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Chicago Tribune: Digestive Health Foundation Gala

The Digestive Health Foundation (DHF) community will come together on May 30, 2020 for the fifth annual Digestive Health Foundation Gala. DHF is a passionate community of patients, families, and supporters who are working to raise critical resources to help prevent, treat, and cure debilitating digestive diseases from colon and pancreatic cancers to esophageal disorders, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, hepatitis and others at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. This year’s gala will include a focus on funding research for digestive cancers.

1 in 5 Americans will face a digestive disease in their lifetime

From the recent epidemic of colon cancer in younger individuals to the rapidly increasing incidence of esophageal diseases among young women; from the growing population of adults facing fatty liver disease to the debilitating symptoms of colitis or Crohn’s disease, or the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, more than 1 in 5 Americans will face a digestive disease in their lifetime. These illnesses can often be invisible while causing pain, suffering, or worse. We need your help.

15 Healthy Fall Salad Ingredients featuring DHC Dietician Patricia P. Araujo, RD

Fall is apple-picking season, and it’s also a great time to incorporate the fruit into a salad, says Patricia P. Araujo, a clinical dietitian with Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center in Chicago. Apple slices can complement a salad that’s built on a bed of spinach with gouda, walnuts, cranberries and brie cheese, for example.

Northwestern Now: New Treatment May Reverse Celiac Disease

Results of a new phase 2 clinical trial using technology developed at Northwestern Medicine show it is possible to induce immune tolerance to gluten in individuals with celiac disease. The findings may pave the way for treated celiac patients to eventually tolerate gluten in their diet. After treatment with the technology, the patients were able to eat gluten with a substantial reduction in inflammation. The results also show a trend toward protecting patients’ small intestine from gluten exposure. The findings will be presented as a late-breaking presentation Oct. 22 at theEuropean Gastroenterology Week conference in Barcelona, Spain

ABC 7 Chicago: What to know about milk alternatives featuring DHC Dietician Bethany Doerfler

More Americans than ever are ditching dairy and choosing milk alternatives instead, from almond milk, nut milk and even hemp milk. At grocery stores nationwide Americans are having a cow over non-dairy products. From almond to soy, milk alternatives have grown by 61 percent over the last five years, according to the market research group Mintel. Northwestern Dietician Bethany Doerfler says part of the reason is because we’re seeing more food allergies than ever before, but another big reason is the popularity of plant based diets.

2019 ACS Quality and Safety Conference focuses on putting the patient first, value-based care featuring DHC physician and DHF grant recipient Dr. Jonah Stulberg

Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, provided an update on the work he and his colleagues at the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Program are doing with the Minimizing Opioid Prescribing in Surgery (MOPiS) program. Although MOPiS has resulted in fewer opioid prescriptions, “Where we still seem to be failing is in addressing this culture of pain we’ve developed over decades,” Dr. Stulberg said. He said that if the principles curated through MOPiS were applied to all procedures and across all specialties, a natural institutional culture shift in opioid prescribing patterns would emerge.

Healio Gastroenterology: Q&A: How three GIs are handling the Zantac recall featuirng DHC physician Dr. John Pandolfino

A week after halting the distribution of Zantac, Sandoz, the drug’s manufacturer, voluntarily recalled several formulations of the heartburn medication after noting confirmed contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a possible human carcinogen, above established FDA levelsTo gauge how gastroenterologists are approaching the evolving landscape with this medication, Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease reached out to several physicians about the initial distribution halt and subsequent voluntary recall. We spoke with John E. Pandolfino, MD, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Skokie Review – Shout Out: Lee Oberlander, Local Artist

Lee Oberlander had a long career in the construction industry before deciding
he needed a change. Now, the Northbrook resident spends his days painting. Oberlander is exhibiting his colorful acrylic and mixed media abstracts at The Gallery @ A + C Architects, 4840 Main St. in Skokie through Oct. 28 along with sculptures by David Gista. Twenty-five percent of the sales will be donated to the Digestive Health Foundation.

Art Opening: Abstraction in Color

Acrylic & Mixed Media by Lee Oberlander
Sculpture by David Gista Exhibition: Sept. 16th – Oct. 28th | M-F (10 AM -5 PM)
Opening Reception Thursday, September 26th | 6-10 PM
The Gallery @ A+ C Architects 4840 Main St. | Skokie, IL Contact: 847-829-0801
25% of all sales will benefit the Digestive Health Foundation

U.S. News: What Are Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets? Are They Healthy? Featuring DHC Nutritionist Bethany Doerfler

There’s no single definition of a low-carb, high-fat eating regimen, says Bethany M. Doerfler, a clinical research dietitian in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. She works in her division’s Digestive Health Center. While there are some well-known eating plans that are low-carb and high-fat – like the keto diet – you need not follow one of those regimens to adhere to this style of eating. You can craft your own low-carb, high-fat eating plan with a registered dietitian.

Northwestern Women In Medicine Symposium on October 11, 2019

Join us for the Northwestern Women in Medicine Symposium. The aim of the symposium is to empower women in leadership and to facilitate career advancement by identifying barriers prevalent in medicine and finding ways to initiate constructive solutions. The conference will also allow for networking amongst community and academic women in medicine.

Oshi Health: 5 Tricks to Stick with Your Biologic Treatment Schedule featuring DHC physican Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

When you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), following your treatment plan is one of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain remission. And once you’re in remission, keeping up with your treatment regimen can help you control inflammation and prevent future flares; and ensure the medication maintains its effectiveness. Finding the right medication for you—one that you can keep up with long-term—is the first step. “Go through shared decision making with your doctor to discuss your treatment options,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Ohsi Health: Skipping your Meds Doesn’t Matter and other Myths to Stop Believing featuring DHC physican Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Biologics are a newer class of drugs for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and—as with any medication—if you’re prescribed a biologic, it’s important to stick with it. “Biologics are foreign proteins, and when levels of biologics get low, two bad things can happen: One, is that the disease comes back; two, is that your body develops antibodies to help it make the medication less effective or ineffective,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “So it’s very important to stay on schedule with biologic therapies to prevent them from losing response.”

Oshi Health: 7 Biologic Medication Mistakes You Should Never Make featuring DHC physician Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a term that describes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—two chronic conditions that affect your gastrointestinal tract. If left untreated, you may experience frequent symptom flare ups, irreversible bowel damage, and a host of related health complications. The good news? With today’s treatment landscape, IBD can be successfully treated, and most people with the condition can even achieve remission. Not sticking with your biologic treatment regimen exactly as directed can put you at risk of flares, or tamper with the effectiveness of the medication. “My usual saying is always early, never late—you can take a treatment early, but you can’t miss a treatment or take it late,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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