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U.S. News: Complex vs. Simple vs. Refined Carbohydrates: What’s the Difference featuring DHC Dietitian Holly Herrington

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, manage your blood sugar levels or reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, you’ve probably heard the adage that focusing on whole or complex carbs and cutting down on refined ones can help you achieve your goals. “Carbohydrates often get a bad rap, but each type affects the body differently and many types and sources are beneficial to health,” explains Holly Herrington, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Knowing the differences between each type of carbohydrate is vital to making smarter, healthier decisions with your nutrition.

Chicago Magazine lists Northwestern Medicine physicians and surgeons in their 2018 Top Docs list

Gastroenterology
Stephen Hanauer, MD – Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn’s disease; ulcerative colitis.
Peter Kahrilas, MD – Esophageal and swallowing disorders; GERD.

Surgery
Scott A. Strong, MD – Colon and rectal cancer; Crohn’s disease; minimally invasive surgery; ulcerative colitis.
Steven J. Stryker, MD – Colon and rectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease; laparoscopic surgery.

Join Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis in Chicago on January 27 for a great afternoon of fun, hoops, and fundraising!

We hope you will join us as we support Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis (AVC) in Chicago for a great afternoon of fun, hoops, and fundraising on Sunday, January 27, 2019 as AVC co-founder Larry Nance Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. AVC is excited for the opportunity to give back to the IBD community in Chicago, as proceeds from the event will be donated to IBD research at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.

Chicago Tribune: Caramels, bath bombs, oils: CBD products are filling store shelves featuring Dr. Stephen Hanauer

But user beware: Cannabinoid receptors are so widely distributed throughout the body that activating one for a certain purpose, say to treat arthritis pain, may activate others and cause unwanted effects. That has caused challenges for pharmaceutical development, according to the research. More valid scientific experiments must be conducted to determine whether and how CBD — and marijuana, for that matter — is effective, said Dr. Stephen Hanauer, medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine.

Do You Have Food Poisoning or the Stomach Flu? Here’s How to Tell Featuring Stephen Hanauer, MD

It’s no secret that winter brings on a slew of sicknesses, from the common cold to bouts of the flu to stomach bugs. But alongside the rise in germy surfaces, another common culprit can wreak havoc on your body: your indulgent holiday spread. If you find yourself throwing up or running to the bathroom this winter, you may wonder what caused it: Was it just something you ate—or are you actually sick?

NBC Nightly News: “New program tries to combat America’s opioid addiction crisis by taking back unused pills” featuring DHF Grant Recipient Dr. Jonah Stulberg

Surgeons write 28 million opioid prescriptions each year, but 75 percent of the pills go unused and many end up contributing to opioid addiction. This is a crisis that one hospital hopes to end with a new kind of drug take-back program. Dr. Stulberg is a 2017 Digestive Health Foundation Grant recipient for his project “Developing ways to reduce inappropriate use of (leftover) narcotics prescribed for patients undergoing bowel surgery.”

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG Presented with Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG, Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Clifford J. Barborka Professor – Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been awarded the Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Dr. Hanauer received this prestigious award at the ACG Leadership Dinner in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Weight Loss Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

A patient shares her weight loss journey with Northwestern Medicine. Also, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center gastrointestinal surgeons Dr. Alex Nagle, Dr. Eric Hungness and Dr. Ezra Teitelbaum talk about treatment options, preparation and what types of patients would benefit from learning more.

U.S. News: A Patient’s Guide to Colon Cancer featuring DHC surgeon Dr. Scott Strong

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2018. That includes an estimated 97,220 new cases of colon cancer and 43,030 new diagnoses of rectal cancer. The ACS estimates that colorectal cancer deaths – the combined number from colon or rectal cancer – will claim the lives of more than 50,000 people in 2018. “This disease is preventable with early detection, and far fewer people would die of the disease if screening guidelines are followed.

Sheridan Road: Digestive Health Foundation Gala raises $2.41 million

On June 9, more than 400 guests raised $2.41 million for the Digestive Health Foundation to help transform digestive health for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. Dr. Steven J. Stryker and his wife, Andréa J. Schwartz were honored during the evening co-emceed by Chicago television news icons Mary Ann Childers and Jay Levine.

US News Health: How to Eat (and Exercise) to Get Six-Pack Abs featuring Digestive Health Center Dietitian Holly Herrington

To develop six-pack abs, start by cutting down on calories and refined sugar. While Olympians and pro athletes developed their physiques by eating well and investing countless hours to working out, lifting weights and doing sit-ups and crunches, you could pick up a six-pack just by eating the right foods, as many articles and videos suggest. The reality isn’t that simple, experts say. “Genetics is an unchangeable factor that affects your ability to develop a six-pack, says Holly Herrington, a registered dietitian at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center in Chicago. “We get things from our families,” including our musculature and build.”

Women’s Health: I Got My Poop Tested – Here’s What It Told Me About My Health featuring DHC physicians Dr. Stephen Hanauer and Dr. Emanuelle Bellaguarda

I think we can all unanimously agree that, while doctors are totally necessary, doctors’ appointments can seriously be a PIA. Let’s take my own health, for example: I’ve been having some—er, plumbing—issues for a while now (okay, fine, I’ve had ’em forever). To put it bluntly: I poop a lot (three to four times a day) and it’s very soft—sometimes even liquid. (In retrospect, I should have seen a doctor way before this point. Hindsight is 20/20.) So, when I heard about SmartGut, an at-home test by a company called uBiome that promises to test your microbiome (a.k.a., that colony of microbes living inside your gut right now) through a stool sample, I decided to try it.

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.

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.

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