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Transplant
Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranks Highest in Georgia for Survival
Sep 18, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Committed to Delivering the Highest Quality of Care to Patients Near and Far

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) currently ranks the Emory Liver Transplant Program as number one in Georgia for 1-year patient survival. Thanks to our surgeons, providers, nurses and care team (who all work diligently every day), the highest quality of care is possible for our patients in need of a liver transplant. The story of these numbers goes far beyond accolades and recognition. It demonstrates our commitment to constantly innovate, collaborate and care for the patients and families we serve.

SRTR Liver Transplant Rankings

A Leader in the State, a Leader in the Nation

In 1987, transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital performed the first liver transplant in Georgia. Since that time, we’ve taken the experience and knowledge of our team to build the state’s leading liver transplant program – and one of the best in the nation. In 2018, our liver transplant team performed 127 adult liver transplants. This positions our program among the top 12 centers in the nation for liver transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). OPTN links all professionals [...]

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Preventive Medicine
Poisonous Plants: How to Avoid Them and Treat Rashes from Them
Sep 9, 2019 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

woman with rash from poisonous plant We all want to enjoy our time outdoors: hiking trips, taking a bike ride through the woods or getting our gardens ready. All of these activities are great, just remember to avoid the poisonous plants around you. It only takes a little sap to be zapped by a poisonous plant. There are a variety of poisonous plants that you may come into contact with, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. We want to give you some helpful tips to protect yourself and your loved ones when encountering any poisonous plants. Know where to go and how to treat the itchy rash and irritation some plants may cause.

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 a combination of 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 more severe rash. Physical contact is not the only way to get this rash. Burning these plants could result in the oil [...]

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Cancer
How Can You Benefit From Clinical Trials?
Sep 5, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

petri dishAt Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, we’re dedicated to advancing cancer care through groundbreaking research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating different types of cancer. Winship offers clinical trials for virtually every type of cancer at multiple locations in the Atlanta area, including the Emory Proton Therapy Center.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial gives researchers information about preventing, diagnosing and treating a condition with drugs, procedures, and other options. Patients who participate in clinical trials help create medical advances in:
  • Drug therapy
  • Proton therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical procedures
Participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Patients enrolled in clinical trials often receive extra care coordination and attention from the clinical trials staff. When patients take part in a clinical trial, they help researchers find better treatments for others in the future, just as today’s patients benefit from the advancements in treatment that were made in past clinical trials.

What Do the Phases of Clinical Trials Mean?

Clinical trials happen in four phases necessary for FDA approval of a new [...]

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Cancer
Is Proton Therapy Right for Your Child?
Sep 3, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Proton therapy treats pediatric cancer with potential fewer side effectsProton therapy improves the care and outcomes for children with cancer by avoiding radiation exposure to healthy and normal tissues, reducing many short- and long-term side effects of cancer treatment. The advanced technology at the Emory Proton Therapy Center offers powerful and precise targeting to destroy cancer cells and reduce the likelihood of stunted growth, secondary tumors, and other potential side effects that can occur with standard radiation therapy. Learn how this exciting technology can benefit your child.

Seven Ways Proton Therapy Can Reduce Your Child’s Risks of Side-Effects

Proton beam therapy is especially effective for pediatric patients. With photon (X-Ray) radiation therapy, a child’s developing body is exposed to unnecessary radiation in areas that surround the tumor. Proton therapy can reduce the risk of:
  • Developmental delays
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart disease
  • Hormonal problems
  • Lung disease
  • Secondary tumors
  • Stunted growth

What Types of Cancer Can Be Treated with Proton Therapy?

Many types of cancer are effectively treated with proton therapy for children, including:
  • Brain tumors
  • Head and neck cancers
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Cancer
Three Benefits of Proton Therapy for Specific Tumors and Cancers
Aug 29, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

proton therapy patient and nurseThe Emory Proton Therapy Center is the only proton therapy center in Georgia and one of 30 in the nation, putting the most advanced radiation tools in the hands of our highly specialized and experienced Winship clinical teams. Proton therapy, a type of radiation treatment delivering radiation with proton particles rather than X-rays (photons), provides many benefits.

  • Proton therapy delivers radiation directly to the tumor, decreasing the amount of radiation to healthy and normal tissues. This reduces risks of short-term and long-term side effects with a goal of improved quality of life.
  • With potentially fewer side effects, proton therapy may be delivered at higher curative doses to particular cancers or tumors.
  • Pediatric patients receiving proton therapy may experience significantly reduced risks of secondary tumors developing, and lowered risks of heart or lung disease, hormone problems, hearing loss, and other side effects.

