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Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged
Aug 22, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

As of yesterday, we confirm that the two Americans infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. The two patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were the first Ebola patients to be treated in the United States. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Dr. Brantly was discharged Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Emory’s Bruce Ribner, MD, and Dr. Kent Brantly spoke at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Aug. 21, about their experiences over the last few weeks. Watch a portion of the news conference below to learn more! [...]

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Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital
Aug 21, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

In an effort to keep our community informed on the status of the Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital, today we confirm that as of this afternoon, both Ebola patients have been discharged from our Infectious Disease Unit at the hospital. Nancy Writebol was discharged from the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Kent Brantly, MD, was discharged today, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. “After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” says Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of the Emory University Hospital Communicable Disease Containment Unit. Criteria for the discharge of both patients were based on standard infectious disease protocols and blood and urine diagnostic tests. Our team has maintained its extensive safety procedures throughout this treatment process and is confident that the discharge of these patients poses no public health threat. “The Emory Healthcare team is extremely pleased with Dr. Brantly’s [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Can the Right Diet Help Prevent Heart Disease?
Aug 20, 2014 By Dr. Susmita Parashar

Healthy DietThe simple answer is yes. A proper diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for heart disease. But changing entrenched eating habits can be difficult, and it can help to have a deeper understanding of the roles various nutritional components play in the function of your heart and circulatory system. Fats Fats serve a number of essential roles within your body, such as supporting cell growth, providing energy, helping with nutrient absorption and assisting in the production of certain hormones. But not all fats are the same, and it’s important to choose the right kinds to include in your diet. In general, saturated fats and trans fats increase the bad type of cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. These fats tend to be solid at room temperature, such as butter. Unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), on the other hand, can help lower the amount of LDL cholesterol in your blood. These types of fat tend to be liquid at room temperature, such as vegetable oil. LDL cholesterol can contribute to plaque build-up on the inside walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis), thereby reducing or blocking blood flow. In addition, all fats are high in calories and [...]

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Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Story: Georgia Teacher Finds Perfect Match Across the Globe
Aug 19, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

Bone Marrow Transplant Patient StoryErin Blonshine, a 29 year old teacher from Dacula, Georgia, was diagnosed at 21 with AML, a form of Leukemia. Across the globe, Johannes Saur from Ulm, in southern Germany had joined his country’s bone marrow registry at the age of 18, and at 20, when Erin was diagnosed, Johannes got a call that he was a match for an American. At that time, Erin’s cancer went into remission before the transplant was needed, but a year later, it resurfaced. “Her leukemia relapsed, and we knew that the only potential cure was a transplant,” says Amelia Langston, MD, Medical Director of Winship’s Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant Center. In August of 2009, Johanne’s bone marrow was flown to the U.S. for Erin’s transplant, and today, she has made a complete recovery. “5 years, for most leukemia survivors, means cure. It means we’re done worrying about the leukemia,” says Langston. If Erin ever wondered if her perfect match was out there, now she knows. To learn more about Winship’s Bone Marrow Transplant Center and Erin’s journey to recovery after her transplant, check out the video story from Fox 5 News below: [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Is a Fast Heart Rate Dangerous?
Aug 18, 2014 By Dr. El-Chami

TachycardiaTachycardia is a general term used to describe a rapid heartbeat. In some instances, tachycardia is the body’s normal reaction to situations that cause increased levels of adrenaline and generally poses little or no health risk. However, other types of tachycardia can be more serious. When the heart beats significantly faster than normal, it can be less effective in providing oxygen-rich blood to tissues throughout the body. Though tachycardia sometimes goes unnoticed, it many cases the reduction in oxygen supply is associated with a range of symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness and chest pain. Some types of tachycardia can even lead to a heart attack or stroke. Tachycardia can sometimes be reversed with lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol or caffeine consumption, controlling stress or making adjustments to your medication regimen. In other cases, tachycardia can be controlled by treating an underlying medical condition, such as anemia, heart disease or hyperthyroidism. However, some types of tachycardia occur due to an extra electrical circuit in the heart or structural damage to the heart muscle (e.g., from illness [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Mommy Makeover – Restoration after Childbirth
Aug 15, 2014 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

