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Cosmetic Medicine
Facelift or Injectables: Which is Right for Me?
Apr 17, 2019 By Foad Nahai, MD, FACS

facelift or injectablesIn the not-so-distant past, invasive surgery was really the only option for fighting the signs of aging. Thankfully, today we have more options for treating patients than ever before. New therapies and treatment options, such as injectables, offer solutions for those not quite ready for (or not quite ready to commit to) traditional cosmetic surgery. When you're ready to consult with a cosmetic surgeon, having a better understanding of your options will help you ask better questions — and ultimately help you be better equipped to make the best decision for you.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts offer unparalleled results. They can correct volume loss, remove sagging skin and eliminate wrinkles — resulting in a dramatically refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance. It’s a common misconception that the term “facelift” refers to one specific procedure. Really, it’s a combination of surgeries designed to target your specific problem areas. This makes them fully customizable to your unique needs. Some examples are:
  • The classic facelift includes a lower face and a neck lift. It works to tighten the lower two-thirds of your face, including removing sagging
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Preventive Medicine
Surviving the Spring Pollen
Apr 3, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Spring is in full swing! Before we get excited and bolt out the doors for warmer weather, it is important to remember that pollen production is high during this season. Spring allergies can be complex. So, where does pollen come from? How do you prevent the allergies? Here are some things to know.

Common Questions About Allergies

Allergies and asthma have an interesting relationship that can affect everyone in some way. See our "Surviving Allergies and Asthma" blog to learn more about the connection between the two.

pollen allergyWhere Does Pollen Come From?

Pollen comes from trees, shrubs, and grass. Every spring, summer, and fall, pollen is released from these plants for fertilization. These tiny grains are carried in the wind and can trigger the common symptoms we know of: runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. To keep the allergies to a minimum, try avoiding these plant species:

Trees

  • Ash trees are commonly found in North America and produce large amounts of pollen.
  • Birch trees are found in almost every state. This species produces pollen when they flower.
  • Oak trees are found worldwide. There are more than 80 species of oak trees in North
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Transplant
Becoming an Organ Donor: Common Questions About Organ Donation
Apr 1, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

National Donate Life Month 2019 logoCurrently, more than 110,000 men, women and children are waiting for a new organ. And while organ donation is overwhelmingly supported – 95 percent of adults agree organ donations save lives – only 58 percent of adults are registered organ donors. This hesitancy is caused by many different reasons - from not realizing the importance of registering to misconceptions about the organ donation process. Today, in honor of National Donate Life Month, we’re answering some of the most common questions about how and why it’s important to donate an organ. Discover the difference you can make in someone’s life.

Do Registered Organ Donors Receive Different Care?

Though it’s a common misconception that organ donors receive a lower level of care, the answer is absolutely not. Doctors, surgeons, nurses and all health care providers are trained professionals committed to improving the health of individuals and saving lives. This commitment is true regardless of age, race, ethnicity, background and status as an organ donor. Whether or not you or your loved ones will donate organs is a conversation that will take place only after all life-saving options have failed. Care [...]

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Highlights
Nurses Choose Emory Healthcare for Personal and Professional Growth
Apr 1, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

dr sharon pappas with nursing groupLeaders at Emory Healthcare (EHC) share a common goal of providing a world class environment where nurses can thrive and patients can heal. It is this level of commitment that creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, where leaders listen to and value the contributions of nurses. Chief Nursing Executive Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, leads with gratitude and deep appreciation for the nurses who serve at EHC. “For us, it’s important to let nurses know how valuable they are, and we are serious about hiring nurses who appreciate this culture,” said Dr. Pappas. “Here at Emory Healthcare, we practice patient- and family-centered care where nurses are an active member of the care team.” This collaborative environment is critical to patient care. Nurses and other members of the care team can make the best, most well-informed decisions with this approach. It is equally critical that we support nurses who are at the bedside every day helping patients heal. "To me, working at Emory means an opportunity to build and foster nursing excellence. An opportunity to serve patients, families and colleagues and to make a positive difference," said Jan W., [...]

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Cancer
Coping with Colorectal Cancer: A Parent’s Perspective
Mar 29, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

naomi ziva unicorn costumeAccording to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. Parents and guardians are never fully prepared to hear news that their child has a life-threatening illness like colorectal cancer.

Diagnosis

Hal and Miriam Schmerer know this situation all too well as their daughter, Naomi Ziva, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer at the age of 43. “Naomi has always been an independent go-getter, so when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, it was hard for her to give up some of that independence and come back home,” says Hal Schmerer. In 2016, Naomi was on a family vacation in Europe when she started having serious abdominal pain. When she arrived back to the U.S., her parents say she drove herself to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed her with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. The cancer spread from her colon to her liver, lungs, and partially to her spine.

