The Digestive Health Foundation (DHF) hosted its third annual gala June 9 at the Four Seasons Chicago. More than 400 guests attended, raising a record-breaking $2.41 million to support the foundation’s cutting edge research and education to prevent and cure digestive disorders for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal: A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis featuring Digestive Health Foundation grantee Sarah Quinton
Major hospitals are finding hypnotherapy can help sufferers of digestive conditions like heartburn, colitis, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Article features Dr. John E. Pandolfino and Digestive Health Foundation grantee Dr. Sarah Quinton.
Our 2018 Gala will honor Steven J. Stryker, M.D. and Andréa J. Schwartz and raise funds to accelerate medical discoveries aimed at transforming digestive disease into digestive health for patients and families at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.
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.
Feinberg Faculty Inducted Into Prominent Medical Organizations: Dr. John Pandolfino, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
John Pandolfino, MD, ’97 GME, ’01 GME, ’05 MSCI, chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Hans Popper Professor, was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Pandolfino’s research interests include a variety of throat and swallowing disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal cancers.
Distinguishing between disease activity and disease severity is an important component of treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), said Stephen Hanauer, MD, Clifford Joseph Barborka professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and medical director of the Digestive Health Center in Chicago, Illinois
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.
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.
Facebook Live Featuring a Q&A with DHC Surgeon Steven A. Strong and DHC Physician Stephen B. Hanauer
In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center conducted a Facebook Live Q&A session with our Digestive Health Center Surgical Director, Dr. Scott A. Strong and Medical Director, Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 pm.
Eating a diet high in red meat, such as beef, lamb or pork and some luncheon meats, increases the risk for developing colorectal cancer, says Dr. Scott Strong, surgical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Chicago Tribute: A mom watched her daughter, 24, die from alcoholism. Hospitals are rethinking liver transplants for these patients
“It’s a big deal because I think the transplant community is realizing we were being too restrictive previously and there are select patients we believe will do well after a very thorough evaluation,” said Dr. Josh Levitsky, a Northwestern University associate professor of medicine, Digesti and past board member of the American Society of Transplantation.
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.
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.
“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.
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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