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Cancer
5,000-Mile Bone Marrow Transplant Connection
Sep 16, 2014 By Erin Blonshine

Bone Marrow Transplant Donor

I just celebrated the 5th anniversary of my bone marrow transplant, and I can't believe it's been 5 years. In some ways, it feels like yesterday, but in other ways, it seems like forever ago when I first learned that I would need a life-saving transplant ...

I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in 2007, and I underwent six rounds of chemotherapy, which thankfully, resulted in remission. To celebrate the journey and one year of remission, my family and I planned a trip to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. We were so excited to celebrate! We planned to leave on a Sunday in June, and I had one more appointment on the Friday before we left. At that appointment, I found out I had relapsed; the leukemia was back. Absolutely devastated, we decided to postpone the trip and start treatment right away instead. I was evaluated for a bone marrow transplant, and they found a perfect match who was available and willing to donate. By God's grace, I received my transplant on August 15, 2009. All I knew at that point was that my donor was male, 21 years old, and from another country. I remember writing him a card and sending it through the Be The Match [...]

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Rehabilitation Medicine
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Sep 16, 2014 By admin

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Do You Think You Have a Ruptured Disc? Check Out These Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated or Ruptured Disc
Sep 11, 2014 By Dr. Boden

Herniated DiscA herniated disc, also commonly referred to as a ruptured disc or slipped disc, occurs when a cartilage disc in the spine becomes damaged and moves out of place resulting in a pinched nerve. You can have a herniated or ruptured disc in any area of your spine but most often it affects the lumbar spine (lower back area). There are many causes of a herniated or ruptured disc including:

  • Degeneration due to aging
  • Wear and tear
  • Injury to the vertebrae
  • Sudden strain or sprain in lower back
  • Sports injuries or accidents

Symptoms of a herniated or ruptured Disc

Symptoms of a ruptured disc will vary from person to person but the most common symptoms of a herniated or ruptured disc include:
  • Severe pain in the back around the ruptured area
  • Muscle weakness, numbness, shooting pain or tingling in the legs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain in shoulders, arms, chest, ribs or thighs (depending on where the rupture has taken place)

Treatment for a herniated or ruptured Disc

Most often herniated discs can be treated without surgical intervention. We typically recommend starting a patient on anti-inflammatory medications, ice and heat to reduce the severity of the pain. In some [...]

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Highlights
Emory and Ebola - FAQ's
Sep 9, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus.  Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for these type of patients. We are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving our global community. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others. We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for patients infected with this deadly virus. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.

About Ebola

About Emory University

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Cancer
Finding Powerful Tools to Fight Ovarian Cancer
Sep 9, 2014 By Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC

GeneticsThe last decade has produced amazing advances in our understanding of the genetic risk factors for ovarian cancer. Of the one in 70 women who will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, 20 to 25 percent are the result of a major genetic cause. This means that of the 22,000 new diagnoses of ovarian cancer expected in the US in 2014, over 5,000 may be associated with an underlying hereditary cancer syndrome. Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) is the most common cause of inherited ovarian cancer risk. HBOC is due to changes (mutations) in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (BRCA1/2). In families where a BRCA1/2 mutation is present, there may be early-onset breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and sometimes melanoma, pancreatic or prostate cancer. Several individuals on one side of the family (either mother or father’s side) in more than one generation may be affected. For women who inherit a BRCA1/2 mutation, the lifetime risk for ovarian cancer is 20 to 40 percent, in contrast to the general population risk of less than two percent. These women also have greatly increased chance of developing breast cancer (50 to 80 percent by age 70), which often occurs at a young [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Is Jaw Pain a Warning Sign of a Heart Attack?
Sep 8, 2014 By Alexis Cutchins, M.D.

