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Brain Health Center
Getting Help for Dementia in Your Community
Nov 17, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Getting Help for Dementia in Your CommunityAt Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we know that caring for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias can be challenging, especially on your own. Thankfully, options for care exist within the community. Different options will be right for different patients, as some patients in the early stages of dementia won't need nearly as much assistance or supervision as people with advanced dementia. We've included several options for community-based care below, ranked from the options with the least restrictions that provide the lowest amount of hands-on care to those with increased security and restrictions that provide the highest level of hands-on care.

Senior Centers

The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, provides resources for Senior Centers. There are currently more than 10,000 centers in the U.S. serving more than a million adults each day. These centers offer services like meal and nutrition programs, health, fitness, and wellness programs, transportation programs, social activities, education and arts programs and public benefits counseling. These are a good option for people in the very early stages of [...]

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Cancer
7 Tips to Peacefully Celebrate the Holidays When You are Not Feeling Jolly
Dec 12, 2017 By Wendy Baer, MD

It is the time of the year to feel happy…time to be generous…time to spend time with loved ones… and sing festively? Are you not in the mood this season? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people find the holidays very stressful and sometimes even sad. Social engagements and family gatherings add another time commitment to already busy days. Gift giving puts pressure on already strapped budgets. Expectations of how you should be enjoying this time of year only make you feel worse. All of these feelings are magnified and complicated by cancer treatment during the holidays. There are things you can do to help yourself get through the holidays and maybe even enjoy them a bit. Self care is important throughout the year, but during a stressful period it must be a priority.

1) Get Adequate Rest

Making sure you get adequate sleep nightly is key!
  • Adults need 7-9 hours every night and children need 10 – 12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Set a bedtime, and get out of bed every morning at the same time.
  • Don’t drink caffeine after lunch.
  • Limit alcohol to one drink at dinner.
  • Avoid stressful conversations after dinner.
  • Enjoy a relaxation routine in the
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Brain Health Center
Dementia Resources We Trust
Dec 12, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

At Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we often field questions from family members and caregivers who've been doing their own research. And while we encourage you to educate yourself, it can be difficult to separate facts from theories and to make sure your resources are reputable. We've set out to provide a list of reliable and trustworthy resources. This isn't intended to be an all-encompassing list, but these are almost always our first recommendations.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association offers information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias including Lewy Body and Vascular dementias. You'll find information on everything from legislation related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease to local resources, such as caregiver training and support groups, programs such as SafeReturn® and stage-specific information. View Alzheimer's Association >>

National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) works to understand the nature of aging and the aging process. The institute's mission includes supporting and conducting aging-related research and sharing information related to this research with the general public,

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Preventive Medicine
Fighting Flu Symptoms? Know Where to Go to Get the Right Care
Dec 5, 2017 By admin

Since the flu virus is very contagious and can sometimes cause serious complications like pneumonia, knowing where to go can keep you and your family safe if the flu bug visits your home this season.

First, Know the Symptoms

Flu and cold symptoms can seem similar. While there’s no sure-fire way to tell the difference, one hint that it could be the flu is a very sudden onset of symptoms, such as:
  • Bad cough
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Feeling wiped out
  • Fever with chills
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting

Then, Know If You and Your Loved Ones Are Vulnerable

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people who get influenza will recover within a few weeks. But it is possible to develop complications as a result of the flu virus, ranging from mild (such as upper respiratory tract or ear infections) to serious (such as pneumonia or inflammation of the heart). The flu can hit anyone at any age, but some of us are vulnerable to developing complications, especially:
  • Young children
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart
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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Your Spine Surgery Questions Answered by Dr. Scott Boden
Nov 29, 2017 By admin

Having spine surgery is a big decision, and it's in your best interest to ask questions so you know how to prepare, and what to expect both immediately after the surgery and long-term. A week ago, we asked you to send us your spine surgery questions through Facebook Messenger. Below are Dr. Scott Boden's responses to the questions we received.

Your Spine Surgery Questions Answered

Question: I had spine surgery in March 2015. There’s something wrong in my L4 & L5 disks that cause me severe unbearable pain. The spine doctors don’t see anything wrong other than desiccation on the MRIs. I have nerve and muscle spasms constantly, can barely walk, and severe pain in my lower back and legs. I’m on Medicaid and can’t get the help I need because spine institutes don’t accept Medicaid. What can I do?

Dr. Boden:  It’s unfortunate that your type of insurance might limit your access to care.  There are physicians and centers that will accept your insurance.  With that said, if you have radiating leg pain but don’t have severe pressure on the nerve roots on your MRI, then it is much less likely that surgery will help and you may be better served visiting a pain

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Cosmetic Medicine
Breast Lift vs. Breast Implants: Which Do I Need?
Nov 29, 2017 By Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

You may know that you’re not happy with the appearance of your breasts, but do you know exactly what you need to get the results you want? How do you know whether you need a breast lift (mastopexy) or breast implants (breast augmentation)?

