Emory in the News: Addressing Georgia’s Maternal Mortality, How Virtual Reality Helps Prevent Athletes’ Injuries, At-Home Lung Cancer Therapy, and More

Date: Dec 18, 2023
Emory Healthcare and Emory University physicians, researchers and experts often discuss current medical issues and topics in the news. Here are some recent health news stories featuring our experts.

Health Leaders Address Georgia’s Maternal Mortality

Ravi Thadhani, MD

RaviThadhani, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University,recently joined other health care leaders at Emory’s inauguralSymposium to Address the Maternal Health Crisis in Georgiatodiscuss solutions for recent data on Georgia’s high maternal mortality rate.

Using mRNA Technology in the Fight Against Cancer

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Philip Santangelo, PhD, professor of biomedical engineeringat Emory University, has received $24 million in funding as part of the Biden Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative.Hediscusses hisresearch, which uses the same mRNA technology in COVID-19 vaccines to help the immune system fight cancer.

Emory Partnership To Address Georgia Nurse Shortage

Headshots of Linda McCauley and Chelsea Hagopian

Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing DeanLinda McCauley, PhD, RN, and assistant clinical professorChelsea Hagopian, DNP, APRN, discuss the school’s new partnership with the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition and how itsnew workforce center will address the nursing shortage in Georgia.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk for Hispanic Women

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A recent study foundHispanic women diagnosed with high blood pressure for the first time during pregnancy face a higher risk of heart abnormalitieslater in life.Maria Carolina Gongora Nieto, MD, a cardiologist at Emory Heart & Vascular Center, suggests adjustments to care that include more monitoring and awareness to help counter these findings.

A New At-Home Treatment for Lung Cancer Patients

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Ticiana Leal, MD, director of the Thoracic Medical Oncology Program at Emory University School of Medicine, speaks about anew tumor-treating therapy for lung cancer patients that can be used at home. The therapy is currently in stage III of clinical trials and has shown an improvement in survival rates when combined with chemotherapy or immunotherapy.

New “Marcus Test” Can Detect Autism in Toddlers’ Eyes

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Ami Klin, PhD,division chief of autism and developmental disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine, discusses the results of two studies he co-authored featuring arecently FDA-cleared tool that can detect autism in eye movements of childrenas young as 16 months old.

Using Virtual Reality To Prevent Student-Athlete Injuries

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Gregory D. Myer, PhD, director of the Emory Sports Performance and Research Center, discusses how newly launched program Georgia Initiative for Virtual Reality, Education and Sport (GIVES) isusing virtual reality technology to help prevent Georgia high school student-athletes from getting injuredwhile playing.

What You Need ToKnow About Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the Rare Skin Cancer That Killed Jimmy Buffett

Travis Blalock headshot

Travis Blalock, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Emory Healthcare, discusses the unusualsigns, symptoms and treatments for the rare skin cancer Merkel cell carcinoma,the disease that recently killed famed singer Jimmy Buffett.

Immunotherapy Treatments Offer Better Outcomes for Multiple Myeloma

Using Data and AnalyticsToImprove Health Care for All

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Joe Depa, Emory’s first-ever chief data and analytics officer, sits down for a Q&A to discuss his plans to usedata, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the patient and health provider experienceas well as help improve the overall health community.


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