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Cosmetic Medicine
9 Nose Job Myths Explained
Jan 30, 2015 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Nose Job MythsAccording to the American Society for Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty ( nose job) has ranked as one of the top cosmetic surgical procedures for the past several years, with approximately 220,000 people undergoing the procedure in the U.S. alone last year. However, despite its popularity, there are a number of common misconceptions about the procedure. As a physician who sees many patients that request rhinoplasty, I thought this would be a good opportunity to dispel some of the misconceptions that my patients frequently present to me.

  1. Anyone who performs plastic surgery can perform my rhinoplasty.  This one is critical. Many patients assume that anyone who performs plastic surgery can perform rhinoplasty. The nose is one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the anatomy, especially in the facial region. Board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeons are required to perform extensive numbers of rhinoplasty before achieving certification. Some Plastic Surgeons also have been trained specifically to focus on the intricate aspects of the facial and nasal anatomy. It is critical that you inquire about board certification for facial plastic surgery, or at least the number of
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Transplant
Lung Transplants Received from Heavy Drinkers Linked to Higher Complication Risks
Jan 29, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Drinking in Transplant DonorsIn a recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers suggest that lung transplant recipients who received lungs from donors who were heavy drinkers may be more likely to develop higher complication risks. The study looked at 173 lung transplant patients. Of the 173 participants, 1/4 of them received lungs from heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, according to the researchers, was defined as more than three drinks a day or seven drinks a week for women, and more than four drinks a day or 14 drinks a week for men. When researchers compared patients who received lungs from nondrinkers, those who received lungs from heavy drinkers were nearly nine times more likely to develop a complication called severe primary graft dysfunction (PGD). PGD is a syndrome of acute lung injury that generally occurs within the first 72 hours after lung transplantation, and may lead to an increased risk of rejection. Dr. David Guidot, of Emory University School of Medicine, said the findings raise "the question as to whether or not a history of heavy alcohol use by a potential donor should exclude the use of their lungs in transplantation. At a [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
4 Healthy Tips to Winter-Proof Your Outdoor Workout
Jan 28, 2015 By Emory Sports Medicine

During the winter months, exercising outside takes not only motivation, but proper preparation to prevent injury. Emory Sports Medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD, shares ways to keep your body safe and warm while exercising in the cold. Below are a few healthy tips to help prevent injury:

  • Make sure to warm-up before starting to exercise
  • Keep your fingers, nose and ears covered
  • Make sure to stay hydrated
  • Invest in proper work-out clothes using materials designed to balance body temperature and help with perspiration
For more tips on how to stay safe, warm and dry while training in cold weather, view the full FOX 5 News segment. Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

About Emory Sports Medicine

The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Duluth, Johns Creek and the state of Georgia. Constantly conducting research and developing new [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Irregular Heartbeat: Is it Normal? - Join Us for a Live Web Chat!
Jan 27, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Arrhythmia live chatHave you ever felt like your heart skipped a beat? Do you experience palpitations or “fluttering?” This is a symptom of a very common rhythm disorder called an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias are common in young- and middle-aged adults. Some arrhythmias are relatively harmless, but others can be fatal if not treated. Nearly 1,000,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year, and some arrhythmias, such as Atrial Fibrillation, are extremely common and affect over 2,500,000 million Americans. Other symptoms of arrhythmia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting (syncope) or near-fainting spells
  • Rapid heartbeat or pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • In extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest
Join me on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. for a live, interactive web chat on the topic of “Living With and Treating Arrhythmias.” Dr. Michael Hoskins will be available to answer questions and discuss various topics about arrhythmias, including symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. During this interactive web chat, you’ll be able to ask questions and get real-time answers from our Emory Healthcare [...]

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Cancer
7 Steps for Better Sleep During Cancer Treatment
Jan 26, 2015 By Wendy Baer, MD

Better Sleep with Cancer(This blog was originally posted on January 15, 2015 on the WebMD website) One of the most common complaints I hear working with people who have cancer is that they can’t sleep. We all know the misery of not being able to fall or stay asleep, and the misery that awaits the next day, including fatigue, irritability and foggy headedness. And being awake at night, especially when you have cancer, is lonely, scary and frustrating. All the worries about your diagnosis, treatment and future are at their most intense when you don’t have daytime light, noise and people to distract you. Call it the 3am Misery. Understandably many cancer patients ask their doctor for a sleeping pill like Ambien or Xanax. While this may be an easy solution, it might not be the right solution. So before you assume that sleeping pills are the answer, pause. Have you and your doctor talked about what is really causing your sleep problem? For people with cancer, sleep problems generally fall into three categories: daytime escape, after-dark fear, and body aches. Knowing your category is the first step in dealing with the sleep problem.

