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A Mother’s Gift: Mom Saves Son with Liver Transplant
May 22, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Elizabeth Melville’s 5-month old son, Wesley, was diagnosed with a rare disease call biliary atresia. After a surgery to treat the disease failed, Wesley would need a liver transplant. That’s when Emory Transplant Center surgeons were able to take a portion of Elizabeth's liver out and then transfer it over to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be transplanted in Wesley. Watch this heartfelt story unfold from WXIA 11 Alive. Emory Transplant Center has a well-established liver transplant program, performing more than 150 liver transplants each year.

Emory Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant in Georgia was performed in 1987 by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital. Today, Emory Transplant Center is known for its Liver Transplant Program nationwide. It performs more than 150 adult liver transplants each year. Our program has a long tradition of treating end-stage liver disease and portal hypertension, providing the full continuum of lifesaving care involved in liver transplantation. Emory’s team of liver transplant doctors is highly skilled in the care of liver transplant surgery patients. With patient survival rates [...]

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Exercising While Pregnant
May 18, 2018 By Anita Tamirisa, DO

  • “I’m worried if I run, that I will hurt my baby.”
  • “If I continue to do Pilates, will I squish my little one?”
  • “Can I keep doing Cross Fit?”
  • “I’ve never really exercised before…can I start now that I’m pregnant?”
These are some common questions pregnant patients ask during visits and understandably so as there is so much conflicting information out there. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the subject.

What is exercise? Why should I make it a part of my routine?

Exercise, defined as a planned activity with the intention of improving one or more components of physical fitness, has been shown to have many positive benefits for a person in pregnancy. Pregnant patients who have maintained a regular exercise schedule have shown to gain a healthier amount of weight during pregnancy, lose excess weight more quickly after delivery, reduce the risk of medical conditions related to pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean sections, as well as, an overall improved feeling of well-being during pregnancy itself.

To Exercise or Not to Exercise

First, before starting an exercise program, it is important that you speak [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Signs of a Torn Meniscus
May 15, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

As one of the largest joints in the body, the knee is highly susceptible to injury. One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disk that cushions the knee joint and absorbs shock between the shinbone and thighbone. Each knee has two menisci to keep the weight balanced across the joint. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are most prone to meniscal tears, but the injury can happen to anyone at any age. A meniscal tear is most often caused when a person twists or turns quickly with one foot planted on the ground and the knee bent. For example, if a tennis player squats and twists his or her knee at the same time, a tear can happen. A torn meniscus is more likely to occur with age, as the meniscus and cartilage in the knee wear thin over time. Just twisting awkwardly while standing up from a chair could be enough to cause a tear in someone whose meniscus has age-related wear and tear.

Torn Meniscus Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the injury. Meniscal tears are categorized into three groups: minor, moderate and major tears. Most people find they can walk on the injured leg after the [...]

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Heart & Vascular
The Link Between Lupus and Heart Disease
May 9, 2018 By Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso

Lupus has been called a cruel and mysterious disease. An autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system that’s supposed to protect your body attacks it instead. Its causes are unknown and no two cases are alike. Attacking different parts of the body, lupus causes joint pain, rash, fatigue, and fever. It’s estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S. have it, yet most people with lupus don’t look sick. While lupus can strike anyone, 90 percent of the people living with lupus are female. It occurs 2 to 3 times more frequently among women of African, Hispanic or Asian descent than among Caucasian women.

World Lupus Day May 10th

Because so few people have heard of lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE), organizations around the globe joined together to create World Lupus Day. Each year since 2004, activities on May 10th focus on increasing public awareness and raising research funds to help the millions of people living with this painful illness.

Lupus and the Heart

But there’s one aspect of lupus that even most lupus patients don’t know: They’re at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including strokes, heart attacks, and heart [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
The Difference Between Botox® and Dermal Fillers
May 8, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

Have you noticed that you just don’t look quite like yourself anymore? Maybe your eyes always look tired, no matter how much rest you get. Maybe you have furrow lines between your brows that make you look unfriendly. Perhaps your once pouty lips have become thin? Great news! There are two injectable treatments that can restore your young, vibrant look — without a big price tag or a long recovery period. Botox and dermal fillers are popular nonsurgical treatments that can be used individually or in combination to give amazing results.


Botox® is the commercial name of the most popular botulinum toxin used for cosmetic purposes. Other well-known brands include Dysport® and Xeomin®. Botox is used for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when we make certain facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling. It works by partially limiting the movement of specific facial muscles to ease these wrinkles, and sometimes even eliminates them entirely. Botox is commonly used to treat:
  • Deep creases that run parallel between the eyebrows (often called “elevens”)
  • Lines next to the eyes (called “crow’s feet” or “laugh lines”)

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Kids & Sports: Injuries, Benefits & More
May 2, 2018 By Lisa Wyatt, RadioMD

Rotationplasty Child Limb Sparing Surgery AlternativeSporting activities are highly beneficial for kids, both mentally and physically, but these activities are not without risk. It’s best to find an approach to address the potential danger that rests somewhere between bubble-wrapping your kid and prescribing the old “Walk it off and rub some dirt on it.” Dr. Lee Kneer, a sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center and a team physician for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves, details some of the most common sports injuries and what parents can do to help prevent them from happening.

