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Stay Healthy at Work: 5 Ways to Stay Active and Focused
Nov 9, 2018 By Caroline J. Collins, MD

A long day at work can be bad for your physical and mental health. Your body gets stiff, your heart rate slows down and your mind can quickly wander – which makes it hard to focus on your job. To make matters worse, if your work happens mostly behind a desk, you may have a higher risk of obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. In fact, one study found that individuals who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity have the same risk of dying as obese individuals or smokers. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to help combat the negative health impact of sitting all day: Get up and move. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults, age 18-64, get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as walking, running, swimming or bicycling every week, as well as muscle strength training at least twice a week. While this may seem like a big commitment, it becomes more achievable when you spread your activities throughout the week and break them down into 10-minutes increments — the perfect amount of time to get up and move around at work. Discover five [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Facial Rejuvenation Procedures with Short Downtimes
Nov 8, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

When you think of facial rejuvenation, you probably think of a traditional “facelift.” But in reality, there’s a large range of cosmetic procedures that can have you looking great with far less downtime. If you want a radiant, youthful look without a long recovery period, consider minimally invasive or nonsurgical facial rejuvenation techniques.

Big Impact with Little Recovery Time

There are several facial rejuvenation procedures that offer great results with hardly any downtime. They can be performed in the office using topical or local anesthesia, and they can yield long-term or even permanent results.

Botox®

Botulinum toxin injections (Botox is the most common brand) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when we make certain facial expressions. The injection takes just a few minutes and there’s no downtime — you can go right back to work. It takes about seven days to see the full results and it lasts for three to four months, depending on how strong your facial expressions are. Botox injections are commonly used to treat:
  • Chin dimples
  • “Crow’s feet” (the small wrinkles that develop next to your eyes when smiling)
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Brain Health Center
Epilepsy Surgery: Advancing Care with More Options
Nov 6, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Advancing Epilepsy Care with More Options, Better Outcomes 

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, with 1 in 26 people diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime. Fortunately, patients today have more treatments options that deliver better outcomes than ever before. From new medications to less-invasive approaches to surgery, there are many options to discuss with your doctor. Many patients whose seizures aren’t controlled with medication are greatly benefiting from the latest advances in surgical treatments.

Get the Facts About Epilepsy Surgery Options

Epilepsy surgery is generally only considered an option after you have tried at least two anti-seizure medications and have not been able to gain control of your seizures. Your medical team will work closely with you to navigate the path through medicine and other treatment options before discussing surgery. If your team begins talking about surgery, it’s important to learn about the many different treatment options and surgical approaches. Today’s advanced care includes delivering techniques that are less invasive and offer a faster recovery time including:
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Get the Facts on Nutrition: Eat Healthy and Feel Good
Nov 2, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Fruit Vegetable FactsThe facts on eating healthy are clear: Good nutrition helps your body run the way it should. Research proves the many benefits to our health time and time again, including:

  • Boosting your mood and appearance
  • Giving you more energy
  • Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing your risk of cancer
  • Reducing your risk of diabetes
Why, then, do we struggle to make healthy eating a priority? Often, it’s because there is an overwhelming amount of information about nutrition to navigate and lack of time. That’s why, with this blog, we’re taking it back to the basics by offering simple nutrition facts to help you maximize your healthy eating habits.

Nutrition Fact No. 1: 5-9 Fruits and Veggies a Day Keep the Doctor Away

If you’re committed to eating healthier, the best place to start is by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet every day. Not only are you filling up on good-for-you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other powerful nutrients, but you’re cutting empty calories and sugar out of your diet. Five to nine fruits and vegetables may sound like a lot, but start slowly [...]

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Transplant
Choosing a Transplant Center: Survival Outcomes Data
Oct 30, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ transplantation is one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. Just the idea of replacing an organ in the body with another one via transplant is an overwhelming concept. Therefore, it is no surprise that those who are faced with a condition that may require one may feel scared and helpless. If you or a family member are facing an organ transplant in the near future, here are a few suggestions to help you choose the right transplant center for your care. One of the biggest decisions you will make is choosing a center to have your transplant surgery. With more than 250 transplant centers in the U.S., where do you start? Many patients simply choose the facility closest to them, but there are several questions you should ask before making your final decision on a transplant center:

  • What is the transplant center’s experience with performing transplant (transplant surgery volumes), and what are their survival outcomes?
  • Is the center within the network of your health insurance?
  • If the center is not close to your home, can your family/support system stay near the transplant center without causing an undue burden?
  • Can you easily reach the transplant
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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
You Don’t Have to be Young or a Pro to Play Sports
Oct 30, 2018 By Dr. Boden

