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Preventive Measures to Lower Your Risk of Lung Cancer Today
Nov 7, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

proton therapy lung cancer awarenessDefining Lung Cancer

The National Cancer Institute predicts an estimated 228,150 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2019, accounting for 12.9% of all new cancer cases for the year. Lung cancer is identified as two main types: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer and accounts for 85% of lung cancer cases. Small cell lung cancer accounts for 10 to 15% of cases, generally grows more quickly and is likely to spread to other parts of the body.

How to Reduce Your Lung Cancer Risks:

  • Not smoking
  • Quitting smoking
  • Lowering your exposure to certain industrial substances, such as asbestos
  • Lowering your exposure to radon, a radioactive gas that can be found in the soil under homes

Treatment with Proton Therapy

Many patients with lung cancer receive radiation treatment for patients with early-stage disease. A highly focused type of radiation called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can provide excellent outcomes. Proton therapy may be an appropriate option for some patients, often those with Stage III lung cancer or who need radiation after surgery. [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?
Nov 4, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

heat vs ice therapy You’re not alone if you have ever been confused about whether to apply ice or heat to an injury or painful area. We all know icing and heating are two of the most common and natural treatment options available. These treatments have been around for decades and provide good ways to reduce pain. The question is: which is best, ice or heat? While both therapies can reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling, they aren’t appropriate for every injury. Choosing the wrong one can possibly make your injury worse, instead of better. Knowing how to use ice or heat as your pain reliever can go a long way, whether you’re dealing with an injury that just happened or an ongoing nagging pain.

When to Use Cold Therapy

It’s best to use cold therapy for acute or sudden pain caused by a recent injury that’s sensitive, red or inflamed. Inflammation is a normal bodily response to an injury, but it can be quite painful. Here are some of the most common acute injuries that benefit from cold therapy:
  • Ankle sprain
  • Inflammatory arthritis flare-ups
  • Muscle or joint sprain
  • Red, hot or swollen body part
  • Sudden intense pain after exercise
A joint or muscle sprain damages [...]

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Brain Health Center
Real Patients, Real Stories: Young Mother Seizure-Free After Epilepsy Surgery
Oct 31, 2019 By Emory Brain Health Center

Erin Gatlin-Martin Emory Epilepsy CenterThe seizures took control about once a month, rendering Erin Gatlin-Martin unable to drive. She couldn't work, go see friends or run to the store. She was on three medications, but epilepsy and its effects still left her feeling frustrated and isolated. "I was very dependent on my husband for everything," recalled Gatlin-Martin, a resident of the Savannah area. "He was serving as my husband and chauffeur. That was very frustrating for me. I couldn't run out to the grocery store if my child was feeling hungry and we'd run out of crackers. I couldn't do the things I needed to do to get through daily life." Her physicians in Savannah had prescribed anti-seizure medications, which worked for a while but over time became less and less effective. Doctors added more pills and higher dosages, but about once a month Gatlin-Martin still experienced seizures, which for her would involve "zoning out" and shaking while falling asleep. “Even though I was on three pills and very high dosages, it just wasn’t working anymore,” she said. “That’s when we went to Emory.” Gatlin-Martin was among the roughly three out of 10 patients who don't respond to anti-seizure [...]

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6+ Reasons to Quit Smoking on November 21st for the Great American Smokeout
Oct 31, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Great American Smokeout Nov. 21More than 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. To help lower this number and the heightened risk for disease caused by cigarette smoking, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 21. The event is held each year to encourage smokers to set a quit date with a community of peers and support. Along with the Great American Smokeout event, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, meaning there are multiple opportunities to make a change and choose to quit smoking today. If the momentum and support created through these events and efforts aren’t enough, there is plenty of data to prove the benefits of quitting smoking today.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced to almost normal.
  • Within 12 hours of quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Within 2 weeks to 2 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • Within 10 years of quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half of a person who

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – How to Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Oct 31, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

breast cancer awarenessDefining Breast Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2019, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer generally starts within the breast where cancer cells begin to grow and form a tumor. While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, men can also develop breast cancer.