Daytime Escape

“Wake me up when it is over!” Who would [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Coolsculpting® - The Nonsurgical Way to Remove Fat: How Does It Work?
Jan 23, 2015 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

coolsculpt atlantaWith the holidays coming to end, we can start to think about the arrival of warmer weather. It’s almost time to shed those winter layers, and trade in scarves and hats for shorts and bandeaus. But when losing layers, we may notice some unwelcome bulges we’ve gained along the way. Coolsculpting®, a noninvasive procedure to “freeze the fat”, may be just the solution to address muffin tops, love handles and saddlebags on the thighs. A nonsurgical way to remove fat? Too good to be true, right? Let’s explore how Coolscupting® works and some frequently asked questions about the procedure.

What is Coolsculpting® and how does it work?

Coolsculpting® is an FDA approved procedure that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to an area of the body. It targets the fat cells underneath the skin being treated. The fat cells are more vulnerable to cold and crystallize (freeze) leaving the other tissues in the area unharmed. Over the next several weeks to months, your body eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

Will the fat come back?

To answer that question, we need to distinguish weight loss from fat reduction. When you lose weight, your fat [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Free Vein Screenings
Jan 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Free Vein ScreeingDo you have trouble with varicose or spider veins? The Emory Vein Center is hosting a free vein screening event on February 6! Join us for an individualized consultation with a board-certified vascular surgeon and find out if vein treatment is right for you. In most cases, treatment is covered by insurance. Event Details

  • WHEN: Friday, February 6, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Emory Clinic, Vascular Surgery Department Building A, 3rd Floor 1365 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322
For more information, call 404-778-VEIN. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. [...]

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Cancer
Plugging Cell Biology Into a Genomic World
Jan 21, 2015 By Adam Marcus, PhD, Director of Emory School of Medicine-Winship Cancer Institute Integrated Cellular Imaging Core

(This blog was originally posted on January 15, 2014 on the American Association for Cancer Research website) Personalized oncology epitomizes the concept of interdisciplinary research where pathologists, bioinformaticians, oncologists, and biologists work together to identify and ultimately target drivers of cancer. We gather at tables to collaborate across disciplines and try to speak the same language with the goals of advancing knowledge and helping patients. As a cancer cell biologist at the Winship Cancer Institute, I have been privileged to be a part of these conversations and to contribute to our efforts to understand tumor biology. When most researchers talk about personalized (or precision) oncology, genomics is usually an important part of the conversation. Genomic technologies can yield tremendous amounts of information in a relatively unbiased and high-throughput manner. Cell biology, on the other hand, which has interested me for over 15 years, provides a powerful and focused approach to probe the behavior and function of cells, organelles, and proteins. Tremendous leaps have been made over the last two decades that have enhanced our ability to “see” [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Go Red for Your Heart
Jan 20, 2015 By Emory Women's Heart Center

Go Red AtlantaHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but in many cases it’s preventable. That’s why Emory Healthcare would like to invite you to join us at one of our women’s heart health events in celebration and recognition of Heart Month in February, as well as Mother’s Day in May. During these fun, educational events, participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. You will also have the opportunity to purchase products and services from our vendors who will be on hand providing consultations, displaying jewelry, sharing healthy foods, etc. To learn more, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free! Parking will be available in hospitals’ main parking lots.

Go Red Event Details

When: Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Doctors Building Atrium When: Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Emory University Hospital, Hospital Auditorium When: Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Emory University Hospital [...]

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Transplant
A Home Away From Home for Transplant Patients
Jan 15, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Mason House VisitThe Mason Guest House is a private retreat on the Emory University campus offering low cost housing for organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families. It serves as a home-away-from-home, allowing patients to be away from the hospital setting, but yet close enough to feel secure should they need medical assistance. During the holiday season, the Mason Guest House, like Emory University Hospital, did not close. It continued to serve transplant patients and their families, opening their doors to accommodate as many guests as possible. Kidney transplant recipient Donald Mason invited a couple of family members to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with him. The wife of a lung transplant patient wrote on a comment card, "Because the timing of our transplant (and additional complications) that happened over the holidays, it touched our hearts that the Mason Guest House took that under consideration [and provided a] 'holiday feel' with a Thanksgiving dinner and atmosphere that allowed us to enjoy the holiday even though we were not able to spend it at home with our family. We now have extended family with your staff. God bless and thank you for all you [...]

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