Which Cancers Are Treated with Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy can be useful in treating many different types of cancer, including:
  • Abdominal cancer, including liver cancer and pancreatic cancer
  • Bone tumors
  • Brain and spine
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Highlights
Healthy Infused Water Recipes with a Twist
Aug 28, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

man holding fruit infused waterOne of the keys to preventing dehydration is drinking plenty of fluids, including water. While water is almost always the best drink choice, a lot of people complain that they get bored drinking plain water. While you can add purchased flavored drink mixes to water, you can also make your own flavored water by infusing it with different fruits and herbs. Infusing water with a little flavor is really simple. Fill a pitcher with water, add thinly sliced fruits, herbs or spices, and chill in the refrigerator. You also can add sliced fresh fruit to a reusable water bottle. The combinations are endless. Some fruits work better than others. Berries tend to break down faster than hardier citrus fruits like lemons or limes. For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking. A great benefit of infusing water with fresh fruits, herbs, and spices is that you can get some added nutritional benefit. Lemons, lime, oranges, grapefruit, and berries are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Fresh ginger and fresh mint are both refreshing flavorings as well as being good for upset stomachs. Making your own flavored water is also a [...]

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Top 5 Health Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
Aug 21, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

women walking in park to do yogaAs we all know, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of various injuries and/or health conditions, instead of running on a treadmill or jumping rope, many people (especially those with back pain) must choose to participate in low-impact activities. If you’re someone who is impacted by musculoskeletal issues, ranging from tender joints to osteoarthritis, check out the five activity options below for healthy ways to stay active without all the wear and tear.

1. Swimming

Swimming is a great way for everyone to stay active, but it is especially well suited for those seeking a low-impact way to get or stay healthy. Stiff and sore joints, especially for those with lower back pain, can benefit from the buoyancy of water and the fact that your body bears less of its own weight when underwater. The increased resistance afforded by water (vs. air) means exercise can be even more effective in building not only strength but also your range of motion.

2. Yoga

Because the foundation of yoga is stretching, it is an ideal exercise option for those requiring low-impact options for staying fit. The slow and gradual movements associated with yoga allow [...]

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Highlights
5 Outdoor Safety Tips to Avoid an Emergency
Aug 19, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

woman hiking outdoors Whether you are hiking, swimming or just enjoying activities in your own backyard, spending time outdoors with family and friends is the way we all like to enjoy time outdoors. However, we know things can change in the blink of an eye. Yes, emergencies happen quickly. Knowing where to go and what to do if the situation presents itself is important, especially when you are enjoying outdoor fun! While many injuries turn out to be relatively minor and will heal on their own, it is essential to understand when it’s time to go to the emergency room. It could save a life. Here’s a list of five common outdoor injuries and symptoms to look for.

Heatstroke

As temperatures rise, it’s important to remain cool, well-rested and hydrated. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and dehydration are a lethal mix, causing your body to overheat. This can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the most serious of all – heatstroke. Heatstroke is a very serious problem that causes internal organ failure. If left untreated, it can result in death. Seek help immediately if you experience extremely high body temperature (104 F or higher), fainting, nausea and/or vomiting, an [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Avoid Facelift Scarring with the Right Surgeon, Experienced Approach
Aug 16, 2019 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

woman looking at skin in mirrorA facelift can restore a youthful appearance and make you feel younger than your age by adding volume to your cheeks, erasing lines from around your mouth and eyes, and smoothing the skin around your neck. Done properly, your scars won’t even be noticeable. So why do so many facelift patients have red and swollen scars on their face in plain sight? The answer is an unfortunate truth: Because poorly planned and executed facelifts are far too common. If you’re considering a facelift, learn more about proper facelift technique — and the importance of finding a skilled cosmetic surgeon — so you can experience the best possible results.  

Proper Facelift Technique Erases Aging and Scars

Facelifts should not, and generally do not, leave noticeable scars. However, if a patient’s skin is pulled too tight, it can distort the earlobe, and cause scars to spread and turn red. This is not the case in the before and after photo below.

facelift scarring

Thanks to an experienced Emory cosmetic surgeon with a clear understanding of how and where to place incisions, the patient above enjoyed impressive results without visible evidence of scarring. In fact, the patient felt so confident [...]

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Highlights
Health Benefits of Yoga
Aug 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

yoga class Developed in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an incredibly popular form of exercise in the United States. There are more than one hundred different types of yoga, and most focus on three core elements: breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming poses (or postures) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. You’ve probably heard yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and found that you walked away feeling better than when you came in. Yoga not only feels great but it’s also great for you, providing instant gratification and lasting transformation (if you stick with it!). But while you probably know that yoga can help you become more flexible, you may be surprised by the wide range of health benefits—both physical and mental—that yoga can help you achieve.

Physical Benefits

  • Builds Muscle Strength - Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing on one leg or supporting yourself with your arms. Poses such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your
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