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Cosmetic Medicine
Fractionated Laser Resurfacing or Micro-needling: Which One Should I Have to Improve My Skin?
May 22, 2015 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

MicroneedlingAs a plastic surgeon, I am often asked by patients, friends and family members, “what can I do to look younger?”. The appearance of the skin is the most troubling to them. Typically, they are bothered by wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pore size, and sometimes scarring from acne in their youth. Luckily for them, I am armed with a multitude of products and treatments that will rejuvenate the skin. Two of the most popular treatments used at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa are fractional laser resurfacing and micro-needling. Let’s review each one to help you decide which one is right for you.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-ablative laser used to resurface the skin. The laser works by penetrating beneath the skin’s surface to the dermis, where it heats the tissue and initiates a healing process that forms new, healthy tissue. The treated area regenerates new collagen, improving the tone and texture of the treated skin, resulting in a fresher and more youthful skin tone.

Micro-needling

Micro-needling is a procedure that uses needles to create micro-channels in your skin without causing thermal injury to the surrounding tissue. Like [...]

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Choosing a PCP: It's a Big Decision
May 21, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Primary Care PhysicianChoosing a primary care provider is a very important personal decision, and a number of factors should be considered to make sure you are selecting a healthcare professional with whom you can form a long-term relationship. A primary care provider, or PCP for short, works with you to maintain your overall health by focusing on wellness and the optimum management of your chronic conditions to avoid future problems. And while your PCP is your health care hub, he or she can also help you with selection of and referral to a specialist should your condition warrant the additional expertise. While specialists focuse on their area of expertise, your PCP maintains a holistic perspective. In that way, your PCP will work with your specialist, or specialists, to guide you through your treatment course and provide high-level oversight of treatments, medications, therapies and recommendations to ensure your care is as coordinated as possible. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right PCP for you:

  • Ask Around - Talk to friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers about their providers. Also consider asking other healthcare professionals for their opinions. Many hospitals
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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Spinal Tumor Symptoms & Treatment
May 20, 2015 By John Rhee, MD

Spinal TumorsTumors, whether cancerous (malignant tumors) or noncancerous (benign tumors), can develop and affect bones anywhere in the body, but when a tumor develops in or near your spinal cord or within the bones of your spine, it can be an especially serious condition. Your spine is an extremely important part of your body as it holds up your head, shoulders and upper body. It also houses and protects your spinal cord and the nerve roots that control your arms, legs, and torso. The spine is made up of 31 small bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another and make up the three sections of your spine (cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine) forming the natural curves of your back. Your spinal cord runs through the middle part of the vertebra, which is called the spinal canal, and extends from the skull to the lower back. Spinal nerves branch out from the spinal cord through openings in the vertebrae, carrying signals between the brain and muscles. The most common type of spinal tumor is one that spreads (a metastasis) from cancer arising in another part of the body, such as the breast, lung, kidney, prostate, thyroid, blood cells, or other tissues. [...]

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Cancer
Takeaways from the Pancreatic Cancer Live Chat at Winship
May 19, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

Pancreatic Cancer Chat Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, May 12th for the live online pancreatic cancer program chat at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University hosted by Drs. El-Rayes & Kooby. Drs. El-Rayes & Kooby answered several of your questions about pancreatic cancer risk factors, symptoms and therapy. There are a variety of treatment options for pancreatic cancer; for some patients, a combination of treatment methods may be used. Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: Who is at the most risk for pancreatic cancer? David Kooby, MDDr. Kooby: Pancreatic cancer can affect anyone. People with a family history of pancreatic cancer in first degree relatives have an increased risk. Smokers are at risk, as tobacco appears to be a causative factor. Other groups who have an elevated risk of getting pancreatic cancer are those with new onset or long-standing diabetes mellitus and those with one of several uncommon genetic syndromes: BRAC2, HPSS, FMS, Peutz Jegher. Other associations include age over 60, chronic pancreatitis, and obesity. Many of the symptoms for pancreatic cancer are vague, which makes this a [...]

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Understanding Clinical Trials – Part 3: What are the Phases of Clinical Trials?
May 19, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Phases of Clinical TrialsThe goal of clinical trials is to determine if new treatments, drugs and care-delivery processes are safe and effective. Discovery and data collected from clinical research studies impacts patient care, here and now, while also informing future generations with the hope of achieving better outcomes. But clinical studies do not happen overnight, and in fact, some take years to yield enough information to answer specific questions they are designed to answer. Clinical trials take place in “phases,” and each phase helps researchers answer specific questions. Learn more about the different phases of clinical trials below:

Phase I:

These trials are used to test brand new drugs, devices or procedures to find out how safe they are, including safest dose, and identify possible side effects. They usually involve 20 to 80 people.

