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Brain Health Center
Getting Help for Dementia in Your Community
Nov 17, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Getting Help for Dementia in Your CommunityAt Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we know that caring for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias can be challenging, especially on your own. Thankfully, options for care exist within the community. Different options will be right for different patients, as some patients in the early stages of dementia won't need nearly as much assistance or supervision as people with advanced dementia. We've included several options for community-based care below, ranked from the options with the least restrictions that provide the lowest amount of hands-on care to those with increased security and restrictions that provide the highest level of hands-on care.

Senior Centers

The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, provides resources for Senior Centers. There are currently more than 10,000 centers in the U.S. serving more than a million adults each day. These centers offer services like meal and nutrition programs, health, fitness, and wellness programs, transportation programs, social activities, education and arts programs and public benefits counseling. These are a good option for people in the very early stages of [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Planning Your Cosmetic Surgery in Time for the Holidays
Nov 16, 2017 By Emory Aesthetic Center

Holiday Plastic SurgeryHoliday gatherings, office parties and catching up with old friends are all a part of what makes the holidays so much fun. But if you’re not feeling good about how you look, these activities can also be a part of what makes the season stressful. You may be thinking, “I don’t feel older, why do I look it?” Or maybe you’re simply dreading all of the photo opportunities with friends and family.

Whatever your specific situation, if you feel your outward appearance doesn’t reflect how great you feel on the inside, maybe it’s time to consider a cosmetic procedure.

Will I Be Fully Recovered Before the Festivities Begin?

If you’re thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, talk to a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. Be sure you’re clear about the results you want and the timeframe you’re working within. Ask specifically about when any bruising or swelling will be gone and how long it will take to see the full results of the procedure.

Here are some ideas of what’s possible depending on your timing:

Two Months Before

If you have at least eight weeks before your event, there’s plenty of time for a lower-face and neck lift. So, if you’ve been

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Meet your Spine Surgeon: A Conversation with Dr. John Heller 
Nov 8, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Spine Surgeon The spine supports the body’s weight and protects the nerves in the spinal cord that run through it. It helps maintain the body’s muscle control and nerve coordination, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to function. Spine surgery, a subspecialty of orthopedic surgery, includes the treatment and management of a wide variety of conditions affecting the neck and back, including herniated discs and fractures. For Emory Healthcare spine surgeon John G. Heller, MD, the care and treatment of patients with spine issues is personally rewarding. His practice works to improve the lives of patients while training the next generation of spine surgeons. Patients, understandably, often have many questions regarding spine conditions and their treatment. Recently, Dr. Heller spoke with Dr. Bruce Feinberg for The Weekly Check-up on WSB Radio about a wide range of issues related to the spine surgery. The following are summarized excerpts. Question: Tell us about your team. Dr. Heller: Over the last 28 years I’ve been at Emory, our team of spine specialists has grown a lot and so has our field. Right now, we have a team comprised of 11 orthopedic and neuro-spine [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Which Type of Liposuction Is Best?
Oct 26, 2017 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

types of liposuctionLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from specific areas of your body. Everyone is different, and it can be difficult to know which liposuction technique is appropriate for you. Liposuction may be right for you if you:

  • Are at or near your desired weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have certain areas that are out of proportion with the rest of your body, and are not improved with diet and exercise

Types of Liposuction Procedures

While everyone has heard of liposuction, many may not know there are actually several different techniques available to help you achieve your desired results. Regardless of technique, in most cases, the fat is prepared for removal by inflating it with a balanced saltwater solution that often contains lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine to minimize bruising. This instillation of fluid is referred to as the tumescent preparation of fat. Suction-Assisted Liposuction While the preparation for fat removal is fairly standard (as described above), the technique for removing the fat can vary.  The most common type of liposuction involves using negative pressure to remove excess fat from an anatomic [...]

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Brain Health Center
Help at Home for People with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Oct 24, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Dementia, Memory careAt the Integrated Memory Care Clinic, we often field questions from family members and caregivers who are confused about the types of in-home care available for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. It can be difficult to know where to start. But you’re already on the right path—learning more about the types of care available is a great first step. If you’ve already decided to support your loved one with care in their home, there are many great services available to give you much needed support. We've outlined the differences in types of care available below, and are happy to help our patients and their families navigate the options.

Home Care

Home Care is the basic level of 24/7 care that many people with dementia need. This companion care typically involves making sure your loved one has meals, gets to where they need to go, and can involve help with feeding, getting up and around, and personal care like showers and hygiene. Medicare does not cover Home Care. You will have to pay for this privately, but it may be covered by long-term care insurance policies or VA benefits. Medicaid waiver programs also provide vouchers for in-home care for [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Center
Oct 11, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

View of Emory Aesthetic Center Building EntranceWhy Choose Emory Aesthetic Center? If you've been thinking about cosmetic surgery, you probably have a lot of questions like "Why choose Emory Aesthetic Center." "How do I find the right doctor for me?" "How do I know it will be safe?" "What kind of procedure do I need?" Then, like most people, you’ll likely turn to the internet for answers. But is the information accurate? Who and what can you believe?

