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Cosmetic Medicine
Breast Augmentation: 5 Things to Know Before You Make a Decision
Jun 12, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Breast augmentation — an effective method for improving breast shape and cup size for women that want larger breasts — is the most popular aesthetic breast procedure performed by plastic surgeons. In fact, in 2017 more than 300,000 women opted to have this procedure, which was up 3 percent over 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Your decision about whether or not to have breast augmentation is a big one and should be made slowly and deliberately. Reviewing the five things you should know before you make your final decision is a great place to start.

1. Breast Implants are Safe

Numerous studies have demonstrated the safety of breast implants. Made from medical-grade silicone bags filled with either saline or silicone gel, implants can vary in shape and size. Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine the best implant type and placement for you. During your procedure, the implant is placed above or below your chest muscle. Your body keeps the implant in place and prevents it from shifting.

2. Incisions are Virtually Unnoticeable

The most common incision site is in the inframammary fold — the natural crease under your breast [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory Sports Medicine Answers Your Running Questions
Jun 5, 2018 By Dr. Amadeus Mason

Road race runnersDr. Amadeus Mason is a physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center and specializes in running injuries and injury prevention. The following is an excerpt from a live chat in 2013.

Running Questions and Answers

Q: I've heard that stretching prior to a race can rob you from needed strength during the race... So on race day, what would be your suggestions for a pre-race warm-up that doesn't rob your performance? Light stretching should not rob your performance on race day. You can do simple calf, hamstring and quad stretch along with some simple butt kicks to get your legs warmed up a bit. Q: I have Achilles tendinitis and I just started training. Should I stop training? It only bothers me when I stop running. While I can't speak specifically to your condition, I recommend you speak with your physician before doing any additional hard training. Achilles tendinitis typically heals by limiting running, resting it, and doing specific stretching/strengthening exercises. You can do cross training such as swimming, rowing, and weight training to maintain your fitness. Q: What is your recommendation for preventing stitches in the side while training? To prevent side [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Drowning and Water Safety
Jun 1, 2018 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Summer is finally here and it’s time to spend some time in the water cooling off whether it’s at the pool, lake, or beach. As we’re enjoying this weather near the water, injuries are not the first thing many people think of, but it should be. It is important to make sure that you, your family, and friends are staying safe in the water and not increasing your risk of drowning. You may be thinking, “This won’t happen to me,” or “I know how to swim, I’ll be fine.” While you or others may be excellent swimmers, it only takes a few seconds for an individual to drown. It is important to confirm that everyone in the group has basic swimming skills and to have a designated supervisor while at any body of water, especially if there is not a lifeguard on duty.

Who is at risk for drowning?

There are many factors that may increase a person’s risk of drowning. Here are the five most common risk factors as outlined by the CDC.
  • Swimming Ability: There are many adults and adolescents who lack swimming ability but still enjoy being near the water. Not being able to swim makes drowning an unfortunate, but more likely, reality.
  • Barriers: Without fencing, or

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Brain Health Center
Your Stroke Questions Answered by Dr. Fadi Nahab
May 29, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

During May, Emory Healthcare likes to promote awareness and education about National Stroke Month. Below are the most common stroke questions answered by Fadi Nahab, MD.

Your Stroke Questions Answered

Q: How does someone know when they are having a stroke? A: Strokes come on suddenly, and there are specific symptoms that show you are having a stroke. Know the acronym FAST:
  • Facial asymmetry – droop. If you are smiling, and one side is not rising.
  • Arms – If you put both arms in front of you, and one arm does not come up or one side is drifting down
  • Slurred speech – trouble getting your words out
  • Time- time to call 911
These three symptoms are present in 75% of strokes. Other symptoms include the worst headache of your life, trouble seeing (in one or both eyes), and confusion. Q: If you have one of the symptoms, can that vary the type of stroke you will have or how severe it will be? A: The number of symptoms that occurs depends on what part of the brain is involved. If a stroke occurs to a larger portion of the brain, you will have more symptoms. Q: My sister passed away last year as a result of shower strokes. Will you explain what a shower [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Common Shoulder Injuries and Conditions
May 29, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Shoulder injuries are common, but that doesn’t make them any less painful or inconvenient. Your hands are like puppets, and your shoulders the puppet masters. Whatever you want your hands to do — whether brushing your hair, throwing a ball or scratching your back — your shoulders need to support and facilitate the motion. Your shoulder is made up of several bones, muscles, and tendons. Its main function is to give your arm a wide-range of motion. Unfortunately, the near constant movement in the joint can lead to injuries. Most shoulder problems fall into four major categories:

  • Tendon inflammation and tears
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)

Tendon Inflammation and Tears

Tendon inflammation and tears can be caused by a sudden injury, but are usually caused by repetitive motions. Certain sports like golf and tennis or activities like painting can lead to the following shoulder injuries.
  • Tendonitis happens when the tendon, or tissue that attaches muscle to bone, is inflamed, irritated and/or swollen.
  • Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa. Bursa are small fluid-filled sacs located in your joints. They act as cushions between bones

