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Cosmetic Medicine
Otoplasty: What You Need to Know About Ear Pinning
Sep 25, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Everyone has a feature that makes them feel a bit self-conscious. But when that feature is as prominent as your ears, it can really take a toll on your self-esteem. If you’re uncomfortable with the shape, positioning or protrusion of your ears, the solution may be much less complicated than you think. Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as “ear pinning,” is a cosmetic procedure used to correct ears that stick out too far, or are shaped or positioned abnormally. It can have a significant impact and involves very little risk. In fact, it can be performed on children as young as 5 years old.

Benefits of Otoplasty

In addition to feeling better about your appearance, otoplasty offers other amazing benefits. It:
  • Can provide dramatic results with no visible scarring.
  • Has a short recovery period — usually two weeks or less.
  • Is one of the safest facial surgical procedures.

What to Expect During an Ear Pinning Procedure

Choosing a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon is imperative. Otoplasty is a surgery that requires extreme attention to detail. After all, there’s an exact duplicate immediately available for comparison on the other side of your head. [...]

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The Spiritual Side of Cancer Treatment
Sep 24, 2018 By Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv

A cancer diagnosis is nothing short of overwhelming. In addition to concerns about coordinating treatment for the physical condition, emotions brew in the patient and family members. Fear, anger, and a feeling of being alone are common reactions. When facing cancer, one mustn’t neglect the spiritual side of treatment. Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv, Manager of Spiritual Health at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, shares the importance of having someone to talk to about the spiritual side of the cancer diagnosis. “We believe in supporting the whole person in their care. Having a spiritual health clinician attend to the patient and family members helps them to know we care about all of them—all of their personhood—and that we want to support them in comprehensive care.”

Spiritual Doubts & Faith Crises

Many cancer patients experience an urge to be strong and put on a brave face. It’s tough to express one’s spiritual doubts and emotions to friends and family. A spiritual health clinician can serve as a pressure valve, allowing patients to express the suffering and angst they may not be able to comfortably share with friends or family. “If a [...]

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Navigating a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Sep 21, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and can often be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But a daunting set of questions faces the more than 200,000 men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year: Is prompt or aggressive treatment necessary, or is “watchful waiting” an option? And if choosing treatment, then what kind? Hugh Smith was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 51. Knowing that members of his family had died from prostate cancer prompted Smith to get checked. When tests showed the presence of cancer, he looked for an experienced prostate specialist who could provide the most advanced treatment available. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's Dr. Martin Sanda performed a prostatectomy on Smith via robotic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in 2013. Since then, Smith says he's had no side effects and no recurrent cancer. He thanks God and the expertise of his cancer team for the good results. Now he wants to encourage other men to take charge of their own health. "Some men would rather not know about their risk of prostate cancer," says Smith. "But I [...]

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Prostate Cancer: Statistics That May Surprise You
Sep 19, 2018 By Martin Sanda, MD

prostate cancer factsAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung and skin cancers. The most common men’s-specific cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men, is prostate cancer. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes. You probably didn’t know this shocking statistic, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation: a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, despite these realities we don’t talk as openly about this as women do about a serious health condition. There are disputes about screenings for prostate cancer specifically, but I am an advocate of screening– including not only the PSA but also the digital rectal exam. From the screenings, you and your doctor will determine if biopsies are needed to detect aggressive cancers that need immediate treatment but also pick up cancers that are “quasi cancer” and safe to watch rather than treat immediately. Over a five-to-10-year period, about a third of men whose cancers are considered low risk turn worse and require treatment. When prostate [...]

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Spiritual Health and Your Cancer Journey
Sep 18, 2018 By Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv

When a person is experiencing a serious illness, it’s not just their body that’s affected. The entire being — from the spiritual to emotional — can be impacted. This can be particularly true for individuals navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is not uncommon for people to experience a crisis of faith, to feel disconnected from their religious community or loved ones, or to feel that it is hard to talk about the way their outlook on life may be changing. Some people may feel isolated, angry or overwhelmed. Others may have a renewed sense of meaning or faith. No matter the experience, it can be helpful for people living with cancer to connect with their own spiritual life as a way of coping with their illness.

What is Spiritual Health?

Simply put, spiritual health is the quality of whole-person wellness – including spiritual and emotional wellness. People have different ideas about what gives them meaning, their deepest values, and religious beliefs, which may affect decisions they make relating to treatment. These values can also impact decision-making about end-of-life care. Even common health issues can bring up spiritual concerns, and patients and [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Hip Pain: Easing Discomfort with Proven Solutions
Sep 17, 2018 By Bryan Whitfield, MD

Hip pain can severely affect your independence, your lifestyle, your job, and more. With pain reaching unbearable levels, a bum hip can level the toughest among us.

