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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.

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.

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.

What Are Adaptogens and Can They Help Power Up Your Workouts?

Charcoal pills. Collagen powder. Coconut oil. When it comes to pricey pantry items, it seems there’s a new “must have” superfood or super-supplement every week. But what’s that saying? What’s old is new again. This time around, everyone from naturopaths and yogis to stressed-out execs and functional fitness fans are talking about something that’s been around for a long time: adaptogens.

Stomach, digestive system health: What’s your gut telling you?

If your digestive tract is healthy, you generally feel better. Researchers and physicians for years have been touting the importance of good gut health to a person’s overall well-being. Those with less than optimum gut health know there’s truth to the assessment. Case in point: A lettuce leaf can bring Danny Bernstein to his knees in excruciating stomach pain. A piece of broccoli can send him to the hospital.

Digestive Disease Insights from Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center

“Since I left the University of Chicago in 2014 to join Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (NMDHC), I’ve had an incredible time building our programs aimed at transforming digestive disease into digestive health.”
-Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, Medical Director, NMDHC

DHC Dr. Christian Stevoff Warns in Newsweek: DIY Fecal Transplants are Dangerous and Could Transmit HIV

Certain activities turn out completely fine with a DIY approach. However, it’s often best to leave other things, like fecal transplants, to trained professionals. A quick search on Google will return YouTube videos documenting how this can be performed without a medical professional. “Many things could go wrong, like infection, there is an even more alarming consequence: contracting HIV.” – Gastroenterologist Dr. Christian Stevoff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Hospitals cut back on opioids to battle addiction epidemic

Certain drugs diminish moderate to severe pain, but they also carry a significant risk of addiction. It’s not clear how many people swept up in the nation’s opioid crisis got started because of a trip to the hospital, but some experts believe the portion is sizable.

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