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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center is Expanding its Footprint to South Georgia
Dec 12, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Committed to Delivering Transplant Care to Patients Near and Far

georgia map emory transplant centersEmory Transplant Center is making it easier for patients in South Georgia to access kidney and liver transplant services closer to home. Beginning in December 2019, Emory Transplant Center will see transplant patients in Thomasville, Ga. The new clinic joins a network of Emory Transplant Center clinics located throughout the state in Acworth, Athens, Dublin, Emory Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Savannah. The Thomasville clinic is located at the outpatient clinic on the first floor of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Patients will be seen for kidney pre-transplant evaluations and kidney post-transplant follow-up visits beginning in December, and liver pre-transplant evaluations beginning in January 2020. The clinic will rotate its services every other month. “We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with Archbold Memorial Hospital to provide a location for patients in need of kidney and liver transplant evaluations and post-kidney transplant care without making the drive to Atlanta,” says Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, executive director of the Emory Transplant Center and Livingston Professor of Surgery [...]

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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program – Site Visit
Dec 6, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

PUBLIC NOTICE

MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM® — SITE VISIT

emory johns creek hospital magnet visitEmory Johns Creek Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail and direct mail. Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by January 12, 2020. NOTE: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the health care organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Address: AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC) MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM OFFICE 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492 E-Mail: magnet@ana.org [...]

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Transplant
Real Patients, Real Stories: Hear from Two-Time Lung Transplant Recipient
Nov 25, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Joseph McCanne was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three years of age. That diagnosis began a life-long journey that would ultimately lead to two lung transplant surgeries – with each transplant giving him a new opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest. Hear Joseph’s story as he describes his journey to transplant and how the Emory Lung Transplant Program has impacted his life. As we reflect on this Thanksgiving holiday and all that we are thankful for, let’s remember those who have given the generous donation of life through organ transplantation. "I know firsthand how lifesaving organ donation can be," says Joseph. "It is a beautiful, wonderful gift and I am thankful.”

Emory Lung Transplant Program

Emory Transplant Center offers the only Lung Transplant Program in Georgia. Our program specializes in the treatment of complex lung disorders and offers the full continuum of high-level care involved in lung transplantation. Performing more than 500 lung transplants, we are at the forefront of clinical excellence, innovative transplant therapies, and outstanding pre- and post-transplant care. Our number one goal is to provide our patients with the [...]

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Just 20 Seconds Can Help Prevent the Spread
Nov 20, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Every year, here at Emory Healthcare, we celebrate Handwashing Awareness Week. The goal of National Handwashing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals through education on the importance of handwashing 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. "Handwashing” 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 the spread of bacteria from one person to another, or prevent the contamination of additional [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
How Long Will Your Facelift Last?
Nov 20, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

mature woman smilingFacelifts can give some pretty amazing results — firm, youthful skin, sculpted features, and a rejuvenated glow. But how long can you expect the results to last? While most people can expect their facelifts to last about eight to 10 years, some factors can influence the longevity of your results.

What Areas Are Involved in Your Facelift

The first thing to consider is that facelifts are actually a combination of facial procedures customized to give each patient their desired results. Some people choose to have just the skin lifted in the lower half of their face. Others choose to have work done on their eyes, forehead or neck as well. Each procedure yields different results that last varying amounts of time. For instance, the lower cheek area is typically the first place you’ll see a relapse, while the neck, eyelid and eyebrow areas typically maintain their results for much longer than 10 years.

Who Performs Your Procedure

As in every aspect of life, the quality of work relies on the quality of the cosmetic surgeon performing it. Before making the decision to have a cosmetic procedure done, you need to do a lot of homework by asking questions such as:
  • Which
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Cancer
Expanding Lung Cancer Treatment Options with Proton Therapy
Nov 15, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

proton therapy lung cancer awarenessThe National Cancer Institute predicts an estimated 228,150 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2019, accounting for 12.9% of all new cancer cases for the year. Lung cancer is identified as two main types: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer and accounts for 85% of lung cancer cases. Small cell lung cancer accounts for 10% to 15% of cases and generally grows more quickly, and is likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Proton Therapy, Power and Precision

