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Cosmetic Medicine
Realistic Liposuction Results: What Can I Expect?
Apr 17, 2015 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

Liposuction ResultsUnderstanding what any treatment can do . . . and even more importantly, what it can't do . . . is critical for you to know when considering the best cosmetic procedure to address your individual needs. This is particularly true for liposuction, as the tremendous popularity of the procedure has spawned some misconceptions and unrealistic expectations. In the right patient liposuction is a wonderful procedure with small scars, quick recovery, and dramatic results. However, in the wrong patient liposuction can lead to disappointment, and if pushed beyond appropriate limits, can even lead to deformity requiring surgical repair. One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that it can help you loose weight. Liposuction, in general, is not an effective weight loss tool. In order to keep the procedure safe, there are long-standing recommendations to limit the amount of liposuction done on an outpatient basis. Very large amounts of liposuction can be associated with the development of loose skin in the treated areas. Another misconception about liposuction is that it can tighten loose skin, especially if it is "laser liposuction" or "ultrasonic liposuction". For [...]

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Join Team Emory and Walk to End Lupus Now
Apr 16, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Lupus Team

Members of Emory's 2014 team celebrate at last year's Walk to End Lupus event.

It is estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus, a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. Normally, the function of the body’s immune system is to protect it against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. In an autoimmune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissue, so the immune system then makes antibodies and begins attacking itself. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus can strike men and women of all ages, but 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women, mostly between the ages of 15-44. With no known cause and no known cure, lupus can be difficult to diagnose since there is no single test to confirm its presence. The importance of research and funding to support the development of better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent lupus is crucial. Emory’s [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Did Crossing My Legs Cause These Veins?
Apr 15, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

Varicose Veins Leg Crossing“Did crossing my legs cause these veins?” This is one of the most common questions I hear when I evaluate patients with varicose veins. The simple answer is NO! In most cases, varicose veins are inherited. Being overweight, female, pregnant and/or spending a lot of time on your feet are common risk factors. Veins are designed to return blood from the legs back to the heart. When veins become varicose or enlarged, blood will pool in these superficial veins rather than efficiently emptying out of the legs. This excess blood, and the pressure that results, stretches and dilates the veins and often leads to symptoms of aching, heaviness and fatigue. Early treatment should include:

  • Leg elevation and compression stockings
  • Exercise - something as simple as walking may help symptoms considerably
When symptoms become more severe, your doctor may recommend more specific treatment. Minor procedures used to treat varicose veins are almost always performed in the office with little or no recovery time. The goal is to close the abnormal vein and relieve the pressure, and often the unsightly appearance of the varicose veins. If you have bothersome veins and would like [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
8 Tips to Fix Your Posture at Work
Apr 14, 2015 By Dr. Diana Sodiq

Good PostureFor the average working American, it is common to sit a minimum of eight hours a day and a majority of that behind a computer. I frequently see patients with neck and back pain that are not related to a specific injury, but rather from spending many hours at their desk (which usually involves using a computer). Sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a variety of health issues, including fatigue, muscle and joint pain. Do you spend a lot of time behind a desk? If so, make sure your chair and work station are set up to fit you properly and influence good posture. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  1. MONITOR POSITION: You should be able to sit straight in front of your computer and not have to turn from side to side to access it. The top half of the monitor should be in line with your eye height.
  2. DISTANCE FROM MONITOR: Keep your arms and elbows close to your body and parallel to the floor. You should not have to reach forward to use your keyboard. (Tip: try sitting about 18 inches from your computer screen).
  3. NECK: People who spend a lot of time on the phone often complain of neck pain. If you find yourself cradling your phone between your shoulder
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Cancer
Take Steps Now to Prevent Cancer
Apr 13, 2015 By Anand Jillella, MD

Cancer Control MonthApril is Cancer Control Month. That means we need to find ways to reduce our risk of cancer as well as the chances that we’ll die from the disease. We have a tough job ahead. Before the year is over, nearly 1.7 million Americans will be newly diagnosed with cancer. It’s a sobering statistic and one that we can impact in a big way by taking steps now to help prevent the second leading cause of death in the United States. If you’re a smoker, find a way quit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking cigarettes can cause cancer in almost any part of the body and is responsible for some of the most deadly types of the disease. As an oncologist, I would recommend that you stay away from all tobacco products and byproducts, including second hand smoke. It is estimated that one in three Americans is now obese. Obesity is proven to be a major risk factor for breast, colon, esophageal and kidney cancers. It’s more important than ever that you maintain a healthy weight by eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Pay attention to portion size and cut down on alcohol consumption. While you’re at it, get off the couch and get [...]

