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Weight Management
Your Path 2 Health – A New Addition to Emory Bariatric Center’s Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program
Oct 12, 2015 By Emory Bariatric Center

healthy-walkers-withdog (1)The Emory Bariatric Center has added a new offering to their non-surgical weight loss program. Offering non-surgical weight loss options are ideal for patients who have smaller weight loss goals in mind or those that are not appropriate candidates for weight loss surgery. Path 2 Health is a 6 month program that provides you with the tools needed to hone in on your ideal body weight and optimize your health. So you may be wondering, how is Path 2 Health different from other weight loss programs? As a Path 2 Health participant, you will gain knowledge and support from our expert team of doctors, psychologists, nurses, and dietitians, as well as from fellow participants. We understand life is busy and sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge. Path 2 Health offers you support every week during your 6 month program, and includes monthly group visits. “Virtual” visits will also occur once per month allowing you to participate from your home. These virtual visits are online education webinars led by our dietitians or psychologists. You may log in to the webinars or watch them later when it is convenient for you. Participants will also be supported by our dietitians [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
How to Prevent and Treat Crows Feet
Oct 9, 2015 By Dr. Anita Sethna

happy-ladyCrow’s feet, or laugh lines around the eyes, can be a challenging area to treat from a cosmetic perspective. On one hand, expressions of joy transmitted through the eyes are beautiful in their own right, but deeper lines and creases in this area can often draw attention to the changes associated with aging and loose skin. My personal approach is to attempt as much as possible to prevent the lines from becoming deep, or in some cases, even forming to begin with. There are two main methods to achieve this – skincare to plump and stimulate collagen (such as tretinoin or Retin-A©), and Botox® (or equivalent Xeomin® or Dysport®) to reduce the muscle movement in the area and thereby reducing crease patterns. These options can be started at any time, even in the early 30s before real creases have begun. A combination of treatments early can prevent the formation of obvious deeper creases. At this stage, Botox can be performed as little as twice a year before creases have actually formed. Once the creases are present, the above combinations of skincare and Botox can still make a significant impact and can lessen the appearance of lines around the eyes. Often, this is [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Oct 8, 2015 By Michael B. Gottschalk, MD

shoulder-painThe shoulder is a region of the body comprised of several bones, muscles and tendons. The shoulder’s main function is to help position the hand in space whether it is scratching your back to throwing a football. But mobility has its price: it can lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissues in your shoulder, resulting in pain that may be temporary or continuous. Most shoulder problems fall into five major categories:

  • Tendon inflammation and tears
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)

Tendon Inflammation and tears

Overuse activities tend to affect people in the form of bursitis and tendinitis. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, while bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac usually found over the joints and between tendons and bones that allows for easy gliding. The most commonly affected tendons in the shoulder are the four rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis are usually caused by a shoulder injury or overuse of the shoulder, such as a job that involves a lot of overhead lifting. With any kind of should injury, the tendons or bursa may become [...]

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Exercise, Diet and Breast Cancer
Oct 7, 2015 By Joan Kramer, MD

trio-exercisingDiet and exercise can help women who have completed treatment for breast cancer to live longer and feel better. They may even help lower the chance of the cancer coming back (recurrence). The Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS) was a randomized study of a low fat diet in women who had completed treatment for early stage breast cancer. At five years, the women on the low fat diet lost weight about six pounds on average (the control group didn’t lose weight) and had a lower risk of the cancer coming back or getting a new breast cancer than the control group. After longer follow up, the risk of recurrence evened out between the two groups, but the women in the low fat diet group had better survival. Observational studies have also found that women who exercised more had lower risks of the cancer coming back. These kinds of studies have also found that women who gain weight after diagnosis have a higher risk of the cancer coming back. Diet and exercise are key to preventing weight gain. Women who are obese have an increased risk of post-menopausal breast cancer compared with women who maintain a healthy weight, which means that those who maintain a healthy weight [...]

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New Year with a New LASIK View Live Chat on October 27th
Oct 6, 2015 By Emory Eye Center

lasik2-chatMaybe you’ve been thinking about LASIK for a while but you still have questions about laser vision correction. The technology has advanced and there are several options available through Emory Eye Center that can help to get you your best vision even if you weren’t a candidate in the past. Our team answers a lot of questions from people interested in refractive surgery, but who are not sure if it’s the right option for them, or what the procedure involves. If you have questions such as… Is LASIK painful? What happens before laser eye surgery? How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction? How long does LASIK take? Join Board-certified Emory LASIK surgeon, Dr. John Kim for a live chat on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST where he will answer questions on how to get your best vision for the coming year.  He will also be available to answer questions around refractive surgical options and recovery to ensure your are ready to take on the New Year with a new view. Sign up for the live chat here.


