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Emory Transplant Center Awarded Grant to Reduce Disparities in Access to Transplant
May 2, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

two peopleThe National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded $2.6 million over five years to the Emory Transplant Center and six other transplant centers and organizations in the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition. The funding will continue the RaDIANT (Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation) Community Study in Georgia for another five years and expand it to South Carolina and North Carolina. Emory Transplant Center epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Patzer, director of the transplant health services and outcomes program at Emory, is principal investigator of the grant and Dr. Stephen Pastan, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program, is chair of the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition and a study co-investigator. "The grant will go a long way to help us expand some of the work we are doing in Georgia dialysis facilities and include North Carolina and South Carolina, with an emphasis on improving patient access to referral for a transplant evaluation," says Dr. Patzer. "Our prior work showed that our interventions in the RaDIANT Community Study found that referral for transplantation nearly doubled and racial [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Foot Pain Treatment Success Story
Apr 28, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Michele shares her foot pain journey and a hopeful story of full recovery. Learn more about what she's been through and where she is today.What can be more inspiring than real stories of real people who survived and overcame? Today we introduce to you Michele who shares her story of hope and successful recovery from foot pain.

Michele's Foot Pain Story

Before my procedure at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, I had a tremendous amount of foot pain. I could not walk more than a couple of feet. I had tried a number  of treatments, including the use of a boot for a while. My doctor told me that I needed a complicated surgery done, including having bones cut and tendons moved  around in my foot. I thought  that there had to be another way. So I  searched the internet and saw that Ken Mautner, MD was doing procedures with stem cells and platelets to help healing of chronic injuries. I sent him an email about my foot pain with my MRI attached. He wrote back immediately and thought I would be a good candidate for the procedure! I called, set-up an appointment and had my procedure done. It went exactly the way Dr. Mautner explained. After the procedure, I followed all his instructions. Within a couple of weeks I was walking without any pain and I started to exercise soon thereafter. Indeed, I have [...]

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Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital "Run for Mercy 5k"
Apr 26, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

logoThe Emory Saint Joseph’s “Run for Mercy 5k” is a family-friendly and Peachtree Qualifier event held in the City of Dunwoody beginning and ending at the Perimeter Place shopping center. As Atlanta’s first hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has a wonderful heritage of providing compassionate, clinically excellent health care. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a leader among all Georgia hospitals and is part of the Emory Healthcare system. To continue that mission, this race will benefit Mercy Care, an organization that provides health care services to the poor and marginalized, and will assist in building their next clinic in the Chamblee community to better assist that population. We encourage community members of all athletic levels to participate—from professional runners to families who want to get out and go on a walk together and benefit a great cause—all are welcome! The “Run for Mercy 5k” will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m. Learn more about the Run for Mercy 5K. Register Now

  • We will have two race lengths, a 5k and a 1k, so please select the length you would like to participate in when you

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Heat-Related Illnesses & What To Do
Apr 22, 2016 By Brandon Mines, MD

man suffering from heat-related ilnessesHave you ever heard of heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat cramps or heat stroke? Yes, heat stroke! It's a real thing! In this blog we’ll discuss the wide range of heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is unable to cool itself down. The body is designed to cool off naturally through sweating, this helps maintain an average internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. However, when temperature is hot and the air humid, it’s hard for sweat to evaporate fast enough to cool your body so it overheats. This is when heat-related illnesses happen.


Heat-related illnesses are a group of conditions brought on by staying outside in hot temperatures for too long and/or exercising too much. Here are the four types:
  • Heat Cramps Pain or muscle spasms that typically happen during intense exercise or work in hot temperatures. Symptoms can include: thirst, fatigue, and excessive sweating
  • Heat Rash Skin irritation resulting from heavy sweating. Symptoms can include: blisters or bumps filled with fluid or red, itchy bumps
  • Heat Exhaustion This happens before heat stroke. Symptoms can

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Cosmetic Medicine
Getting Rid of That Double Chin — Without Surgery
Apr 21, 2016 By Emory Aesthetic Center

double-chin-smallSubmental fullness, often referred to as a “double chin,” is a common facial aesthetic condition that can impact both men and women. It can be related to the aging process or could simply be a part of your genetics. Though it can become more prominent with weight gain, sometimes diet and exercise alone do not make it go away. But chin up…we have good news for you.

Nonsurgical Treatment

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we offer a nonsurgical approach (Kybella) to treat this common condition. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of double chin. Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. It is injected into the fat beneath your chin to destroy fat cells. Once the cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. For most patients, two treatments are needed.

How Do I Know if Kybella is Right for Me?