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Cosmetic Medicine
Mommy Makeover: Things to Know
May 24, 2018 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

It’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on your body. And those physical changes can sometimes make new moms feel uncomfortable. The good news is there are ways to restore your confidence and look like yourself again. But before we talk about that, let’s first take a moment to appreciate your body. Even though you may not like the post-baby changes to your belly or breasts, it’s important to take a moment to acknowledge what your body just accomplished with pregnancy and childbirth. It’s served you well. Be patient and kind to yourself— healing and getting your body back into shape, takes time. When you’re ready, diet and exercise can help your body shift back to the way it was before you had your baby. But if you just aren’t getting the results you want — and it’s affecting how you feel about yourself — it may be time to talk with a doctor. A cosmetic surgeon can help you pinpoint the procedures that are right for you, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or mastopexy.

Tummy Tucks

During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make one incision across your lower abdomen. The incision will heal and slowly fade after a few months, [...]

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A Mother’s Gift: Mom Saves Son with Liver Transplant
May 22, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Elizabeth Melville’s 5-month old son, Wesley, was diagnosed with a rare disease call biliary atresia. After a surgery to treat the disease failed, Wesley would need a liver transplant. That’s when Emory Transplant Center surgeons were able to take a portion of Elizabeth's liver out and then transfer it over to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be transplanted in Wesley. Watch this heartfelt story unfold from WXIA 11 Alive. Emory Transplant Center has a well-established liver transplant program, performing more than 150 liver transplants each year.

Emory Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant in Georgia was performed in 1987 by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital. Today, Emory Transplant Center is known for its Liver Transplant Program nationwide. It performs more than 150 adult liver transplants each year. Our program has a long tradition of treating end-stage liver disease and portal hypertension, providing the full continuum of lifesaving care involved in liver transplantation. Emory’s team of liver transplant doctors is highly skilled in the care of liver transplant surgery patients. With patient survival rates [...]

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Exercising While Pregnant
May 18, 2018 By Anita Tamirisa, DO

  • “I’m worried if I run, that I will hurt my baby.”
  • “If I continue to do Pilates, will I squish my little one?”
  • “Can I keep doing Cross Fit?”
  • “I’ve never really exercised before…can I start now that I’m pregnant?”
These are some common questions pregnant patients ask during visits and understandably so as there is so much conflicting information out there. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the subject.

What is exercise? Why should I make it a part of my routine?

Exercise, defined as a planned activity with the intention of improving one or more components of physical fitness, has been shown to have many positive benefits for a person in pregnancy. Pregnant patients who have maintained a regular exercise schedule have shown to gain a healthier amount of weight during pregnancy, lose excess weight more quickly after delivery, reduce the risk of medical conditions related to pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean sections, as well as, an overall improved feeling of well-being during pregnancy itself.

To Exercise or Not to Exercise

First, before starting an exercise program, it is important that you speak [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Signs of a Torn Meniscus
May 15, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

As one of the largest joints in the body, the knee is highly susceptible to injury. One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disk that cushions the knee joint and absorbs shock between the shinbone and thighbone. Each knee has two menisci to keep the weight balanced across the joint. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are most prone to meniscal tears, but the injury can happen to anyone at any age. A meniscal tear is most often caused when a person twists or turns quickly with one foot planted on the ground and the knee bent. For example, if a tennis player squats and twists his or her knee at the same time, a tear can happen. A torn meniscus is more likely to occur with age, as the meniscus and cartilage in the knee wear thin over time. Just twisting awkwardly while standing up from a chair could be enough to cause a tear in someone whose meniscus has age-related wear and tear.

Torn Meniscus Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the injury. Meniscal tears are categorized into three groups: minor, moderate and major tears. Most people find they can walk on the injured leg after the [...]

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Heart & Vascular
The Link Between Lupus and Heart Disease
May 9, 2018 By Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso

Lupus has been called a cruel and mysterious disease. An autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system that’s supposed to protect your body attacks it instead. Its causes are unknown and no two cases are alike. Attacking different parts of the body, lupus causes joint pain, rash, fatigue, and fever. It’s estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S. have it, yet most people with lupus don’t look sick. While lupus can strike anyone, 90 percent of the people living with lupus are female. It occurs 2 to 3 times more frequently among women of African, Hispanic or Asian descent than among Caucasian women.

World Lupus Day May 10th

Because so few people have heard of lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE), organizations around the globe joined together to create World Lupus Day. Each year since 2004, activities on May 10th focus on increasing public awareness and raising research funds to help the millions of people living with this painful illness.

Lupus and the Heart

But there’s one aspect of lupus that even most lupus patients don’t know: They’re at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including strokes, heart attacks, and heart [...]

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