Phase II:

These trials are used to further evaluate the effectiveness of a drug, device or procedure. The researchers keep track of any medical benefits, as well as side effects. They usually involve 100 to 300 people. At the end of Phase II trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and trial sponsors determine how Phase III trials will be [...]

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Cancer
What is Radiation Therapy and How is it Used to Treat Cancer?
May 18, 2015 By Karen Godette, MD, Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that is used to shrink tumors and stop the growth of cancer cells. High energy x-rays are aimed directly at cancerous cells or tumors. According to the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the technique is so effective in treating many different types of cancer that nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy at some time during the course of their cancer treatment. Depending on the type of cancer being treated, radiation may be used as a stand-alone treatment and often it is the only treatment needed. Or, it may be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and/or other targeted therapies. For example, doctors may use radiation therapy to shrink a tumor before surgery, or after surgery to stop the growth of any cancer cells that may be left behind. Watch the video below to learn about the types of radiation treatments available to patients at Winship Cancer Institute: Visit the new mobile-friendly Emory Radiation Oncology website to learn more about treatments and services offered in the Department of Radiation Oncology and what to expect as a new patient.

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Cosmetic Medicine
How Long Do Lip Injections Last?
May 15, 2015 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Lip InjectionsLip injections have been in the news a lot lately, spawning from recent reports around Kylie Jenner admitting she has used temporary lip fillers. The Kardashian family has certainly popularized the procedure, but it’s important to know what lip augmentation procedures are out there, how long they last and which one is right for you. Lip augmentation involves injecting or placing a material into the lips to increase the fullness. The procedure generally comes in three different forms: from dissolving fillers such as hyaluronic acid to fat grafting to implants. Each has its own benefits and downsides. It is important to understand these so you can discuss with your physician which is right for you. Lip injections with hyaluronic acid fillers are likely to be the most popular. Fillers such as Juvederm® , Restylane®  and Belotero®  are commonly used in this instance, though not all are FDA approved for this. They give predictable results, are reversible in cases of dissatisfaction or over-correction, and do not require skin testing or additional surgical procedures. These lip injections require a few minutes in the office and a return to work and regular life [...]

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Emory Healthcare Named One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™
May 14, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Best and BrightestWe’re delighted to announce that for the third year in a row, Emory Healthcare has been named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR)! This award recognizes organizations that provide excellent benefits, compensation, employee engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication and shared vision, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance. “We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s 'Best and Brightest' companies,” said Junnifer Kluge, NABR president. “These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management. This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of metro Atlanta area companies.” We are proud to achieve this designation for the third time, and of our staff’s steadfast dedication to our patients, their families and to each other. This is recognition of the internal support we have for one another in reinventing health care, which is seen every day. We would like to [...]

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Vision
Considering LASIK Before Summer?
May 13, 2015 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Summer LASIKAre you ready for the summer sunglass season? If you wear contacts then you know they aren’t pool ready… and glasses that don’t transition to shades will probably leave you squinting. I am often asked if LASIK is better if done in the winter vs. the summer - the answer is really more specific for your lifestyle and availability. The procedure is performed in a controlled environment so the time of year will not impact outcome. You can still get in for evaluations before the summer season. Do the quick check list: If you answer YES to any the following then LASIK may be right for you.

  • Are you UNDER the age of 60?
  • Without your corrective lenses, is your distance vision blurred?
  • Have you ever been told you have astigmatism?
  • Are your eyes otherwise healthy?
You could be glasses and contacts free this year. We have a special offer for 10% off LASIK if you share your information with us. Call 404-778-2SEE

About Dr. Randleman

J. Bradley Randleman, MDJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
How to Train and Prepare for Summer Running Races - Join Us for a Live Online Chat!
May 12, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Running Training Live ChatWhether you are a seasoned marathon runner or recreational jogger, it is important to train properly and know how to prevent injury. If you are interested in learning more about preventing and treating sports and running injuries, join Emory Sports Medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD, for an online web chat on Tuesday, June 9 at noon. Dr. Mason will be available to answer your questions such as:

  • Injury prevention
  • Stretching
  • Race-day tips
  • Symptoms of certain athletic injuries
  • Risk factors for athletic/running injuries
  • Treatment for specific sports injuries
  • When to visit your sports medicine physician
To register for the live chat, visit emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats! If you already have questions for Dr. Mason, go ahead and submit in advance so our team can answer during the chat! Sign Up for the Chat From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapies and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for a range of athletic-related injuries. Visit our website to learn more about the Emory Sports Medicine Center. [...]

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