How to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

  1. Maintain good nutrition and a healthy body weight.
  2. Become more physically active.
  3. Discuss your family history of cancers with your doctor to determine if genetic counseling or testing may be needed.
  4. Annual mammography starting at 40 or 45 years of age, depending on risks.

Treatment with Proton Therapy

Some patients diagnosed with breast cancer require radiation treatment. Proton therapy may be an option for appropriate patients, often those with left-sided breast cancer requiring radiation near the heart, or patients who may have already received radiation. Proton therapy is a powerful and precise form of radiation which can reduce or avoid radiation to the heart in order to reduce the long-term risks of heart problems after [...]

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Oct 31, 2019 By Manu S. Sancheti, M.D.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer accounts for about 13% of all new cancers. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is higher than non-smokers' risk, so I encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking during this Lung Cancer Awareness Month. I would also recommend that you stay away from all tobacco products and byproducts, including secondhand smoke. It’s never too late to stop smoking. Contact Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777 to learn more from a registered nurse about finding a primary physician who can assist you in your health goals. In addition to not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests you get your home tested for radon. Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality. If you would like more information on test kits, visit the UGA College of Family and Consumer Services Radon page.

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Cosmetic Medicine
All About Breast Lifts
Oct 31, 2019 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

breast lift mastopexyAs women age, they often notice changes to their breasts, especially following childbirth and breastfeeding. While it’s true that changes like sagging or drooping are part of the normal aging process, the good news is that if you are unhappy with the look of your breasts, there is a relatively simple procedure called a breast lift that can help reposition, reshape and rejuvenate your breasts to restore a more youthful appearance.

What is a breast lift?

If you’re happy with the size and volume of your breasts but want a perkier look, then a basic breast lift (mastopexy) -- a procedure that reshapes and lifts your breast tissue -- may be just right for you. During this procedure, your surgeon will likely remove a substantial amount of skin to help your breast go back to a more aesthetically pleasing position. If you also want to reduce the size of your nipple and its surrounding area (areola), it can be done at the same time. If you’d like your breasts to be more lifted and larger, you can get those results with a mastopexy with a breast augmentation procedure. Your surgeon will reposition your breasts, and also use a breast implant to increase their [...]

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Caring for Your Parents
Oct 30, 2019 By Ania Rodney, MD

adult woman with elderly parentAs our parents age, we often find ourselves facing a new responsibility — caring and worrying about their wellbeing. We want to support their wishes, which often include maintaining their independence at home while ensuring they’re healthy, happy and safe. Wherever you (or your parents) are on this journey, take heart in knowing there are simple measures you can take to support them at every age.

Safety at Home

No one wants to hear they’re no longer able to do something they once considered part of their daily routine. But, to make sure your parents stay safe at home, you need to have an honest conversation about your concerns and their physical health. Make a cup of coffee or share lunch and brainstorm steps that will make their daily life easier. That may include:
  • Creating a communication plan that quickly notifies authorities and family members during an emergency.
  • Hiring someone to help with cleaning, laundry, and cooking — or designating a family member to help with household chores.
  • Removing or modifying areas of the home that may present a danger, including the shower, toilet, stairways, rugs, and furniture.
These are just a few easy ways [...]

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Memory, Dementia Risk and Sleep as You Age
Oct 17, 2019 By Jorge Isaac Pena Garcia, MD

grandparent with grandsonMisplacing car keys; momentarily forgetting someone’s name: these are common memory lapses that can happen to anyone – regardless of their age. Older adults are often concerned that occasional forgetfulness or the inability to recall information as quickly as they once did is a sign of dementia. Fortunately, it’s not. But, if you’re an older adult and memory loss is interfering with your daily life, you should talk to a loved one or your primary care provider. Together, you can get to the bottom of what’s causing your memory issues and make a plan to address your symptoms. Get peace of mind with these important insights on your mind and aging.

Is Forgetfulness a Sign of Dementia?

Forgetfulness is not always a warning sign of dementia. It’s common for older adults to become a little more forgetful or take a little longer to remember a name or detail. Dementia, on the other hand, is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills that impacts the quality of your life. The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a list of 10 warning signs that could indicate your memory loss may be more than just the natural aging process:
  1. Challenges in

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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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