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Cosmetic Medicine
How to choose the best aesthetic surgery center
Aug 23, 2016 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

What do I look for when choosing an aesthetic surgery center for my cosmetic surgery? Learn what to look for to ensure a safe, quality procedure.While we all consider having a great surgeon a must, there are many other factors that contribute to safe surgeries with quality outcomes. Where you have your aesthetic procedure, for example, is just as important as who performs it. So, how do you find the right aesthetic surgery center? Here are some important factors to consider:

Do they offer exceptional resources?

Resources include a well-trained team (surgeons, nurses, anesthesia, etc.) with certified facilities and equipment, and an evidence-based approach to clinical knowledge. When the right resources are in place, you have a great foundation for quality and safety.
Knowledge
Over the past several years, there’s been an ever-increasing focus on the quality of medical knowledge in the field of cosmetic surgery. The best surgery centers are in the forefront of research and analyze the data to ensure the best outcomes for their patients. It’s okay to ask questions about the care team’s training, experience and credentials. It’s also important to understand their approach to care and how they stay on top of medical advances.
Facilities and equipment
The facility itself matters. And, because medical [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Concussions in Young Athletes Live Chat Takeaways
Aug 23, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

concussion260x200Concussions in young athletes are a hot topic as the fall sports season begins again. 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. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, August 9th with Dr. Jeffrey Webb, pediatric sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center to address this important topic. 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:What are the treatments for a concussion? Dr. Webb: The most important treatment initially is rest and avoidance of anything that worsens symptoms or contact to the brain. Healthy habits such as eating right and drinking a lot of fluids also seem to be helpful. Sometimes physical therapy and [...]

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Transplant
National Kidney Registry Awards Emory Transplant Center Coordinator for Quick Actions
Aug 22, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

Dr. Nicole Turgeon (left) and Sharon Matthews (right)

Dr. Nicole Turgeon (left) and Sharon Matthews (right)

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) has awarded Sharon Mathews, Lead Coordinator of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, with its Grace Under Pressure Award. The NKR's medical board voted for Mathews and a transplant coordinator from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, to receive the Grace Under Pressure Awards for their careful maneuvers and quick actions that led to a series of successful kidney transplants last summer. The NKR presents this award to an individual or organization that goes beyond what is expected and takes extraordinary measures to accelerate the practice of paired donor kidney exchange, resulting in the facilitation of more successful transplants. The series of events began in July 2015 when a Good Samaritan donor started the chain in Madison, Wisconsin. The donor wanted to altruistically donate her kidney sometime in a five-day window so that she could recover in time for her college classes to start in the fall. The NKR identified a four-way swap that included a 14-year-old kidney transplant candidate at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Doctors accepted the donor’s offer, [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Innovative Treatments for Chronic Tendon Pain
Aug 18, 2016 By Dr. Kenneth Mautner

Do you have chronic tendon pain? Learn about the different innovative treatment options for Chronic Tendinopathy at Emory Healthcare.Chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain) can limit your activities and take months to years to heal. You don’t have to live with the pain. Learn about new innovative treatment options that can get you back to your sporting activities.

What Is Chronic Tendinopathy?

Tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe pain in and around your tendons. It happens when tendon tissue (which attaches muscle to bone) is damaged and can be caused by:
  • Overuse
  • Trauma, such as a direct impact or fall
  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory disease
Overuse of your tendons from activities that require repetitive motions, such as working on a computer or playing sports, is the most common cause of chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain that lasts longer than six months.)

Chronic Tendinopathy Symptoms

With overuse, your injuries are often small and can’t be felt right away. And often a person will continue the motion without knowing they’re causing further damage. Over time, your body will begin to give you signals including:
  • Pain when exercising, moving or touching the area
  • Dull ache when you are at rest or sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Limited
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Brain Health Center
Ask the Experts: Modern Treatments for Depression- September 13, 2016
Aug 17, 2016 By Emory Brain Health Center

Depression that doesn’t respond to the standard medication or psychological counseling therapies, may be classified as treatment resistant depression (TRD).Do you or a loved one suffer with depression? Has coping with depression been an ongoing challenge with little relief? Depression that doesn’t respond to the standard medication or psychological counseling therapies, may be classified as treatment resistant depression (TRD). If you have tried the standard treatments and they have not relieved your symptoms, or your symptoms improve for a time but keep coming back it may be time to ask your doctor about referring you, for a consultation, to a specialist who can diagnose and treats major depression. Members of the TRD program evaluate an individual’s symptoms and current treatment course to see if other newly proven therapies that may offer relief. Join care clinicians and psychiatrists from Emory’s Treatment Resistant Depression program, for a live web chat Tuesday, September 13 at 12noon. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get real time answers about depression and new treatment options that may be able to help you manage this often chronic condition and improve the quality of your daily life. cta-chat-blue   [...]

