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.
Facebook Live Featuring a Q&A with DHC Surgeon Steven A. Strong and DHC Physician Stephen B. Hanauer
In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center conducted a Facebook Live Q&A session with our Digestive Health Center Surgical Director, Dr. Scott A. Strong and Medical Director, Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 pm.
Eating a diet high in red meat, such as beef, lamb or pork and some luncheon meats, increases the risk for developing colorectal cancer, says Dr. Scott Strong, surgical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Chicago Tribute: A mom watched her daughter, 24, die from alcoholism. Hospitals are rethinking liver transplants for these patients
“It’s a big deal because I think the transplant community is realizing we were being too restrictive previously and there are select patients we believe will do well after a very thorough evaluation,” said Dr. Josh Levitsky, a Northwestern University associate professor of medicine, Digesti and past board member of the American Society of Transplantation.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
WGN TV Living Healthy Chicago interviews DHC hepatologist Dr. Mary Rinella on Living with Liver Disease
Jane Monzures, Living Health Chicago, WGN TV interviews Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center hepatologist Dr. Mary Rinella about how Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease can develop, and why lifestyle changes are important for anyone dealing with liver disease. A local man also shares how changing his eating habits and exercising more has helped him to manage liver disease.
WGN TV Living Healthy Chicago features DHC Surgeon Dr. Eric S. Hungness on Innovation in Achalasia Treatment
Jane Monzures, Living Health Chicago, WGN TV interviews Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center surgeon Dr. Eric S. Hungness about an innovative procedure that’s making a big difference in the lives of people with achalasia – a rare swallowing disorder. We’ll learn how this procedure helped one woman get back to her favorite hobby.
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.
“When we go to sleep, our intestines go to sleep. Further, our brains usually turn off many pain signals while we sleep. So if the pain is bad enough to wake us up, that’s concerning.” Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.
NBC Highlights Patient at Northwestern Now Cancer Free After New Chemo Treatment for Abdominal Cancer
Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, using a procedure never attempted at the facility, have seemingly cured a stay-at-home father of cancer. Corey Capers was a stay-at-home father, who took care of his 4-year-old daughter and was in the process of looking for a job, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
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.
Each year, Chicago Magazine selects the top surgeons that have been endorsed by their peers as the best in the six-county metro area. This year, Dr. Scott Strong, DHC Colon and Rectal Surgeon was selected. Dr. Strong specializes in Crohn’s disease; ulcerative colitis; colon and rectal cancer; and minimally invasive surgery.
While doctors do prescribe opioids to fight pain, one DHF funded Northwestern surgeon is taking steps to ensure the highly-addictive medications don’t fall into the wrong hands with a new drug take-back program.
Each year, Chicago Magazine selects the top surgeons that have been endorsed by their peers as the best in the six-county metro area. This year, Dr. Nathaniel Jolas Soper, Gastroenterology surgeon was selected. Dr. Soper specializes in Laparoscopic, biliary, and minimally invasive surgery; and GERD.
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.
This Christmas was very special for a woman who has spent much of her life in and out of Chicago hospitals.
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