Proton therapy has ushered in a new form of treatment for specific patients with lung cancer. Many patients with lung cancer receive radiation treatment for early-stage disease. A highly focused type of radiation called stereotactic body radiation therapy can provide excellent outcomes. Proton therapy may be an appropriate option for some patients, often those with Stage III lung cancer or who need radiation after surgery. Proton therapy can reduce or avoid radiation to the healthy, normal lung tissues and esophagus in certain cases. This may reduce the risks of swallowing difficulty or heart and lung [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?
Nov 4, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

heat vs ice therapy You’re not alone if you have ever been confused about whether to apply ice or heat to an injury or painful area. We all know icing and heating are two of the most common and natural treatment options available. These treatments have been around for decades and provide good ways to reduce pain. The question is: which is best, ice or heat? While both therapies can reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling, they aren’t appropriate for every injury. Choosing the wrong one can possibly make your injury worse, instead of better. Knowing how to use ice or heat as your pain reliever can go a long way, whether you’re dealing with an injury that just happened or an ongoing nagging pain.

When to Use Cold Therapy

It’s best to use cold therapy for acute or sudden pain caused by a recent injury that’s sensitive, red or inflamed. Inflammation is a normal bodily response to an injury, but it can be quite painful. Here are some of the most common acute injuries that benefit from cold therapy:
  • Ankle sprain
  • Inflammatory arthritis flare-ups
  • Muscle or joint sprain
  • Red, hot or swollen body part
  • Sudden intense pain after exercise
A joint or muscle sprain damages [...]

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Brain Health Center
Real Patients, Real Stories: Young Mother Seizure-Free After Epilepsy Surgery
Oct 31, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

Erin Gatlin-Martin Emory Epilepsy CenterThe seizures took control about once a month, rendering Erin Gatlin-Martin unable to drive. She couldn't work, go see friends or run to the store. She was on three medications, but epilepsy and its effects still left her feeling frustrated and isolated. "I was very dependent on my husband for everything," recalled Gatlin-Martin, a resident of the Savannah area. "He was serving as my husband and chauffeur. That was very frustrating for me. I couldn't run out to the grocery store if my child was feeling hungry and we'd run out of crackers. I couldn't do the things I needed to do to get through daily life." Her physicians in Savannah had prescribed anti-seizure medications, which worked for a while but over time became less and less effective. Doctors added more pills and higher dosages, but about once a month Gatlin-Martin still experienced seizures, which for her would involve "zoning out" and shaking while falling asleep. “Even though I was on three pills and very high dosages, it just wasn’t working anymore,” she said. “That’s when we went to Emory.” Gatlin-Martin was among the roughly three out of 10 patients who don't respond to anti-seizure [...]

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Cancer
6+ Reasons to Quit Smoking on November 21st for the Great American Smokeout
Oct 31, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Great American Smokeout Nov. 21More than 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. To help lower this number and the heightened risk for disease caused by cigarette smoking, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 21. The event is held each year to encourage smokers to set a quit date with a community of peers and support. Along with the Great American Smokeout event, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, meaning there are multiple opportunities to make a change and choose to quit smoking today. If the momentum and support created through these events and efforts aren’t enough, there is plenty of data to prove the benefits of quitting smoking today.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced to almost normal.
  • Within 12 hours of quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Within 2 weeks to 2 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • Within 10 years of quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half of a person who
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Cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – How to Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Oct 31, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

breast cancer awarenessDefining Breast Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2019, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer generally starts within the breast where cancer cells begin to grow and form a tumor. While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, men can also develop breast cancer.

How to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

  1. Maintain good nutrition and a healthy body weight.
  2. Become more physically active.
  3. Discuss your family history of cancers with your doctor to determine if genetic counseling or testing may be needed.
  4. Annual mammography starting at 40 or 45 years of age, depending on risks.

Treatment with Proton Therapy

Some patients diagnosed with breast cancer require radiation treatment. Proton therapy may be an option for appropriate patients, often those with left-sided breast cancer requiring radiation near the heart, or patients who may have already received radiation. Proton therapy is a powerful and precise form of radiation which can reduce or avoid radiation to the heart in order to reduce the long-term risks of heart problems after [...]

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