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Fecal Incontinence: Talk to Your Doctor Today
Apr 13, 2015 By Kristie Greene, MD

fecal incontinenceFecal Incontinence (FI) is the accidental or involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool from the rectum. The two most important things to know about FI are:

  1. It is not a normal part of aging. And
  2. You are not alone.
Fecal incontinence affects nearly 18 million adults in the United States and has a profound impact on one’s quality of life. Still, many women are hesitant to talk to their doctors about this condition because they are embarrassed or think that there is nothing that can be done about it.

What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

There are many different factors within the body that have to all work together to keep us continent. These include intact mental function, normal volume and consistency of stool, and intact muscles, nerves, and reflexes within our colon and anal canal. A problem with any of these factors can lead to fecal incontinence. Some examples of factors that can cause fecal incontinence include:
  • Neurologic conditions such as dementia, stroke, or multiple sclerosis
  • Diarrhea (from infection, irritable bowel, lactose intolerance, colitis, etc.)
  • Obstetric injury or trauma
  • Previous surgeries (hemorrhoids, fistulas)
  • Anatomic issues
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Cosmetic Medicine
Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Apr 10, 2015 By Dr. Anita Sethna

MicordermabrasionMicrodermabrasion is a procedure usually performed at a medical spa for enhancement and brightening of the overall facial appearance. Patients may present with complaints of dull skin texture, or superficial skin irregularities that just need a little freshening. It is more aggressive than a facial, but much less aggressive than dermabrasion. Although the terms are related, the “micro” in microdermabrasion arises from the fact that originally, little tiny crystals were used as an exfoliant within the hand piece to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. More updated equipment relies on different methods of liquid exfoliation, but the effect is the same. Downtime is minimal if any, usually resulting in a few hours of redness or mild irritation of the skin, similar to the sensation of a mild sunburn. It’s important to reduce or eliminate sun exposure after any exfoliation procedure, but other than that, it is a relatively pain-free and uncomplicated endeavor. It may require repeated or regular appointments for maintenance of ideal skin tone. Microdermabrasion can be performed on all skin types and colors safely because the injury is very [...]

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Emory Healthcare Turns Trash into Treasure
Apr 9, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory RecyclesMetal hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows – these items come to mind when renovating or building a new structure, but they should also be considered when demolishing a building, too. Sometimes, these materials don’t need to end up in the dumpster! The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Facilities Management team partnered with a group of volunteers from the Lifecycle Building Center to redefine what it means to reuse and repurpose at EHC. To make room for the new hospital bed tower on Clifton Road, the Emory University sorority houses on Gambrell Drive were demolished. , Facilities Management salvaged many items, such as those listed above, from the sorority houses. Rather than throwing away perfectly useful building fixtures, the Lifecycle Building Center will repurpose the items throughout the community for use in other building construction and renovation projects. The Lifecycle Building Center is a non-profit organization in Atlanta that diverts construction and demolition waste by salvaging reusable building materials and making them available to the public through a variety of means, including a retail operation in [...]

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Heart & Vascular
How to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease
Apr 8, 2015 By George L. Chang, MD

Coronary Heart Disease PreventionCoronary heart disease (CHD) is the buildup of plaque within the heart’s arteries, which causes a decrease in blood flow. When a coronary artery becomes fully blocked and blood flow has stopped, a heart attack results. As you may know, heart attacks may permanently damage the heart muscle. Risk factors for CHD include: high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes, smoking, obesity, being post-menopausal for women and being older than 45 for men. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing CHD. CHD and heart attacks are preventable. Living a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, stress reduction, weight management and physical activity is key. CHD may begin in childhood, and initial plaque buildup may be detected as early as the teenage years. According to the National Institute of Health, common symptoms of coronary heart disease include shortness of breath and angina (pain or a feeling of increased pressure in the chest). Less common symptoms include nausea, sweating, fatigue, dizziness and decreased exercise tolerance. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 [...]

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Clinical Trials: Leading the Way to Better Health Care
Apr 7, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Clinical TrialsAs the leading academic medical center in Georgia, Emory Healthcare is home to researchers and physicians who are pioneering or participating in thousands of clinical trials across the nation. The discovery that comes from these research studies not only makes a different in the way health care is delivered, here and now, but impacts patient care for generations to come. A recent Atlanta Business Chronicle article highlights twenty clinical trials across the state of Georgia that have the potential to make a big difference in health care. 15 out of the 20 trials identified are Emory-led or Emory-involved clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials at Emory Healthcare, or click to find an Emory clinical trial. Also, make sure to read below to see the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of promising trials to keep and eye on.

  • LEUKEMIA CLINICAL TRIAL

    • Principal investigator: Dr. Anand Jillella, professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University’s School of Medicine; associate director for Community Outreach at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute
    • Location: Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
    • Summary: Currently,
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