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Cosmetic Medicine
What to Think About When Considering a Facelift
Feb 5, 2016 By Dr. Anita Sethna

lovely250x250Despite the popularity of noninvasive treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, facelifts still make up a sizeable portion of a cosmetic practice. The longer lasting results and improvement in neck tightening are only some of the reasons a facelift is still a more highly satisfactory procedure. If you are considering a facelift, or in the beginning stages of researching it, there are many questions that you may have. Below are answers to some of the more common questions to help you as you begin your decision making process.

How long is the procedure and what is recovery like?

Facelifts come in many iterations. A “mini-lift” may only take 1.5 - 2 hours to perform, yet a standard lower face and neck lift may take up to 3 hours or more. Additional time may be necessary if other procedures are added, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) or forehead lift. Recovery usually takes about 10-14 days, although after that time you may still experience swelling in the facial and neck tissues and some redness around the incisions. I caution patients to avoid scheduling important family or business events within the first 6 weeks, especially if photographs are to be taken.

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Weight Management
Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping Success
Feb 2, 2016 By Brittany Lenners, Dietetic Intern

healthy-groceries250x250Have you ever left the grocery store with more food than you intended to buy? Has that extra food ended up being chips, cookies, or sugar-sweetened sodas? It’s easy to feel tempted by the products the store has on display. Keep in mind that the main goal of many stores is to advertise cheap and appealing products rather than healthy and nutritious ones. In order to help you maintain your healthy eating goals, follow these tips for grocery shopping success. Before beginning your trip, make a list of items to buy. This will prevent purchasing unnecessary food. It may also help to eat a meal or snack at home before heading to the store. Shopping on an empty stomach makes it more tempting to purchase unhealthy junk food. If you do end up at the store while you are hungry, head straight for the produce section. Choosing your fruits and vegetables first will help keep your mind on track to shop healthy. Often, companies advertise foods as healthy when in reality, they might not be the best for our bodies. For example, some cereals are advertised as “made with whole grains.” Although whole grains are a healthy choice, many of these cereals contain 10-15 grams of added [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Emory Women’s Heart Center Wear Red Events
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Women's Heart Center

womensheartwearredHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but in many cases it’s preventable. That’s why Emory Healthcare would like to invite you to join us at one of our women’s heart health events in celebration and recognition of Heart Month in February, as well as Mother’s Day in May. During these fun, educational events, participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. You will also have the opportunity to purchase products and services from our vendors who will be on hand providing consultations, displaying jewelry, sharing healthy foods, etc. To learn more, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free! Parking will be available in hospitals’ main parking lots.

Emory Women's Heart Center Wear Red Event Details

Friday, February 5, 2016 Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Doctors Building Atrium 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 Emory University Hospital Hospital Auditorium Open House from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 Emory University Hospital Midtown Medical Office [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Women & Heart Disease Live Chat- February 23, 2016
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

women-hrt-disease260x200Heart disease kills 6 times more women than breast cancer each year, making it the number one killer of women. Many people consider heart disease to be a predominantly male-oriented condition. However, heart disease is the number one killer in women and affects one out of every three in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease occurs when fatty build-up in your coronary arteries, called plaque, prevents blood flow that’s needed to provide oxygen to your heart. When the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced, or completely cut off, a heart attack occurs. The Emory Women’s Heart Center is dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. We’re thankful the awareness about heart disease, and the unique challenges faced by women, continues to be on the rise. The most important weapon against heart disease is awareness. Women need to research their family history and take time to educate themselves on not only the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, but preventive medicine as well. How can you educate yourself? Join Emory Women’s Heart Center [...]

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Weight Management
Takeaways from Emory Bariatrics Live Chat, ‘New Year, New You: Successful & Lasting Weight Loss in 2016’
Jan 29, 2016 By Emory Bariatric Center

weightloss2016-cil638Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, January 19th, for our live online chat titled “New Year, New You: Successful & Lasting Weight Loss”, hosted by Emory Bariatrics registered dieticians, Victoria Delgado, RD, and Kasey LaPointe, RD. During this live chat, Victoria and Kasey provided healthful living tips to lasting weight loss for those who have made weight loss a part of their New Year’s resolution. They also answered questions about surgical and non-surgical weight loss. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we have answered them below for your reference. Question: Does wrapping your body with Saran wrap while you work out help shed inches/pounds? If so, how does it work? Answer: No, this is a myth. It may increase sweat which can result in water loss, but not fat loss. To lose inches and pounds, we must combine physical activity with a healthy eating plan. Question: Am I too old to go on Optifast (a liquid meal replacement program) to reduce my weight? Answer: Due to risk of losing muscle mass, we [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Introducing Emory’s New Tennis Medicine Program
Jan 28, 2016 By Neeru Jayanthi, MD, director of the Emory Tennis Medicine program