Emory Healthcare: A Name You Can Trust

Emory Healthcare is the region's most comprehensive academic healthcare system. It’s home to highly-regarded doctors who conduct innovative research and are ranked among the top for patient care. But is Emory the right place for cosmetic surgery? Absolutely. With an aesthetic center dedicated solely to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, how could you go wrong?

Specialized Cosmetic Surgery Team

Cosmetic surgery is what we do. When you choose Emory Aesthetic Center you get a cosmetic surgery team filled with innovators in the field. Many of our expert surgeons teach nationally and internationally and have served as leaders in regional, national and international societies. Collectively, our team has also published [...]

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Preventive Medicine
When to Get a Flu Shot
Oct 6, 2017 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Get the flu shotIt may be your best chance at preventing the flu—but do you know the best time to get your flu shot? If you get it too soon, you might not be as well protected. But since it typically takes your body two weeks from the time you get the shot to develop immunity, you don’t want to wait too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season usually runs from November through the end of April, so it’s best to get the flu shot as early in October as possible.

Who needs a flu shot?

Everyone’s at risk of being infected with the influenza virus and can spread it to others. That’s why the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against it every year, even if you’ve never had the flu. If you have a less-developed or compromised immune system, a yearly vaccination is especially important (even critical). Not only are you more likely to get the flu, your body will have a harder time fighting it off or enduring the symptoms should you be infected with the virus. Flu can hit people hard, turn to pneumonia and cause other medical issues. Flu shots are recommended for almost everyone 6 months and older, but are [...]

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Highlights
Patient Family Advisor Spotlight – Marv Trott
Oct 5, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Image of Marv Trott Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) are current or former patients and family members. They volunteer their time to partner with Emory Healthcare leadership, staff, and doctors. They serve on committees, councils, project teams and other groups working in a variety of ways to improve patient care. In May 2017 one of our dear PFA’s made his transition. Marv Trott passed away in Emory University Hospital Hospice. Marv had been a PFA since 2009. He and his wife Margie were early pioneers of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This is Marv’s story...

“In 2007 Dr. Nathan Spell asked if my wife Margie and I would be interested in an Emory project called “Patient and Family Centered Care”. We agreed and Hal Jones came to our home and encouraged us to join which we (wife Margie) both did. During the next two years we both were involved in focus groups in the development of the “Care” project and as PFA’s in several projects including “Disclosure”, the “Emory University Hospital at Northlake” now known at EUOSH, and the “CarePage Website”. In early 2009 I participated in the development of the PFAC and Margie continued as a PFA in the “Bedside
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Cosmetic Medicine
How Botox® Works
Sep 26, 2017 By Dr. Anita Sethna

botox checking eyes imageBy now, we’ve all heard about Botox – one of the most widely-used nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in the U.S. Men and women alike are turning to Botox to get rid of frown lines and crow’s feet for a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Millions of treatments are performed every year and the satisfaction ratings are high. If you’re thinking about getting Botox, read more to learn how it works and what you can expect if you have Botox injections.

 What Is Botox and how does it work?

Over time, normal, repetitive facial movements like laughing, smiling or furrowing your brow can cause permanent wrinkles. Botulinum toxin can be injected directly into small muscle groups of your face to reduce, and sometimes eliminate those wrinkles. These toxins stop the normal chemical transmission between nerves and muscles; causing temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles and limiting the repetitive movements that cause problems. Botox is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin and has become the way most everyone refers to this treatment.

What results can I expect?

Botox is not permanent. Your body metabolizes the toxins and your nerves regain their ability to [...]

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Preventive Medicine
10/17/17 Medicare 101 Live Chat Transcript
Sep 25, 2017 By admin

The Annual Open Enrollment period for 2018 Medicare coverage began on October 15th. Our live chat was a great opportunity to learn the A, B, Cs…and Ds…of Medicare. Topics included:

  • 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
The live chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Live Chat Transcript

Oct 17, 11:58 AM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Hi everyone, we'll get started shortly! Oct 17, 12:01 PM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about Medicare 101. Oct 17, 12:01 PM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Please note that all questions are moderated before appearing in the stream, so you may not see yours appear right away, but we will do our best to answer all your questions today. Oct 17, 12:02 PM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): We received some questions that were submitted in advance of the chat, so we'll get started by answering a few of those first. Oct 17, 12:03
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