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Emory wins patient safety award

Emory wins patient safety award

ATLANTA -- Emory Healthcare has won a statewide patient safety award from the Partnership for Health and Accountability.

Emory's project, "Oral Care with Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Does it Reduce Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia?" won third place in the Infection Prevention and Control category of the PHA's Quality and Patient Safety Awards.

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"Infection prevention is a priority of hospitals statewide," Georgia Hospital Association president Joseph Parker said in a statement. "We applaud Emory Healthcare for its leadership and dedication in this area and its commitment to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients."

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Healthy ME program to build health, nutrition awareness in DeKalb

Healthy ME program to build health, nutrition awareness in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- A team of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in DeKalb County and Generations Connected, Inc. will kick off the Healthy ME program on February 23 in Decatur.

Registration will be held at the DeKalb Extension Office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive. Parents or guardians must be present. 

An official in DeKalb County reported that Healthy ME is designed to raise awareness of health and nutrition among DeKalb Middle School girls in 6th and 7th grades. Participants will get exposure to practices of leadership through opportunities to mentor others, and increase self-health promotion. 

For more information, contact Jessica Hill of DeKalb County Cooperative Extension at (404) 298-4080.

Overweight man makes huge health change

Overweight man makes huge health change

ATLANTA -- After watching his weight climb to 450 pounds, Carlos Auger, Jr. is motivated by a need to make serious changes.

"I'm huge. I can't believe it," Auger said.

A few weeks into a nine-week fitness and lifestyle program at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, this child at heart has a simple but important goal:

"To fit into a rollercoaster," Auger said. "I love rollercoasters. I haven't been on a rollercoaster for 10 years because I can't fit."

The 38-year-old Lilburn resident also has a good sense of humor about the challenges he encounters because of his weight.

Worst of flu season may be over

Worst of flu season may be over

NEW YORK -- Health officials say the worst of the flu season appears to be over.

The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped against last week. By some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia have been dropping for two weeks.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest flu numbers on Friday.

This flu season started about a month earlier than normal. Outbreaks began in the late fall, and the dominant flu strain is one that tends to make people sicker.

Emory-Adventist Hospital wins patient safety award

Emory-Adventist Hospital wins patient safety award

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna has earned the Quality and Patient Safety Award from the Partnership for Health and Accountability.

The Cobb County hospital won the second-place award in the Hospitals Less than 100 Beds category for its project, "Improving Safety through Effective Communication Practices."

"Improving patient safety and satisfaction is a priority of hospitals statewide," Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) president Joe Parker said in a statement. "We applaud Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna for its revamped focus on communication and subsequent increase in patient and employee satisfaction."

The hospital's project had a goal of improving the culture of safety, increasing patient satisfaction and providing tools for effective employee-to-manager communication.