tennis-250x250Tennis is a great exercise. It improves aerobic fitness, lowers body fat, improves cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves bone health. And while tennis can be both healthy and fun, there is an inherent injury risk for those who play tennis, particularly for those who specialize in the sport. Given the impact of potential injuries specific to the sport, having a physician and community that understand the sport and its risks are vital. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve implemented a one-of-a-kind Tennis Medicine program offered by the Emory Sports Medicine Center which promotes health through tennis and provides specialized treatment for a wide range of tennis-related injuries. Our goal is to get patients back on the court as soon as possible, and teach them the techniques that will reduce their risk of further injuries and maintain their performance.

What Sets Us Apart?

Treating physicians, who are not able to incorporate more comprehensive evaluations, may be limited to standard medical treatments for tennis players. Our unique program will address tennis players' needs by evaluating and treating injuries with a [...]

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Colorectal Cancer Live Chat: Risk Factors, Screenings, Symptoms & Therapy - March 8, 2016
Jan 27, 2016 By Winship Cancer Institute

colorectal-chat-emailMost colorectal cancers start as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner lining of the colon or rectum and slowly progresses through the other layers.  According to American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and 134,490 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016 nationally. The colorectal cancer program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers multidisciplinary teams including oncology surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and advanced practice nurses with expertise in colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.  There are a variety of treatment options for colorectal cancer; for some patients, a combination of treatment methods may be used. Join Drs. Bassel El-Rayes & Seth Rosen, two physicians with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s colorectal cancer team, on Tuesday, March 8th at 12pm EST for a live chat where they will answer your questions about colorectal cancer risk factors, screenings, symptoms and therapy. All are welcome to attend an online open-forum discussion about colorectal cancer. Sign up for this live chat [...]

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Putting the Care of Our Transplant Patients First
Jan 25, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patients firstThe Emory Transplant Center is very grateful to our compassionate and dedicated employees and faculty who treat our patients with the highest level of care possible. We strive to deliver outstanding quality with every patient interaction every day. Sometimes, all it takes is a smile to make someone feel special. The Emory Transplant Center is proud to share some excellent patient and family comments we have received highlighting the care we give.

  • I love case coordinator Ms. Santiba [Johnson, kidney transplant coordinator]. She went out of her way to make sure I was informed, comfortable and had what I needed to make an informed decision.
  • I am extremely pleased with Dr. [James] Spivey and all of the personnel in the transplant center. They saved my life not just with the liver transplant, but also with all of the issues and meds that I had after the transplant. I was fortunate to be able to receive a transplant. No one believes that I was ever as sick as I was. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Emory!
  • I love the staff. I visit the Emory [outpatient] transplant clinic every month. Most of the people working there know me by name.
  • The nurses in the infusion area are all

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Three Emory Surgeons Named to Becker’s Spine Review’s list of Spine Surgeons to Know – 2016
Jan 21, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

spine250x250Woot woot – it has been a great 2016 so far for Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center! Three of our spine surgeons were recently named to Becker’s Spine Review’s list of Spine Surgeons to Know – 2016. Congratulations to John Heller, MD, and Tim Yoon, MD, on receiving this achievement. Combined, these three physicians represent seventy-three years of spine surgery expertise. Impressively, eight other surgeons named to the list completed their residency and/or fellowship at Emory Healthcare. Read below to learn what Becker’s Spine Review had to say about our nationally recognized spine surgeons: Scott Boden, MD: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Boden serves as the director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center and an orthopedic surgery professor at Emory University. He led the research on bone growth factor development and spine fusion technology. Spine and the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, among other journals, have published his work. Dr. Boden received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons' Marshall R. Urist Young Investigator Award and five North [...]

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New Website Makes Searching For Emory Clinical Trials Easier
Jan 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

cthp-250x250We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Emory clinical trials website! The new site – – features easy-to-access information for nearly 1,000 active clinical trials at Emory that are currently seeking volunteers. Potential clinical trial participants may easily search for trials related to a specific health condition or browse by topic areas such as cardiology, cancer, or neurosciences and view quick facts about each of the individual trials. While many clinical trials are seeking patients who have a particular disease, many others are seeking healthy volunteers. “Emory’s ability to develop improved therapies through clinical research is a key component of our clinical mission and gives patients access to the most advanced treatments available,” says Jeffrey Lennox, MD, associate dean for clinical research in Emory University School of Medicine. “This new clinical trials website will allow more people within Emory and the broader community to learn about and participate in the wide range of available clinical trials.”

What Information Is Included On The New Website?

Each clinical trial listing includes information on its [...]

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