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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.

Most women delivering babies in U.S. hospitals are sent home in a day or two, and make an appointment to see their doctor 6 weeks down the road. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released new recommendations that include more follow-ups, more frequent follow-ups, and more individually-tailored care. They’re calling it the “4th Trimester.” We discuss the new guidelines and take questions and comments from listeners.

Featuring: Whitney B. You, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology (maternal fetal medicine) at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

More often than not, women with postpartum psychosis, and those who’ve considered self-harm, need to be hospitalized so they can be in a protective environment while they wait for medication to kick in, Dr. Crystal Clark, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told HuffPost. “For moderate to severe postpartum depression, the gold standard of care is psychotherapy and medication. Someone with milder symptoms may not ever need medication,” Clark said. “Postpartum psychosis absolutely requires medication, you can’t do therapy with this and be done.”

Private genetics companies don’t necessarily seek out underrepresented populations — they serve customers who come to them and typically have enough resources to invest in exploring their genetic makeup. While the cost of genome sequencing has been rapidly coming down over the past decade, some of the services these companies provide can cost hundreds of dollars. “Most of the corporate world doesn’t really have that kind of emphasis,” said Rex Chisholm, a cell and molecular biology professor at Northwestern University who has helped advise the “All of Us” project. “Most of the databases are built on people of European ancestry.”

Most eye melanomas form in the part of the eye you can’t see when looking in a mirror so they can be difficult to detect. To make matters worse, they often present without any early signs or symptoms. “Oftentimes patients are asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis and the cancer is diagnosed on a routine eye exam,” said Dr. Sunandana Chandra, melanoma medical oncologist at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. “That’s why it is so important to see your ophthalmologist regularly.”

The findings should encourage and motivate people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, said Dr. Douglas Vaughan, chairman of the department of medicine in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. Though the study highlighted how the combination of all five lifestyle factors could help prolong life expectancy, Vaughan pointed out how each individual factor also was tied to a reduced risk of premature death. “It looks like cigarette smoking has a more powerful effect than the other lifestyle changes or behaviors. Certainly, maintaining a reasonable body-mass index is a great way to protect oneself against the development of diabetes,” Vaughan said.

Online reviews of surgeons who perform cosmetic plastic surgery may be unreliable, researchers say. The researchers examined 1,077 online reviews about breast augmentation surgeons that were posted by people in six large U.S. cities. There were 935 positive and 142 negative reviews. “We found the people who write these reviews are either very happy or unhappy, so it’s difficult for the consumer to get balanced information,” said senior study author Dr. John Kim, a professor of plastic surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

But exposure to other kinds of outdoor artificial light — such as those that are high in the red and green portions of the visible spectrum — was not positively associated with the development of either type of cancer, the study states. “That finding was unexpected but suggests that it is really the blue light that is important for cancer rather than just general brightness of light,” said Kristen Knutson, associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new study.

Online reviews of surgeons who perform cosmetic plastic surgery may be unreliable, researchers say. The researchers examined 1,077 online reviews about breast augmentation surgeons that were posted by people in six large U.S. cities. There were 935 positive and 142 negative reviews. “We found the people who write these reviews are either very happy or unhappy, so it’s difficult for the consumer to get balanced information,” said senior study author Dr. John Kim, a professor of plastic surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The researchers examined 1,077 online reviews about breast augmentation surgeons that were posted by people in six large U.S. cities. There were 935 positive and 142 negative reviews. “We found the people who write these reviews are either very happy or unhappy, so it’s difficult for the consumer to get balanced information,” said senior study author Dr. John Kim, a professor of plastic surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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