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.


The bottom line health message from the study is this: If you succeed in losing weight, then you should work just as hard to keep it off, says Linda Van Horn, a registered dietitian and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Unfortunately, keeping the pounds off can be more difficult as people age, Van Horn says. “The older we get the fewer calories we need,” she says. “If a person who is 60 is eating the same number of calories they ate when they were 20, they will be considerably heavier,” she says, even if there has been no change in physical activity. That’s because metabolism decreases over time, starting in the mid-20s. So, as people age, it’s even more important to keep an eye on the scale and cut back when weight increases, Van Horn says. “It’s a lot easier to gain than it is to lose.”


In the vast majority of cases, urinary tract infections (UTIs) don’t spread to the kidneys, according to Dr. Sarah Flury, a urologist at Northwestern University. There are about 6 million urinary tract infections each year in the United States and about 250,000 kidney infections, Flury added.

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Some also question the effectiveness of such testing. Rex Chisholm, vice dean for scientific affairs at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said he’s a believer in pharmacogenomic testing, but it’s important to move carefully when rolling out such testing widely. Northwestern also has been running a study on pharmacogenomic testing. “It’s always a judgment call about how early in a new technology and development … do you actually want to be an adopter,” Chisholm said. “We want to have some additional evidence before we would go full-out and offer it to all our patients.”

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“In relationships, where you have to have all your feelings available to be able to navigate intimacy, chronic marijuana use can be a downfall,” said Dr. John E. Franklin, a professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University. Habitual marijuana users, he added, “have kind of a muted response to life’s simple pleasures. The drug becomes the narrow way of getting in touch with their feelings.”

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But all of those variables have to line up. “As much as we would like to be able to predict this stuff, the nature of pregnancy is it’s going to be different for everyone,” said Lauren Streicher, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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We pay for breast reconstruction after mastectomies for breast cancer. So why can’t women at risk of becoming infertile from the chemotherapy that saves their lives rely on insurance companies to help pay for the treatment to save their fertility?

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Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in the U.S. may deliver higher quality care than other medical centers but still get lower marks on patient satisfaction, a new study suggests. “The VA certainly looks good on many of these measures, but they definitely have room for improvement regarding the patient experience,” said senior study author Dr. Karl Bilimoria, director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Patients at VA hospitals were less likely to recommend VA hospitals to friends or family than patients at non-VA hospitals,” Bilimoria said.

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Side effects from steroids are also possible but rare, according to Dr. Jeffrey Linder of Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. “They include increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar, fluid retention,” he said. “They could be significant for people at risk for diabetes complications and at risk for cardiovascular disease,” said Linder, chief of the division of general internal medicine and geriatrics. Linder, who wasn’t involved in the research, noted that only about one-third of the steroid takers in the study actually got better within two days. “This is a well-done study and again, it is negative. I don’t think patients go to the doctor expecting to get a treatment that is only going to give them a 1 in 3 chance of complete resolution of their symptoms within two days,” he said.


The guidelines “highlight many, many important similarities much more than it highlights some small differences,” said Dr. Don Lloyd-Jones, a spokesperson for the AHA and a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Both guidelines start with the same concepts,” he said. “The difference is how they look at the evidence.” “We’ve seen a number of groups in which (the risk calculator) performs extremely well,” said the Heart Association’s Lloyd-Jones. Lloyd-Jones said that the current risk estimator was “a huge step forward” in that it accounts for women and African Americans, who have often been overlooked in large-scale health surveys. The 7.5% threshold used by the AHA is based heavily on clinical trial data, he said. “These risk scores were never intended to be perfect,” Lloyd-Jones said. “They’re there to start a conversation, not to write a prescription.” “The purpose of the ACC/AHA, the purpose of USPSTF is not to create a healthy pharmaceutical industry. It’s to create better care for our patients,” Lloyd-Jones said.

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Kathleen Doheny”There is still not enough evidence to suggest this should be routine treatment for knee early osteoarthritis,” says Wellington Hsu, MD, the Clifford C. Raisbeck professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Even so, he says, ”there is very little damage you are going to do with an injection to the knee. I think stem cells appear to be safe in orthopedic applications. “There is, of course, the risk that an investment of a couple thousand dollars will do nothing. But Hsu says that ”you are not going to find the catastrophic cases that will shut down a clinic [as may occur for other body parts].’ For people who have knee arthritis, the most invasive treatment is total knee replacement, Hsu says. The FDA requires donor cells and tissues to be tested for communicable diseases. There is no consensus on which source is best, but most doctors use stem cells from fat, Hsu says.

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