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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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin met with doctors in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss the Zika virus, and to urge Congress to approve funding to fight the disease.

Dr. Michael Angarone, an infectious disease specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said research funded by the federal government would help him provide answers to patients bout Zika.

“How do we counsel our patients and these people that have all these questions that, in reality, we don’t have many answers for?” he said after meeting with Durbin.

Chicago Tribune 0

The young doctor cried in a stairwell, overwhelmed. Scheduling issues unexpectedly stripped away a weekend to visit his father, recently diagnosed with cancer. The night before, his wife had announced she was moving out — “rips the guts right out of him,” said Dr. Joan Anzia, a psychiatry professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Doctors are more likely than the general population to commit suicide, with an estimated 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year, Anzia said. “It’s the unspoken group of patients,” said Dr. Michael Gisondi, an associate professor in emergency medicine at Feinberg. “We don’t care for ourselves nearly enough.” The medical profession is starting to recognize the problem of depression in its ranks. Northwestern has a clinician available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any physician to confidentially call.

Chicago Tribune 0

Chicagoans want to know if they are at risk for the Zika virus, especially with the summer heat drawing out mosquitoes.

“There’s still been a lot of concern from women,” said Dr. Michael Angarone, a Northwestern Memorial Hospital physician who specializes in infectious diseases.

Chicago health officials are working to inform residents about Zika, which can cause microcephaly, a serious birth defect in which babies are born with heads smaller than expected.

Health Day 0

Men are significantly more likely to have their heart stop suddenly than women are, a new study finds. About one in nine men will suffer a cardiac arrest before the age of 70, compared to about one in 30 women. At age 45, men have nearly an 11 percent lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death, compared with a 3 percent risk among women of the same age, researchers report. “Most of these deaths are occurring prematurely — before age 70 — which means that this is a very important and largely preventable cause of death that’s really affecting families in a devastating way,” said lead researcher Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones. He is chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

Health Day 0

People who inherit a genetic disorder that causes high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease and hardened arteries, a new study finds.
The findings may help doctors explain the risks of familial hypercholesterolemia more clearly to patients. That’s important because the disorder can be treated with cholesterol-lowering drugs to decrease the risks for coronary heart disease and stroke, the investigators said.

“Clinician-patient discussions about guideline-supported therapies can be informed by this data,” according to the study authors, who were led by Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones at Northwestern University in Chicago.

USA Today 0

“We know that dads who are more involved can contribute really positively to their children’s development,” says Craig Garfield, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “And they do it in a unique way that can complement, but not necessarily mimic, the way moms contribute.”

Garfield is co-author of a research review published this week in Pediatrics, just in time for Father’s Day. Today’s fathers — whether they are biological, adoptive, step, foster or even involved grandfathers — have “a role expanded far beyond that of stereotypical disciplinarian, breadwinner and masculine role model,” says the report co-written with Michael Yogman, an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Health Day 0

“We know that smoking tobacco products and outside air pollution are linked to heart disease death,” said lead researcher Dr. Sumeet Mitter, a cardiovascular disease fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago.

“Our study, using exposure history and time, is the first to find a significant and independent increased risk for all-cause, total cardiovascular disease and heart attack deaths due to increasing lifetime exposures to household air pollution from kerosene or diesel burning,” Mitter added.

Reuters 0

The difficulty of withdrawing treatment is a challenge that’s all too common, agreed Dr. Eytan Szmuilowicz, a palliative care physician at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Szmuilowicz, who was not associated with the study, added that doctors’ natural aversion to conflict complicates the issue further.

“We don’t know how to manage or negotiate it,” he told Reuters Health. “It is easier behind the scenes to complain that a treatment may be inappropriate, but we haven’t taken a step back to think if we are providing care that furthers a patient’s goals.”

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