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can use to determine which procedure, or procedures, is right for you. The first step is having a clear picture of what you want. The second, and perhaps most important step, is choosing a plastic surgeon you can trust, and communicating that picture effectively.

Aesthetics of the Breast

There are many factors that can affect the aesthetics of the breast. Here are a few that are important for your cosmetic surgeon to consider, and for you to understand, before making a decision about your treatment plan:

Skin vs. Volume

Think of your breast as being composed of two parts: an "envelope," which is the skin that covers the breast and the "filling,” which is the fat and tissue that creates the volume within the envelope. A well-shaped breast has a good match between the size of the envelope and the volume of the filling.

Nipple Location

A good way to determine if the skin envelope

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Transplant
Real Patients, Real Stories - Hear from an Emory Kidney Transplant Patient
Nov 28, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Devin Gerald, a kidney transplant patient with the Emory Kidney Transplant Program, describes his experience growing up with kidney disease. Eventually in his late teens, Devin’s kidneys started to fail, and he found himself facing dialysis. Devin looked for a living kidney donor for transplant and in stepped his aunt – Regina Kinnie. She was healthy enough to donate her kidney to Devin but there was a problem - her blood type didn’t match his. That’s when Devin and Regina learned about something called the Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program. Hear their story, and how it has change Devin’s life forever.

Emory Kidney Transplant Program

The Emory Kidney Transplant Program ranks as one of the most prestigious transplant programs in the country. Emory’s team of specialists are highly skilled in the care of kidney transplant patients and living donors. We will work with you every step of the way in your transplant journey.

Experience: Emory performed Georgia’s first kidney transplant in 1966 and has performed more than 5,000 kidney transplants to date – making us a top 10 leading national program.

Commitment to Transplant Research: Emory is at the forefront

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Cosmetic Medicine
Planning Your Cosmetic Surgery in Time for the Holidays
Nov 16, 2017 By Dr. Anita Sethna

Holiday Plastic SurgeryHoliday gatherings, office parties and catching up with old friends are all a part of what makes the holidays so much fun. But if you’re not feeling good about how you look, these activities can also be a part of what makes the season stressful. You may be thinking, “I don’t feel older, why do I look it?” Or maybe you’re simply dreading all of the photo opportunities with friends and family.

Whatever your specific situation, if you feel your outward appearance doesn’t reflect how great you feel on the inside, maybe it’s time to consider a cosmetic procedure.

Will I Be Fully Recovered Before the Festivities Begin?

If you’re thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, talk to a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. Be sure you’re clear about the results you want and the timeframe you’re working within. Ask specifically about when any bruising or swelling will be gone and how long it will take to see the full results of the procedure.

Here are some ideas of what’s possible depending on your timing:

Two Months Before

If you have at least eight weeks before your event, there’s plenty of time for a lower-face and neck lift. So, if you’ve been

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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Meet your Spine Surgeon: A Conversation with Dr. John Heller 
Nov 8, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Spine Surgeon The spine supports the body’s weight and protects the nerves in the spinal cord that run through it. It helps maintain the body’s muscle control and nerve coordination, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to function. Spine surgery, a subspecialty of orthopedic surgery, includes the treatment and management of a wide variety of conditions affecting the neck and back, including herniated discs and fractures. For Emory Healthcare spine surgeon John G. Heller, MD, the care and treatment of patients with spine issues is personally rewarding. His practice works to improve the lives of patients while training the next generation of spine surgeons. Patients, understandably, often have many questions regarding spine conditions and their treatment. Recently, Dr. Heller spoke with Dr. Bruce Feinberg for The Weekly Check-up on WSB Radio about a wide range of issues related to the spine surgery. The following are summarized excerpts. Question: Tell us about your team. Dr. Heller: Over the last 28 years I’ve been at Emory, our team of spine specialists has grown a lot and so has our field. Right now, we have a team comprised of 11 orthopedic and neuro-spine [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Which Type of Liposuction Is Best?
Oct 26, 2017 By Vincent Zubowicz, MD

types of liposuctionLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from specific areas of your body. Everyone is different, and it can be difficult to know which liposuction technique is appropriate for you. Liposuction may be right for you if you:

  • Are at or near your desired weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have certain areas that are out of proportion with the rest of your body, and are not improved with diet and exercise

Types of Liposuction Procedures

While everyone has heard of liposuction, many may not know there are actually several different techniques available to help you achieve your desired results. Regardless of technique, in most cases, the fat is prepared for removal by inflating it with a balanced saltwater solution that often contains lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine to minimize bruising. This instillation of fluid is referred to as the tumescent preparation of fat. Suction-Assisted Liposuction While the preparation for fat removal is fairly standard (as described above), the technique for removing the fat can vary.  The most common type of liposuction involves using negative pressure to remove excess fat from an anatomic [...]

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