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Transplant
In the News: Emory Transplant Center Kidney Living Donor Program
Jul 27, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

organ-donor260x200Emory Transplant Center has recently made headlines with their Kidney Living Donor Program. Stories featured on FOX NEWS Health and in Atlanta magazine highlight individuals who have given the gift of life through organ donation. One story features Beth Gavin, a medical reporter for FOX5, who altruistically donated her kidney to a stranger that kicked off a string of six transplants. The other highlights an Atlanta police officer who donated a kidney to a stranger to allow his wife to be able to receive a kidney from someone else through paired donor exchange. A kidney paired donor exchange occurs when a person in need of a kidney transplant has an eligible living donor, but the living donor is unable to give to their intended recipient because they are incompatible. Therefore, an exchange with another donor/recipient pair is made. This kidney paired donation enables two incompatible recipients to receive healthy, more compatible kidneys. “Emory began its Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program in 2010, and we have been participating in the National Kidney Registry since 2012,” says Nicole Turgeon, MD, associate professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Scoliosis Spine Surgery- Patient Success Story
Jul 22, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine with multiple symptoms. Surgical treatment of scoliosis usually requires a spinal fusion. About 5 years ago, I had back surgery with John Rhee, MD at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Rhee removed pressure off of nerves in my back and joined two back bones together. Following that procedure, everything was fine. I knew at the time that I had a scoliosis that might eventually need to be addressed, but the decision was made to do the smallest operation first and just take care of the area that was causing the pain. Low and behold, the scoliosis did eventually catch up with me, and I started to experience sciatic pain from my buttock to ankle several times throughout the day. I was working, but I was taking medications to mask the pain just so I could go to work. I could not do anything else because I did not want to agitate my back. Prior to suggesting surgery, Dr. Rhee recommended trying to rehab my back to see if a nonoperative approach would help. However, after trying, it became obvious that nonoperative treatment was not working, and that surgery would be the best option for me. About a month and half before surgery I was given exercises to complete which would end up helping me after surgery. I thought this was unique and the medical team was [...]

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Weight Management
The Importance of Summer Hydration
Jul 20, 2016 By Adelina Paduraru, Dietetic Intern

Hydration is important during summer months. Adequate hydration keeps the body functioning properly and prevents heat-related illnesses.Summer is here and it’s getting hot outside! What better way to keep cool then to drink a glass of ice-cold water? Our body’s natural way of cooling off is by sweating. According to the CDC, in areas of high humidity, sweat may not evaporate as quickly which keeps our body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to. If the body is unable to regulate its core temperature, it can lead to heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Hydration, therefore, is especially important during the summer months and in areas with high humidity, like Georgia. Adequate hydration keeps the body functioning properly and prevents these heat-related illnesses. So whether you are working, exercising, or enjoying the weather outside, remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout your day!

Here are some tips on staying hydrated:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you need more fluids and is one of the early signs of dehydration.
  • Spice up your water! Flavor your water with fresh or frozen fruit and herbs. Some ideas include
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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Concussions in Young Athletes – Live Chat on August 9, 2016
Jul 18, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

concussion260x200Is the peewee football phase too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not. Concussion rates are rising sharply among U.S. kids and teens, researchers report, and concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. According to the CDC, more than 248,000 U.S. children and teens land in the emergency room each year because of a concussion sustained in sports or recreational activities, such as bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and from playground injuries. If you have a young child or a student athlete who is participating in sports and want to learn more about how to prevent, detect and treat concussions, join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a live online chat to discuss the topic. Our host is Dr. Jeffrey Webb, pediatric sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Webb will also discuss the laws that Georgia has passed targeting concussion in high school and younger athletes. cta-chat-blue

About Dr. Webb

webb-jeffreyDr. Webb sees patients of all ages and abilities with musculoskeletal problems, but specializes in the care of pediatric and adolescent patients. He works hard to get players “back in the game” safely and as [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Your Age Defying Questions Answered: Secrets to Defying the Aging Process
Jul 15, 2016 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

facial-rejuvenation-emailAging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools and treatments to help you do just that. During our live chat on Tuesday, July 19th, Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, answered all of your questions about helping to defy the aging process. Dr. Eaves discussed everything from skin care products to injectable treatments to cosmetic surgical options, such as Botox®, facelifts and eyelid lifts. Below are just a few questions we were unable to respond to due to the large number of questions we received. For a full listing of questions and answers, please read our chat transcript. It is full of useful tips and answers that may be relevant to you. You may also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center. Question: How do I minimize dark circles beyond getting more sleep? Dr. Eaves: There are two reasons that we may develop dark circles under the eyes. The first reason is that there [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
ACL Injury: Mikayla's Success Story
Jul 14, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

