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Treatment for Multiple Myeloma at Emory - Real Patient Story
Sep 28, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Meet these real-life Multiple myeloma patients and learn about treatment for Multiple Myeloma at EmoryWhen Cathy Mooney was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the myeloma program at Winship was just beginning to take off. Today, the center provides treatment for multiple myeloma to 400 to 500 new patients a year, with about 1,600 multiple myeloma patients overall. More than 200 Winship patients participate in the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit directed by Donald Harvey. “That’s a huge group that we are able to see in one city,” says Ajay Nooka, assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology and part of the hematology care team at Winship. In addition to caring for patients, Nooka, who specializes in cancer epidemiology, structures and oversees many of Winship’s clinical trials and assesses their outcomes. The large patient population and high rate of clinical trial enrollment is a gold mine of data for researchers. “The ultimate goal is to see where we stand in terms of treatment for multiple myeloma progress and what changes we can make to further improvements in patient outcomes," Nooka says. Another advantage for Winship’s multiple myeloma team is Atlanta’s large population of African Americans, who are twice as likely as the white [...]

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Treatment for Multiple Myeloma at Emory - Real Patient Story
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

myeloma_mooney_coverCathy Mooney shares her multiple myeloma patient story. Treatment for multiple myeloma is the topic very relevant to even those who consider themselves a "health nut" or a "gym rat". This article shares a story of how one health-conscious young lady had to undergo a treatment for multiple myeloma at Emory. Cathy Mooney didn’t need a wake-up call. In 2002, at 48 years old, “I felt like I was at the top of my game,” she says. “I was exercising regularly, walking four miles five days a week. I was following a great diet. I had really never been in better health.” But a routine physical exam turned up some troubling results, and a long series of visits to specialists and tests followed. After a frustrating three months, Mooney heard two words she never knew before: multiple myeloma. "I learned that the survival rate was three to five years," she says. "We were devastated. I felt wonderful; I did not feel sick.” Mooney received an advise to travel from her home in Thomasville, Georgia, to Little Rock, Arkansas. There was a center specializing in myeloma. For several years she received the following treatment there:

  • chemotherapy
  • autologous stem cell

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Cosmetic Medicine
3 Tips to Consider When Scheduling Your Rhinoplasty
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, requires planning. Emory Aesthetic Center explains the recovery process and when to schedule your procedure.Whether your reason for rhinoplasty is functional, cosmetic (to improve appearance) or both — understanding the process and what to expect for your recovery, will help you best plan your surgery. Here are 3 recommendations from the experts at Emory Aesthetic Center to help you decide the best time to have your procedure.

1. Allow time to get comfortable with a surgeon first

It’s important to give yourself enough time to schedule one or more consultations with facial plastic surgeons experienced in performing this procedure. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgeries of the face. Meticulous attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the nose’s anatomy is essential to good results. Take the time to find the right one. Summer is a popular time of year for cosmetic surgery. If you choose to have your procedure in the summer, you may want to schedule these consultations as early as January or February.

2. Do your due diligence

Once you’ve chosen your surgeon, make sure you’re on the same page about your overall expectations for improvement in function and appearance. Most offices will book surgery a minimum of six to eight weeks out from your [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
When do you need a cortisone shot? Benefits, risks and uses.
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Find out which painful conditions respond to a cortisone shot, what the risks are and what to expect from Emory Healthcare.If you’re living with arthritis or some other painful condition, you may be considering a cortisone shot — and for good reason. Cortisone injection has a long record of safety when used appropriately and can often bring quick and dramatic relief. You may also have concerns. We’ve all read about the risks of “performance-enhancing” steroids. But cortisone isn’t that kind of steroid. It’s an anti-inflammatory drug that’s a lot like cortisol, a hormone your body produces. Doctors can inject cortisone directly into a joint or other area. Some conditions that often respond well include:

  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions
Relief can begin in a day or two and last for weeks or longer. The cortisone shot can be slightly painful, but most people find relief of their symptoms far outweighs any initial discomfort.

What are the risks of a cortisone shot?

One possible complication is “cortisone flare,” in which cortisone forms tiny crystals and irritates surrounding tissue. It usually subsides in a day or two. Rarer complications can include infection, nerve [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital receives Magnet® designation for superior nursing practices
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

magnet_220Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH) has achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With EUOSH's achievement, Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet hospital since 1995, and Emory University Hospital received its Magnet designation in 2014. ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Only 444 health care organizations around the globe have achieved Magnet recognition. In Georgia, only four other hospitals, in addition to the three Emory hospitals, have been designated Magnet facilities. "Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure quality of patient care," says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and chairman of the board for Emory Healthcare. "Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces a culture of excellence by our team of nurses, physicians and support [...]

