By Bret Coons
Between increased sun exposure, spending time at the pool and prolonged activities in the heat, summer can be a problematic time for our skin and hair, but that doesn't mean they have to suffer.
By Marla Paul
A gel form of tamoxifen applied to the breasts of women with noninvasive breast cancer reduced the growth of cancer cells to the same degree as the drug taken in oral form but with fewer side effects that deter some women from taking it, according to new Northwestern Medicine® research.
Tamoxifen is an oral drug that is used for breast cancer prevention and as therapy for non-invasive breast cancer and invasive cancer.
Because the drug was absorbed through the skin directly into breast tissue, blood levels of the drug were much lower, thus, potentially minimizing dangerous side effects — blood clots and uterine cancer.
By Kara Spak
Botox is an effective cosmetic treatment, but what other medical conditions does it help? What are the risks? How do you keep it from looking overdone? Dr. Benjamin Marks of Northwestern Medicine's Glenview Outpatient Center answers typical patient questions in this "Hot Topic" video.
To make an appointment with Dr. Marks, call (847) 724-GLEN or visit glenview.nm.org.
Northwestern Memorial’s diabetes program climbs for third straight year to 8th in the nation and highest ranked in Illinois and Chicago
By Sheila Galloro
Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been ranked as 8th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospitals specialty ranking for diabetes and endocrinology released on Tuesday, July 15. This is the second straight year that Northwestern Memorial has been recognized as a top 10 program in diabetes and endocrinology, rising one place from last year’s 9th ranking. It is the highest ranked program in Illinois and Chicago.
Northwestern Medicine launches multidisciplinary center to treat eczema and its related issues, including sleep disorders
By Bret Coons
Northwestern Medicine® has opened a new multidisciplinary care center for adolescents and adults with eczema, the Northwestern Multidisciplinary Center for Eczema. Eczema is a life-altering chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that is a major health burden for millions of adults in America. Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is characterized by dry skin, rash, inflammation, skin sensitivity and, importantly, often severe itch. Many individuals with eczema also have sleep disorders, asthma, hay fever and other allergies, and even psychological issues like depression, and the eczema itself can exacerbate these associated medical problems.
By Julie Bruhn
In 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative – a new research effort that focuses on inventing and refining technologies that will revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. In the spirit of this new endeavor, Northwestern Medicine's Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, set out to inspire Chicago school children to become the future generation of neuroscientists.
Parsa, chair of neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, teamed up with three Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host an educational program called The Science of Us: Mapping the Human Brain. The objective of this new Northwestern Medicine program is to teach 4th and 5th grade students about the human brain and the importance of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative.
By Bret Coons
Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s urology program has been ranked as 9th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospitals specialty ranking released on Tuesday, July 15. This is the second year in a row that Northwestern Memorial’s Department of Urology Surgery has been recognized as a top 10 program in the nation and the highest ranked urology program in Illinois and Chicago.
“Being ranked as one of the ten best urology programs in the nation is a great honor and one that reflects the quality care we strive to provide,” said Anthony Schaeffer, MD, chair of the department of urology at Northwestern Memorial and professor of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Our urologists and nurses work closely with patients to develop individualized care plans to provide them with the most effective treatment and compassionate care possible.”
By Bret Coons
A new study authored by Northwestern Medicine® researchers found that reviewing electronic health records (EHRs) using algorithms can successfully identify patients with previously undiagnosed hypertension, or high blood pressure, with a high rate of accuracy.
Of the 1,033 patients that were identified with the EHR algorithms and evaluated, 361 were formally diagnosed with the hypertension and 290 others were diagnosed with related blood pressure conditions such as prehypertension, white-coat hypertension or elevated blood pressure. The study, “A Technology-Based Quality Innovation to Identify Undiagnosed Hypertension Among Active Primary Care Patients,” was published in the 2014 July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension affects one in three adults in America, and is referred to as the “silent killer” because it rarely exhibits any warning signs until it leads to conditions like stroke, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. Because of the nature of this serious condition, hypertension is associated with more than 50 billion of dollars in costs related to medical care and lost productivity in America alone.
By Sheila Galloro
Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s neurology and neurosurgery program has been ranked 10th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospitals specialty rankings released on Tuesday, July 15. This is the second consecutive year Northwestern Memorial has been recognized in the top 10 for neurology and neurological surgery, making it once again the highest ranked neuro program in Illinois and Chicago for the 8th consecutive year.
By Kara Spak
Northwestern Medicine’s cardiology and heart surgery program, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, ranked as one of the top heart programs in the United States and the best heart center in Chicago and Illinois in the annual “Best Hospitals” report released July 15 by U.S. News and World Report.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute ranked first on the list of cardiology and heart programs in Chicago and Illinois. This year, U.S. News listed BCVI as the 13th heart program nationally. U.S. News & World Report released the 2014-15 top hospitals rankings on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
“Our goal is to provide our patients with the best heart care in the United States,” said Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern Memorial’s chief of Cardiac Surgery and the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, a milestone that renews our drive to be the nation’s top cardiovascular program. We are proud to again be recognized as one of the top heart centers in the country. We work tirelessly for our patients to earn this designation.”