Media Coverage

The work done by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty members (and even some students) is regularly highlighted in newspapers, online media outlets and more. Below you’ll find links to articles and videos of Feinberg in the news.

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The chemical PPD is found in about 80 to 90 percent of hair dyes in salons and consumer products for use at home, says study author Dr. Andrew Scheman , an associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University. Most so-called natural hair dyes on the market are really just gimmicks, according to Scheman. “They’re not natural at all,” he says. Like other hair dyes, he says, many brands that claim to be natural contain PPD or PTDS with a few extra botanical ingredients thrown in. Scheman emphasizes: “If somebody’s allergic to hair dye, they’re not going to be able to use the hair dye to which they’re allergic. Period.” Scheman also sees patients with significant hair dye reactions. “They can be terrible,” he says. “Patients can have totally eroded, inflamed and raw scalps and facial skin. Sometimes it’ll go down on the neck, or even spread to other parts of the body.” You can’t immediately assume hair dye is responsible for this type of reaction, Scheman says.

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The point of screening younger adults is not so doctors can put them all on statins, said Dr. Neil Stone , one of the authors of the ACC/AHA guidelines. Instead, there are two central reasons, Stone explained. One is to spot younger adults who may be heading down a path toward heart disease later in life. Once they know their LDL is high, they and their doctors can have an “all-important discussion” about diet and lifestyle changes, said Stone, who is also professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. There is “strong and compelling evidence,” Stone said, that catching the condition in younger adults makes a difference. According to Stone, the ACC/AHA guidelines say it’s “reasonable” to repeat cholesterol testing every four to six years. “It’s not mandatory,” he noted. But people’s lives, and heart disease risk factors, change as they move through adulthood, Stone said.

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Gastroenterologist Dr. Arvydas Vanagunas
says he’s seen one or two patients with the infection. “The main symptom is pretty severe abdominal pain that typically occurs within hours of consuming raw or undercooked fish,” said Vanagunas, a professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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“We have a lot of patients who are able to maintain reproductive function despite cancer treatment,” said John Lurain , Marsella’s oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “We do everything we can to preserve reproductive function if we’re able to do so without putting a patient’s life at risk. And very often, we are able to do so.”

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Samer Attar, 41, an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, told no one about his June trip to Aleppo. In addition to packing scrubs and a toothbrush, he wrote a farewell letter to his family and gave it to a friend in case he did not return. “Some days we’d be so overrun there would be no place to step,” said Attar, an American-born son of Syrian immigrants who didn’t want to look back in 20 years and say he wasn’t part of the relief effort in the country of his heritage. “I still get chills thinking of people pounding on the doors trying to get into the hospital to be taken care of.”

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The biggest criticism of the proposed law appears to be its repeal of Obamacare standards of care. Many health policy groups agree with Northwestern University’s Center for Healthcare Studies that those with pre-existing conditions may well be left out. “This now allows insurers to charge higher rates to people who may be sicker, and typically people who are sicker, they can’t work as much so paying higher rates can be quite a problem and results in not allowing them to get the care they need,” said Dr. Jane Holl.

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“The truth of the matter is, when most people learn about this stuff, they’re in seventh grade,” Dr. Lauren Streicher , an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Medical School and author of “Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever,” told TODAY. “Women who are otherwise very savvy and educated, and know a lot about their bodies, really don’t know a lot about what’s supposed to happen and what’s not supposed to happen.” Streicher provides a lot of expertise throughout the rest of the article.

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It may not come as a surprise, but a new study suggests that people who reach middle age in good heart health can look forward to a longer, healthier life. “It’s not just about quantity, but also quality of life,” said study leader Norrina Allen, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, in Chicago.

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Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy who remain seizure-free do as well as siblings without the disorder in education, employment, driving and independent living, a new study says. “Our study provides further evidence that children growing up with uncomplicated epilepsy who stay seizure-free have a favorable prognosis,” said senior author Anne Berg, a research professor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “However, if they do not achieve five-year seizure remission, young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy are less likely to drive and graduate high school. They also tend to be less productively engaged and not live independently. These results show how critically important it is to control seizures,” she added.

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