Kybella is an effective treatment for submental fullness, but not everyone is a candidate. Your physician will help you determine if the treatment is right for you. You may be a good candidate [...]

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Your Organ Donation Questions Answered: Takeaways from Our Live Chat
Apr 19, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

organ-donor260x200Thank you to everyone who joined us for Emory Transplant Center’s live web chat on the topic of organ donation. With April serving as Donate Life month, we wanted to raise awareness around organ donation and answer your specific questions. Lead Transplant Coordinator, Sharon Mathews, MS, RN, CPTC, answered questions about organ donation, including how many people are currently waiting for an organ, what organs can be donated, and who can donate. She also discussed Emory Transplant Center’s living donor and paired donor exchange programs. Below are just a few highlights from the chat. If you missed this informative chat, check out the full list of questions and answers located on our chat transcript. You may also visit the Emory Transplant Center website for more information. And for more information on how to become an organ donor, visit Question: How long can an organ stay viable during transport? Sharon Mathews: For solid organs, heart and lungs are viable for 4-6 hours, livers up to 12 hours, the pancreas is viable for 12-18 hours and kidneys remain viable up to 24- 30 hours on ice. The goal is to transplant the organs within 8 hours or less of [...]

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Giving the Gift of Life: Former Marine Donates Kidney to National Guardsman
Apr 18, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

MarineGuardsmanPhotoThe Emory Transplant Center loves to share heartwarming stories that happen right here in our Center. As we celebrate Donate Life month, we would like to honor those who have graciously made the decision to give the gift life. Former Marine, Temple Jeffords, is one of those individuals. He made the decision to donate one of his kidneys to help out a fellow serviceman. It all started with a plea for help via social media. Suffering with Stage 4 kidney disease, 28-year-old Dustin Brown, Army National Guardsman, relied on dialysis machines to rid his body of waste, salt and water that his failing kidneys could no longer do. Doctors told him a kidney transplant was needed. Dustin connected with Kristi and Raleigh Callaway. Raleigh Callaway, a Greensboro, Georgia, police officer, received a new kidney in 2014 following a Facebook post publicly appealing for help. Soon Brown, posing with his wife and five-year-old son, had a similar Facebook post on the Callaway’s page, desperately searching for a new kidney. Former Marine, Temple Jeffords, saw the plea for help and contacted Kristi Callaway and the Emory Kidney Transplant Program. A few weeks later, 44-year-old [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Explained
Apr 15, 2016 By Jason Bariteau, MD

ankle replacement surgery smallAre you experiencing pain, bruising, swelling and inflammation in your ankle? Are these symptoms associated with a previous injury, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis? Have you tried physical therapy, bracing and medicine with no success? If so, you may be a strong candidate for total ankle replacement surgery. If not treated properly in a timely manner, the above conditions can cause the cartilage in your ankle to wear away, leading to joint damage, pain and disability. Total ankle replacement surgery is an option to treat severe ankle pain that doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments.

What Are the Benefits of This Surgery?

  The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports more than 90 percent of joint replacement patients have significantly less pain and see a dramatic improvement in their ability to complete daily tasks. We at Emory Healthcare recently presented research demonstrating significant improvements in both clinical and functional parameters after ankle replacement surgery. With your doctor's sign-off, you can expect to return to walking, golfing, swimming or biking after your recovery.

Are You a Candidate for Total Ankle


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Brain Health Center
Stroke Signs, Symptoms and Treatments Live Chat - May 24, 2016
Apr 12, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

stroke-chat-emailMay is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke can strike fast, and every second counts when seeking treatment.  Join Emory neurologists on Tuesday, May 24 at 12 p.m. for a Stroke Awareness Month live chat to learn about stroke and how to act F.A.S.T. Mahmoud Obideen, MD, stroke neurohospitalist at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Fadi Nahab, MD, medical director of Emory Stroke Center will answer questions about stroke signs, symptoms and treatments during a LIVE interactive chat. If you’re interested in learning more about how to prevent, identify and care for strokes in yourself and loved ones, register now.   cta-chat-blue   [...]

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April is Sports Eye Safety Month!
Apr 11, 2016 By Emory Eye Center

summer-sports-smallAccording to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), only 35 percent of respondents said they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance; even fewer do so while playing sports. As such, AAO has named April Eye Safety Month to help increase public awareness of wearing protective eyewear when participating in team sports. According to the AAO:

  • Men are more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
  • Most people believe that eye injuries are most common on the job — especially in the course of work at factories and construction sites. But, in fact, nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries occurred in the home, as reported during the fifth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma).
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries reported in the Eye Injury Snapshot were caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries

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