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Brain Health Center
Getting Help for Dementia in Your Community
Nov 17, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Getting Help for Dementia in Your CommunityAt Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we know that caring for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias can be challenging, especially on your own. Thankfully, options for care exist within the community. Different options will be right for different patients, as some patients in the early stages of dementia won't need nearly as much assistance or supervision as people with advanced dementia. We've included several options for community-based care below, ranked from the options with the least restrictions that provide the lowest amount of hands-on care to those with increased security and restrictions that provide the highest level of hands-on care.

Senior Centers

The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, provides resources for Senior Centers. There are currently more than 10,000 centers in the U.S. serving more than a million adults each day. These centers offer services like meal and nutrition programs, health, fitness, and wellness programs, transportation programs, social activities, education and arts programs and public benefits counseling. These are a good option for people in the very early stages of [...]

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Cancer
CT Lung Cancer Screening: Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2
Jan 19, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Smoking cigarettes and the use of tobacco products creates the biggest risk for developing lung cancer.  The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to never smoke, or to quit if you currently smoke.  Low-Dose CT Lung Screening can provide early lung cancer detection, prompt earlier treatment and improve outcomes in high risk patients. Q: Are there any risks associated with CT Lung Screening? A: There are several things to consider when having any medical testing.  We recommend that you discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your health care provider to determine if LD CT Lung Screening is right for you. Risks and limitations of this screening exam are listed and explained below: Radiation Exposure: Low-Dose CT Lung Screening uses x-rays to produce images of your lungs.  The radiation exposure is reduced for this exam using special protocols and techniques.  The amount of radiation used for a typical LDCT Lung Screening is 90% less than a routine CT of the Chest, and can be compared to the radiation exposure of having a screening mammogram. You and your health care provider will decide if the benefits of screening outweigh the potential risk of [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Awarded Grant to Improve Post-Transplant Regimens
Jan 18, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

The National Institute of Health awarded Emory Transplant Center researchers $12.6 million over five years to investigate improved post-transplant drug regimens for organ transplant recipients. The Emory Transplant Center research team is led by Professor of Surgery, Christian Larsen, MD, Dphil, and includes Mandy Ford, PhD and Andrew Adams, MD, PhD. Leslie Kean, MD, PhD from Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington is also part of the investigative team. The research is a continuation of Larsen’s previous work, undertaken with Emory Transplant Center Executive Director and Professor of Surgery, Thomas Pearson, MD, Dphil, on costimulation blockers – drugs to prevent immune rejection of transplanted organs.

Past Emory Transplant Center Research

Together with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Larsen and Pearson developed a costimulation blocker called belatacept. It was shown in a multi-center clinical trial to improve graft survival and mortality rates in kidney transplant patients, in comparison with calcineurin inhibitors, the standard of care in the past. However, in these studies, acute rejection rates were higher with those receiving belatacept than [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Back Surgery: Should You or Shouldn’t you?
Jan 9, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Learn when back surgery is a good idea and what your surgical and nonsurgical options might be, from an Emory specialist.If you’re like most Americans, you’re no stranger to back pain. When the pain interferes with your life, it’s time for treatment. But is it time for back surgery? Today’s surgical techniques are safer and often less invasive than in years past. But any surgery carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, blood loss or nerve damage. Always get a second opinion from a qualified spine specialist before you have back surgery. And, try other treatments first, such as physical therapy, cortisone shots or medication. “Even surgeons don’t always agree on whether to operate or what type of surgery to perform. Back and leg pain can be complex,” explained Emory spine specialist Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD. “At Emory, we take a team approach and we consider your goals and preferences as priority.” Back surgery options might include:

  • Discectomy: Removal of the herniated portion of a disk to relieve pressure and pain.
  • Laminectomy: Removal of the bone overlying the spinal canal to relieve nerve pressure from spinal stenosis.
  • Fusion: Connection of two or more bones in your spine to make your back more stable and prevent painful motion between the
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Cosmetic Medicine
Low Down Time, High Impact Plastic Surgery Procedures
Jan 9, 2018 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Plastic surgery no longer means heavily wrapped faces and weeks of recovery while you hide away in your home. Today, you can choose from a wide range of procedures to help you get the results you want—and get back to the life and activities you love quickly. If you are looking to refresh your appearance in the New Year, Emory Aesthetic Center has low downtime, high impact plastic surgery options to help you look your best.

Facial Peels

Performed in a spa setting so you can relax and enjoy the experience, mild facial peels offer an opportunity to refresh and brighten your skin with very little redness or discomfort. Medium or deeper peels can target scarring, lighten dark spots and even tighten skin. But these peels can make your skin a little red, so be sure to talk to your doctor about your activity calendar.

In-Office Procedures

In-office procedures, such as Botox© and facial fillers, are a great way to get a more youthful appearance. These procedures may cause some bruising and swelling, so it’s best to be prepared to cover up a small bruise rather than be taken by surprise.

Botox

Botox© can smooth out those pesky lines around the eyes and between the [...]

