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.

Now, researchers, from Northwestern University, have developed an app that can predict the risk of liver transplant patients suffering from complications. “Knowing the patient’s risk is critical to help prevent the frequent cardiac complications that accompany liver transplant surgery and to determine which patients are likely to survive the transplant,” they say.

“Indeed, the guideline also states that adults who adhere to national guidelines for a healthful diet and physical activity have lower rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than those who do not,” write Drs. Philip Greenland Phillip Greenland , of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and Valentin Fuster, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

The American College of Physicians recommends non-drug methods for sleep improvement as a first line insomnia treatment, study author Jason Ong , of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a statement.

“Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia,” Ong added. “Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindfulness therapies.”

Crystal Tennille Clark, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, has reviewed existing data on the potential benefits of eating the placenta for a report published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health. Clark, along with her team, wasn’t able to connect any health benefits to the practice and actually cited some dangers. “Bacteria and elements such as mercury and lead have been identified in the post-term placenta,” Clark told CBS News. “So if the theory is that we retain nutrients and hormones such as estrogen and iron that could be beneficial, then the question becomes what harmful substances can also be retained that could harm the mother or the baby if she is breastfeeding.”

“More drugs and implanted devices for heart failure have become available in recent years. And doctors have gotten better at “giving the right therapy, at the right time, to the right patient,” said Dr. Clyde Yancy , a heart association spokesperson and chief of cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Yancy said: “The improvement in hospitalizations has not been across the board, and African-Americans are being left behind. We need to figure out: Is this an access to care issue? Is it an adherence [to treatment] issue? Are we not communicating well enough to patients?” The most common causes of heart failure include atherosclerosis — clogged heart arteries — and uncontrolled high blood pressure, Yancy said. “Don’t smoke, eat a heart-healthy diet, be physically active, and maintain a healthy weight and normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood

In 2008, Brian Mustanski i started IMPACT: The LGBT Health and Development Program, which conducts research that seeks to improve the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity. The program is part of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, Mustanksi’s alma mater. Working with the medical students and other graduate students in the labs of Northwestern allows Dr. Mustanski to provide these students the tools they need to treat people of all sexual and gender identities.

“As a dermatologist, we live and breathe cosmetics and personal care products,” says study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident physician in the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, citing his motivation for the study. “I get asked every day, ‘What is safe to use?'”

However, the lead study author, Dr. Steve Xu, believes the number of adverse health events is probably much higher and more data are needed. “These numbers are likely underreported. We need better reporting, from both consumers and clinicians,” Xu said. “Broadly, the hope of our paper was to continue this discussion to modernize and expand the collection of data about personal care products. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it, was our key point.”

“Adverse events to cosmetics matter to patients mostly because nearly everyone uses a cosmetic or personal care product every single day – this includes newborns, infants and pregnant women,” said senior study author Dr. Shuai Xu, a dermatology researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Unlike drugs and medical devices, cosmetics permeate daily life,” Xu said by email. “We’re exposed to hundreds of chemicals a day from these products.”

“The insurance subsidies are going to be retained for a limited amount of time. The premium assistance will peak in 2021 then goes down through 2026. The basis for premium assistance has changed. Before, it was pegged at the second-lowest silver plan; now it will be pegged at the so-called applicable median cost plan.’ The assumption is that this will translate to less premium assistance. But, as they say, results may vary. The impact will vary state to state. Someone’s going to have analyze the Illinois effect.” – Dr. Joel Shalowitz, professor of preventive medicine, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and health care system expert

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