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Transplant
Study Finds Patients at For-Profit Dialysis Centers are Less Likely to Receive a Kidney Transplant
Oct 15, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

kidneysA recent study published on September 10, 2019 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that kidney failure patients receiving dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to get a kidney transplant than patients at nonprofit dialysis clinics. Emory researcher Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the departments of Surgery and Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, and senior author on the JAMA paper, wanted to determine if there were lower rates of living donor and deceased donor transplantation among for-profit dialysis facilities. Using publicly available data from the national United States Renal Data System (USRDS), researchers looked at nearly 1.5 million kidney failure patients over 16 years. The study included review of non-profit small chains, non-profit independent facilities, for-profit large chains, for-profit small chains, and for-profit independent facilities.

Results of the Study

Researchers found that almost 12% of patients at for-profit centers were waitlisted for a kidney transplant, but that nearly 30% of nonprofit dialysis patients got on a waiting list. “For-profit dialysis facilities have [...]

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What Is A PCP and Why Do I Need One?
Oct 14, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

patient with primary care physicianA primary care provider, or PCP, is your main point of contact for health care in non-emergency situations. Think of this type of health care provider as the quarterback of your entire health care team, the central point person whose role it is to coordinate your overall patient care, treatment, and education. Overall, your PCP is key to:

  • Providing preventive care and guidance on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Diagnosing and treating acute common medical conditions, such as cold, flu, infections, etc.
  • Treatment and management of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Determining the severity of your medical problems, so he or she can direct you to the most appropriate care provider.
  • Referring you to medical specialists when conditions require more targeted treatment.
In addition, a PCP ensures prescribed medications will not adversely affect other medications or supplements you may already be taking. Over time, your PCP learns your health history and what is most important to you and your long-term wellness. This high-level oversight ensures all of the treatments, medications, therapies, and recommendations from [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Do You Know the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?
Oct 10, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

We’re entering a flu season that may last longer than most. But do you know the difference between a cold and the flu? Both are respiratory illnesses that have similar symptoms. Although there is no distinct way to differentiate one from the other, it is important to know the type of symptoms and severity each one can cause. Additionally, special tests can be done within the first few days to determine the type of illness.

man with cold or fluCommon Cold

  • Symptoms are gradual
  • Slight aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Milder conditions compared to the flu

Flu (Influenza)

  • Symptoms are abrupt
  • Fever/feeling feverish (chills)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches and fatigue (tiredness)
  • Chest discomfort
  • Some may have diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children)
Just like how the common cold and flu have similar symptoms, they can both be treated with a lot of rest, fluids and over-the-counter medicine. However, the flu must also be treated with prescribed antiviral medicine.

Keeping the Flu and Colds at Bay

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to avoid getting [...]

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Family with Sickle Cell Gives Back to Others with Disease
Oct 2, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

patient with sickle cell disease care packageMother and daughter Lillie Thomas-Daugherty and Jessica Smith both struggle with sickle cell disease, but have made it their life’s work to give back to others with the same illness. In September, in recognition of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Thomas-Daugherty delivered 30 care packages to sickle cell patients at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital. Thomas-Daugherty’s motivation for creating the care packages was based on her family’s life-long journey with sickle cell disease. She hopes to raise awareness of the disease and its unique challenges so that sickle cell patients receive the medical attention and care they need. “My daughter was hospitalized 17 times before her third birthday,” says Thomas-Daugherty. “She was in and out of the hospital regularly for blood transfusions or to receive medications to ease her pain. I nearly lost her, but she’s a fighter and I consider her my warrior.” Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects millions of people worldwide. Although it is not a well-known disease, people who live with SCD may have a lifetime of pain and other health problems. “Our hospitals are committed to heightened [...]

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Emory Healthcare Has Resources to Help with Medicare Enrollment
Sep 30, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Happy senior couple at parkMedicare open enrollment for 2019 starts October 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. Choosing a Medicare plan has a significant impact on many lives. We want to help answer your questions and simplify the process. To help our patients and their families understand the different Medicare options, Emory Healthcare has partnered with MedicareCompareUSA to give you the tools and resources you need to make the best choice. This free, unbiased resource is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., by calling 1-855-256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency that is not affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The helpline connects you with professionals who can help you understand Emory Healthcare’s Medicare resources, and help you:

  • Compare and enroll in Medicare plans accepted by Emory Healthcare
  • Sign up to attend a Medicare Education Seminar
  • Review your options during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 through December 7, 2019)
  • Schedule an appointment with a MedicareCompareUSA representative
While the [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Facial Injectables During A Facelift: 3 Things to Know
Sep 26, 2019 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Facial Injectables It can seem tempting to try to do more than one procedure at a time when it comes to cosmetic surgery. And often, that approach makes sense: Some patients, for example, opt to have breast augmentation and a breast lift or a tummy tuck during breast augmentation. One common question from patients is whether it’s possible to have facial injections during a facelift. But before we dive into the answer, let’s first take a minute to clearly define the purpose of each of these procedures.

