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Ebola and Emory Healthcare – An Extraordinary Year
Jul 31, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

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This August marks the first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory, and it was an extraordinary year!

Emory's experience with Ebola began at the end of July 2014 when two American citizens became infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa. Both patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were brought to Emory University Hospital and discharged a month later free of the virus. To date, the Emory Healthcare Ebola Team has successfully treated four patients infected with the Ebola virus. Emory is now an international leader in researching the disease. Our experts have shared their protocols and knowledge gained from treating these patients through a variety of journal publications, training conferences and an extensive public website for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, diagnosis and treatment of Ebola virus disease. Emory is also leading the new National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Bellevue Hospital). A year later, Emory [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Takeaways from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s Skin Care Live Chat
Jul 31, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

successful-weight-loss-cilThank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, July 28th, for our live online chat on “Skin Care Throughout the Stages of Life”, hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center skin care specialists, Dr. Erica D. Anderson and licensed aesthetician Danette Baxter. Good skin care is essential for looking your best through every phase of your life. During this live chat, Dr. Anderson and Danette discussed treatments and ingredients to keep your skin at its optimal health. They provided general skincare guidelines for every stage of life as well as cosmetic treatment options to reduce the signs of aging and keep you looking younger. Here are just a few highlights from the chat: Question: What can I do to reduce facial dark spots? anderson-erica Dr. Anderson: Dyschromia and hyperpigmentation occur as our skin ages or with hormonal changes like pregnancy. There are many approaches to address the condition depending on your skin type. Hydroquinone therapy is the gold standard of treatment and is applied daily to the skin. There are also non-hydroquinone based treatments available that work similarly. Many light-based treatments exist to remove or lighten these lesions as well, such as Intense [...]

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Weight Management
Join our Live Chat - Successful & Lasting Weight Loss: Strategies for Reaching Your Goals
Jul 30, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

successful-weight-lossFor the millions of Americans who diet, stop dieting and then promise to diet again, the constant struggle to lose weight and keep it off can be exhausting, not to mention discouraging. Fortunately, there are successful strategies that you can learn to help make this time the one that leads to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Join Emory Bariatrics registered dietitians, Meagan Moyer, RD, and Kasey LaPointe, RD, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST to discuss strategies for long term weight loss success. During this live chat all of your questions will be answered about weight loss. Meagan and Kasey will provide healthful living tips to get you on the path to lasting weight loss and answer your questions about surgical and non-surgical weight loss. They will answer questions like: • How much does genetics play a role in weight loss? • My friend has had successful weight loss; why doesn't her strategy work for me? • How many calories do I need to burn to lose a pound of weight? • Do any of the fad diets out there really work? • What are the criteria for having bariatric surgery, and which procedure is best? • What is the benefit of having my [...]

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Flu Vaccination Proves to Reduce Rejection in Transplant Recipients
Jul 30, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant_7-30Although we are currently in the throws of summer heat, schools will be starting back in the next few weeks and soon the Fall season will be upon us. With that begins flu season. The Emory Transplant Center has always encouraged our patients to get their flu shot early on in the season, and now a research study has proven it to be most effective in reducing rejection. A recent Emory study presented at the Emory Transplant Center shows that a flu shot in the first year post-transplant reduces rates of hospitalization for recipients of all organ types. The study also proved that vaccination reduces acute rejection rates among transplant recipients.

“We designed our study to compare the clinical outcomes between solid organ transplant recipients [lung, heart, kidney, and liver] at Emory University Hospital who receive flu vaccination with those who didn’t,” says Dr. G. Marshall Lyon III, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases. The investigators reviewed the charts of 586 recipients who received transplants from January 1, 2011 to September 1, 2012. They studied a cohort of patients who received flu vaccines during the first [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Can I Inherit Varicose Veins?
Jul 29, 2015 By Mark Rheudasil, MD

vein_ 7-29Varicose veins are large, abnormal blood vessels visible on the skin surface. They almost always affect the legs, and often appear as bulging, twisted blue veins. Many theories exist for why varicosities occur in veins, but the consensus is that weak vein walls and valves are the main cause. Inside your larger veins are valves that allow blood to flow toward the heart, but, open to prevent backward flow of blood toward the feet (reflux). If the valves don't function properly, excess blood will remain in the veins, raising the pressure and causing them to swell and distend. Some veins will enlarge enough to weaken the walls and become varicose. Though rarely dangerous, varicose veins can often cause symptoms of aching, weakness or heaviness.

