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Partial Hospitalization Program - What is It?”
Jul 2, 2015 By Jenny Barwick, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Transitions Senior Program, Emory Healthcare at Wesley Woods

Partial Hospitalization ProgramI have been a part of the Emory family for 6 years. Over the past 6 years, I have worked in the Transitions Seniors Program, better known as PHP. When attending different community events, a question I hear all too often is, “PHP? What’s that?” PHP is short for Partial Hospitalization Program. I hope this blog can answer the question, “PHP? What’s that?”

What is Partial Hospitalization Program?

Partial hospitalization is defined by the American Association of Partial Hospitalizations as: A distinct and organized intensive psychiatric outpatient treatment that closely resembles short-term inpatient program. The Medicare psychiatric partial hospitalization benefits were established to provide patients with an acute mental illness, services in lieu of inpatient psychiatric care (Block & Lefkovitz, 2009). The PHP patient care is an individualized treatment plan developed [...]

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Spotlight: Men's Fitness
Jun 29, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Men's Health MonthJune is Men's Health Month. It's also the time of year when many men become more active. The warm temperatures and long days make it easier (and more fun) to play on a softball team, tend to the yard, or start a new exercise routine, like biking or swimming. But after months of rest, the sudden explosion of activity can wreak havoc on the body. If you're about to ramp up a new summer workout, keep these injury prevention tips in mind:

1. Get Professional Help

If you are new to exercise, or just haven't been active in a while, see your doctor for a physical to make sure you are healthy enough to take on strenuous activity. Also consider hiring a professional trainer or coach who can teach you proper form and technique.

2. Wear Proper Clothing

Always wear appropriate footwear. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will also be able to alleviate undue stress to your [...]

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Revolutionary Research Underway with First-in-Man Clinical Trial for Hunter Syndrome
Jun 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Hunter SyndromeAs an academic medical center, many physicians at Emory not only take care of patients on a daily basis, but also partake in research and teaching/training the future generations of physicians. It’s through discovery that happens during clinical trials and research that allows for new advancements in medicine to be made. Providing the standard of care of is not always enough. New treatment therapies, technology and care delivery techniques must be developed, tested and perfected in order to keep advancing health care.

Not sure what clinical trials are? Check out our blog post that explains Clinical Trails>>

  Currently happening at Emory is the first-in-man clinical trial, testing a newly developed drug for a rare genetic condition called mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) or Hunter syndrome. Hunter syndrome is a hereditary disease in which a critical enzyme is [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 4: What Questions Should You Ask Before Enrolling in a Clinical Trial?
Jun 15, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Clinical Trials QuestionsParticipation in clinical trials is 100% voluntary. While there are many benefits to participating in clinical trials, there can also be risks. If you have been offered a clinical trial, or are considering participating, it is important to talk with your physician before enrolling in one. Your health care team wants to make sure you have all the information needed to make a decision. Do not hesitate to ask any questions or bring up any issues concerning the trial with the research team associated with the clinical trial. Tips for asking about clinical trials include:

  • Take a family member or caregiver with you for support and for help in asking questions and recording answers.
  • Plan questions ahead of time — you can still ask new questions you think of while you're there, but it helps to be prepared ahead of time.
  • Write down your questions in advance, to make sure you
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Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month: 4 Things to Know
Jun 12, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

lazy-eyeJune is Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Awareness Month. So we asked Emory neurologists Taylor Harrison, MD, and Vita Kesner, MD, to share some information about MG.

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia gravis (pronounced My-as-theen-ee-a Grav-us) is a serious neurological disease caused when a person's immune system is too active and makes antibodies that cause muscle weakness. Antibodies are proteins made by white blood cells and their primary role is to help the immune system recognize and fight bacteria and viruses. In myasthenia gravis, the antibodies affect the ability of nerve signals to trigger the muscles to contract, resulting in muscle weakness. Approximately 15% of patients with myasthenia gravis have weakness that is limited to the face and eye muscles, and 85% have more generalized weakness which can affect speech, swallowing, arm and leg muscles, as well as breathing [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Belagaje’s Stroke Recovery Live Chat
Jun 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Stroke Recovery ChatThank you to everyone who joined us on May 28, for our live chat on Stroke Recovery. There were some great questions and we hope you found stroke neurologist, Dr. Samir Belagaje’s discussion informative. If you missed the chat, feel free to review the full chat transcript. There was such a good response, we didn’t have time to address all of the questions you submitted during the chat, so we will answer those below: Question: What other things can be done besides going to a recovery center? Samir BelagajeDr. Belagaje: Certainly one can develop a home exercise/rehabilitation plan and continue to work on improving their stroke related deficits in that fashion. However, I strongly recommend that stroke recovery be completed under the guidance of a health care expert in that area or going to a stroke recovery center. They can look at medications which may be adversely affecting the [...]

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Dirt Does Good: From Construction Site to Soccer Field
Jun 3, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Sustainable ConstructionAs you can imagine, digging space for a nine-level, 450,000-square-foot building with 500 underground parking spaces kicks up a lot of dirt! To continue all sustainability efforts with the new bed tower construction on Clifton Campus, the construction team set a goal to find another organization that could use the dirt that was displaced during the site expansion. As luck would have it, they found a most deserving recipient! Multiple dump trucks hauled 78,000 cubic yards of dirt and filling material from the Emory University Hospital expansion site to Clarkston, GA. The dirt will be used to construct a soccer field at the Fugees Academy, the nation’s only school dedicated to refugee education. Fugees Family, Inc., is a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war. The organization’s efforts include year-round soccer for 90 boys and girls ages 10-18, [...]

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Choosing a PCP: It's a Big Decision
May 21, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Primary Care PhysicianChoosing a primary care provider is a very important personal decision, and a number of factors should be considered to make sure you are selecting a healthcare professional with whom you can form a long-term relationship. A primary care provider, or PCP for short, works with you to maintain your overall health by focusing on wellness and the optimum management of your chronic conditions to avoid future problems. And while your PCP is your health care hub, he or she can also help you with selection of and referral to a specialist should your condition warrant the additional expertise. While specialists focuse on their area of expertise, your PCP maintains a holistic perspective. In that way, your PCP will work with your specialist, or specialists, to guide you through your treatment course and provide high-level oversight of treatments, medications, therapies and recommendations [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 3: What are the Phases of Clinical Trials?
May 19, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Phases of Clinical TrialsThe goal of clinical trials is to determine if new treatments, drugs and care-delivery processes are safe and effective. Discovery and data collected from clinical research studies impacts patient care, here and now, while also informing future generations with the hope of achieving better outcomes. But clinical studies do not happen overnight, and in fact, some take years to yield enough information to answer specific questions they are designed to answer. Clinical trials take place in “phases,” and each phase helps researchers answer specific questions. Learn more about the different phases of clinical trials below:

Phase I:

These trials are used to test brand new drugs, devices or procedures to find out how safe they are, including safest dose, and identify possible side effects. They usually involve 20 to 80 people.

Phase II:

These trials are used to further evaluate [...]

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Emory Healthcare Named One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™
May 14, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Best and BrightestWe’re delighted to announce that for the third year in a row, Emory Healthcare has been named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR)! This award recognizes organizations that provide excellent benefits, compensation, employee engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication and shared vision, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance. “We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s 'Best and Brightest' companies,” said Junnifer Kluge, NABR president. “These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management. This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of metro Atlanta area [...]

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