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The Northbrook Tower: Third annual digestive health gala raises record-breaking amount

On June 9, $2.41 million was raised at the 2018 Digestive Health Foundation Gala to help transform digestive disease into digestive health for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. More than 400 guests attended the Digestive Health Foundation’s benefit, honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker, an attending colon and rectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Professor of Clinical Surgery in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and his wife, Andréa J. Schwartz, VP of Media Relations for Macy’s, U.S.

AARP: When Heartburn is Linked to Cancer featuring thoracic surgeon David Odell

Esophageal adenocarcinoma — cancer of the lining of the soft tube that delivers food and drink from the mouth to the stomach — has increased sevenfold since the early 1970s. It’s one of the fastest-growing issues we have in our population,” says David Odell, assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, thoracic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and lead investigator on a study of esophageal cancer funded by the American Cancer Society.

Chicago Splash: Digestive Health Foundation’s Gala

More than 400 guests came together June 9 — for dinner, dancing and music by TVK Orchestra — in support of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (259 E. Erie). Emceed by local media power couple Mary Ann Childers and Jay Levine and honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker and his wife, Andréa Schwartz, the event raised a record $2.41 million, which will go toward relief for the 60 to 70 million Americans dealing with digestive conditions.

NM Connections: Digestive Health Foundation Gala Raises $2.41 Million

With more than 400 guests in attendance, the Digestive Health Foundation at Northwestern Medicine recently hosted its third annual Gala to benefit patients at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. The Gala raised a remarkable $2.41 million toward helping to transform digestive disease into digestive health.

Chicago Tribune: Long live the wedge salad, America’s silliest salad featuring DHC nutritionist Bethany Doerfler

The wedge is a silly salad. It’s built upon the back of the least flavorful and least nutrient-dense lettuce available and blanketed in some of the fattiest ingredients around. This makes it simultaneously the least nutritious and most unhealthy salad on most menus it graces. But I love it. Bethany Doerfler, a clinical research specialist at the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine, says that iceberg lettuce is “the least nutritious of all the lettuces available,” though she was quick to add that it isn’t completely devoid of good attributes.

WTTW: Chicago Tonight – Northwestern’s Tissue Bank (DHF BioRepository) Breaking Ground on Digestive Diseases

The tissue bank, known formally as the Digestive Health Foundation BioRepository, stores blood and tissues samples from patients and their family members who suffer from any digestive disorder treated at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. Researchers there will use those tissue samples to generate more knowledge around gastrointestinal diseases and to develop new treatment options for these diseases, which affect around 60 to 70 million Americans each year. The tissue bank is being funded in part by the Digestive Health Foundation, Northwestern University and other sources.

Reuters Health: ERCP during lap chole tied to best outcomes for choledocholithias featuring DHC Director of Quality Dr. Rajesh Keswani

For patients with gallstones in the common bile duct, a so-called rendezvous approach is associated with the highest rates of safety and success compared with three other techniques, researchers in Italy say. The rendezvous approach, as described by the authors, involves laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) plus intraoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). The Italian team conducted a systematic review and network analysis to compare outcomes with this approach to outcomes with LC plus preoperative or postoperative ERCP, or with common bile duct exploration during LC (LCDBE). This article features Dr. Rajesh Keswani, Director of Quality, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.

AARP: From Gluten Free to Peppermint Oil: Boost Your Health Tips Knowledge

Discover fads, fails and legitimate fixes that can help you live longer and better. Based on interviews dozens of doctors and reviews of hundreds of studies, here are fads to watch out for, fails to avoid and fixes that really work to improve your health. Dr. John E. Pandolfino, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Scientific Advisory Council Member, Digestive Health Foundation was one of the physicians interviewed for this article.

Healio Gastroenterology: Optimizing IBD therapies may depend on positioning, dosing, targeting new pathways with Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Given the numerous biologic pathways targeted by inflammation, the future development of new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease will need to focus on optimizing outcomes, and on individual patient and disease features, according to a presentation given at the Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit by Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine.

Prevention: 5 Colon Cancer Symptoms You Should Know—Even if You’re Young featuring Dr. Scott Strong

Last year, a sobering new study from American Cancer Society revealed colorectal cancer (colon cancer and rectal cancer) rates had been rising among adults in their 20s and 30s. Experts aren’t sure what combination of underlying environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors are responsible for the rise colorectal cancer cases among younger people, says Scott Strong, MD, chief of gastrointestinal surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. But doctors have some hunches.

NBC Chicago: Dr. John Pandolfino Helps Kids Stay Off the Street Through Boxing

A Chicago doctor is making a difference in the hospital and in the boxing ring, where he started a club to help keep kids off the street. NBC 5’s Christian Farr has his story featuring Dr. John Pandolfino, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Digestive Health Foundation Scientific Advisory Council member.

Reuters Health: H. pylori treatment in Asia tied to lower risk of gastric cancer 10+ years later featuring DHC physician Dr. Aziz Aadam

Dr. Aziz Aadam, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center physician told Reuters Health, “It was previously unknown if treating H. pylori in an older population of patients would be helpful once precancerous changes develop and whether treatment altered the feared consequence of H. pylori-associated gastric cancer.” The study results showed that H. pylori eradication “is vital to the prevention of H. pylori-associated gastric cancer.

GI & Hepatology News: VIDEO: In 2018, the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology is going strong featuring DHF grantee and DHC physician Dr. Sri Komanduri

The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology (CGIT) was founded 9 years ago to foster innovation in GI disease, according to Sri Komanduri, MD, AGAF, and V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, the current cochairs. The mandate is still the same, with the idea that CGIT will continue to provide support and resources to a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the daunting process of getting a new technology or product through funding and approval to reimbursement and adoption.

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