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Mind & Body

Address the Stress

Put an End to Emotional Eating

by Angie Dilmore

You’ve had a bad shift at work, a disagreement with a family member, or a killer migraine all day. You come home and head straight for the cookie jar. We’ve all been there. But is this emotional eating what our bodies truly need? Dr. Nzinga Harrison, psychiatrist and chief medical officer at Anka Behavioral Health Inc. in Atlanta, says approximately 40 percent of Americans overeat in response to emotions. Emotional eating is defined as eating for the purpose of soothing our psyche, rather than a response to hunger. Anger, sadness, depression, grief, loneliness, self-pity, boredom – all these feelings can contribute to emotional eating. But these kinds of stress-induced snack attacks can pack on the pounds and lead to numerous health problems. According to Dr. Harrison, emotional eating is partly related to our culture of excess, but there are also biological reasons we eat in response to emotions. We tend to emotionally eat foods that are very palatable, like those high in fat and sugar.

Advanced Robotic Technology Moves Orthopaedic Surgery into the Future at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Region’s First Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic System Offers Improved Precision for Knee and Hip Procedures For decades, science fiction writers and movie producers have created imaginary worlds where robots were an integral part of everyday life, improving the lives of humans in numerous ways. And while you may not have your own personal robot cooking your dinner or freeing you from other mundane tasks, robotic technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry, and orthopaedics is no exception. Locally, the field has taken a big leap forward at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, which is now the only hospital in Southwest Louisiana offering an orthopaedic robotic system. Partial knee and total hip replacement procedures are now being performed at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital with the RIO (Robotic 68

Arm Interactive Orthopedic System) by orthopaedic surgeons from Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health. RIO is a surgeoncontrolled robotic arm system from Stryker Orthopaedics that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. “We want to offer our patients the highest level of orthopaedic care, and the best way to do that is to put the most advanced technology in the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons’ hands,” says Donald Lloyd II, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital CEO. “We are proud to bring this level of innovative orthopaedic care to Southwest Louisiana.” The RIO System features a patientspecific, real-time visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm

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technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. “Accuracy is key in planning and performing any type of joint replacement procedure,” says Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon. “No two people have exactly the same anatomy. For the best outcome, we need to align and position the implants just right and RIO enables us to do that. The system ensures the greatest possible accuracy with a personalized, detailed surgical plan and robotic guidance. This precision allows for optimal placement of artificial joints and results in decreased friction on the new joint, and a more natural feeling joint for the patient.” Over the years, incisions in orthopaedic surgery have become smaller, but Dr. Noble says the effort October 2015

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October 2015 Issue of Thrive

Thrive October 2015 Issue  

October 2015 Issue of Thrive