By Todd Medland
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) is a condition in which abnormal electrical signals or pathways occur in the atria (top part of the heart), causing an irregular heartbeat. It affects nearly 5 million people in the United States and is responsible for 15 to 20 percent of all strokes. Please join our experts from Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, along with the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center on Tuesday, March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. to learn more about Atrial Fibrillation. This program will provide current information on the condition, including the latest advances in management and treatment options.
By Maisie Weinschenk
A winter storm hitting the Chicago area this week is expected to bring significant snow, along with freezing rain and sleet. Northwestern Medicine® orthopaedic experts warn that slippery, snowy conditions can pose serious health and safety threats and often lead to an increase in fractures, sprains and other orthopaedic injuries.
“We see a definite an increase in injuries, including fractures, which are breaks in the bone, resulting from slips and falls or accidents involving motor vehicles during harsh weather conditions,” said Michael D. Stover, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We often see patients with fractures of the wrist and shoulder or hip from people trying to break their falls with outstretched hands. Broken ankles are also one of the most common fracture types and can be caused by slipping and twisting the ankle while navigating slippery surfaces.”
By Megan McCann
Last week, we told you about a group of Northwestern Medicine trauma surgeons, medical students, nurses, and ancillary staff who are traveling to La Paz, Bolivia, as part of an initiative to improve pre-hospital and trauma care in the impoverished nation.
Steven Schuetz, a graduating medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, arrived in La Paz earlier this month and is blogging about his experience. In his most recent entry, he outlines the goals of the project and the team’s approach:
By Megan McCann
As the national dialogue on gun violence grows louder, many medical experts are advocating for a public health approach similar to the campaign used against smoking decades ago. Among them is Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, a trauma surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Crandall has been integral in developing partnerships between Northwestern Memorial and community organizations, such as CeaseFire, that aim to prevent further injury to patients who have been shot. She was recently featured on PBS Newshour regarding the public health crisis in Chicago because of high rates of gun violence. You can view the video below, but we also asked Dr. Crandall to answer a couple of questions on the topic:
By Jeffrey Danna
The Chicago ACE Mentor Program has given Northwestern Memorial Hospital its 2013 Corporate Award, citing our significant delivery of charity care, numerous community partnerships and mentorship initiatives as examples of how we work to serve low-income residents of the city.
The ACE Mentor Program works with Chicago Public Schools to mentor high school students, primarily minority teens from low- to moderate- income families, and motivate them to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction.
By Colleen Sheehan
The NMH Newsblog is launching a new series called “Why I became a doctor” which will feature Northwestern Medicine physicians discussing the path they took for a career in medicine. In our first post of this series, we talked to Kina Peppers, MD, a obstetrician/gynecologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a instructor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Peppers is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and Veteran of the Army Medical Corp with 24 years of service. She delivered emergency medical and gynecological surgical care to U.S. and Coalition forces during two tours in Iraq. Her clinical interests include high risk obstetrics, contraceptive counseling including Essure, hysteroscopic tubal occlusion, evaluation of abnormal pap smears, endometrial ablation, laparoscopy and management of uterine fibroids.
By Colleen Sheehan
Affecting one in every four Americans, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most prevalent gastrointestinal disease in the United States. Very little has changed in the treatment of this condition over the last several decades, until now. Last year, a new device to help treat GERD, called the LINX Reflux Management System was approved after four years of evaluation and testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Illinois and one of only a few centers in the United States to offer this procedure.
By Lindsey Fox
Earlier this month, the Northwestern Memorial Foundation accepted a generous donation fromJersey Mike’s restaurant on Ohio Street as a result of a winter fundraiser at the restaurant. For a few days in December, the sandwich shop offered patrons the opportunity to receive a free sub sandwich with a minimum $2 donation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The restaurant generously donated more than $1,700 to help fund Dr. Puneet Opal’s Ataxia research. Opal is currently studying a genetic disease called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1 (SCA1) that affects the cerebellar region of the brain. There is currently no cure for the relentless and uniformly fatal disease. Opal and his team hope that the studies will spur the initiation of clinical trials for patients with SCA1 as well as other forms of Ataxia.
By Megan McCann
If you’re injured in a car accident in Chicago, you can count on an ambulance that is equipped with sophisticated medical equipment and staffed with specially-trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics to quickly arrive at the scene. Once the ambulance arrives, you’ll be transported to the nearest hospital emergency department, or if critically injured, brought to the closest level 1 trauma center, like Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This standard of care is something that most of us in the United States can’t comprehend living without, yet for much of the world this is not a reality.
By Todd Medland
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international non-for-profit organization focused on improving cardiovascular care. Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a rigorous three-year process that examines a hospital’s policies, processes and performance measures in diagnosing and treating patients with acute coronary syndrome.
“This accreditation recognizes the standard of care that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital provides to our patients and recognizes our commitment to continually raise the standards of cardiac care for our patients,” said Ian Cohen, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of cardiology and the Chest Pain Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and interventional cardiologist at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
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