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Cosmetic Medicine
Blepharoplasty: Eyelid surgery and recovery explained
Jan 13, 2017 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can make you look years younger. Nonsurgical options include hyaluronic acid and fat injections.People often refer to eyes as windows to the soul. In fact, our eyes do provide lots of information about our emotional state. According to Psychology Today, we can tell a genuine from a fake smile by looking at a person's eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake—we do it all the time out of politeness. But our eyes are usually the giveaway. The area around our eyes (the periocular area) also plays a crucial role in how we express ourselves and communicate with others. Aging in this area can change how others see us and can mean the difference between being seen as “bright-eyed” or tired. As we get older, our eyelid tissues become thinner and our skin loses elasticity. We may also notice more puffiness around our eyes, as well as dark circles and wrinkles. The good news is there are several options for rejuvenating the periocular area:

  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers
  • Fat grafting

Eyelid surgery for a younger, fresher look

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common procedure that can refresh the area around your eyes. Making tiny incisions along your eyelids (in the natural creases so the scars are hidden), your [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Ranked Second Largest Kidney Paired Donor Program
Jan 11, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Transplant CenterEmory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). ended 2016 with a bang. Emory’s Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). Our last transplant for 2016 set a new record for us at 55 kidney paired donor transplants in a single month. We ended 2016 with 399 transplants facilitated, an increase of 11% over 2015. We expect to cross the 2,000 program-to-date milestone by the end of this month. Emory began its Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program in 2010, and has been participating in the National Kidney Registry since 2012. Paired donor exchange gives patients an opportunity to receive a living donor kidney transplant from a loved one or friend, despite incompatible blood types and positive crossmatches. In paired donation, a donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient pair, and the kidneys are exchanged between the pairs. According to Sharon Mathews, Lead Coordinator of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, “Living donation can provide end-stage renal disease [ESRD] patients with a better chance of finding a compatible match and improve their outcomes [...]

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Weight Management
A Complete Guide to Following your New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 3, 2017 By Denisse Porras Fimbres, Emory Healthcare Dietetic Intern

From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the New Year's Resolutions you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier & better you.January 1st – a day that commemorates a brand new year and marks the beginning of a new set of New Year’s resolutions. From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the goals you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier and better you. Oftentimes, the resolutions we set for ourselves are unrealistic and difficult to sustain, causing many of us to fall back to our old habits after a few days. But have no fear, we came up with a few tips that can help you not only set obtainable goals, but also uphold and maintain them long-term. 1. Set specific goals. Perhaps the most common mistake that we make while writing our New Year’s resolutions is that we typically make them too broad and not measurable. We vow to “eat healthy,” “stop eating fast food,” and my personal favorite, “exercise every day.” Although these are great objectives, they aren’t exactly quantifiable or specific. Instead, you can commit to eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, limiting fast food to once or twice a week, and including 20-30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week. These goals are much more specific and calculable, making it [...]

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Top 10 Things Care Coordinators Do For You
Dec 30, 2016 By admin

Care coordinators are there to help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of health care so you can get and stay healthy, or manage chronic disease. Whether you are juggling multiple doctors' appointments or returning to daily life after a hospital admission, staying on top of your health can seem like a full-time job. That’s where care coordinators come in. Care coordinators are registered nurses, social workers, health educators and case managers who help you manage your chronic health condition and stay in touch with you after a hospital stay or doctor's appointment to ensure you have the resources you need to get and stay healthy. Emory Healthcare provides care coordination services through the Emory Coordinated Care Center and Emory Healthcare Network Care Coordination. Keep reading to learn the top 10 things care coordinators can do for you. 1. Help you set and meet healthy lifestyle goals. Care coordinators can work with you to set achievable health goals and prevent chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart disease. "We use motivational interviewing skills, health education and lifestyle modification discussions to help patients to improve our patients' knowledge and get them more engaged in their healthcare," says Misty Landor, RN, MSN, CNS, ANP-C, manager of Emory Healthcare Network Care [...]

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Weight Management
Experiencing FOHO? Fear of the Holidays
Dec 28, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

hanukkah-2-fbDo you experience stress hosting that annual dinner party, seeing those long-lost relatives, or fear of gaining weight with it all? It is true that the holidays can make it more difficult to manage all of life’s responsibilities including weight management. Pressure of weight loss can add to your stress level during the holiday. Perhaps your holiday weight goal this year should be to maintain your current weight. Don’t let the holidays set you back. Creating a realistic and attainable goal can set you up for success. Here are several tips that can help you fight your food FOHO:

  • PLAN ahead--- Be sure to plan how you will eat at the holidays in a way that works best for you. The more you prepare, the easier it will be to succeed at weight maintenance through the holidays. Don’t throw in the towel to just start over again in January 1.
  • Use a smaller plate at holiday parties. This creates the illusion of having more than you really are consuming.
  • You CAN leave the table if your plate is not clean. Try to eat slower at meal times to allow your body to send “fullness” signals to your brain to avoid overeating.
  • Eat only the dishes and treats you know

