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Cancer
When Your Partner Fails You
Mar 5, 2015 By Wendy Baer, MD

Cancer Support(This blog was originally posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 on the WebMD website) Along with the worries, sadness and frustrations of dealing with cancer, many patients experience the heartbreak of their loved one failing to support them. How could a life partner or spouse fail you during cancer? There are many ways, some more obvious than others. Jan’s husband never came to any appointments, ever. He never learned about her diagnosis, her treatment plan, the side effects of the medicines or the recommendations for how she might improve her energy and strength. He blamed the lymphedema in her arm after her surgery on her “lazy lifestyle.” He told her that support groups were for “wimps” and even took some of her pain medicine for himself. Sally’s partner came to every appointment – he would never let anyone else bring her. He kept a medical notebook with her test results and argued with every doctor about each treatment plan. He would not let her eat any ice cream or cookies because he thought the sugar would make her tumor grow, even though Sally was at a very healthy weight and ate a very balanced diet. Gary’s girlfriend would never stop [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory Expansion Update: Emory Orthopaedics, Sports and Spine is On the Move
Mar 4, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

ExpansionTo provide a better patient care experience, two of our Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine clinics in Johns Creek and Duluth are combining. The combined practice will relocate to 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 302, Johns Creek, GA 30097 and begin seeing patients in the new location on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Below is a list of all of physicians seeing patients in the new clinic location.

If you have an appointment with any of the doctors listed above and have a question regarding where your appointment will be, please call us at 404-778-3350. Also, Emory Physical Therapy has expanded to a new location in Johns Creek. The practice, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 316, Johns Creek, GA 30097, opened its doors on Monday, March 2, 2015. If you would like to make an appointment with Emory Physical Therapy at Johns Creek and have a question, please call 404-778-6447. [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Takeaways from Dr. Hoskins’ Arrhythmia Live Chat
Mar 3, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

arryhthmia live chatThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, February 24 for the live online chat entitled “Irregular Heart Beat: Is it normal?,” hosted by Emory Arrhythmia Center physician Michael Hoskins, MD. Because arrhythmias are common in young- and middle-aged adults, it is important to understand the symptoms. Some arrhythmias are relatively harmless, but others can be fatal if not treated. Dr. Hoskins provided answers to questions about the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders, as well as tips of how to deal with an episode of irregular heart beats. Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: I have observed that during some of these episodes my blood pressure is really low and it has been recognized that sometimes my oxygen level is low during the night. could this be causing my arrhythmias? I do have trouble breathing through a deviated nostril. Michael Hoskins, MDDr. Hoskins: A common condition associated with arrhythmias is sleep apnea. This can be caused by a deviated septum and can cause difficulty breathing and low oxygen levels at night. It sounds like you may benefit from a sleep apnea [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Will Exercise Hurt My Varicose Veins?
Mar 2, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

exercise varicose veinVaricose veins are commonly associated with prolonged standing or sitting, pregnancy, a family history of vein problems, and with being overweight. Regular exercise and staying fit is helpful in preventing varicose veins, but what if you already have them? While some exercises are helpful, others may not be so beneficial and may even cause veins to worsen. Running or high-impact exercises may make symptoms worse and aggravate varicose vein swelling. If you are an avid runner, try running on grass or on a softer surface like a synthetic track to reduce the stress on your joints and feet, and the strain on your legs. If possible, wear compression stockings when you run. Weightlifting can increase abdominal pressure and straining during heavy exercise can reduce the flow of blood out of your legs returning to your heart. Blood can then pool and increase pressure in your leg veins leading to vein dilation and possible damage to delicate valves in your veins. If you do lift weights, consider higher reps with less weight. Try and exercise with your legs at the same level or above your heart. Don’t hold your breath when lifting—exhale when lifting and inhale when lowering [...]

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Highlights
How to “Live Long and Prosper:” Avoiding COPD
Feb 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Leonard Nimoy COPDBy now you’ve probably heard that the world lost a beloved actor, poet and photographer today. Some of you know him as “Spock,” while to his family he was Leonard Nimoy, a husband and father. Nimoy passed away from the third leading cause of death in the United States: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nimoy was open with his fans about his COPD diagnosis and often used Twitter to highlight the importance of quitting smoking, tweeting things such as: “Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP.” Nimoy signed all of his tweets with “LLAP,” a nod to Mr. Spock’s signature catchphrase “Live Long and Prosper.” In honor of his work raising awareness around smoking and COPD, we’d like to help shed some light on this disease:

What is COPD?

