Since 2015, DHF has raised over $9.5 million and has funded 30 cutting-edge research studies that are changing the future of digestive health.
WTTW: Chicago Tonight – Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug. But is it Really a Medicine featuring DHC physicians Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer
Marijuana laws are changing rapidly, but as of now, adults can use it recreationally in just 10 states. That number more than triples when it comes to medical marijuana, which is legal in 33 states. So which is it: A pleasure drug or a pharmaceutical one? And what difference does that make when it comes to regulating cannabis? Dr. Stephen Hanauer, the medical director of Northwestern Medicine’s digestive health center is about a year into a study, funded by the Digestive Health Foundation, that’s comparing Crohn’s disease patients’ personal evaluations of how they’re feeling with blood and stool samples that can detect intestinal inflammation. The study won’t be compete for another six months, but Hanauer has a hypothesis.“My suspicion, is that it makes the patient feel better, but it doesn’t really change the disease activity,” Hanauer said.
Chicago Sun Times: Fatty liver disease hitting Latino children like a ‘silent tsunami’ featuring DHC physician Dr. Lisa Vanwagner
Recent research shows about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have fatty liver disease. But among Latinos, especially of Mexican and Central American descent, the rate is significantly higher. Dr. Lisa VanWagner, a hepatologist in Northwestern Medicine’s Digestive Health Center and co-director of the Northwestern Fatty Liver program, said the hospital has seen children who require liver transplants as a result of the disease. And though a promising drug to treat fatty liver disease could be available to adults in the next year, no such research is being done for children, VanWagner said. Instead, the children’s plight should be treated as a public health crisis, she said.
Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, is Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center’s medical director of quality. Dr. Keswani serves on American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association and National Comprehensive Cancer Network committees.
Rajesh Keswani, MD, medical director of quality and gastroenterologist at Northwestern Medicine, interviews on NBC News Radio sharing his insights on colon cancer risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
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