jaw painWhile chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, it may not be the most prominent one. This is especially true for women, who are more likely than men to experience a heart attack without any chest pain at all. However, women are also more likely than men to experience other, less common symptoms, including jaw pain. Heart attacks occur when oxygen-rich blood is unable to flow through the arteries and into the heart muscle. When this happens, a distress signal is sent to the spinal column through the nerves connected to the heart. Many nerves meet in the same location on the spine, including those coming from the jaw. As a result, when the signals from the heart reach the brain, sometimes the brain misinterprets the source of the original signal, and instead of alerting the body about the danger by sending pain signals to the heart, it sends the pain signals to the jaw instead. If the jaw pain is constant, it may be due to a dental health issue. However, if it’s a symptom of a heart attack, the pain is more likely to be intermittent and increase with activity. If you experience jaw pain and there’s no other obvious cause, you [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) 101
Sep 5, 2014 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Ear PinningOtoplasty (or “ear pinning”) surgery for prominent ears (ears that “stick out”) is one of the most common types of plastic surgery performed on children. In most cases, the ideal time to perform this surgery is around 5 or 6 years of age—before children are exposed to the teasing that can often take place in school. That is not to say, however, that adults don’t present with this complaint. Many adults or adolescents will request consultation after having considered a surgical option for many years. Common questions asked include how the procedure is done, what kind of anesthesia will be used, how long the operation will take, and what the risks are. Prominent ears can have several different causes. When a patient presents for consultation to improve the appearance of the ears, the facial plastic surgeon will take measurements of both ears (regardless of whether the problem presents in both or only one ear), take photos from all angles and discuss what the specific anatomic issues are that are causing the protrusion. Surgery for prominent ears is often performed under general anesthesia in children, but in adolescents and adults may be performed under [...]

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Highlights
Emory Expansion Update: Emory Clinic at Flat Shoals is On the Move!
Sep 5, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory on the MoveTo provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many Emory Clinic and Emory Healthcare practices are relocating to redesigned clinical space and/or new locations. The new spaces will be more inviting for patients and more accommodating to the needs of our physicians as well. As of September 15, 2014, the providers from Emory Clinic at Flat Shoals will be available at the locations and schedules below: Harold Moore, Jr., MD Hillandale: Monday through Friday Nicholas Church, MD Decatur: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Hillandale: Wednesday William Bryson, PA Decatur: Monday, Tuesday Hillandale: Friday Beginning September 15th, patients will be seen at the below welcoming locations: Emory Clinic at Decatur 2801 N. Decatur Rd, Suite 295 Decatur, GA 30033 Phone: 404-778-6400 Emory Clinic at Hillandale 5461 Hillandale Drive, Suite 100 Lithonia, GA 30058 Phone: 404-778-8600 For more information, call 404-778-8600 or get details online, at emoryhealthcare.org/expansion/moves.html. [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Types of Knee Replacements
Sep 4, 2014 By Nickolas Reimer, MD

Knee ReplacementThe knee is the largest and most complex joint in the human body. It is also one of the most important joints, playing an essential role in carrying the weight of the body in a given direction. It is formed by the lower part of the femur, the tibial plateau and the knee cap, and enables hinge and rotating movements as the connection between the upper and lower leg. When the knee joint is damaged, people can experience pain, swelling and decreased range of motion. This can make it difficult to perform daily tasks like standing, climbing stairs or walking. If the knee doesn’t respond to activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications and injections, knee replacement surgery may be a viable option. Your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery if you have severe knee pain and disability from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or traumatic injury, and will make a determination based on the damage to your knee, bone strength, age, lifestyle and other medical conditions you have. There are two types of replacement surgeries: total knee replacement and partial knee replacement, with total knee replacement surgeries comprising more than 90 percent of today’s [...]

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Cancer
How Will I Cope with Cancer?
Sep 3, 2014 By Wendy Baer, MD

Wendy Baer, MDGetting diagnosed with cancer is a unique experience for every person. It can mean many different things depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the treatment options and the overall health of the person. Regardless of the type of cancer, most people experience a whirlwind of emotions during the time of diagnosis. Uncertainty and loss of control are two common feelings. Uncertainty is especially intense in the work-up phase when you are not sure what kind of cancer you have, what your options are for treatment or who is going to take care of you during treatment. Loss of control may be an issue when you feel your body is broken, tumors may be growing, cells may be multiplying, and you wonder about dying. You may feel loss of control over your energy since you are not able to do activities or work you enjoy. The time needed for appointments may make you may feel as if the medical system has taken control of your entire schedule. If you are asking yourself the question, “How will I cope?” you are actually in a good starting place. Actively thinking about how to manage emotions such as uncertainty and loss of control is a sign that you will be able to get through your [...]

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