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What is a Patient Centered Medical Home?
Sep 20, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Experts at Emory Healthcare break down the concept of a Patient Centered Medical Home – and explain why patients benefit.In this era of health care reform, as the topics of health care access and affordability frequently make headlines, it’s possible you’ve heard the term “patient centered medical home.” If so, you likely brushed it off as another example of medical jargon that is not relevant to you. But believe it or not, the concept of a patient centered medical home, or PCMH, is quickly becoming more mainstream – and may eventually become the standard of care in your own doctor’s office. In primary care clinics across the country, doctors and other medical professionals are adopting PCMH principles. Let’s explore how their efforts to implement this model of care make the health care experience more meaningful to patients.

Less About a Physical Place, More About a Philosophy

First, let’s break down the name patient centered medical home:
  • Despite what the phrase may imply, a medical home is not a nursing home or assisted living facility. Instead, think of it as your medical “home base,” the place and professionals you turn to when you get sick or need a routine check-up. In other words, your medical home is most likely your primary care provider’s office.

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Brain Health Center
Takeaways from the Modern Treatments for Depression Live Chat
Sep 19, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

depression-emailDepression that doesn’t respond to the standard medication or psychological counseling therapies, may be classified as treatment resistant depression (TRD). If you have tried the standard treatments and they have not relieved your symptoms, or your symptoms improve for a time but keep coming back it may be time to ask your doctor about referring you, for a consultation, to a specialist who can diagnose and treats major depression. Members of the TRD program evaluate an individual’s symptoms and current treatment course to see if other newly proven therapies that may offer relief. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, September 13 with the care clinicians and psychiatrists from Emory’s Treatment Resistant Depression program. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and get real time answers about depression and new treatment options that may be able to help you manage this often chronic condition and improve the quality of your daily life. We received a lot of great questions. Below you can find some highlights from questions we were asked before and during the live chat. You can read the full chat transcript here.   Question: I have tried many of the [...]

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Five Myths about Pain
Sep 16, 2016 By Gretchen Crosby, associate clinical administrator, Department of Anesthesiology

5-pain-myths-250x250September is Pain Awareness Month, and Emory Pain Center is raising awareness around the issues of pain and pain management. Did you know that nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain where chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months? That’s more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined! Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life. Understanding more about the underlying cause of pain can help improve treatment and alleviate suffering. The Emory Pain Center wants to debunk the five most common myths about pain in order to help you get back to living actively again.

Myth 1: I have to live with the pain.

Many people feel that they have to live with pain even when no cause for their pain is found. The lack of a reason why you have pain does not mean your pain is any less real; instead, this pain needs to be treated by a specialist. Pain physicians have specialized training in the treatment of pain and will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. In addition to medications tailored to the type of pain you are having, there are also pain injections and more advanced treatments [...]

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Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage Live Chat- October 18
Sep 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

medicare-emailJoin us Tuesday October 18 at 12 p.m. EST for an online chat on “Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage” with Chuck Chaput of MedicareCompareUSA and Gita Vatave, General Manager Emory Healthcare Network Advantage.  With the annual open enrollment period for 2017 Medicare coverage opening  in a few weeks (Oct. 15), it’s important to know the A,B,Cs and Ds of Medicare. Topics we’ll cover will include:

  • Overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D
  • Explaining Medicare Advantage
  • Differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage
  • Turning 65 and applying for Medicare
  • How Medicare works if you’re turning 65 but don’t plan to retire
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get real time answers to general Medicare questions.* *Please note: In this venue, we will not be answering specific questions about benefits of a particular insurance plan. cta-chat-blue [...]

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Emory Leads Research on FDA-Approved Drug in HIV Positive Patients Receiving Kidney Transplants
Sep 15, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

pearsonEmory Transplant Center will soon begin enrolling patients into a new clinical trial that will test an FDA-approved drug in HIV positive patients receiving a kidney transplant. The research study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of a drug that blocks the CCR5 receptor. The CCR5 receptor is an entry point that allows HIV into the cells of the immune system. The drug being studied, generic name maraviroc, is an antiretroviral drug that helps block the virus from entering these cells. It is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV infection. Emory will be one of ten centers across the U.S. that will be play a part in this study. A total of 130 participants with well-controlled HIV infection (must be on an antiretroviral regimen for at least three months) will be randomized into one of two study groups. In the first group, patients will receive maraviroc, with the second group receiving a placebo. Neither doctors nor patients will know if the kidney recipients are receiving the study drug or the placebo (known as the standard of care). Up to 11 participants will be enrolled at Emory. This $1.6 million research study for all 10 sites combined is supported by [...]

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