COPD is a type of lung disease that can cause breathing-related problems due to the blockage of airflow through the lungs caused by irritation and damage of the lung tissue. Tens of millions of people suffer from lung disease in the US alone. While airway, lung tissue and lung circulation disease are the most common forms of lung disease, many diseases can involve a combination of those. Types of COPD [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Skin Care throughout the Stages of Life
Feb 27, 2015 By Danette Baxter, Licensed Aethetician

Skin Care StagesOne thing my experience as an aesthetician for over twenty years has taught me is that each client/patient has individual cosmetic concerns and needs. As you age, as seasons change, and as you go through different transitions of life, your skin will change as well. It is important to have a relationship with an aesthetician so that he/she can help you look your best through every phase of your life. As skincare specialists, we are trained to provide the proper treatments and ingredients to your skin to allow it to be at its optimal health. Below are some general skincare guidelines we recommend for the different stages of life:

  • In your thirties it is time to get serious about your skin care. Stop using bar soap on your delicate skin. Now is the time to begin using a facial cleanser morning and night. It is imperative to wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher – be sure to look for one that has a blend of antioxidants and moisture. For night, we recommend using a light moisturizer containing antioxidants, retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to give your skin the help it needs to stay rejuvenated.

Having regular facials every six to eight weeks will help keep

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Transplant
Heart to Heart – Celebrating Our Heart Transplant Patients
Feb 26, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Harry WuestEach year, Emory heart transplant recipients, their families and our staff and faculty look forward to Heart to Heart, a celebration of renewed lives through heart transplantation and the gift of organ donation. This year, heart transplant recipients from both Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital attended the event on Saturday, February 14th, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. The Valentine’s Day event was a great success with nearly 200 guests attending. "We always enjoy seeing the smiling faces of our heart transplant recipients and their families, especially on Valentine's Day, a holiday celebrating the heart" says Neile Chesnut, Manager of the Emory Heart Transplant Program. "The celebration affirms how important our work is. We love seeing so many recipients doing well and back to their normal lives." One of the event's highlights was getting reacquainted with Harry Wuest, who had the "oldest" heart. In May, Harry will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his heart transplant. Harry received a new heart on May 24, 1985 and was the third patient to receive a heart transplant at Emory University Hospital. At the time, his heart was weakened from [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Stem Cell Research Reveals Promising Data for Heart Attack Patients
Feb 25, 2015 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

Stem Cell Research for Heart PatientsDuring a heart attack, every minute counts, especially when the type of heart attack is a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). STEMI is the most fatal type of heart attack and is caused by a prolonged blockage of blood supply in the heart, which weakens or deadens the heart muscle. In a recent clinical trial named PreSERVE AMI, research investigators from 60 different sites conducted one of the largest studies using bone marrow cell therapy for heart attack in the United States. The study treated 161 patients following a STEMI heart attack using their own bone marrow cells in hopes of improving their recovery process. “For cardiologists, our key goal is to keep patients from progressing to worsening heart muscle function and death after a major heart attack,” said Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, co-director of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute and lead principal investigator of the PreSERVE AMI study. Heart attack patients are usually at high risk of downstream adverse events, including chronic heart failure, recurrent heart attack, significant arrhythmias, premature death or [...]

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Cancer
Palliative or Supportive Care Can Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients
Feb 24, 2015 By Kimberly Curseen, MD, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services, Emory Healthcare

palliative cancer careI have been a dedicated palliative and supportive care specialist for the last seven years. When people ask me about palliative care, they often wonder if it is reserved for those patients who are dying. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Center for Palliative Care Excellence explains it this way: “palliative care provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.” Simply put, I help people do and keep doing the things they love best for as long as they can. People with cancer are more than their illness. They have lives with responsibilities, hopes, fears, and dreams beyond their diagnosis. As supportive care specialists, we are trained to recognize and partner with individuals to help them cope with and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual distress that can arise during and after cancer treatment. Our team-based approach focuses on the person as a whole. An important concern we address is symptom management. Whether the goal is to cure or slow the progression of a disease, a cancer journey often can be fraught with distressing symptoms of pain, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety and fatigue. Supportive [...]

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Highlights
Emory Healthcare: Always Growing and Improving
Feb 23, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

EUH construction update 2015If you’ve visited Emory University Hospital (EUH) or Emory Clinic on Clifton Road, you’ve noticed a lot of changes happening! Several construction projects are taking place to prepare for the arrival of a new hospital tower, which will provide additional beds and clinical space on the Clifton Campus. The new bed tower will be patient- and family-centered facility, which we anticipate will open in 2017. It will include:

  • 210 patient beds
  • 450,000 square feet and nine levels
  • Patient care units for cancer and transplant (liver, pancreas, kidney)
  • Diagnostic and treatment spaces
  • ICU rooms
  • General Medical/Surgical rooms
  • 500 underground parking spaces
  • A new pedestrian bridge concourse that will connect EUH, Emory Clinic and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University to the new building
With some services relocating to the new tower, services currently at Emory University Hospital will relocate to newly renovated space in the existing EUH location. The Emergency Department at EUH will remain in its recently expanded location. What’s been accomplished? Access to and around EUH and Emory Clinic buildings has already been improved due to the completion [...]

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