that you walked away feeling better than when you came in. Yoga not only feels great, but it’s also great for you, providing instant gratification and lasting transformation (if you stick with it!) But while you probably know that yoga can help you become more flexible, you may be surprised by the wide range of health benefits—both physical and mental—that yoga can help you achieve.

Physical Benefits

  • Builds muscle strength - Many yoga poses require you to support
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Emory Hospitals Recognized by American Heart Association for Excellence in Heart Attack Care
Aug 12, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

mission lifelineThe American Heart Association has recognized four Emory Healthcare hospitals and one Emory Healthcare-affiliated hospital through its Mission: Lifeline program for excellence in heart attack care. American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline award recognizes a hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) care by ensuring that STEMI patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The goal of the program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks. This includes the initial 9-1-1 call and continues with hospital treatment. Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital all received the 2015 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Center award. Emory Saint Joseph's [...]

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Geriatric Psychiatry: An Interview with Dr. Young
Aug 6, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

youngMental Illness is real and it does not discriminate—anyone can experience it. Emory Healthcare has a Geriatric Psychiatry department which serves adults age 60 years and older; offering multiple services. We begin this education series with a spotlight on Dr. Raymond Young, Medical Director for the Emory Wesley Woods Senior Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Counseling Program (IOCP). For more information, please see our previous blogs or our website. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and am deeply passionate about Emory Healthcare and in specific, the outpatient services in geriatric psychiatry. As a professional in the field and an adult child of aging parents, I was interested to speak to Dr. Young about his views about the geriatric field, our programs in outpatient services, and his overall background. The [...]

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Ebola and Emory Healthcare – An Extraordinary Year
Jul 31, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

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Photo by: Jack Kearse

This August marks the first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory, and it was an extraordinary year!

Emory's experience with Ebola began at the end of July 2014 when two American citizens became infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa. Both patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were brought to Emory University Hospital and discharged a month later free of the virus. To date, the Emory Healthcare Ebola Team has successfully treated four patients infected with the Ebola virus. Emory is now an international leader in researching the disease. Our experts have shared their protocols and knowledge gained from treating these patients through a variety of journal publications, training conferences and an extensive public website for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, [...]

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Breakthrough clinical study exposes crucial role parents play in behavior management for children with autism
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

parent-childHighlighted in an April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a clinical trial involving Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center provided insight into the effect parent training has on managing disruptive behavior with young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and serious behavioral problems. ASD is a chronic condition beginning in early childhood and is mostly characterized by impaired social communication and repetitive behavior. Commonly, severe behavioral problems accompany ASD in young children including tantrums, aggression, self-injury and severe noncompliance in response to routine environmental demands. For parents of children with ASD, these disruptive behaviors can be overwhelming and produce uncertainty on how to handle these problems. While there are approved medications for these disruptive behavioral problems, many parents are [...]

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Emory hospitals again ranked among best in country, state and metro area by U.S. News & World Report
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

euh-frontU.S. News & World Report has announced its 2015-16 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our Emory Healthcare hospitals have been placed among the best in the country. For the fourth year in a row, Emory University Hospital has been named the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is ranked 5th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranks 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta, also a two-way tie.

NATIONALLY, Emory University Hospital was TOP ranked in 12 adult specialty areas:

• Cancer - (#22 up from #24) • Cardiology & Heart Surgery - (#15 up from #16) • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#18 up from #23) • Ear, Nose & Throat - (#45) • [...]

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Emory hospitals again ranked among best in country, state and metro area by U.S. News & World Report
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

euh-frontU.S. News & World Report has announced its 2015-16 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our Emory Healthcare hospitals have been placed among the best in the country. For the fourth year in a row, Emory University Hospital has been named the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is ranked 5th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranks 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta, also a two-way tie.

NATIONALLY, Emory University Hospital was TOP ranked in 12 adult specialty areas:

• Cancer - (#22 up from #24) • Cardiology & Heart Surgery - (#15 up from #16) • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#18 up from #23) • Ear, Nose & Throat - [...]

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Emory Metabolic Camp Helps Young Women Manage Metabolic Disorders
Jul 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

This summer marked the 21st annual Metabolic Camp hosted by Emory University. This camp helps girls and young women with inherited metabolic disorders, including phenylketonuria (PKU) and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), learn how to better manage and live with their disorders. Metabolic Camp provides the girls with educational opportunities for handling the lifetime responsibility of managing their diets and health along with traditional camping activities.

These disorders are caused by the body’s inability to process proteins normally. In individuals with these rare genetic disorders even one gram of protein can cause irreversible brain damage or death. However through Georgia’s newborn screening program, metabolic disorders can often be detected early on.

"Metabolic Camp has had a tremendous impact not only on the quality of life of girls over the years but also on the

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