The Role of Genetics

Heredity is one of the most important risk factors for developing varicose veins and spider veins. Your risk of developing varicose veins is increased if a close family member has the condition, suggesting a relationship between genetics and the onset of varicose veins. So just how do genetics affect your veins? • Some people can inherit problems such as having too few valves or valves that do not function [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Simple change to surgical procedure makes huge impact on post- lower back surgery patients
Jul 28, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

lumbar-painRecently, at the 2015 International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, Emory spine surgeon, S. Tim Yoon, MD, won the “Best Podium Presentation” award. It was one of two papers chosen among 600 papers submitted and 80 papers presented. Dr. Yoon was recognized for his research relating to lumbar spine surgery. A summary of the recognition and study findings is below:

Purpose of Study:

Dr. Yoon and Emory University School of Medicine student, J. Stewart Buck,  analyzed 17,232 patient outcomes cases to look at the effect of spinal fluid leakage on cost and length of stay post lumbar (lower back) spine surgery. They looked at first time spinal fusion surgery of the lumbar spine for the treatment ofspinal stenosis (nerve pinch). Sometimes, during spinal surgery the covering around the spinal fluid (dura) becomes punctured and spinal fluid leakage can occur.  This is called incidental durotomy.  There has been incomplete understanding of what factors are associated with incidental durotomy and whether other complications and cost of hospitalization is affected.

Study Findings:

This study used a very large database [...]

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Winship Cancer Institute Expands Hospital Access
Jul 27, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

winship expands sign picWinship Cancer Institute has expanded access to its high quality cancer care in alignment with its broad clinical research program at both Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH). In addition, Winship has established the Winship Cancer Network as a means to improve access to such vital services throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Longstanding and continued support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has enabled Winship to advance cancer care and access to services like these for tens of thousands of patients throughout Georgia and beyond. In addition to expanding services at ESJH and EJCH, the Woodruff Foundation's most recent grant will be used to expand and improve Winship's Shared Resource portfolio with special emphasis on its Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. Researchers in this program are continually evaluating the best methods to reduce and eliminate the development of cancer among high-risk individuals across Georgia and the Southeast. winship expansion banner Related Resources Emory Johns Creek Hospital Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Can Men Get Plastic Surgery?
Jul 24, 2015 By Erica D. Anderson, MD

guysAt the Emory Aesthetic Center, we have traded in our Cosmopolitan subscription and replaced it with Sports Illustrated. Why? It’s simple. Plastic surgery is no longer just for women.

Today, we are seeing more and more men of all ages requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. We’ve discovered that men are just as worried about their appearance as women. But it is important to know that men’s needs may be different, as most cosmetic procedures have been designed with women in mind. Factors to consider include skin thickness, beard growth, and body type. Let’s review the top plastic surgery procedures men are requesting by the numbers. Face-Lift/Neck-Lift Results last: 10 to 15 years Recovery: 7-10 days Cost: $12-14,000 Eyelid Lift Results last: 15 to 20 years Recovery: 7-10 days Cost: $6-8000 for upper and lower (half of that for just upper) Body Liposuction Results last: Depends on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight Recovery: 1-2 days Cost: minimum $4500-unmlimited based on areas treated Breast Reduction Results last: Permanent Recovery: 2-3 days Cost: $8-10,000 Rhinoplasty Results last: Permanent Recovery: 5-7 [...]

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Weight Management
From Your Seat to Your Feet: Standing More Leads to Better Health
Jul 23, 2015 By Meagan Moyer, MPH, RD, LD

standing-at-work“Come in and take a seat!” As a society, we sit a lot. We sit to work at our desks, to eat our meals, to commute to work or school, to watch TV and movies, and to play on our computers. Have you ever wondered what so much sitting might be doing to your body? Researchers have recently shed some light on just how much sitting is impacting our bodies…and the findings are not helping our waistlines. Several studies have looked at what too much sitting can do to our bodies and our health. The studies have shown that there is a link between too much sitting and a larger waist circumference (a predictor of poorer health and metabolic syndrome) and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). On a positive note, the opposite also rings true. People who stood more and moved more had smaller waist circumferences and lower BMIs. So what does this mean for people trying to lose weight? The answer: stand up and keep it moving. Below are some ideas to help you decrease your sitting time throughout the day. 1. Take walk breaks: Sitting at your desk is unavoidable for many, but everyone takes breaks, so why not keep them moving? Break up the day with a quick walk around the office or [...]

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Breakthrough clinical study exposes crucial role parents play in behavior management for children with autism
Jul 22, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

parent-childHighlighted in an April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a clinical trial involving Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center provided insight into the effect parent training has on managing disruptive behavior with young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and serious behavioral problems. ASD is a chronic condition beginning in early childhood and is mostly characterized by impaired social communication and repetitive behavior. Commonly, severe behavioral problems accompany ASD in young children including tantrums, aggression, self-injury and severe noncompliance in response to routine environmental demands. For parents of children with ASD, these disruptive behaviors can be overwhelming and produce uncertainty on how to handle these problems. While there are approved medications for these disruptive behavioral problems, many parents are often reluctant to use medication. In the multi-location study, 180 children (age 3 to 7 years) with ASD and serious behavioral problems were randomly assigned to either 24 weeks of parent training or 24 weeks of parent education. The study aimed to measure the effect of parent training in managing [...]

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