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End-Stage Renal Failure Treatment Options: Dialysis or Kidney Transplant
Mar 14, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

kidney transplantYour kidneys are small but mighty organs tasked with the job of filtering 200 quarts of blood and about two quarts of waste and water every day — all in an effort to keep your body running smoothly. When your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should – because of a chronic disease or acute illness – waste can back up into your body. Chronic kidney disease, which affects nearly 30 million Americans, can also put you at higher risk for serious issues, including heart attack and stroke. There are many stages and treatment options for individuals managing kidney disease – from antibiotics to treat infections, to minimally invasive options when the disease is in its early stages, to complex surgical procedures, such as kidney transplants, during end-stage renal failure. End-stage renal failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease.

What is end-stage renal failure?

End-stage renal failure, or kidney failure, is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. It means that one or both of your kidneys no longer function on their own. Kidney failure is generally a gradual process, one your doctor will be monitoring closely. You will be officially diagnosed [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel
Mar 12, 2019 By Emory Aesthetic Center

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact. Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath. Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up to five to 10 days after the peel is applied — and will usually go away on their own.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels to address your unique skin issues. Chemical peels are generally safe and have few side effects. You may want to [...]

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Nutrition Tips to Get You Back On Track
Mar 11, 2019 By Carrie Claiborne, RD, LD

March is National Nutrition Month®. This is a perfect month to promote the importance of wellness and nutrition. For most people, the motivation of continuing their New Year’s resolution is wearing off by now and we all could use a little push heading into the second quarter. With the endless marketing ads we encounter from billboards, to television, to digital media, the concept of eating healthy can seem confusing and downright overwhelming. Every week, there seems to be a new diet or superfood with claims of increased vitality and health. Maybe you’ve tried a few, maybe you haven’t. The truth is, eating healthy is easier than you think, once you know the basics. Here are a few nutrition tips to help you stay on track to reaching your New Year’s resolution.

  1. Eat whole foods – No, that does not mean eat the whole pizza! Whole foods are foods that are free from additives and have been processed or refined as little as possible. This includes mostly foods that do not come in packaging, such as fruits and vegetables. However, meat, eggs, beans, and grains such as rice are also whole foods, but may be sold in a package.
  2. Eat plant-based – Now this one is

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Social Wellness: Your Relationships Impact Your Health
Mar 8, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

social wellnessThere’s a lot of talk these days about your emotional, physical and mental wellness, but what about your social health? After all, your relationships with family and friends certainly impact your overall well-being. Think about the last time you had an argument with a loved one or were on the outs with a friend: It can make your blood pressure rise and release stress hormones in your body. All relationships have their ups and downs. But with strong communication, open-mindedness and empathy, healthy relationships will stand the test of time — and add great value to your life. In fact, research supports the idea that people with strong social wellness (those who have healthy relationships and can successfully interact with others) enjoy many health benefits, including:

  • Boosted immune systems
  • Healthier hearts
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Longer lives
  • Stronger endocrine systems
Take the next step towards social wellness by discovering these simple ways to build healthy, lasting relationships.

1. Take Care of Yourself

It’s hard to build healthy, meaningful relationships when you feel tired or run down. That’s why the first step in boosting your social [...]

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Pancreatic Cancer and Your Digestive Health
Mar 7, 2019 By Bassel El-Rayes, MD & David A. Kooby, MD

Pancreatic CancerWhen you think of digestion you probably don’t think about the pancreas, but it sits right behind the stomach and works to provide essential digestive functions. The pancreas, only about 4-6 inches long, is widely known for producing insulin, an important hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, but it also assists the body in the absorption of nutrients into the small intestine. Pancreatic cancer risk increases with age and most people are between 60 to 80 years old when diagnosed. Early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms; however, there are five early warning signs that we can all be aware of to better advocate for our health.