Mikayla CoombsIn November of 2015, my daughter Mikayla Coombs had a rough start to her basketball season. Mikayla is the number one basketball player in the state of Georgia and the sudden injury came as a surprise. Mikayla was playing in a tournament at Norcross High School and fell during the game. She was not in any pain after falling on the court so the athletic trainer checked her and said she could return to play. After getting back on the court to play, she fell again and was told that she had a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) strain. The next day we had an appointment to see the team doctor without having any testing done and it was confirmed that she had an ACL injury. After the doctor’s visit we were sent to have an MRI taken of Mikayla’s leg. The results came back around thanksgiving and the news was not good. Mikayla had an ACL tear. At that point, as a mother of a great athlete, I had no clue of what I was going to do. I had tears in my eyes. Mikayla received an invite to the USA trial scheduled for June and was not able to attend because of her injury and scheduled surgery. However, Mikayla was never sad, nor did she complain. I’ve always heard positive feedback [...]

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Transplant
Emory Transplant Center’s Living Donor Wall Has 85 New Names
Jul 12, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

new namesWe are proud to announce that 85 new names have been added to the Emory Transplant Center Living Donor Wall. Spanning one entire wall of the Transplant Center, the Living Donor Wall made its debut in 2007. Since its premiere, we are happy to report that we have had to expand it a total of three times, with additions made in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Today, the wall displays nearly 500 selfless individuals who have donated organs along with the relationship they have to their recipients. This is just another reminder of how much the Emory Living Donor Kidney Program has grown in recent years. In addition, it is a testament to the amazing life-saving and life-enhancing gifts our living donors make to transplant recipients. Our Living Donor Wall pays tribute to the individuals named there as tangible depictions of the ultimate gift given to another. The next time you visit Emory Transplant Center, please take a moment to view the Living Donor Wall and acknowledge those who have given the gift of life. cta-learn-blue [...]

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Highlights
Aging Parents and Multiple Health Problems - What Adult Children Can Do to Help
Jul 7, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

aging-parents-emailAs we age, the likelihood of developing multiple ongoing conditions increases. These problems can include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, to name a few. Multiple medical conditions also means multiple prescriptions, therapies and physicians, all of which can become confusing. Sometimes, they might seem at cross purposes as well. Join us July 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. to chat online with Anthony Nguyen, MD, Emory Healthcare Regional Medical Officer for the Emory Coordinated Care Centers, part of the Emory Healthcare Network Advantage program. Dr. Nguyen works with Emory primary care physicians and Coordinated Care Center staff to deliver continuous coordinated care to older patients. He will discuss how caregivers – and patients themselves- can communicate with their doctors to help manage health conditions like

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Anticoagulation Therapy Program
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • COPD
He will also explain the therapies, services and treatments offered at the Coordinated Care Centers that can help with this more intensive health [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
How Much is Too Much in a Youth Sport?
Jul 7, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

Research shows sports specialization is harming younger children, and outweighs any benefit he or she might derive from laser-like focus on one youth sport.Is your child athlete playing only one youth sport, and if so, is he or she doing it year-round, with little or no monitoring about over using certain muscles? Research shows this kind of sports specialization is harming your younger children, and greatly outweighs any benefit he or she might derive from laser-like focus on one sport. The Emory Sports Medicine Center, a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, has been on the cutting edge of that research. Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., of the Emory Sports Medicine Center, is a leading expert on youth sports health and is an ardent believer in kids playing organized sports. However, he believes even stronger in a simpler plan: Kids need to play. Period. Not play soccer, per se. Or baseball. Or even tennis, which is his specialty. But just play and play multiple sports. While Jayanthi, is not at all urging parents to steer their children away from organized teams sports, his nationally acclaimed study on youth sport injuries show playing is more important to the child than playing a sport, and that once sports become the primary way a child plays, parents should monitor [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Takeaways from the Peachtree Road Race Prep Chat
Jun 30, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

prr-email260x200On Tuesday, June 21 many joined Emory Sports Medicine’s Dr. Amadeus Mason for advice on what you should and shouldn’t be doing right now to ensure peak performance on July 4 during the Peachtree Road Race. Dr. Mason gave tips for avoiding injury, how to properly train, the best foods to eat, and what to do the night before the race and afterward. Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript here. Question: How much running (training) should I do before the race? Dr. Mason: Good question! This really depends on the length of the race. If you're running a 5K you should be doing at least 3 months of training. If you're doing a 10K, about 6 months and a marathon you should be doing 8-10 months of training. Question: After running for a period of time my leg starts to cramp up. What can I do to avoid that I eat, stretch & drink water? Dr. Mason: If symptoms are not complicated, I would start off with making sure that you are well-hydrated and making sure that you are getting in the appropriate [...]

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