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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Young Hockey Player Successfully Rebounds After Surgery
Jul 17, 2019 By Kyle Hammond, MD

youth sports hockey playerRyan can't remember life before hockey. He was two years old when he donned his first pair of skates, and only three years old when he began flying around ice rinks working on his slapshot. Ryan loves the game and can't get enough of it. Friends and family aren't surprised, though. Dad was a former goaltender in the National Hockey League and a long-standing professional hockey coach. Hockey is in Ryan's blood. Ryan's passion for the sport has grown over the years, and so has his time on the ice. He got his start playing on local teams, practicing a few hours each week. He progressed to a more serious traveling squad at the age of 10. By 14, Ryan was competing for Thunder Hockey Club, a tier I AAA-level organization that spent every other weekend of the long season (August through April) on the road. During one of those weekend games in Nashville, Ryan slid across the ice and landed hard on his shoulder. He felt quite a bit of pain and couldn't move his arm normally. He shrugged it off thinking it wasn't anything a little ibuprofen and a good night's sleep couldn't fix. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Ryan continued to have a great deal of pain and swelling the [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Keeps Quality and Patient Care at the Forefront
Jul 16, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Lean methodologyThe Emory Transplant Center's focus on quality goes well beyond the ordinary. And, while it was the first transplant center to earn the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Level 3 Recognition – their highest level of distinction, Emory Transplant Center is committed to building upon its strengths, assertively working to enhance patient-centered care. Thanks to a generous grant from the Cox Foundation’s Jim Kennedy, the Emory Transplant Center is well underway in building the best possible patient experience. The award is intended to streamline appointments and reduce wait times while providing the highest quality health care. Toward these goals, the Emory Transplant Center is integrating the Lean Methodology quality principles into all aspects of its operation. The Lean Methodology is a quality improvement philosophy first developed by Toyota. It transforms the way organizations work and is increasingly being used in health care settings to build staff commitment and cut waste that can undermine care. Lean processes include reviews of all activities which distinguish value-creating actions [...]

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Eye Care Basics: Protect Your Vision and Boost Your Health
Jul 5, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

woman getting eye examOur eyes help us navigate each day – enabling us to get our work done, connect with family or friends, and enjoy our favorite pastimes. Despite all our eyes do for us, it’s easy to overlook our eye health. Learn how the right eye care can protect your vision.

Take Care of Contact Lenses and Wear Them Correctly

Wearing contact lenses is fairly straightforward. But after a few years (or years and years) of wearing lenses, it can seem like not such a big deal to fall asleep in them or skip a few steps when cleaning them. Taking proper care of your contacts and following instructions can help keep your eyes healthy. Be sure you:
  • Replace your contacts according to the schedule provided by your doctor or brand.
  • Replace your contact case every three months to reduce the risk of contamination or infection from a dirty or damaged case.
  • Remove contacts before showering or swimming.
  • Use a sterile solution to clean contacts, and don’t use water or saliva to rewet them.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before handling contacts.

Reduce Screen Time

Screen time isn’t just bad for the brain and body: It’s bad for our eyes. Considering that Americans spend [...]

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What Is Proton Therapy?
Jun 27, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Proton therapy patient with nursesProton Therapy Arrives in Georgia

Winship Cancer Institute adds a powerful radiation therapy option to its broad array of cancer-fighting tools. Combining the latest advances in radiation technology, engineering, and medical physics, Winship physicians employ proton therapy to deliver a specialized treatment exactly where needed.

What Is Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy, also called proton beam therapy, is a type of radiation treatment that uses proton particles to destroy cancer cells. Unlike standard radiation therapy, which uses X-rays, a proton therapy beam can be calibrated to put the maximum radiation dose directly at the cancer with minimal radiation to healthy tissue. By reducing this radiation to normal tissues, proton therapy may also reduce side effects experienced during radiation treatment, and reduce risks of long-term side effects after treatment. Because proton therapy can deliver a more targeted dose of radiation, physicians often use it to treat cancers in the brain, head and neck, lungs and abdomen, as well as for pediatric cancers. Depending on your diagnosis and treatment plan, your care team may decide to use proton therapy in addition to surgery, [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Is a Neck Lift Right for You?
Jun 26, 2019 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

woman caressing neckIt’s no secret that as you age your appearance will change, too. Over the years, as your skin loses its elasticity it can wrinkle and sag, making you look older than you actually are. A neck lift can help erase signs of aging and restore your youthful appearance with a smoother, slimmer profile. Learn more about neck lifts so you can decide if this common procedure is right for you.

Who’s a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A cosmetic surgeon can make treatment recommendations based on your specific goals and needs. All of those options should be considered before creating your treatment plan. There are a number of options available today, from minimally invasive techniques, such as Botox®, Kybella® injections and dermal fillers, to more traditional neck lift surgery. While less invasive techniques may work well for most, neck lift surgery will likely provide more dramatic and permanent results for common problems like double chin, neckbands and sagging jowls. If you’re in good health and want to improve the profile and appearance of your neck, you may be a good candidate for surgery.