About Dr. Kim

kim-john-avatarJoung (John) Y. Kim, MD, is currently an assistant professor inthe Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of [...]

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Upcoming Changes to Our Website: We Want Your Input
Oct 5, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

fs-surveyEmory Healthcare will be making modifications to our website in the near future. We strive to provide you with an engaging, informative and efficient experience and need your help to make that happen. We’d like to ask you about your healthcare decision making process and website usage in order to make meaningful changes to our websites. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey does not gather information that will specifically identify individuals. All of your responses to this survey will remain confidential. Click here to take the survey.  [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Ranks 7th Nationally
Oct 5, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

The Emory Transplant Center ranks 7th among transplant programs across the nation based on adult transplant volumes. In calendar year 2014, we performed 441 adult transplants that placed us 7th overall, tied with Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our top 10 ranking puts us among good company.           And with the recent release of the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data, it revealed that all Emory solid organ programs, when risk-adjusted, are similar to if not statistically different from the national data and meet expectations for performance set by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Membership Professional Standards Committee (MPSC). The new SRTR center-specific data included the following one-year graft and patient survival rates for our patients: Heart: Patient survival rate: 90.4% (actual) vs. 90.75% (expected) Graft survival rate: 80.95% (actual) vs. 84.3% (expected) Kidney: Patient survival: 98.1% (actual) vs. 97.4% (expected) Graft survival: 95% (actual) vs. 94.4% (expected) Kidney/Pancreas: Patient survival: 100% (actual) vs. 97.9% (expected) Graft survival: 100% (actual) vs. 95.8% [...]

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Emory University Hospital – Recognized as Top-Performing Academic Medical Center 5th Year in a Row
Oct 2, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC®) has presented Emory University Hospital with their Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for the fifth consecutive year! This award, formerly named the UHC Quality Leadership Award, recognizes top-performing academic medical centers. Emory University Hospital ranked No. 4 in the country among all UHC member institutions that were included in the 2015 Quality and Accountability Study. This is the 5th year in a row that Emory University Hospital has been a top 10 recipient of this award. The Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award is given to UHC member academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance in quality and safety as measured by the UHC Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted since 2005. This study uses the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: timeliness, safety, equity, effectiveness, efficiency, and patient centeredness, to structure the analysis criteria. The award was announced at the UHC Annual Conference 2015 on October 1, 2015. Emory University Hospital Midtown, our other hospital eligible for the UHC rankings, ranked 24 [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Fat Grafting 101: What You Need To Know
Oct 2, 2015 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

lovely-ladyIf you are like me, you spend hours at the gym trying to get rid of it and you diet to prevent it. You know what I am referring to…“love handles”, “saddle bags”, basically the accumulation of fat on certain areas of our bodies. But without fat, our faces would appear drawn and old, our breasts and butt would droop and our hands would look like skeletons. In other words, fat is a necessity and it has its benefits. In the right location and quantity, it is a sign of youth. I am not recommending you hang up those running shoes, but at the Emory Aesthetic Center, we can reorganize this necessary fat to improve your appearance, address early aging, and make you feel better about yourself. I am referring to a technique called autologous fat transfer or fat grafting. Let me answer some common questions to help you make an informed decision when considering undergoing this procedure.

What is autologous fat grafting and how is it done?

Some refer to it as fat transfer or fat grafting, but the concept is not new and has been reported as early as 1893. Modern fat grafting did not develop however until the 1980’s with the popularity of liposuction. Today, in a fat grafting [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
What is Orthopedic Trauma?
Oct 1, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

ambulanceOrthopedic trauma is a severe injury to part of the musculoskeletal system, and often the result of a sudden accident requiring immediate medical attention. While not all orthopedic trauma is life-threatening, it is life altering. Therefore, your choice of doctors is extremely important. Orthopedic trauma physicians are unique in that they specialize in complex injuries to bones, joints and soft tissues (like muscles, tendons and ligaments) throughout the entire body. Many orthopaedic specialists specialize in just one body part. Others may provide more general care but won't treat more acute fractures, which are physically more difficult to fix. Orthopedic trauma physicians, however, receive training in the field of orthopaedic surgery with a special focus on the treatment of fractured bones and joint realignment to promote the safe recovery and return of functionality to injured body parts. So, they often treat patients with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint (like a hip or knee). Orthopaedic trauma surgeons are able to follow patients through all stages of recovery and enlist the help of other specialists, if needed, to treat complex [...]

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