But not all docs encourage holistic preconception rituals. Lauren Streicher, MD, ,an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Illinois, says, “I sometimes worry there’s this false assurance that [if you] eat organic or take yoga classes before you’re pregnant, then everything will work out. And if it doesn’t, if a woman has trouble conceiving or has a baby with a birth defect, then women blame themselves, when there are no studies to show massage or acupuncture or organic foods make a difference in outcome. Bottom line, there’s a lot we can’t control, so women shouldn’t go nuts focusing on these things. They should do them if it feels good, but not at the expense of a balanced life.”
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.
Even so, offering doctors and patients a way to see heart disease risk in relatively healthy and young adults may help people make lifestyle changes while there’s still a chance to significantly reduce their odds of a heart attack or stroke later in life, said Dr. John Wilkins , a researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago who wasn’t involved in the study.
“Fortunately, exercise, particularly resistance exercise, adds muscle to help counteract any potential drop in metabolism,” explains Dr. Micah J. Eimer, co-director of the sports cardiology program at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
Professional stress also plays a role, said Dr. Daniel Angres, an associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Law firms have a culture of keeping things underground, a conspiracy of silence,” he said. “There is a desire not to embarrass people, and as long as they are performing, it’s easier to just avoid it. And there’s a lack of understanding that addiction is a disease.”
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.