Does Having a Neck Lift Mean I Also Need a Facelift?

The answer depends on [...]

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Preventive Medicine
The Difference Between Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke
Jun 21, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

woman with heat illness gets helped by manDehydration

One of the most important things you can do to prevent heat illness is staying hydrated. Without the right amount of fluid intake, your body can’t keep its temperature at a normal, consistent level. Dehydration happens when your body lacks the proper amount of fluids and electrolytes to keep working properly.

Dehydration symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Less frequent urination than normal
  • Darker urine color
  • Dry skin
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness and/or fainting
  • Headache
Signs of dehydration may be slightly different for younger individuals. In young children and infants, dehydration symptoms can include a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, an extended period of time (around 3 hours) without a wet diaper, high fevers, and an unusual amount of sleepiness or drowsiness.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a serious condition. Heat exhaustion happens when the body loses a great deal of water and salt (which is usually caused by profuse sweating). Cases of heat exhaustion are made much worse whenever there is a high level of humidity or physical activity involved. Notably, heat exhaustion can cause any pre-existing conditions to worsen or become [...]

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Over 50 Percent of 2019 Atlanta "Top Doctors" are Emory Physicians
Jun 20, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

2019 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors CoverAtlanta magazine’s 2019 July issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. Once again, we are proud to announce that Emory physicians make up more than half the list – more than any other health system in Atlanta. Emory physicians represent 55 percent of the 860 total doctors recognized – 469 to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our 11 hospitals and over 250 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. “We are pleased to have so many excellent physicians across multiple specialties represented in the 2019 ‘Top Doctors’ list,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. “These physicians are highly regarded and selected by their peers for this recognition. We thank them for the superior care and dedication they give to our patients and their families every day.” We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2019 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their outstanding care teams—for providing exceptional care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their [...]

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Brain Health Center
Using Virtual Reality as Therapy for PTSD
Jun 17, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

virtual reality exposure therapy for ptsdJune is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and Emory Healthcare Veterans Program would like to share how it uses Prolonged Exposure therapy and Virtual Reality Exposure therapy to heal invisible wounds. Our highly skilled team of professionals is led by world-renowned Emory clinical psychologist Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., who has been working in the PTSD field since 1986 and pioneered Virtual Reality Exposure therapy as a treatment for PTSD in veterans and service members. In exposure therapy, we help people confront reminders of the traumatic event, but in a therapeutic manner so that their distress decreases.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

There are many approaches to treating PTSD, and after several decades of research, our program has determined Prolonged Exposure therapy to be the most successful in healing invisible wounds. This process treats PTSD by asking the patient to recall the memory repeatedly, and in a therapeutic manner, so that he/she will feel more comfortable with the memory and gain a sense of mastery over the experience, rather than experiencing anxiety and avoidance. Avoidance is a common behavior for those suffering from PTSD, and [...]

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Take Care of Those Pearly Whites: 4 Dental Health Tips For Everyone
Jun 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Woman flossing for dental healthYour mouth doesn’t just communicate through words. It can give you important signs about your health including clues of infection, illness or chronic disease. And, in some cases, issues with your mouth, teeth and gums can actually cause serious health conditions. Making your oral hygiene a priority can go a long way in preventing a number of health conditions and managing the side effects of some chronic health conditions, like diabetes and cancer. Make sure you’re doing all you can to maintain your dental health, before it becomes a problem. These four simple tips can help.

1. Floss

Flossing may not be fun, but done properly it removes the plaque and food stuck between your teeth and under your gum line. That’s an important step in your oral hygiene routine since stuck food particles lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Be sure to floss at least once a day, preferably before you head to bed, to get rid of any food stuck in your teeth from snacks and meals.

2. Drink Fluoridated Water

In the 1940s, scientists discovered that individuals who drank water with naturally occurring fluoride levels of approximately one part fluoride per million parts water had fewer [...]

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4 Ways Men Can Lower Their Risk of Cancer
Jun 14, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Man talking with doctor One out of every three men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. This is a sobering statistic to consider. Beyond skin cancer, men are most frequently diagnosed with prostate, lung or colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Those are also the three malignancies responsible for the highest number of deaths in men. For men, reducing the risk of cancer is more important than ever.

Here Are Four Ways to Make an Impact Today

  1. If you use any tobacco products, quit now. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than a dozen types of cancer including those involving our lungs, bladder, and mouth. Chewing tobacco and snuff can also cause head and neck, esophageal, stomach or pancreatic cancer. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to help you kick the habit for good. Finding a support group can also make a big difference in whether you succeed.
  2. Cut back on alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking can cause health problems, but did you also know that alcohol can increase your risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, liver and colon? The risk increases for those who drink and smoke at the same time. It is

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