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Preventive Medicine
Do You Know the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?
Jan 16, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

We’re in the midst of a bad flu season that may last longer than most. But do you know the difference between a cold and the flu? Both are respiratory illnesses that have similar symptoms. Although there is no distinct way to differentiate one from the other, it is important to know the type of symptoms and severity each one can cause. Additionally, special tests can be done within the first few days to determine the type of illness.

Common Cold

  • Symptoms are gradual
  • Slight aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Milder conditions compared to the flu

Flu (Influenza)

  • Symptoms are abrupt
  • Fever/feeling feverish (chills)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches and fatigue (tiredness)
  • Chest discomfort
  • Some may have diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children)
Just like how the common cold and flu have similar symptoms, they can both be treated with a lot of rest, fluids and over-the-counter medicine. However, the flu must also be treated with prescribed antiviral medicine.

Keeping the Flu and Colds at Bay

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Understanding Fat Grafting: Is It Reliable?
Jan 15, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

With the New Year upon us, many will resolve to exercise more or start a diet in order to lose those excess pounds or fat we’ve accumulated over the years. Too much fat in the wrong place leads to a flabby tummy, ‘love handles,’ full thighs, a fatty neck, etc. But fat isn’t always a negative thing. In fact, in the right amount, fat makes our face have a youthful richness, helps give fullness to a woman’s breast, and produces a youthful, round bottom. With fat, just like real estate, it’s about location, location, location. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a technique called autologous fat transfer or fat grafting to help improve appearance, address early aging, and just make you feel better about yourself. Below are some common questions to help you make an informed decision if you are considering undergoing this type of procedure.

What is Autologous Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is a relatively new technique that is growing in popularity each year due to the beautiful, natural results it produces. A fat grafting procedure transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume. People who are [...]

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Cancer
What to Do to Reduce the Risk of Lung Cancer
Jan 10, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Cessation Tips from Former Smokers

“We did it. You can, too!” Three former smokers share tips that helped them quit in this video. For more help quitting, visit smokefree.gov.
 

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways:

  • Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking causes about 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths in the United States. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke. Smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes is called secondhand smoke. Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Get your home tested for radon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that all homes be tested for radon.
  • Be careful at work. Health and safety guidelines in the workplace can help workers avoid carcinogens—things that can cause cancer.
 

Emory Healthcare

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Highlights
Know Where To Go: A List for the Right Care at the Right Time
Jan 7, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Knowing where to go when you're ill or injured makes a big difference. But it can get confusing. So here's a breakdown of where to get the right care at the right time.

Primary Care

Your primary care provider is your health care home base and should be your first call for any non-immediate issue.
  • Routine check ups
  • Preventative care and sick visits
  • Treatment for non-urgent, long-term health issues managing high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Prescribes and manages medications
  • Specialist referrals
Features List: - Focus on health and well-being - Coordinates with your specialists

MinuteClinic

If you can't see your primary care doctor right away, use a MinuteClinic for minor, common ailments or injuries, such as:
  • Minor illnesses, injuries or skin conditions
  • Vaccinations or shots
  • Health screening and monitoring
  • Smoking cessation and weight-loss programs
  • Physicals for sports camps, school, DOT, etc.
Features List: - Open 7 days a week - Seen by certified providers - Sends visit summary to PCP with your permission - Can prescribe medications - In-store pharmacies We partner with MinuteClinic at select Atlanta CVS and Target [...]

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Dec 20, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Family enjoying Thanksgiving dinnerYour recipe for staying on track no matter what’s cooking. ‘Tis the season for family, festivity, and food—lots of food. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines. What’s more, it all goes on for weeks. How do you stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone around you seems to be splurging? Here are 5 tips that can help:

1. Holiday-Proof Your Plan

You may not be able to control what food you’re served, and you’re bound to see other people eating a lot of tempting treats. Meet the challenges armed with a plan:
  • Eat close to your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady. If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served.
  • Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along.
  • If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal.
  • Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.
  • If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with
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Cosmetic Medicine
A Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck is Not a Tummy Tuck
Dec 18, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

In my years as a plastic surgeon, I find that the term tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is often used in a way that suggests it is a standard procedure that is done in a similar way for all patients. In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Just as every patient is different, every tummy tuck is a little bit different in one way or another, and sometimes a lot different.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The “classic” tummy tuck technique involves an incision that is low in the abdominal area and spans from hip to hip. The skin of the tummy is lifted up off of the muscles all the way up to the ribs, leaving the umbilicus (belly button) attached. In some instances, the muscle may be separated, usually due to pregnancy. If this is the case, the muscle is sewn back together. The skin is then pulled downward – think like a window shade – and the excess skin is trimmed. Drains are placed, the belly button is sewn into position, and the incisions are sutured.