Emory Helps People of All Ages Stay Active – On the Field and in Life

At least three times a week, Robert Gaare laces up his soccer cleats, places a pair of protective shin guards inside his socks and hits the field for a scrimmage. “Playing soccer is sheer joy. Nothing but fun,” says Robert. At the youthful age of 71, Robert plays midfielder for FC Georgia United - a soccer club for older adults. “In today’s world, being in your 70’s is not old,” says Robert. “I like to stay active.” Robert has played soccer since he was a boy. When his adult team traveled to Hawaii for a tournament years ago, Robert’s wife, Cathy Kaemmerlen, and his children tagged along for a family vacation. “We enjoy a lot of camaraderie and friendship,” says Robert. “And it motivates me to stay fit. I even go to the gym and lift weights to supplement my soccer.” Nothing slowed down Robert for long – not even two hip replacements. But, a couple years ago, he started experiencing sciatica, a shooting pain down his left leg. “When I was running, turning sharply and making quick movements, it hurt badly,” remembers Robert. “I could hardly kick the [...]

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Cancer
Antioxidant Foods and Cancer Prevention: Fact or Fiction?
Oct 29, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Nutrition to Fight CancerAntioxidants are all the rage. Our news outlets put out one story after another — some claiming these powerful chemicals can help lower our risk of cancer, improve heart health and even have anti-aging properties — while others suggest antioxidants aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Separating fact from fiction can be difficult and leave many of us scratching our heads.

How Antioxidants and Free Radicals Work Together

Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. To stabilize (oxidize), free radicals take electrons from other molecules, damaging them in the process and turning them into free radicals themselves. This triggers a cycle of cell damage and causes stress to your body. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. While we’re used to hearing about the harm free radicals can cause us, the truth is they’re also necessary for our health. They help our bodies fight infection, repair tissue injury and even fight aging. However, if high levels of free radicals are present in the body, they can increase your risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. That’s where antioxidants come in. [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Emerging Plastic Surgery Techniques: A Fad or Here to Stay?
Oct 23, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

It seems like a new cosmetic product, technique or device emerges almost daily — typically with great marketing fanfare. Some will become excellent additions to our treatment options. Botox®, injectable fillers and fat grafts are great examples of breakthroughs that have become proven, accepted standards. However, the majority of new treatments have proven to be ineffective or even unsafe. So, how can you, as a potential patient, know what’s worthwhile and what’s not?

What to Watch Out For

In today’s world, the media buzz tends to get more attention than good, solid facts. But when it comes to medical interventions, you want to make sure you’re looking at the science behind them. During your quest for information, watch out for some common traps.

The “Latest and Greatest” Attraction

The first thing you should be aware of is that it’s human nature to be attracted to novelty. Cognitive scientists have long recognized that people have deeply ingrained biases toward things that are new. We tend to assume that new equals better — not because there’s evidence or proof to support that, but only because it’s new. That’s why the “latest and greatest” [...]

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Cancer
Your Cancer Diet When Undergoing Treatment
Oct 22, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Nutrition to Fight CancerA healthy diet can quickly take a back seat during cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments can be hard on the body, which makes it difficult to get the nutrients you need. Although cancer treatment effects can differ for each patient, common side effects that can make it difficult to eat healthy may include:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Taste Change
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
However, a healthy diet is more important than ever when undergoing treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, proper nutrition can help patients maintain weight, lower risk of infection, improve energy and better tolerate some side effects.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet

When trying to improve your own diet, it’s important to keep in mind that cancer is an individual experience. What tastes good or appeals to one person may make someone else feel worse. The best place to start is with the healthy choices you already like and take small steps that will help combat side effects and boost your diet, including:
  1. Eating small meals or snacks
  2. Making healthy choices
  3. Making simple adjustments to your diet
  4. Talking to a dietitian

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Cancer
Prevent Breast Cancer: It Starts with Proper Nutrition
Oct 15, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Eat Healthy with CancerScience has come a long way in identifying nutrients that can help boost cell health and lower the risk of developing breast cancer. At first glance, these diet to-dos can seem overwhelming:

  1. Eat a plant-based diet
  2. Incorporate more antioxidants in your diet
  3. Try an anti-inflammatory diet
But the good news is that it’s actually much easier than you think to create and stick to a healthy diet. Each of these tips work together to create a well-rounded, healthy and delicious approach to nutrition.

Eat a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet delivers important nutrients to your body, including antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber and other important vitamins and minerals that help your body function at its best. These nutrients have been linked to a reduced cancer risk. Phytonutrients, in particular, can help protect cell health. These are naturally occurring chemicals that provide plants with color, odor and flavor. Research has shown these powerful substances have many benefits, including stimulating the immune system, blocking substances from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation, slowing the growth rate of cancer cells, and much more. When it comes to [...]

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