The arrival of new products to the market provides the ultimate validation for any technology and assures public benefit. Emory has had more than 35 products reach the market.
In the early 1990s, Schinazi, an infectious disease and antiviral expert, Liotta, a chemist, and Choi announced the discovery of an unusual molecule, FTC (emtricitabine, sold alone as Emtriva®, with the "Em" standing for Emory) and a chemically similar compound, 3TC (lamivudine, sold alone as Epvir®).
A three-dimensional image of a beating heart rotates on the monitor in Garcia's first-floor office. On another screen, color-coded virtual "slices" of the heart show the distribution of blood flow while the patient is resting and exercising. The area of the cardiac muscle with inadequate blood flow shows up as a black void.
Pete Lollar didn't set out to create a treatment for hemophilia. In the 1990s he began researching hemostasis, the process by which a damaged vessel stops losing blood and begins repair. In trying to understand coagulation, the process by which blood changes from a liquid to a gel, he stumbled upon a serendipitous discovery.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which generates small bursts of MRI-strength magnetic energy that stimulate nerve cells in the brain, has shown success in easing depression. This is the first and only TMS therapy to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression.
Imagine cancer treatment as a war and the physician as the general who must find the critical targets for battle. Now, thanks to technological advances in molecular imaging software that provides patient-tailored treatments, these strategic attacks on invading cancer cells can be more accurate and more effective.
Medication helps only about half of the seven million people worldwide who experience atrial fibrillation (AF) - alternative, catheter-based treatments are vital. Episodes can last for weeks or even longer, leading to fainting, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and chest pain, as well as putting patients at risk for congestive heart failure or stroke.
The weather is lovely outside the room's large picture window - blue skies, birds singing, a calm, sunny day. Soon, however, the wind picks up and rain begins to splatter the panes. Low, booming thunder can be heard in the distance. At the storm's peak, lightning flashes, the wind howls, and the power fails.
Waiting twenty years for your discovery to gain FDA approval might test some researchers' resolve. But Mark Goodman, kept his eye on the prize: a new and improved imaging agent. When he first came to Emory he welcomed the chance to continue investigating a molecule that showed promise: carbon-11 choline, a synthetic amino acid that had successfully imaged brain cancer.
Angioplasty has come a long way. In the early days, stainless steel stents were used to keep the patient¿s artery from reclosing after the angioplasty balloon restored blood flow. But about a fifth of patients developed restenosis. The results were chest pain, repeat procedures, and sometimes death from heart attack.
A successful heart bypass operation involves not one but two surgeries. A healthy blood vessel is used to bypass the damaged or blocked artery in the heart. And that healthy vessel must be removed from the patient, most often from the leg, but sometimes from the arm or chest.
Hepatitis B, a virus that inflames the liver, is a top ten killer worldwide. Globally, about 350 million people are chronic carriers and thousands die each year. But for HBV patients, who show signs of liver damage, are pregnant, or who have HIV as well, the medications normally used to treat HBV might be harmful.
In the SIBR care model, every member of the care team visits the patient and family together. The hospital professionals responsible for patients are part of an "accountable care unit," or ACU, which means they share the integrated physical space, patients, workflow, and value outcomes on a single hospital unit.
When cardiac surgery is performed to insert a medical device, it is either done through an incision through the leg, known as transfemoral access, or an incision between the ribs of the chest, referred to as transapical access. The biggest concern for doctors performing the chest incision was figuring out how to make a hole in the apex of the heart and then close it with absolute certainty that it would remain sealed.
Skim through the Scanlan International surgical instrument catalog and John Puskas's name emerges frequently: The Puskas micro-scissors, long and slender, with angled fine blades. The Never Shear Dual Guide titanium forceps, "design developed in cooperation with John D. Puskas." The Scanlan Puskas "Black Knight" Lillehei-Potts Scissors.
Emory physician scientists Charles Epstein, MD and Niall Galloway, MD have developed a treatment for urinary incontinence in women involving high-tech magnetic therapy that functions like an automatic Kegel muscle exercise machine. Urinary incontinence affects 17 million Americans, 85 percent of whom are women.
Glutathione, a key anti-oxidant found in every living organism, is provided by many foods ¿ primarily fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. Dean Jones one of the foremost glutathione experts in the world, has developed a type of glutathione that, when taken orally, he says, could prove a better preventive strategy against influenza than flu vaccines.
About half the worlds population is at risk of acquiring mosquito-transmitted diseases, from malaria to dengue fever to West Nile virus. A myriad of mosquito-collection methods exist, but these can be costly and inconvenient to use, and often fail to collect a broad variety of adult mosquitoes. Emory researchers believe they have invented a better mosquito-collection device.