GI & Hepatology News: VIDEO: In 2018, the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology is going strong featuring DHF grantee and DHC physician Dr. Sri Komanduri

The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology (CGIT) was founded 9 years ago to foster innovation in GI disease, according to Sri Komanduri, MD, AGAF, and V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, the current cochairs. The mandate is still the same, with the idea that CGIT will continue to provide support and resources to a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the daunting process of getting a new technology or product through funding and approval to reimbursement and adoption.

What Are Adaptogens and Can They Help Power Up Your Workouts?

Charcoal pills. Collagen powder. Coconut oil. When it comes to pricey pantry items, it seems there’s a new “must have” superfood or super-supplement every week. But what’s that saying? What’s old is new again. This time around, everyone from naturopaths and yogis to stressed-out execs and functional fitness fans are talking about something that’s been around for a long time: adaptogens.

Stomach, digestive system health: What’s your gut telling you?

If your digestive tract is healthy, you generally feel better. Researchers and physicians for years have been touting the importance of good gut health to a person’s overall well-being. Those with less than optimum gut health know there’s truth to the assessment. Case in point: A lettuce leaf can bring Danny Bernstein to his knees in excruciating stomach pain. A piece of broccoli can send him to the hospital.

Digestive Disease Insights from Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center

“Since I left the University of Chicago in 2014 to join Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (NMDHC), I’ve had an incredible time building our programs aimed at transforming digestive disease into digestive health.”
-Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, Medical Director, NMDHC

DHC Dr. Christian Stevoff Warns in Newsweek: DIY Fecal Transplants are Dangerous and Could Transmit HIV

Certain activities turn out completely fine with a DIY approach. However, it’s often best to leave other things, like fecal transplants, to trained professionals. A quick search on Google will return YouTube videos documenting how this can be performed without a medical professional. “Many things could go wrong, like infection, there is an even more alarming consequence: contracting HIV.” – Gastroenterologist Dr. Christian Stevoff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Hospitals cut back on opioids to battle addiction epidemic

Certain drugs diminish moderate to severe pain, but they also carry a significant risk of addiction. It’s not clear how many people swept up in the nation’s opioid crisis got started because of a trip to the hospital, but some experts believe the portion is sizable.

Chicago Tribune features DHC Dietitian Bethany Doerfler on How to eat healthy fast food

In a sea of seemingly unhealthy fast-food options, there are still ways to approach a menu and fill up on nutritious items. To help with that, the Chicago Tribune asked two dietitians to give them some tips for choosing healthy options and then made them prove the tips would work by taking them to popular fast food restaurants. Bethany Doerfler, a dietitian at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center was one of the two dietitians.

Chicago Magazine selects DHC Physicians Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer and Dr. Peter Kahrilas in their 2018 Top Docs List

Each year, Chicago Magazine selects the top physicians that have been endorsed by their peers as the best in the six-county metro area.  This year two DHC Physicians were selected for Gastroenterology: Stephen B. Hanauer, MD specializes in Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn’s disease; and ulcerative colitis; and Peter J. Kahrilas, MD specializes in Esophageal and swallowing disorders; and GERD.

How Long Does It Actually Take to Get Food Poisoning From a Sketchy Meal?

You’re not in the clear even after a few days have passed. “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. This includes feeling weak and fatigued, and could also include fever and chills. It’s not always ‘exotic’ foods that cause food poisoning.

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