Treatment

naomi ziva grinch costumeAfter being diagnosed, Naomi was determined that if she had to undergo chemotherapy she was going to try to take the drudgery out of it and insert some fun. Naomi was known at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University [...]

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Cancer
Colon Cancer Screening Options
Mar 21, 2019 By Matthew McKenna, MD

colon cancer screening testsColon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. Fortunately, the death rate is in decline, in large part due to an increase in preventive screening. Colon cancer screening is one of the most effective early detection and prevention services available in medicine today. By identifying and removing tumors in the colon early on, small cancers, as well as pre-cancerous lesions that have a risk of turning into cancer, can be eliminated.

Risk Factors

There are certain factors that put people at an increased risk of colon cancer. Family history is one. People who are most at risk are persons who have a first degree family member—mother, father, brother, sister—who’s had colon cancer. People who have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or other specific diseases of the colon may also be at risk of developing colon cancer. Behavioral risk factors come into play as well. Being obese, not engaging in physical activity, and having a low-fiber, low plant-based diet all contribute to an increased risk of colon cancer.

Ease of Screening

The importance of cancer screening cannot be overstated. Colon cancer is uniquely [...]

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Cancer
Kick Butts Day's Effort to End Smoking
Mar 20, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

kick butts day logoDid you know that over 3,000 kids under age 18 try smoking for the first time every day? According to Kick Butts Day, 700 of these 3,000 kids will become regular smokers. Kick Butts Day takes place March 20, 2019, to encourage American youth to speak out against this tobacco use in hopes of eliminating and preventing nicotine addiction in teens. It is extremely important for teens to learn about the side effects and consequences of using tobacco, primarily because it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Facts about Smoking Cigarettes from the CDC

  • Causes 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Increases the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, which leads to death
  • Causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and women
  • Makes it harder for women to become pregnant and can affect the baby’s health
  • Reduces the fertility of men’s sperm
  • Causes tooth loss
  • Decreases the immune system

Steps to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

The CDC recommends taking three steps to quit smoking. The first is to build a quit plan. In this preparation stage, you will determine your quit date, identify your reasons to quit, and develop coping [...]

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Transplant
End-Stage Renal Failure Treatment Options: Dialysis or Kidney Transplant
Mar 14, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

kidney transplantYour kidneys are small but mighty organs tasked with the job of filtering 200 quarts of blood and about two quarts of waste and water every day — all in an effort to keep your body running smoothly. When your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should – because of a chronic disease or acute illness – waste can back up into your body. Chronic kidney disease, which affects nearly 30 million Americans, can also put you at higher risk for serious issues, including heart attack and stroke. There are many stages and treatment options for individuals managing kidney disease – from antibiotics to treat infections, to minimally invasive options when the disease is in its early stages, to complex surgical procedures, such as kidney transplants, during end-stage renal failure. End-stage renal failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease.

What is end-stage renal failure?

End-stage renal failure, or kidney failure, is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. It means that one or both of your kidneys no longer function on their own. Kidney failure is generally a gradual process, one your doctor will be monitoring closely. You will be officially diagnosed [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel
Mar 12, 2019 By Emory Aesthetic Center

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact. Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath. Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up to five to 10 days after the peel is applied — and will usually go away on their own.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels to address your unique skin issues. Chemical peels are generally safe and have few side effects. You may want to [...]

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Highlights
Nutrition Tips to Get You Back On Track
Mar 11, 2019 By Carrie Claiborne, RD, LD

March is National Nutrition Month®. This is a perfect month to promote the importance of wellness and nutrition. For most people, the motivation of continuing their New Year’s resolution is wearing off by now and we all could use a little push heading into the second quarter. With the endless marketing ads we encounter from billboards, to television, to digital media, the concept of eating healthy can seem confusing and downright overwhelming. Every week, there seems to be a new diet or superfood with claims of increased vitality and health. Maybe you’ve tried a few, maybe you haven’t. The truth is, eating healthy is easier than you think, once you know the basics. Here are a few nutrition tips to help you stay on track to reaching your New Year’s resolution.

  1. Eat whole foods – No, that does not mean eat the whole pizza! Whole foods are foods that are free from additives and have been processed or refined as little as possible. This includes mostly foods that do not come in packaging, such as fruits and vegetables. However, meat, eggs, beans, and grains such as rice are also whole foods, but may be sold in a package.
  2. Eat plant-based – Now this one is
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