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Northbrook Star: Shout Out: Sharon Oberlander, a founding board member of the Digestive Health Foundation

Sharon Oberlander is a founding board member and secretary for the Digestive Health Foundation, which started in 2015 and supports research for various diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract. Oberlander has worked as a financial advisor for more than 40 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Manitoba in Canada. She has been married to her husband, Lee, for more than 40 years and they have two children and one grandson.

Fox News: Woman’s chest pain diagnosed as ‘spiraling esophagus’: What’s that featuring DHC physician Dr. John Pandolfino

An elderly Swiss woman suffering from severe chest pains was diagnosed with a “spiraling” esophagus, according to a Live Science report. What exactly does that mean? Believe it or not, the 87-year-old’s esophagus literally squeezed itself into a shape that resembled a spiraling staircase. According to the report, the woman realized a problem when she began having painful spasms after eating food. Live Science explains how this interesting phenomenon occurs: Dr. John Pandolfino, a gastroenterologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said the spiraling shape happens when the muscles of the esophagus tighten all at the same time. Normally, these muscles would contract in groups, pushing the food down toward the stomach. However, contracting all at once bends the esophagus into an abnormal shape.

Men’s Health: How Long Does It Actually Take to Get Food Poisoning From a Sketchy Meal fearturing DHC physician Dr. John Pandolfino

When food poisoning hits, you basically need to camp out by the toilet. Stray too far, and, well, you might be sorry. Food poisoning occurs when you eat contaminated food, which can result in a whole host of gastrointestinal symptoms. The signs and symptoms are usually abdominal cramps, nausea with or without vomiting, and diarrhea,” says John Pandolfino, M.D., chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The Northbrook Tower: Digestive Health Foundation Gala Raises $2.4M

The 2019 Digestive Health Foundation Gala, titled “Celebrating the Power of Family,” raised more than $2.47 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve quality of life for digestive disease patients and their families. Emceed by actress Bonnie Hunt and attended by more than 600 supporters, the June 8 event at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago brought the amount raised by DHF since its inception in 2015 to over $11 million.

Candid Candace: Digestive Health Foundation Gala: Celebrating the Power of Family Raised $2.47 Million

The Digestive Health Foundation Gala: Celebrating the Power of Family was held on June 8 at the Four Seasons with 600 supporters. Emceed by beloved actress Bonnie Hunt, the event raised more than $2.47 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve quality of life for digestive disease patients and their families. Highlights of the evening included moving testimonials from families affected by hereditary digestive disorders and the launch of the new Deborah and Martin Elrad Research Fund for Hereditary Digestive Diseases.

Better Makers: $2.47 Million Raised at 2019 Digestive Health Foundation Gala

The 2019 Digestive Health Foundation Gala: Celebrating the Power of Family raised $2.47 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve quality of life for digestive disease patients and their families. Emceed by actress Bonnie Hunt and attended by more than 600 supporters, the June 8 event at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago brought the amount raised by DHF since its inception in 2015 to more than $11 million.

Daily North Shore: Celebrating the Power of Family at the Digestive Health Foundation Gala

The Digestive Health Foundation hosted its gala, Celebrating the Power of Family, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The event was wildly successful, raising more than $2.47 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve the quality of life for digestive disease patients and their families. More than 600 supporters attended the June 8 event emceed by actress Bonnie Hunt. Guests enjoyed an evening full of cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live auction, and special entertainment. Since its inception in 2015, DHF has raised $11 million.

The Wilmette Beacon: $2.47M Raised at Digestive Health Foundation Gala

The 2019 Digestive Health Foundation Gala: Celebrating the Power of Family raised more than $2.47 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve quality of life for digestive disease patients and their families. Many North Shore residents were in attendance. Emceed by actress Bonnie Hunt and attended by more than 600 supporters, the June 8 event at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago brought the amount raised by DHF since its inception in 2015 to over $11 million.

U.S. News: Best Over-the Counter Products for Digestive Problems featuring DHC physician Dr. John E. Pandolfino

Constipation is common and can be caused by a lack of liquid in the GI tract or a diet insufficient in fiber, says Dr. John Pandolfino, chief of gastroenterology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “For constipation, MiraLAX is our first-line treatment,” he says. “It’s very effective, it’s safe and just a very gentle kind of laxative.” Pandolfino cautions that if you’re also experiencing bloody stools, rectal bleeding or unexplained dramatic changes in bowel habits, you should contact your health care provider. Often, though, bouts of constipation can be managed with OTC products, he says.

WTTW: Chicago Tonight – Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug. But is it Really a Medicine featuring DHC physician 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.

Digestive Health Center Press Conference – Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago Blackhawks announcer and former player, Eddie Olczyk, on his experience overcoming colorectal cancer and why it’s so important to get screened. Digestive Heath Foundation participants included: Sharon Oberlander, DHF Board Member and Secretary, Dr. Stephen Hanauer and Dr. Scott Strong, Science Advisory Council, DHF,  Dr. Rajesh Keswani, DHF Grant Recipient, and Dr. Michael Ruchim, DHF Board Member. 

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.

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