Facelifts

A facelift gives individuals a more youthful appearance by tightening sagging skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles. During a facelift, your surgeon will make several small incisions around your ear. Then, your surgeon will very carefully remove excess skin and slowly pull the skin up around your jawline and to your ears. This helps smooth the neck, add volume to your cheeks, and get rid of lines around the mouth and eyes.

Facial injectables

Facial injectables, on the other hand, are anti-aging treatments that target the fine lines and wrinkles that appear as you age. These botulinum toxin injections reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles – including crows’ [...]

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Preventive Medicine
When to Get a Flu Shot
Sep 23, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

smiling pharmacist gives flu shot It may be your best chance at preventing the flu—but do you know the best time to get your flu shot? If you get it too soon, you might not be as well protected. But since it typically takes your body 2 weeks from the time you get the shot to develop immunity, you don’t want to wait too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season usually runs from November through the end of April, so it’s best to get the flu shot as early as possible prior to the season. October is a recommended time frame. According to the CDC, the timing, severity, and length of the season can vary from one season to another. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May.

Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Everyone’s at risk of being infected with the influenza virus and can spread it to others. That’s why the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against it every year, even if you’ve never had the flu. If you have a less-developed or compromised immune system, a yearly vaccination is especially important [...]

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Transplant
Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranks Highest in Georgia for Survival
Sep 18, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Committed to Delivering the Highest Quality of Care to Patients Near and Far

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) currently ranks the Emory Liver Transplant Program as number one in Georgia for 1-year patient survival. Thanks to our surgeons, providers, nurses and care team (who all work diligently every day), the highest quality of care is possible for our patients in need of a liver transplant. The story of these numbers goes far beyond accolades and recognition. It demonstrates our commitment to constantly innovate, collaborate and care for the patients and families we serve.

SRTR Liver Transplant Rankings

A Leader in the State, a Leader in the Nation

In 1987, transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital performed the first liver transplant in Georgia. Since that time, we’ve taken the experience and knowledge of our team to build the state’s leading liver transplant program – and one of the best in the nation. In 2018, our liver transplant team performed 127 adult liver transplants. This positions our program among the top 12 centers in the nation for liver transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). OPTN links all professionals [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Poisonous Plants: How to Avoid Them and Treat Rashes from Them
Sep 9, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

woman with rash from poisonous plant We all want to enjoy our time outdoors: hiking trips, taking a bike ride through the woods or getting our gardens ready. All of these activities are great, just remember to avoid the poisonous plants around you. It only takes a little sap to be zapped by a poisonous plant. There are a variety of poisonous plants that you may come into contact with, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. We want to give you some helpful tips to protect yourself and your loved ones when encountering any poisonous plants. Know where to go and how to treat the itchy rash and irritation some plants may cause.

How You Get Rashes from Poisonous Plants

Ever wonder how you got a rash from touching such a small plant? Each of the poisonous plants above secretes urushiol oil onto its roots, stem, and leaves. Once in contact with the skin, this oil often causes a combination of mild to severe rash*, itching, and blisters. Each person has a different level of sensitivity to the urushiol oil and touching it more than once can also increase the chances of dealing with a more severe rash. Physical contact is not the only way to get this rash. Burning these plants could result in the oil [...]

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Cancer
How Can You Benefit From Clinical Trials?
Sep 5, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

petri dishAt Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, we’re dedicated to advancing cancer care through groundbreaking research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating different types of cancer. Winship offers clinical trials for virtually every type of cancer at multiple locations in the Atlanta area, including the Emory Proton Therapy Center.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial gives researchers information about preventing, diagnosing and treating a condition with drugs, procedures, and other options. Patients who participate in clinical trials help create medical advances in:
  • Drug therapy
  • Proton therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical procedures
Participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Patients enrolled in clinical trials often receive extra care coordination and attention from the clinical trials staff. When patients take part in a clinical trial, they help researchers find better treatments for others in the future, just as today’s patients benefit from the advancements in treatment that were made in past clinical trials.

What Do the Phases of Clinical Trials Mean?

Clinical trials happen in four phases necessary for FDA approval of a new [...]

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