It Might Not Be Your Hip

“One of the major things we immediately try to differentiate between is if it’s actually a hip condition—or is the pain coming from the back?” says Dr. Bryan Whitfield, an orthopedic surgeon at Emory Healthcare. True hip pain culprits include impingement, labral tear, bursitis, pain coming from the gluteal tendon, and osteoarthritis.

Causes & Symptoms of a Hip Condition

Sometimes the shape of the bones leads to impingement—the socket and ball essentially running into each other and tearing cartilage around the rim. A fall can sprain the hip and tear tendons. “Most people think their hip is on the back and on the side, what we would call the flank,” states Dr. Whitfield. “It turns out, conditions within the ball and socket are usually felt in the groin, more on the front than the back.” Typically, patients experience discomfort going from a seated position to a standing one. Pain can be triggered by certain activities or accompany every step.

Getting a [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Understanding Breast Implants
Sep 12, 2018 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

While many still think of breast implants as comically large, fake-looking breasts, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, breast enhancement is highly customizable, allowing you to decide the size, shape and projection you want. If you’re considering breast augmentation, understand your breast implant options so you can make the decision that is right for you.

What You Need to Know

Consider choosing a qualified plastic surgeon as your first step, rather than your last. Involving them early in the process can help you understand the process, and get the results you want. Your plastic surgeon will review the aspects of implants with you, explain your options and provide you with the best recommendation to great the results that you want.

Filler Material

Implants can be filled with either silicone gel or saline (salt water). But the vast majority of implants are made with silicone since it has cohesive properties which help your implant look, feel and move more like natural breast tissue. There was some controversy about the safety of silicone gel implants in the early 1990s. However, after many years of study in thousands of women, silicone gel breast [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Lifestyle Is the Best Medicine—A Call to Action
Sep 7, 2018 By Sharon H. Bergquist, MD

Women at the farmer's marketKnowing your numbers—blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight—is important. These risk factors and markers, however, only partially tell your story. They measure your risk of disease rather than indicate your well-being. Well-being is more than the absence of disease. It is living life with joy, energy, fulfillment and health. Sadly, we are living at a time when there is a health care paradox: while medical costs continue to rise, our health and well-being are declining. Currently, seven out of 10 deaths in America each year are due to chronic diseases that are mostly preventable, such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. We are dying prematurely, and these diseases are compromising the quality of our years. Our children are projected to fare worse—for the first time in two centuries, they may backslide on the steady rise in life expectancy. The reason that unsustainable spending on treatments and exponential increases in technology aren’t improving our collective health is that we aren’t treating the underlying cause of disease. Through our lifestyle—eating healthily, exercising, maintaining our weight, and avoiding tobacco—we can [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Food Poisoning: What It Is and How to Prevent It
Aug 31, 2018 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 6 Americans will experience foodborne illness throughout the year. Contracting food poisoning is as simple as ingesting food that has been contaminated by some germ or toxic substance. This contamination could happen before the food is brought into a kitchen for preparation or during the food handling process. On the bright side, food poisoning is preventable and you can take steps to decrease the likelihood of you or your loved ones contracting it.

What is Food Poisoning?

Foodborne illness, foodborne disease and foodborne infection are other names for what is commonly known as food poisoning. According to the CDC, typical food poisoning symptoms are:
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
These symptoms do not always develop immediately after eating the food and may take anywhere from several hours to a few days to become apparent.

How Does Food Poisoning Happen?

Food poisoning happens when chemicals or toxins contaminate a food source that is then eaten by an individual. Most cases occur when bacteria, such as staphylococcus or E coli, are ingested. There [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Poisonous Plants: How to Avoid Them and Treat Rashes from Them
Aug 27, 2018 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

The sun is out, and spending time outside is a great way to enjoy the last stretch of the summer. However, it’s important to be careful when you are outside because there are a variety of poisonous plants that you may come into contact with – like poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. We’re going to give you some information so that you can better protect yourself and your loved ones from coming into contact with any of these poisonous plants, and know how to treat it if you ever do.

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 anywhere between a 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 worse rash. Physical contact is not the only way to get this rash. Burning these plants could result in the oil spreading through the air by it coating the soot. This coating could come into contact with your skin, but also areas [...]

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