Recent Posts

Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Takeaways from the Sports Cardiology: Heart Health & Being Active Live Chat
Feb 11, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

sports-cardio-emailThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, January 26, for our live online chat on “Sports Cardiology: Heart Healthy & Being Active” hosted by Emory sports cardiologist, Jonathan H. Kim, MD, and sports medicine physician, Neeru Jayanthi, MD. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we have answered them below for your reference. Question: How much exercise is safe if I have been diagnosed with a heart condition?

  • Answer from Dr. Kim: Discussing the appropriate “exercise prescription” for patients with heart conditions is one of the key elements of sports cardiology. Each “prescription” is patient specific and accounts for key elements in the patient’s history, cardiac condition, and results of cardiac testing. It is important to emphasize that, one, cardiac testing obtained is unique to each patient and their condition. Most testing will include, however, an EKG, imaging of the heart (echocardiogram), and functional exercise testing. Two, the “prescription” also takes into account the sports cardiologist and

Read More | (0)
What age is best for LASIK?
Feb 9, 2016 By Bradley Randleman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmalogy and Director Section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

lasik-age250x250There are certain ages that are considered landmarks – the first time you drive or vote – but for LASIK there’s really no “set age”.  In short, 18 is the minimum age for LASIK because your eyes are still changing.  Even if you’re not having any noticeable vision problems, you should have your eyes examined regularly to provide insight into your best time for LASIK.

Don’t wait too long for LASIK

It’s better that you don’t wait too long for LASIK.  As you age, your eyes start changing more and you may not be best candidate at age 45 as you would have been at 35.  Of course of all of these suggestions are relative to your individual eye conditions.   Start your regular exams prior to LASIK surgery and track changes.  Your eyeglass prescription should be stable (less than +/-0.50 diopter change) for one year or more before proceeding with surgery.

Do the quick check list today:

If you answer YES to any the following then LASIK may be right for you.
  • Are you UNDER the age of 60?
  • Without your corrective lenses, is your distance vision blurred?
  • Have you ever been told you have astigmatism?
  • Are your eyes otherwise healthy?

  Free LASIK [...]

Read More | (0)
Belatacept Provides Better Kidney Survival Rates than Current Standard of Care
Feb 8, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant drugA study of kidney transplant recipients has shown for the first time that the drug belatacept (Nulojix), which controls the immune system and prevents graft rejection, has a better record of patient and organ survival than a calcineurin inhibitor, the current standard of care. Patients who have undergone kidney transplant are required to take medications to prevent their immune systems from rejecting their new organs. A calcineurin inhibitor (CNIs) is generally used for post kidney transplant patients, but long-term use can damage transplanted kidneys and may lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Belatacept acts as a “co-stimulation blocker,” inhibiting one of two signals the T cells need to trigger an immune response. And unlike the currently used CNIs, it is not toxic to the kidney. In fact, it helps preserve the function of the kidney over the long term and is more effective in suppressing antibodies against the kidney, which are important causes of organ loss. Emory University School of Medicine Dean and kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon, Dr. Christian Larsen, played a key role in developing belatacept, together with Emory Transplant Center [...]

Read More | (0)
Cosmetic Medicine
What to Think About When Considering a Facelift
Feb 5, 2016 By Dr. Anita Sethna

lovely250x250Despite the popularity of noninvasive treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, facelifts still make up a sizeable portion of a cosmetic practice. The longer lasting results and improvement in neck tightening are only some of the reasons a facelift is still a more highly satisfactory procedure. If you are considering a facelift, or in the beginning stages of researching it, there are many questions that you may have. Below are answers to some of the more common questions to help you as you begin your decision making process.

How long is the procedure and what is recovery like?

Facelifts come in many iterations. A “mini-lift” may only take 1.5 - 2 hours to perform, yet a standard lower face and neck lift may take up to 3 hours or more. Additional time may be necessary if other procedures are added, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) or forehead lift. Recovery usually takes about 10-14 days, although after that time you may still experience swelling in the facial and neck tissues and some redness around the incisions. I caution patients to avoid scheduling important family or business events within the first 6 weeks, especially if photographs are to be taken.

How do


Read More | (0)
Weight Management
Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping Success
Feb 2, 2016 By Brittany Lenners, Dietetic Intern

healthy-groceries250x250Have you ever left the grocery store with more food than you intended to buy? Has that extra food ended up being chips, cookies, or sugar-sweetened sodas? It’s easy to feel tempted by the products the store has on display. Keep in mind that the main goal of many stores is to advertise cheap and appealing products rather than healthy and nutritious ones. In order to help you maintain your healthy eating goals, follow these tips for grocery shopping success. Before beginning your trip, make a list of items to buy. This will prevent purchasing unnecessary food. It may also help to eat a meal or snack at home before heading to the store. Shopping on an empty stomach makes it more tempting to purchase unhealthy junk food. If you do end up at the store while you are hungry, head straight for the produce section. Choosing your fruits and vegetables first will help keep your mind on track to shop healthy. Often, companies advertise foods as healthy when in reality, they might not be the best for our bodies. For example, some cereals are advertised as “made with whole grains.” Although whole grains are a healthy choice, many of these cereals contain 10-15 grams of added [...]

