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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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

The New York Times 0

Scientists I queried tended to emphasize the dangers of helminth use. “I do not advocate self-experimentation when the risks have not been clarified,” Stephen Hanauer, director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine, told me in an email. Joel Weinstock, whose research partly inspired the movement, ticked off more reasons purchasing unregulated parasites is a bad idea: You don’t know that you’re getting the species promised. Even if you are, you don’t know if the specimens are alive, or if you’re getting the appropriate numbers of them, or even what the appropriate numbers are.

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