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Cancer
CT Lung Cancer Screening: Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1
Jan 5, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men & women in every ethnic group.  Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening can provide early lung cancer detection, prompt earlier treatment and improve outcomes in high risk patients. Q: What is “Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening”? A: Lung cancer screening exams are used to find disease before patients experience symptoms.  The goal of screening is to detect diseases (like cancer) at their earliest and most treatable stage. Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT Scan”) is a specialized x-ray exam that uses computer technology to produce multiple images of the body. These images are more detailed than routine chest x-rays and can detect small changes in the lungs that can be early signs of cancer.  These changes can be seen using a lower radiation dose than a CT scan done of the chest done for a diagnosed medical problem.  Typically, the radiation dose for CT Lung Cancer Screening is 90% less than a routine CT of the chest. People at high risk of developing lung cancer can have a Low-Dose CT (LDCT) Scan of the lungs in an effort to find cancer at an early stage. Q:  How is the exam performed? A:  This CT scan is very [...]

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Transplant
Kidney Donor: Joe Johnson’s Miracle Gift to a Stranger
Dec 21, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

In life, some things just fall into place. In 2015, Joe Johnson was a 58-year-old retiree, enjoying an easy life of golfing, fishing and aviation (he’s a private pilot). One day, a random online article changed the direction of his life – an article about kidney disease. Joe knew nothing about kidney disease. He’d never heard a word about it. Curiously, on that particular day, it grabbed his attention right away. The article described the plight of people on transplant waiting lists, especially kidney transplant waiting lists. “It was disheartening for me to see that there were over 100,000 people waiting on a kidney transplant and that between 4,000 – 5,000 of those will die while waiting.” Joe kept reading – and learned more about living donations. In that moment, Joe began his journey into kidney donation. “God began to place in me a heartfelt compassion for those on the kidney waiting list,” he says.

Wheels in Motion

A few months later, he learned that a friend at church was scheduled to receive a kidney at Emory -- yet another interesting twist to this story. They sat down and talked about the potential transplant – and about kidney [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Four Ways to Remove Tummy Fat
Dec 19, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

One of the most common questions we get about cosmetic surgery is “What is the best way to remove tummy fat?” But there isn’t an easy answer. The truth is that it’s different for everyone. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can effectively slim down your waistline, including diet and exercise, CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tuck.

Diet and Exercise

If you’re reading this, chances are you already tried diet and exercise. Research suggests that eating certain foods, and avoiding others, can help you lose belly fat and avoid packing it on in the first place. Here are a few tips:
  • Avoid sugar
  • Eat more protein
  • Cut carbs
  • Eat more fiber
Keep in mind that not all exercise programs are created equally when it comes to removing belly fat. Aerobic exercise – activities that get your heart pumping, like running, swimming, walking or biking – are more effective at burning belly fat. Some studies even suggest that crunches and other abdominal workouts won’t help you lose belly fat, even though they can strengthen stomach muscles. Another great reason to commit to good nutrition and an active lifestyle: Patients that eat healthy and [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Joint Replacement for an Active Life: Q&A with Dr. Maughon
Dec 19, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Joints play an essential role in your body’s movements, and joint pain can negatively impact almost every facet of life. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to return patients back to their original level of activity. From organized sports athletes to weekend warriors, Scott Maughon, MD, an Emory orthopaedic surgeon, enjoys helping athletes of all levels get back to doing what they love. Below, he answers a few common questions about joint replacement surgery. What is joint replacement surgery? Dr. Maughon: Joint replacement surgery replaces the joint, or damaged or diseased parts of the joint, with man-made parts in order to relieve pain and improve mobility. Emory offers the highest in quality joint replacement surgery from our expert team of specialty fellowship-trained physicians. What joints can be replaced with surgery? Dr. Maughon: Almost any joint in the human body can be replaced. Some replacements are more common than others – hips, knees, and shoulders, for example. However, advances in technology and medicine have made ankle, finger, wrist and many other joint replacements more common as well. Who is a candidate for joint [...]

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Cancer
7 Tips to Peacefully Celebrate the Holidays When You are Not Feeling Jolly
Dec 12, 2017 By Wendy Baer, MD

It is the time of the year to feel happy…time to be generous…time to spend time with loved ones… and sing festively? Are you not in the mood this season? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people find the holidays very stressful and sometimes even sad. Social engagements and family gatherings add another time commitment to already busy days. Gift giving puts pressure on already strapped budgets. Expectations of how you should be enjoying this time of year only make you feel worse. All of these feelings are magnified and complicated by cancer treatment during the holidays. There are things you can do to help yourself get through the holidays and maybe even enjoy them a bit. Self care is important throughout the year, but during a stressful period it must be a priority.

1) Get Adequate Rest

Making sure you get adequate sleep nightly is key!
  • Adults need 7-9 hours every night and children need 10 – 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Set a bedtime, and get out of bed every morning at the same time.
  • Don’t drink caffeine after lunch.
  • Limit alcohol to one drink at dinner.
  • Avoid stressful conversations after dinner.
  • Enjoy a relaxation routine in the
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