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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.”

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.

The Northbrook Tower: Third annual digestive health gala raises record-breaking amount

On June 9, $2.41 million was raised at the 2018 Digestive Health Foundation Gala to help transform digestive disease into digestive health for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. More than 400 guests attended the Digestive Health Foundation’s benefit, honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker, an attending colon and rectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Professor of Clinical Surgery in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and his wife, Andréa J. Schwartz, VP of Media Relations for Macy’s, U.S.

Chicago Splash: Digestive Health Foundation’s Gala

More than 400 guests came together June 9 — for dinner, dancing and music by TVK Orchestra — in support of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (259 E. Erie). Emceed by local media power couple Mary Ann Childers and Jay Levine and honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker and his wife, Andréa Schwartz, the event raised a record $2.41 million, which will go toward relief for the 60 to 70 million Americans dealing with digestive conditions.

NM Connections: Digestive Health Foundation Gala Raises $2.41 Million

With more than 400 guests in attendance, the Digestive Health Foundation at Northwestern Medicine recently hosted its third annual Gala to benefit patients at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. The Gala raised a remarkable $2.41 million toward helping to transform digestive disease into digestive health.

Chicago Tribune: Long live the wedge salad, America’s silliest salad featuring DHC nutritionist Bethany Doerfler

The wedge is a silly salad. It’s built upon the back of the least flavorful and least nutrient-dense lettuce available and blanketed in some of the fattiest ingredients around. This makes it simultaneously the least nutritious and most unhealthy salad on most menus it graces. But I love it. Bethany Doerfler, a clinical research specialist at the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine, says that iceberg lettuce is “the least nutritious of all the lettuces available,” though she was quick to add that it isn’t completely devoid of good attributes.

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.

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