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Catching Up with Kidney Transplant Recipient Ken Sutha
Apr 23, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

Sutha1As we continue to celebrate National Donate Life Month, we love to get and give updates on some of our patients. When we last told you about kidney transplant recipient Ken Sutha, he had just won three medals – two gold and one silver – at the 2010 National Kidney Foundation (NKF) U.S. Transplant Games. Sutha, who received a donor kidney from his father, competed in the 100-yard medley, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, and 500-yard freestyle events. Ken also has completed in triathlons. Ken’s success goes well beyond athletics, though. After his transplant, Ken received a four-year academic scholarship from the Georgia Transplant Foundation, which helped support his education through graduate and medical school. After graduating from Emory University School of Medicine last summer, he moved to Seattle where he has been in training as a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. While enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest, he’s been caring for many different kinds of kids, including some who are awaiting transplants or who already have had transplant. “I've been getting involved in transplant and donation awareness [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Want to Buy Your Mom a Gift that Counts this Year for Mother’s Day?
Apr 23, 2014 By Emory Women's Heart Center

go-red-blogWell, now you can! Attend an Emory Heart Health Event and buy your mother a Women’s Heart Screening Gift Certificate! Heart disease kills more women each year than all the cancers combined and in many cases heart disease is preventable. Take time to educate yourself and your family on how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease by attending a heart health event at Emory University Hospital Midtown on Friday, May 9. During the educational event, participants will have an opportunity to meet and learn from Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff as well as meet with different educational vendors who promote a healthy lifestyle.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Heart health event – Emory University Hospital Midtown’s atrium Noon - Heart health educational event - How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heart Disease in Women, a presentation delivered by Emory Women’s Heart Center physician Alexis Cutchins, MD
  • Location: Emory University Hospital Midtown 550 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308
The gift certificates for a comprehensive heart screening includes:
  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Cardiovascular

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Celebrating Earth Day!
Apr 22, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Earth Day 2014Since 1970, Americans have recognized April 22 as Earth Day. In honor of this celebration of our amazing planet, we thought we’d fill you in on how we’re keeping the environment top of mind as we expand and renovate Emory University Hospital.

  • In keeping with Emory’s “No Net Loss of Forest Canopy” Policy, we planted 133 trees on campus to replace the trees lost in preparing the footprint of the new building. Emory Healthcare committed to replant the removed trees in new locations across the Clifton Campus. Any trees that could not be replanted will be recycled, and the reclaimed wood will be incorporated into new construction.
  • Emory Healthcare partnered with the Lifecycle Building Center to recover building materials such as hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows from previously existing buildings on the site for reuse in other local projects.
  • Implementing a Clean Construction Policy, Emory Healthcare has asked its building contractors to adhere to the strictest construction equipment pollution controls possible in order to reduce the emissions of smog-forming pollutants that are hazardous to human health and

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Check out the May Cardiovascular Screening Schedule in Time for Summer!
Apr 21, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with mobile health screening partner HealthFair, is excited to announce the May cardiovascular screening schedule in the metro Atlanta area. The cardiovascular screening plans offered by HealthFair meet the screening guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at This collaboration will provide metro Atlanta communities with greater access to important screening services and to Emory Healthcare physicians and providers.

May 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • May 1, Kroger, Acworth Highway, Dallas
  • May 2, CVS, Roswell Road, Atlanta
  • May 3, Walgreens, Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta
  • May 5, Kroger, Georgia 92, Woodstock
  • May 6, Rite Aid, Kennesaw Due West, Kennesaw
  • May 7, Publix, New MacLand Road, Powder Springs
  • May 8, Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain
  • May 9, Kroger, Grayson Hwy, Grayson
  • May 9, Walgreens, Atlanta Highway, Loganville
  • May 10, Just Fitness 4U Marietta, Roswell

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Cosmetic Medicine
Gummy Bear Breast Implants: How are they different?
Apr 18, 2014 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

Gummy Bear Breast ImplantsPatients are calling the Emory Aesthetic Center asking, “Do you offer the ‘gummy bear’ breast implants?” The simple answer is yes, but let’s review what makes this breast implant different and how you know if it is a good choice for you. “Gummy bear implants” is simply another name for silicone gel breast implants. Although there was a period of controversy concerning silicone gel implants in the early 1990's, the gel implants currently available today have been extensively studied and shown to be safe. Silicone breast implants, in fact, are now the most studied medical device in all of medical history. The FDA approved silicone gel implants have a cohesive gel technology. "Cohesive" means that the gel sticks to itself, so even if the implant were to break, the gel typically stays put, in many ways, resembling the consistency of a gummy bear. These gel implants come in two basic covering patterns and two basic shape styles. The covering pattern for these breast implants comes in both a smooth and a textured cover. While smooth surfaced implants work very well, the textured surface was designed to reduce the chance of capsular scar contracture that may [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Turgeon's “Kidney Swaps and Emory's Paired Donor Exchange Program” Live Chat
Apr 17, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