Read More | (0)
Heart & Vascular
Emory Women’s Heart Center Wear Red Events
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Women's Heart Center

womensheartwearredHeart 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.

Emory Women's Heart Center Wear Red Event Details

Friday, February 5, 2016 Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Doctors Building Atrium 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016 Emory University Hospital Hospital Auditorium Open House from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 Emory University Hospital Midtown Medical Office [...]

Read More | (0)
Heart & Vascular
Women & Heart Disease Live Chat- February 23, 2016
Feb 2, 2016 By Emory Heart & Vascular Center

women-hrt-disease260x200Heart disease kills 6 times more women than breast cancer each year, making it the number one killer of women. Many people consider heart disease to be a predominantly male-oriented condition. However, heart disease is the number one killer in women and affects one out of every three in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease occurs when fatty build-up in your coronary arteries, called plaque, prevents blood flow that’s needed to provide oxygen to your heart. When the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced, or completely cut off, a heart attack occurs. The Emory Women’s Heart Center is dedicated to screening, diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease in Atlanta’s women. We’re thankful the awareness about heart disease, and the unique challenges faced by women, continues to be on the rise. The most important weapon against heart disease is awareness. Women need to research their family history and take time to educate themselves on not only the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, but preventive medicine as well. How can you educate yourself? Join Emory Women’s Heart Center [...]

Read More | (0)
Weight Management
Takeaways from Emory Bariatrics Live Chat, ‘New Year, New You: Successful & Lasting Weight Loss in 2016’
Jan 29, 2016 By Emory Bariatric Center

weightloss2016-cil638Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, January 19th, for our live online chat titled “New Year, New You: Successful & Lasting Weight Loss”, hosted by Emory Bariatrics registered dieticians, Victoria Delgado, RD, and Kasey LaPointe, RD. During this live chat, Victoria and Kasey provided healthful living tips to lasting weight loss for those who have made weight loss a part of their New Year’s resolution. They also answered questions about surgical and non-surgical weight loss. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we have answered them below for your reference. Question: Does wrapping your body with Saran wrap while you work out help shed inches/pounds? If so, how does it work? Answer: No, this is a myth. It may increase sweat which can result in water loss, but not fat loss. To lose inches and pounds, we must combine physical activity with a healthy eating plan. Question: Am I too old to go on Optifast (a liquid meal replacement program) to reduce my weight? Answer: Due to risk of losing muscle mass, we [...]

Read More | (0)
Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Introducing Emory’s New Tennis Medicine Program
Jan 28, 2016 By Neeru Jayanthi, MD, director of the Emory Tennis Medicine program

tennis-250x250Tennis is a great exercise. It improves aerobic fitness, lowers body fat, improves cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves bone health. And while tennis can be both healthy and fun, there is an inherent injury risk for those who play tennis, particularly for those who specialize in the sport. Given the impact of potential injuries specific to the sport, having a physician and community that understand the sport and its risks are vital. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve implemented a one-of-a-kind Tennis Medicine program offered by the Emory Sports Medicine Center which promotes health through tennis and provides specialized treatment for a wide range of tennis-related injuries. Our goal is to get patients back on the court as soon as possible, and teach them the techniques that will reduce their risk of further injuries and maintain their performance.

What Sets Us Apart?

Treating physicians, who are not able to incorporate more comprehensive evaluations, may be limited to standard medical treatments for tennis players. Our unique program will address tennis players' needs by evaluating and treating injuries with a [...]

Read More | (0)
Colorectal Cancer Live Chat: Risk Factors, Screenings, Symptoms & Therapy - March 8, 2016
Jan 27, 2016 By Winship Cancer Institute

colorectal-chat-emailMost colorectal cancers start as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner lining of the colon or rectum and slowly progresses through the other layers.  According to American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and 134,490 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016 nationally. The colorectal cancer program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers multidisciplinary teams including oncology surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and advanced practice nurses with expertise in colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.  There are a variety of treatment options for colorectal cancer; for some patients, a combination of treatment methods may be used. Join Drs. Bassel El-Rayes & Seth Rosen, two physicians with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s colorectal cancer team, on Tuesday, March 8th at 12pm EST for a live chat where they will answer your questions about colorectal cancer risk factors, screenings, symptoms and therapy. All are welcome to attend an online open-forum discussion about colorectal cancer. Sign up for this live chat [...]

Read More | (0)