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5 Weeks to Better Wellness with Community Health Classes
Dec 17, 2014 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Wellness ClassesLooking for a way to kick start a healthier lifestyle in the new year? Starting in January 2015, Emory Johns Creek Hospital will launch a five-week course of health and wellness classes taught by community and hospital healthcare providers. The classes focus on providing 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. The first class meets Jan. 7, 2015 in Physicians Plaza Suite 109, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. The cost for all five sessions is $75. Class topics are:

  • Jan. 7:  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
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6 Flu Myths Busted - Should I Still Get My Flu Shot This Year?
Dec 10, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Flu MythPrevention is the best medicine, and it’s particularly true for the flu. While an annual flu vaccination is still one of the best defenses against this highly contagious respiratory illness, myths and misinformation keep many people from getting vaccinated. Here’s our list of responses to the top six flu vaccine myths, but we also urge you to speak to your doctor or healthcare professional about flu vaccination and prevention.

  1. The CDC just announced this year’s flu shot won’t be that effective, so why bother? According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Dec. 4 announcement, the flu vaccine’s ability to protect against a certain strain of seasonal flu viruses, called influenza A H3N2, may be reduced this year because of changes in the viruses since this year’s vaccine was produced. There are three things to keep in mind, however. According to the CDC, a similar
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Healthy Thanksgiving Day Recipes – Don’t Choose Between Health and Flavor!
Nov 24, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

heatlhy thanksgiving dinnerThanksgiving. This highly-anticipated day marks the beginning of the holiday season—the time of year when we usually fall off the wagon and overindulge on fattening food and drink. With so many delicious recipes out there that seem to appear in endless quantities at our dinner tables, it’s understandable that we may indulge here and there. Just remember—everything good comes in moderation. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself every now and then, but make an attempt to maintain healthy meals at least 80% of the time. In the spirit of giving and moderation, here are a few recipes to help you cut unnecessary calories from your Thanksgiving menu without cutting the flavor or fun!

Healthy Turkey Recipes

Your turkey doesn’t need a full tub of butter to be moist, nor does it require brining days in advance for flavor. Try out this recipe instead: Cornbread-Crusted Turkey. This [...]

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Emory’s Stroke Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Chosen as Top International Trial
Nov 20, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Rehab Clinical TrialAt Emory, clinical trials are at the core of our mission and we are proud to offer them to our patients. Groundbreaking scientific advances and medical treatments available today have been made possible because of volunteer participation in clinical trials and research. In fact, one of the thousands of clinical trials conducted at Emory was just identified as one of the 15 top international clinical trials ever published for physical therapy and rehabilitation. The EXCITE (Extremity Constraint-Induced Therapy Evaluation) trial, led by Emory University’s Steven Wolf, PhD, PT, professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University, was created to teach stroke patients to use their stroke-affected arm rather than their "good" arm. Conducted almost a decade ago, the clinical trial was found to have a significant impact in stroke rehabilitation, which set the stage for many [...]

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The Truth About Egg Freezing
Nov 5, 2014 By Jennifer Fay Kawwass, MD

Pregnant WomanFertility preservation – or, as it’s popularly known, egg freezing -- has recently received a burst in media attention. Since the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) endorsed oocyte (egg) cryopreservation (freezing) as no longer experimental in October of 2012, the options for women desiring to delay childbearing have expanded.

Who Should Consider Egg Freezing?

ASRM recommends oocyte cryopreservation for fertility preservation for specific indications, namely to preserve fertility potential prior to gonadotoxic treatment for cancer or other medical conditions, among women at risk for premature ovarian failure, and among women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) who prefer not to freeze embryos. ASRM recommends thorough patient counseling prior to elective cryopreservation to defer childbearing for social reasons and specifically states that “data on the [...]

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Emory in Your Community – Free Wellness Screenings
Nov 4, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

nurses screening patientsIn order to improve the health of our communities, Emory Healthcare in partnership with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) recently launched a community wellness screening program in early October. Emory nurses provide wellness screenings for congregation members and the local community at selected United Methodist churches in the metro-Atlanta area. As an added bonus, on the Wednesday, November 19th wellness screening at Smyrna First, Emory nurses will also be providing free flu shots for congregation and local community members. Make a commitment to get your flu shot to ward off the flu this year. Wellness screenings include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Height/ Weight/ Body Mass Index
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Glucose
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • General Health Education & Smoking Cessation Information
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Emory Healthcare Ranks Nationally for Quality and Safety Excellence
Oct 30, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

UHC Quality Leadership Winner 2014University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), a national organization comprised of most of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, has ranked Emory University Hospital (which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital) eighth in the nation in the 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Emory University Hospital has ranked in the top 10 for demonstrating superior performance in delivering high-quality care and safety excellence. Emory University Hospital Midtown, which is Emory Healthcare’s second academic and eligible hospital, ranked in the top quartile as 22nd nationally. The Quality Leadership Award honors top performers in UHC's Quality and Accountability Study, which ranks performance in the areas of: mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency. These rankings are the most rigorous [...]

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Stroke Risk & Prevention in Women
Oct 23, 2014 By Gina Lundberg, MD, FACC

Ladies Night OutCurrent estimates suggest that 6.8 million Americans are living after having had a stroke, approximately 3.8 million of whom are women. Stroke is also the third leading cause of death among women and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Although much of the difference in stroke prevalence and burden is because women, on average, live longer than men, some of it is related to factors unique to or more common in women. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) recently assembled a panel of experts that published the first gender-specific AHA/ASA guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Stroke is a brain injury caused by a cessation of blood flow in the brain. This interruption can be caused by either a blocked blood vessel or a ruptured blood vessel. Because the brain is not receiving the oxygen and nutrients that it [...]

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4 Ways to Substitute Greek Yogurt to Make Healthier Snacks and Meals
Oct 22, 2014 By Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Greek YogurtGreek yogurt has skyrocketed in popularity during the past several years as consumers have started recognizing the health benefits of this once obscure dairy product. The difference between the Greek yogurt and regular yogurt is in the straining process. The Greek variety is strained more extensively, which removes more of the liquid whey, lactose and sugars. This also produces Greek yogurt’s thicker consistency. Both low- and non-fat versions of Greek and traditional plain yogurts can play a part in a healthy diet by improving bone health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults. Yogurt, Greek or otherwise, is a good source of calcium, potassium, Vitamin D and protein. Both regular and Greek yogurts also contain active cultures (probiotics), which promote better digestive health. One of Greek yogurt’s primary benefits is it [...]

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Book Your November Cardiovascular Screening Before the Fall’s End!
Oct 17, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with our mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of November. 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.

November 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • November 1, Kroger, 4045 Marietta Highway, Canton
  • November 3, CVS, 2305 Highway 34 East,
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