The Most Common Injuries among Kids

Contusions, sprains, and traumatic events are most common among kids, whereas their adult counterparts often face debilitating overuse injuries. Think bruises, twisted ankles, and falls.

How to Best Prevent Injury

Identify the risk factors in each sport and make sure kids wear protective equipment. Prevention can also come in the form of limiting time on the field or court. Dr. Kneer points to what has been especially prevalent in youth soccer to help mitigate the risk of concussions by minimizing the amount of exposures to those events. Finally, kids should be encouraged to [...]

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Uncovering Misperceptions about Organ Donation
Apr 26, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Living Organ DonationDuring the month of April, we like to shine a light on organ donation to support and raise awareness about National Donate Life Month. Organ donation is giving the gift of life. Although it is a great concept, it is a concept that has a lot of misconceptions that affect donation decisions. Did you know that 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54% are registered? We are here to breakdown organ donation misconceptions, list the pros and cons of donation, and answer your questions.

Misperceptions About Organ Donation

A recent survey developed by physicians and researchers at Emory University, and published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, on organ donation and transplantation found that misperceptions about the lifesaving process are the most common deterrents for donating organs. Having concerns over receiving inadequate medical care after an illness or accident, if registered as an organ donor, is the number one deterrent. Other misperceptions include thinking that there is an increased cost for the donor family when donating organs, and the idea of a celebrity or famous person receiving higher priority of receiving an [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
A Runner Gets Back on Track
Apr 26, 2018 By Emory Sports Medicine

Brad Frink is not a man who gives up easily. That’s surely what gives him the stamina to compete in ultramarathons, races that make a traditional 26.2-mile marathon seem like a jog in the park. So when recurring knee pain sidelined him a few years ago, he wasn’t about to back down. Brad’s issue, iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS), is a common overuse injury among recreational and competitive runners. Also known as “runner’s knee”, this condition happens when the iliotibial band, a bundle of thick fibers that runs from your hip to your shinbone and crosses your knee joint, becomes inflamed and tight after repeated use. The pain associated with ITBFS usually subsides with rest, anti-inflammatories, stretching and icing. Brad had tried all of those things and more, including seeing multiple chiropractors, therapists, and doctors before meeting Kyle Hammond, MD at Emory Sports Medicine Center. Nothing had solved the problem or relieved his pain enough to allow him to return to training. “I visited several specialists who all gave me poor prognoses,” says Brad. “But I finally found Dr. Hammond. He and his team recognized that giving up running [...]

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Brain Health Center
Caregiver Stress and Depression: A Silent Health Crisis
Apr 25, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

With April comes warmer weather and sunnier days, but there also comes a time to shine a light on one of America's biggest issues: stress. April marks National Stress Awareness month, and as our society becomes more fast-paced, it's important to step back and take a deep breath.

Stress management has become the focal point for many health and wellness professionals. From meditation, frequent exercise and a good night's rest, most of us know how to handle the stressors of daily life. Knowing how to handle stress can be helpful in maintaining overall well-being.

Caregiving, while rewarding in many ways, also brings significant stress, especially when the care receiver has a dementia diagnosis.  Many lives have been changed by transitioning into a new caregiver role. Within the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that dementia affects around 5 million people, a number projected to rise to 16 million by 2050. They also estimate that more than 15 million Americans are providing unpaid care to loved ones living with a dementia diagnosis. With this high of an estimate, it is crucial to learn how to properly take care of oneself as a care partner.



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Cosmetic Medicine
Welcome to the Cool Club with CoolSculpting®
Apr 24, 2018 By Emory Aesthetic Center

We all feel a little self-conscious when it’s time to bring out our summer bodies. But, if you’re dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t respond to diet or exercise, there’s good news. Through an FDA approved procedure called CoolSculpting®, we can remove the unwanted fat and have you swimsuit ready in a matter of weeks. There are no needles, special diets or supplements — and since it’s a non-surgical procedure, no downtime.

Am I a good candidate?

If you’ve been able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, but have targeted areas of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise, CoolSculpting could be ideal for you. Since it’s a noninvasive, outpatient technique, you can avoid the risks, cost and downtime associated with surgery. Once the fat cells in those trouble areas are exposed to extreme cold through the CoolSculpting procedure, a process of natural removal is triggered. Gradually, the thickness of the fat layer is reduced, and treated cells are gone for good. It’s important to remember though, that CoolSculpting removes fat cells present at the time of the procedure — it does not prevent new ones from forming. Talk with [...]

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