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Heart & Vascular
Heart Health of Football Players Focus of Emory Expert Analysis
Aug 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

football250x250With the start of the American football season fast approaching, the health and wellness of players is top of mind. While most of the focus is on head and orthopedic injuries, heart health is also an important concern for these athletes. Emory Heart & Vascular Center sports cardiologist and researcher Jonathan Kim, MD, is the author of an online American College of Cardiology (ACC) expert analysis of the heart and vascular health of elite level American football players. Dr. Kim, an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) in the Emory University School of Medicine, launched a sports cardiology clinic in 2014, evaluating and treating cardiovascular conditions specific to athletes of all ages and levels. In the ACC article, entitled “Cardiovascular Issues in Elite American-Style Football Participants,” Dr. Kim examines key research findings over the last two decades related to cardiovascular outcomes and risk factors among these top athletes. Highlights of Dr. Kim’s analysis include:

  • Although not as heavily publicized [as neurologic issues], long-term adverse cardiovascular outcomes have been demonstrated among retired, professional ASF
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Cosmetic Medicine
The 5 Most Common Plastic Surgery Myths
Aug 12, 2016 By Emory Aesthetic Center

A cosmetic surgeon debunks common plastic surgery myths heard from patients.Thanks to the internet, many patients are well educated about cosmetic surgery procedures when they schedule a consultation. But despite some good online resources, a few plastic surgery myths remain. Learn the truth from cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center.

Plastic Surgery Myth #1: Liposuction or a tummy tuck will jump-start weight loss.

You may hope that having liposuction or a tummy tuck will help you commit to losing weight for good but it is not the place to start your weight loss journey. Both do a great job of changing your shape and may help you lose a couple of pounds, but remember, the results are insignificant compared to what you can achieve through diet and exercise. Here are a few other truths about these procedures and weight loss:
  1. You’ll get the best possible results when you’re at a healthy weight for surgery.
  2. You’ll have less risk of complications if you’re at a healthy weight for surgery.
  3. You’ll likely be less motivated to make healthy lifestyle changes right after your surgery. You’ll be focused on healing and feeling better about how you look.
  4. You’ll be happier with the results from your body contouring
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Transplant
Liver Transplant Recipient Celebrates Silver Liverversary
Aug 11, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patient story 8-11On July 2, Terri Willis celebrated her 25th anniversary with her transplanted liver. Over the years, Willis, who lives in Douglasville, has become one of the Emory Transplant Center’s most vocal advocates on the benefits of organ donation and liver transplantation, talking to other transplant candidates and recipients, participating in many transplant events and writing about her experiences on Facebook and blog posts. “If someone had not said yes to organ donation, I would not be here,” she says. Willis had her liver transplant at age 13 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, but she has been an Emory Transplant Center patient since 1999. Her liver failed 25 years ago as the result of a metabolic disorder called tyrosinemia, a genetic defect that causes the immune system to break down the amino acid tyrosine, the building block of most proteins. When tyrosine and other byproducts build up in the tissues and organs, it can lead to nosebleeds, dietary issues, problems with the central nervous system, liver and kidney failure, and hepatocarcinoma. Willis developed tumors throughout her liver, and her transplant saved her life, keeping the cancer from [...]

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Highlights
Aging Parents and Multiple Health Problems - Live Chat Takeaways
Aug 11, 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. On Tuesday, August 2nd many joined Anthony Nguyen, MD, Emory Healthcare Regional Medical Officer for the Emory Coordinated Care Centers, part of the Emory Healthcare Network Advantage program, to learn more about care coordination for aging adults, health management and how caregivers – and patients themselves- can  best communicate with their doctors. 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: Are there doctors in the metro area who offer comprehensive care for older adults? Dr. Nguyen: All patients should have a primary care physician to help manage one’s overall care. A general internist or family practice physician may see a wide array of patients, including older adults. However, a geriatrician specializes in older adults who have [...]

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Emory Sports Medicine Physician Lands in Rio to Support Olympic Team
Aug 5, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

rio-squareWhen the 2016 Olympic Games kick off Friday, viewers will tune in to see the world’s best of the best athletes walking into Rio’s Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony. Among those making their way into the stadium will be Emory Healthcare sports medicine physician R. Amadeus Mason, M.D., who is helping support Team USA Track and Field. Dr. Mason was busy this year treating four Olympic hopefuls at Emory Sports Medicine Center. Each one had pounding, over-use type injuries in either the knees, Achilles or shin. He treated them with various non-surgical measures such as biologic injections of platelets or stem cells. “It’s exciting that these are the types of patients we see at Emory Sports Medicine on a daily basis,” he said, “and that’s the level of care anyone can expect in terms of treatment from the doctors here.” Emory Sport Medicine Center treats people of all levels, whether they are regularly active, a weekend warrior or even a pro. One of Dr. Mason’s patients is 400-meter hurdler, Ajoke Odumosu, a two-time Olympian from Nigeria. Ms. Odumosu, who goes by “AJ,” and now lives in Alabama, said she has complete faith in Dr. [...]

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