Mommy MakeoverI think we have all read or at least perused the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” But did it include a chapter that discussed the repercussions of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding on your body? And that sometimes the body changes experienced post childbirth and breastfeeding are not easily reversible? Fortunately, there are solutions to help with the changes we all experience. Ideal candidates for mommy makeover surgery are women whose breast and abdomen are changed as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, or simply weight loss and aging. When a healthy diet and exercise have achieved all that it can and what you see in the mirror is not what you want anymore, a mommy makeover can help you realize your goals. I am most asked if one should wait until their family is complete before proceeding with a mommy makeover. Although it is possible to carry a pregnancy after abdominal surgery, we recommend that you choose to do this when you are done having children. Your results will last longer if they are not stressed by pregnancy and breast engorgement. Typically a mommy makeover is a surgery where both the breasts and abdominal areas are addressed [...]

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Get Your Cardiovascular Screening from One of Our Convenient Mobile Locations in September
Aug 15, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of September. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood. Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at

September 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • September 2, Walmart, 1735 S Highway 27, Carrollton
  • September 3, The Fresh Market, 100 N Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City
  • September 4, Walgreens, 6671 Covington Highway, Lithonia
  • September 4, Kroger, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta
  • September 5, Kroger, 1715 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
  • September 6, Rite Aid, 1550 Kennesaw Due West Road NW, Kennesaw
  • September 8, Walgreens, 2365 Buford Drive,

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Torn Meniscus and Torn Meniscus Surgery
Aug 14, 2014 By Dr. Mathew Pombo

Torn MeniscusWhen people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee and acts as a shock absorber between your thighbone and shinbone. Each knee has two menisci, which help to keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee. Any person at any time can tear their meniscus, but athletes—particularly those who play contact sports—tend to be at a higher risk, the reason being that a meniscus tear is usually caused by twisting or turning quickly, often with the foot planted while the knee is bent. Players may squat and twist the knee, causing a tear. As you get older, your meniscus gets worn which can make it tear more easily. Cartilage weakens and wears thin over time, increasing the likelihood of degenerative meniscal tears. One awkward twist when getting up from a chair may be enough to cause a tear, if the menisci have weakened with age. Torn Meniscus Symptoms Depending on the severity of the tear, symptoms will vary. Typically meniscal tears are categorized into three groups: minor, moderate and major tears. Generally, most people can still walk on their [...]

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Winship Named a Top Ranked Cancer Program in the U.S.
Aug 12, 2014 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory UniversityWinship Cancer Institute of Emory University has been named as one of the top 25 best cancer center programs in the nation according to the latest U.S. News & World Report. The annual list ranks cancer care at Emory University Hospital, through Winship, the 24th best in the country, a 20-position jump from 2013. When Winship Cancer Institute opened its doors in 1937, the mission was to create a facility that would bring researchers and physicians together under one roof so no Georgian would have a reason to leave the state to receive cancer care. Today, Winship sees over 14,000 patients a year who travel from all over the world seeking progressive cancer treatment and integrated, specialized patient-and family-centered care. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Georgia, Winship joins an elite group of cancer centers offering access to multidisciplinary cancer care and a wide variety of clinical trials often not available elsewhere. “We are so proud to be named one of the best cancer centers in the U.S.,” says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship. “The top ranking is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of [...]

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Vertigo: What is It and What Causes It?
Aug 11, 2014 By Esther Vivas, MD

VertigoLightheaded, woozy, unsteady, dizzy – these are all words used frequently by doctors and patients alike to describe vertigo, a well-known balance disorder that gives you the sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving. According to the NIH, more than four out of 10 Americans will report an episode of dizziness to their doctors. Teasing out the root cause of vertigo can be a difficult task because it can be related to problems with the inner ear, brain, vision, migraines, circulation, or even emotional hardship and anxiety. Fortunately, the majority of causes for balance disorders are not life-threatening. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your head might be spinning. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) The most common cause of vertigo is BPPV. BPPV produces a short, but intense sensation of spinning typically triggered by specific head movements or laying back. The symptoms last seconds. The onset can be spontaneous or it can follow head trauma. Although anyone can develop BPPV, older individuals are more likely to experience it. BPPV is thought to be secondary to dislodgment of inner ear particles known as otoconia (crystals). Once these [...]

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