Tummy Tuck to Abdominal Contouring

As techniques get better and better, the tummy tuck has evolved into abdominal contouring surgery. So what is different about this? Abdominal contouring allows surgeons to tailor [...]

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Cancer
Enjoy Holiday Food Without Regret
Dec 17, 2018 By Tiffany Barrett, MS, RD, CSO, LD, Registered Dietitian at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Eating Thanksgiving with CancerEating healthy during the holidays can be a challenge for most of us, but for many cancer patients it’s a struggle just to eat. If you’re currently going through cancer treatment, eating might not be the first thing on your mind. However, staying nourished during treatment is extremely important. Your body needs more nutrients than normal to repair the effects of treatment. We are all well aware that holiday foods tend to be fatty and sugary with many strong flavors. If you are having symptoms such as nausea, low appetite, taste changes, or pain with swallowing, many of the traditional holiday foods will be unsettling. Avoid heavy cream sauces or gravies if you have a sensitive stomach. Also, stay out of the room where food is being cooked because cooking smells can make you nauseous. Turkey breast, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and basic vegetable dishes should be well tolerated. Whole grains, like brown rice, barley and quinoa, make excellent side dishes. Eat lots of fruits or veggies without buttery sauces or other fats. Let friends and family know how you feel and what dishes you can tolerate. Eat small portions and see how you handle the food, then go back for larger [...]

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Cancer
7 Tips to Peacefully Celebrate the Holidays When You are Not Feeling Jolly
Dec 14, 2018 By Wendy Baer, MD

It is the time of the year to feel happy … time to be generous … time to spend time with loved ones … and sing festively. Are you not in the mood this season? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people find the holidays very stressful and sometimes even sad. Social engagements and family gatherings add another time commitment to already busy days. Gift giving puts pressure on already strapped budgets. Expectations of how you should be enjoying this time of year only make you feel worse. All of these feelings are magnified and complicated by cancer treatment during the holidays. There are things you can do to help yourself get through the holidays and maybe even enjoy them a bit. Self care is important throughout the year, but during a stressful period it must be a priority.

1) Get Adequate Rest

Making sure you get adequate sleep nightly is key!
  • Adults need 7-9 hours every night and children need 10 – 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Set a bedtime, and get out of bed every morning at the same time.
  • Don’t drink caffeine after lunch.
  • Limit alcohol to one drink at dinner.
  • Avoid stressful conversations after dinner.
  • Enjoy a relaxation routine in
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Screening 101: What Health Screening Tests Do You Need and Why?
Dec 7, 2018 By Pamela Vohra-Khullar, MD

Primary Care PhysicianHealth screening tests can seem like a nuisance: You need to schedule an appointment, take time out of your day and wait to see a provider. But, they are so much more. Health screenings are a way for you to take control of your own health. An annual exam with a primary care provider gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns, your family history and past or current medical conditions. These annual tests and exams can equip you with the information and education you need to make healthy choices that last a lifetime, allowing you to enjoy life to its fullest. There are many screenings available. Your primary care provider will discuss which are best for you based on your family and medical history. Those screening tests may include:

  • Annual physical
  • Annual eye exam
  • Cancer screenings
  • Sexually transmitted infection screenings

Annual Physical Examination

The best place to start with annual screenings is with your annual physical exam. This appointment gives you the opportunity to talk with your primary care provider – sharing any concerns and getting answers to any questions you may have. It also allows your provider to check in on any other [...]

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Just 15 Seconds Can Help Prevent the Spread
Dec 5, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Every year, here at Emory Healthcare, we celebrate Hand Washing Awareness week. The goal of National Hand Washing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals through education on the importance of hand washing to help protect their loved ones and communities. By working together we can make a difference! At each of our facilities, all of our team members practice hand hygiene and we are reminded at almost every turn via signage and educational information just how important hand hygiene is for the health and wellness of our staff, patients, families and visitors. By definition, hand hygiene is the cleaning of the hands using either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Hand “washing” refers to hand cleaning using soap and water. Hands can become contaminated with bacteria during routine daily activities such as eating, coughing, changing diapers, caring for an ill loved one, or taking out the trash. Hand hygiene doesn’t get rid of all bacteria on the hands, but it can reduce the number of bacteria on the hands and prevent spread of bacteria from one person to another, or prevent the contamination of [...]

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