Emergency Care For You

What is holiday heart syndrome? Is it a real thing?

As the holiday season approaches, many of us may be tempted to overindulge in food and drink. But here's something you should know: increased alcohol consumption can trigger a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation.

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Sickle Cell — What Is It?

I received the sad news last week that a colleague and a friend had died. A hard working, caring and thoughtful leader dedicated to helping people with sickle cell disease.

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The Forgotten Emergency: The Mental Healthcare Crisis

Emergency medicine is the only medical specialty to care for every patient regardless of complaint or insurance status. This includes tens of thousands of patients a year with mental health emergencies who have nowhere else to turn and who have arguably suffered the most.

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Sugar and Spice Is Not Always Nice

It was right around 2 am, and I was working an overnight shift in our busy downtown emergency department. Suddenly, the paramedics burst through the door with a young male patient in his twenties who was spitting, screaming, fighting and attempting to hit EMS providers.

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How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safer Near Guns

With all that’s been going on lately in America, the dual issues of gun violence and gun safety are of paramount importance to concerned parents.

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How Can We Save Teens From Themselves When Behind The Wheel?

In January of this year, I got the dreaded text from my teenage son that he had wrecked my 12 year-old Jeep Liberty when he slid on ice into a fence during one of our infamous Atlanta ice storms.

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Coming to America... the Zika Virus

Since 2015, the Zika virus has progressed across the Americas and heightened concern over expansion and impact of this mosquito-borne illness.

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When Sunburn Requires Medical Attention

The days are longer, the trees are blooming and baseball season is in full swing. Outside spring and summer activities bring with them risks of skin damage, from sunburn in the short term to skin cancer in the long term.

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"Our Baby's Head Looks Funny" - Spotting Child Abuse

Child abuse is one of the most serious national health problems facing children in America.

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Why won't you give me antibiotics for my cold?

Occasionally someone will come to the emergency department with a request for an antibiotic shot or a prescription for antibiotics to treat their common cold.

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