Five Early Distress Warnings of Digestive Cancer

  1. Yellow eyes or skin. The pancreas uses a greenish-brown fluid made in the gallbladder, called bile, to help the small intestine in digestion. If a tumor starts in the head of the pancreas, it can block or press on the bile duct and cause bile to build up. This back-up causes yellow discoloration, called jaundice.
  2. Belly pain. Pain has been described as distressing, as compared to a sharp cramp or ache. Pain may go away when you lean forward because it and spreads toward the

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Get the Facts About Colonoscopies
Mar 4, 2019 By Matthew McKenna, MD

ColonoscopyColorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for roughly 50,000 deaths each year. In 2018 alone more than 140,000 individuals were diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, there’s a safe and effective way to identify precancerous cells and prevent colorectal cancer: the colonoscopy. Research continues to show the clear impact this screening has on saving lives. One recent study found that, among men and women with an average risk of colorectal cancer, colonoscopies reduced the risk of death from colon or rectal cancer by 67 percent. Still, despite this evidence, many of us are hesitant to schedule our regular screening. Some of us think of the procedure as uncomfortable or embarrassing, or we may want to avoid the seemingly unpleasant prep to clear our intestines. But the more we know the more we’ll understand the push towards these important screenings. Discover the truth about colonoscopies, and why you should schedule a screening today.

Who Needs a Colonoscopy?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults begin colorectal screenings at age 50 and continue with screenings [...]

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Emergency Preparedness: Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe
Mar 1, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

Emergency Preparedness KitWe don’t like to think about it, but emergencies can strike at any time. From major disasters to health scares, it’s important to be prepared so you and your family can cope with whatever comes your way. For some, emergency preparedness is a daunting task. To make it less overwhelming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest breaking it down into an easy-to-remember, three-step process:

  1. Get a kit
  2. Make a plan
  3. Be informed

1. Get a Kit

Make a kit of supplies you would need in a disaster. The Department of Homeland Security recommends your emergency kit include:
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Dust masks
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Food (three-day supply of non-perishable food such as energy bars, peanut butter, nuts, canned vegetables and dried fruit)
  • Local maps
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Medication (enough to last three days)
  • Whistle
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Water (three gallons of water to last for three days for each person in your household)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off [...]

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Heart & Vascular
5 Ways to Reduce or Even Reverse Diabetes
Feb 28, 2019 By Candace C. White, DO

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and more than 7 million of them do not know they have it. Hence, it is possible that you or a family member or close friend could be undiagnosed. When diabetes goes untreated it can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness and foot problems. Also, diabetes is expensive and people with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on medical expenses than those without diabetes. American Diabetes Association Alert Day, held the last Tuesday of March each year is a one-day event that encourages everyone to take the Type II Diabetes Risk Test. Each year, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to participate in workplace activities and increase its awareness of the disease.

Here are some tips to reduce or reverse diabetes

  1. Lose weight. Especially around the waist area. Drink a glass of water 5-10 minutes before your meal to take the edge off your hunger.
  2. Keep the weight off. Did you know that you could prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 5 to 7 percent of your weight? For example, if you weigh

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50+ Million Americans Suffer from Allergies Each Year
Feb 22, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

What’s the Problem?

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that generally do not affect other individuals. These substances, or allergens, can cause sneezing, coughing, and itching. Allergic reactions range from merely bothersome to life-threatening. Some allergies are seasonal, like hay fever. Allergies have also been associated with chronic conditions like sinusitis and asthma.

Who’s at Risk?

Anyone may have or develop an allergy – from a baby born with an allergy to cow’s milk, to a child who gets poison ivy, to a senior citizen who develops hives after taking a new medication.

Can It Be Prevented?

Allergies can generally not be prevented but allergic reactions can be. Once a person knows they are allergic to a certain substance, they can avoid contact with the allergen. Strategies for doing this include being in an air-conditioned environment during peak hay-fever season, avoiding certain foods, and eliminating dust mites and animal dander from the

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Allergies: Know Where to Go to Get Relief This Season
Feb 20, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

For allergy and asthma sufferers in Atlanta, there are effectively three seasons: summer, winter and pollen. With a warmer-than-average winter, high pollen counts have already been reported across the U.S. In Atlanta, this warmer-than-usual weather triggered an early release of tree pollen. As a result, pollen counts started rising in mid-February. This means allergy season is already here — which may seem unfair, considering we are still at the tail end of flu season. Click here to learn more about pollen counts and what the numbers mean. Respiratory allergies, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), flare up because of a heightened immune system response to pollen particles. Allergic rhinitis produces the typical sneezing and runny nose associated with pollen season, as well as itchy, watery eyes. You can also experience itching in your ears, nose and throat. For some people, this is mildly irritating but can be handled by staying indoors when pollen counts are high. Symptoms are also treatable with over-the-counter or prescription medications. A primary care physician (PCP), nurse practitioner or physician assistant can help. Older [...]

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