Thank you to everyone who joined us during Donate Life Month for the live web chat hosted by Emory Transplant Center transplant surgeon, Dr. Nicole Turgeon. Dr. Turgeon discussed the different kinds of living organ donation, the process for living donation and even shared an inspiring video of one of her patients who had benefitted from Emory’s Paired Donor Exchange Program. Chat participants also had questions about islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes, which Dr. Turgeon answered with some great information on the 10th anniversary of two of our patient’s islet cell transplants and being diabetes free! Perhaps the most important message from Dr. Turgeon was one of the importance of organ donation and how it can make such a huge difference in people’s lives. For more information on how to become an organ donor, visit Check out more of Dr. Turgeon’s answers by reading the chat transcript! Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the Emory Transplant Center’s live chat: Question: How many kidney transplants do you perform at Emory every year? [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
What is Better for My Health? Weights or Cardiovascular Exercise?
Apr 17, 2014 By Dr. Amadeus Mason

Cardio vs. WeightsFor the promotion of overall health and reduction of risk around developing diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, the most effective fitness plan incorporates both cardiovascular training and strength training. There are different benefits to the different types of exercise, so it is ideal to plan your weekly workout routine split (2-3 days of each) between strength and cardio training. Benefits of cardiovascular training

  • Breathing harder and deeper increases amount of oxygen in the blood
  • Heart, lungs, blood vessels work more efficiently with cardio exercises to transport oxygen through the body
  • Burns calories - one hour of running burns approximately 600 calories in a average female and 750 calories in the average male
Benefits of strength training
  • Increase muscle mass – you will be able to do activities longer after building muscle mass
  • Maintain joint flexibility
  • Increase bone density
  • Manage your weight - Note that muscle burns more calories than fat so if you have more muscle your metabolism is likely to be higher and you are likely to be slimmer.
Lack of sufficient exercise contributes to the possibility of developing conditions [...]

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Bringing the Invisible Into Georgia Classrooms
Apr 16, 2014 By Adam Marcus, PhD, Director of Emory School of Medicine-Winship Cancer Institute Integrated Cellular Imaging Core

Microscope view of cellsOn many university campuses there is a dark room that has no windows and the walls are painted black. People wearing white lab coats enter and rest their eyes on top of what I think to be one the most magnificent instruments in a science laboratory, the microscope. These microscopes, which are no bigger than a desk but can cost more than a house, rest gently on a cushion of air and serve the purpose of making the invisible world, visible. I was hooked the first time I peered into one of these microscopes. All of a sudden this entirely new and previously invisible world moved into focus right in front of me. Tiny creatures that I had apparently been living with, were visible for the first time. I eventually turned my obsession with the microscopic world into a career. I am a scientist at a major medical school and my laboratory’s research is to study how cancer cells work, with the goal of creating new cancer treatments. My team and I have killed cancer cells with new medicines, burst them open, blasted them with radiation, and blocked them from spreading. We do this with the hope that our research will lead to new cancer treatments, make older treatments better, or help [...]

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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!
Apr 15, 2014 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Saint Joseph's Magnet Designated HospitalCongratulations to our team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain

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Heart & Vascular
Reversing Heart Disease – Is it Possible?
Apr 15, 2014 By Farheen Shirazi, MD

Did you know that in women, heart disease takes more lives than every type of cancer combined? The good news is that in the last 20 years deaths due to heart disease have declined thanks to advances in medicine as well as education of the population. In the past, heart disease was thought to be just a “man’s disease,” but surprisingly more women currently die from cardiovascular disease than men. Therefore, it is important to take action to prevent and potentially reverse heart disease. If you think you may be at risk, schedule your heart disease screening today. There are various things you can do to reverse heart disease and if action is taken quickly, heart disease symptoms can be reduced in a very short period of time.

  • Evaluate your diet to determine if the foods you are eating are causing plaque build up. If you stop consuming foods that are contributing the plaque build up, your arteries will have a better chance to recover. A plant based diet incorporating fruits, vegetables and whole grains can likely help to reverse heart disease.
    • If this diet is too restrictive, or you are just looking to prevent heart disease, the USDA ‘s new “MyPlate”

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