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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To test its usefulness in treating bipolar disorder, researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University enrolled 46 patients who had at least moderate bipolar depression. Half of participants were assigned to receive bright light therapy. The other half received a dim red placebo light. They also kept taking their regular medication. In an effort to ensure lack of bias, the placebo group was instructed not to search for information about light therapy and not to discuss the appearance of their light with anyone else in the study.

U.S. News & World Report 0

Pregnancy is known to carry risks, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, that may portend future heart disease risk, says Dr. Marla Mendelson, associate professor of cardiology and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “We know there is a lot about pregnancy being risky, but there are also a lot of confounding variables,” says Mendelson, who also directs a special program on heart disease and pregnancy. Still, the study raises an important issue, she believes: “Too many times clinicians assume pregnant women are healthy. They don’t connect pregnancy with risk, and we have to be aware of all these factors that may be present.”

Chicago Tribune 0

Pinkerton, who is charged in a 2012 fatal shooting on the South Side, is asking a Cook County judge to order a jail doctor to surgically remove a bullet from his body. Court filings don’t explain why Pinkerton, 34, thinks the bullet is relevant or how he plans to use that evidence at trial if a judge allowed it. His attorney and prosecutors declined to comment or did not return calls. Legal and medical experts said they could not recall a similar case. Judges do at times order medical treatment — antipsychotic medications for criminal defendants and chemotherapy for cancer-stricken minors whose parents forbid it — but those are all medically necessary procedures, said Northwestern University professor Dr. Kelly Michelson.

TODAY 0

Current recommendations are for parents to introduce babies to as wide a variety of foods as possible, including ones that contain peanuts. But in high risk kids — especially those who have both eczema and sensitivities to allergens — it makes sense to hold off until the child is in the pediatrician’s office, said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, director of the Science & Outcomes of Allergy & Asthma Research Program and an associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

U.S. News & World Report 0

CHICAGO — Today, Kevin Condreva will receive a new kidney at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. All told, his transplant will involve surgery on eight people.
Condreva, 22, and his aunt, Donna Spans, 63, are two links in a transplant “chain” that by the end of the day tomorrow will give a new lease on life to four people from the Chicago area. Condreva is actually undergoing his second transplant; he was just 15 when he first noticed blood in his urine and was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a common kidney disease that damages the organ’s ability to filter waste from the blood. When he was 17, his mom was his donor, but the disease came back. That kidney failed, too.

Refinery29 0

According to the report, fewer than 18% of all the posts for cosmetic surgery on Instagram were placed by board-certified plastic surgeons; many of the procedures were offered by other types of physicians, as well as barbers, dentists and at least one hair salon. What’s more, posts from other providers were found to be a lot more visible than those from certified cosmetic surgeons, who were more likely to use less search-friendly terms like #augmentationmammoplasty, as opposed to #boobjob. “The confusing marketing on social media is putting people at risk,” wrote Dr. Clark Schierle, senior author of the Northwestern study.

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CHICAGO — A Northwestern oncologist and hematologist was honored Wednesday for his efforts in cancer research and treatment.

At the request of firefighters Patrick Jessee and Lt. Michael Schubert, the Chicago city council passed a resolution to honor Dr. Leo Gordon for his work.

“Because of you, countless patients will get to spend this holiday season with their families,” Ashley Bloom, with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said.

Dr. Gordon treated Jessee for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011 and Schubert for Hodgkins Lymphoma just a year and a half ago. He’s now in remission and feeling 90 percent normal.

U.S. News & World Report 0

U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. “There has been increased attention among clinicians and health systems to involve patients in decision-making,” said Dr. Jeffrey Linder Dr. Jeffrey Linder , co-lead author of the study. He’s chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

HealthDay 0

U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. “There has been increased attention among clinicians and health systems to involve patients in decision-making,” said Dr. Jeffrey Linder Dr. Jeffrey Linder , co-lead author of the study. He’s chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Windy City Times 0

The Oncofertility Consortium hosted its annual conference, “Research and Translational Medicine: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors,” Nov. 14-16 at Prentice Women’s Hospital.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Dr. Teresa Woodruff coined the term “oncofertility” in 2006. In 2006, the Oncofertility Consortium was founded and is, according to its website, “a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors.”

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