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Takeaways from the Live Chat on Hip and Knee Replacement
Dec 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

joint-replacement260x200Are you or someone you know considering hip or knee replacement after living with pain for an extended time? Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have decided to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, we answered some questions that may be helpful about the procedure and recovery time. Thank you to everyone who participated in our live chat on Tuesday, December 13 at 12 PM EST with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Bradbury of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center where he answered questions about hip and knee replacements, new treatment options, recovery and more. We received a lot of great questions, and below are some of the highlights from this live chat. Read the full chat transcript here.   Question: Will I need physical therapy about a knee replacement? Dr. Bradbury: Yes, physical therapy is much more important after knee replacement than after hip replacement. In general, the physical therapist will first help you achieve range of motion and then work on strengthening. Most people require supervised physical therapy for several weeks after surgery. After that point, they can do many of the exercises on their own. Question: How [...]

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Lung Cancer: Risk Factors, CT Lung Screening, Symptoms & Therapy Live Chat
Dec 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

lung-chat-260x200According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S.  At least 8.6 million Americans qualify as high risk for lung cancer and are recommended to receive annual screening with low-dose CT scans. Lung CT Screening for individuals at high risk has the potential to dramatically improve lung cancer survival rates by finding the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.  At Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, a highly coordinated multidisciplinary team provides advanced care and clinical trials option with cutting edge new therapies for lung cancer patients. Join Seth D. Force, MD and Suresh Ramalingam, MD, with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s lung cancer team, on Wednesday, January 11 at 12 PM for a live chat where we’ll answer your questions about lung cancer risk factors, lung CT screening, symptoms and therapy. All are welcome to attend this online open-forum discussion. cta-chat-blue [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss
Dec 16, 2016 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Body contouring can remove excess skin after significant weight loss. Emory Aesthetic Center can help you look and feel your best.Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated. But what if you still aren’t happy with the way you look? Often, after losing a substantial amount of weight, you’re left with excess skin that hides your results and can leave you feeling self-conscious. Some concerns we hear from men and women alike are:

  • "My stomach skin hangs down."
  • "My arms flop around and hang. I don't feel comfortable in a short-sleeve shirt."
  • "My inner thighs are so loose and saggy, I don't like to wear shorts.”
  • "What happened to my bottom? It just melted away!"
Complaints about the chest area are also common. Women can feel as if their breasts have melted away and hang low. Men can be uncomfortable if their chest hangs almost like they have breasts. But you’ve worked too hard throughout your weight loss journey to stop now. If any of these concerns ring true for you, it’s time to talk with a plastic surgeon about body contouring .

Body contouring procedures

Since weight loss tends to follow certain patterns, there are [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Becker’s Recognizes Emory Healthcare as Top Performer in Orthopedics
Dec 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

ortho-story-squareEmory Healthcare’s orthopedic programs received top recognition in two nationwide lists released this Fall in Becker’s Hospital Review. In its annual list, “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs 2016,” Becker’s named Emory among the national leaders in orthopedic care. Specifically, Becker’s recognized Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The only other hospital in Georgia to make the list was University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. To develop the list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team examined several rankings and awards for orthopedic care, including U.S. News & World Report, Joint Commission certification and Magnet nursing accreditation. In a separate list, Becker’s recognized Emory University Hospital, which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, as one of 36 hospitals in the U.S. to have the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery. The list is based on data supplied by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. All the hospitals on the list [...]

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Minimally Invasive Surgery is Changing the Early Detection of Lung Cancer
Dec 14, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Minimally invasive surgery is changing the early detection of lung cancer by innovating ways of tracking lung nodules when lung cancer is suspected.How is minimally invasive surgery changing the early detection of lung cancer? The majority of lung cancer surgeries are now performed using minimally invasive approaches. Above 80 percent at Emory. This presents advantages to the patient: less muscle is cut and recovery is quicker. Traditionally surgeons would need to touch the nodule to find it, and accessing the lung via smaller incisions prevents that hands on touch. When it comes to lung cancer early detection, we have to remember that the lung tissue is normally filled with air, sort of like a puffy sleeping bag. When someone gets a CT scan and a nodule is detected, the air is present. During surgery, the tissue collapses, causing the nodule to shift away from where it was. At Winship, cardiothoracic surgeons Manu Sancheti, Seth Force and colleagues have been developing a technique of using gold markers. It's called fiducials and it keeps track of small nodules when lung cancer is suspected. The minimally invasive surgeons published their findings in 2014 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. During a CT scan the radiologist will mark a nodule by inserting a fiducial, which is then visible during the operation [...]

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