Video News Releases

The following video news releases were produced by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center between 2005 and 2007. To view, you will need the RealNetworks RealPlayer plug-in to view the videos over the web.

JAMA Report: Constant-INduced Movement Therapy Improves Hand-Arm Function in Stroke Patients
Stroke patients who receive constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT)--a rehabilitative technique that restrains the less-impaired arm, show significant improvement in arm and hand function, according to a seven-center national study led by Emory University researchers.

JAMA Report: Contact Lens Solution Linked to Eye Infection - Researchers Say Proper Lens Hygiene Is Best Defense
Michael A. Ward, MMSC, FAAO, of the Emory Eye Center, discusses proper hygiene in a segment on a CDC study linking contact solution with eye infections.

Device for Detecting Restless Legs Syndrome
It's often described as a compelling urge to move or a creepy-crawly sensation in your legs at night when you try to sleep. It's called restless legs syndrome and it affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. population.

Outpatient Prodcedure to Treat Reflux Disease
More than 15 million Americans suffer from daily heartburn, the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The condition is brought on by the backflow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, which can also cause coughing and vomiting.

Non-Surgical Treatment to Improve Leg Circulation
Pain in the legs and feet, wounds that do not heal and even amputation - all of these complications can be brought on by peripheral vascular disease or PVD.

Botox Injections for Voice Disorder
Continued hoarseness and a weak, breathy voice that last for more than two weeks can often signal a serious problem. Voice disorders affect 7.5 million Americans, but because diagnosis of some of these conditions is difficult, many do not get the treatment they need.

New Shoulder Surgery
Rotator cuff tears - the tearing or breaking loose of a tendon in the shoulder - are common injuries in adults 40 and older. Standard surgery to repair these injuries usually involves a large incision, intense pain and a hospital stay. Now a new, less invasive procedure -- arthroscopic surgery -- is helping people recover more quickly.

Pressure Sensor for Aortic Aneurysms
Approximately 15,000 Americans die suddenly each year from the rupturing of an aortic aneurysm. Now, a new research study at Emory is testing an implantable sensor that monitors abdominal aortic aneurysms after they have been repaired.

Laser Tretament for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are the unsightly and painful bulging of veins in the legs. Vein stripping surgery has been the most common treatment for this condition. Now, a new laser treatment at Emory can zap these veins without surgery.

New Radiation Treatment for Brain Tumors
Approximately 190,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor each year. Many patients undergo brain surgery to remove the tumor. But a new radiation treatment at Emory - the first site in the world to use this novel technology - is giving patients another option.

Cholesterol Cleaner
People who have abnormally high cholesterol levels are treated with medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise to bring their cholesterol down. But for a rare group of individuals, these standard treatments do not work. Now, a new life-saving therapy at Emory can actually wash away the bad cholesterol in these people and return cholesterol levels to normal.

TMS for Depression
Clinical depression, which affects 19 million Americans each year, can often mean years of feeling helpless, hopeless and sad. Many are helped by antidepressant medications, but what are the alternatives when medications don't work? A new non-drug therapy is now being tested at Emory.

Acupuncture for Cancer Symptoms
Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy often suffer severe side effects.  Now, a doctor at Emory is using acupuncture to treat some of his cancer patients for their side effects.

Heart Valve Repair Through a Catheter
Significant mitral valve regurgitation, or leaking of the mitral valve in the heart, is a common condition that affects 250,000 new patients each year in the US. Until now, open-heart surgery has been the only effective treatment to repair a leaking mitral valve. A new non-surgical repair procedure is now being evaluated at Emory.

Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass
According to the American Heart Association, more than 500,000 patients undergo heart bypass surgery each year in the U.S. Now, a minimally invasive heart bypass procedure is being performed without opening the chest cavity.

Lung Transplant
Nearly 4,000 people in the United States are waiting for lung transplants. Because of a donor shortage, however, only about 1,000 of the operations are performed each year.

National Lung Screening Trial
Each year, 169,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women. A new research study is trying to determine the best method of detecting the disease early in both current and former smokers, with the goal of saving more lives.

ProTECT Study for Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury takes the lives of 50,000 Americans annually, disables another 80,000 and puts almost a quarter of a million Americans in the hospital. Currently, there is no effective treatment to offer victims of brain injury. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, are trying to change that.

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