Media Coverage

Finding organ donors concealed in plain sight
Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Talia B. Baker, MD, director of the living donor liver transplant program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
The New York Times May 18, 2016
Doctors need to know if patients are skipping pills
Many doctors don't have a good way of knowing whether patients are skipping medication doses, new research suggests. The physicians in the study agreed it's important to talk about medication adherence with their patients - but still, the topic rarely came up during office visits. Dr. Neil Stone of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and his co-author Rosemary Hines surveyed 21 doctors and 66 patients at four cardiology practices in Chicago during the summer of 2015. Overall, 61 percent of the patients said they rarely or never talked with their doctors about how often they took their medications. Eight patients had poor adherence - but in only one of those cases did the doctor realize it. Thirty-six patients had only moderate adherence.
Fox News May 13, 2016
5 things to know about the listeria outbreak
In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriages or stillborn births. It can be fatal for the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems, said Dr. John Flaherty, a professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For everyone else, an infection might present symptoms typically associated with food poisoning — nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Listeria, the microscopic organism that causes the infection, is extremely common, though, and typically goes unnoticed. "If we were to swab most people's refrigerators, you'd probably find it," Flaherty said. "It's hard to escape it."
Chicago Tribune May 13, 2016
Children with food allergies from low-income homes may suffer more
A family's income may play a big role in the type of care a child with food allergies receives, a new study suggests. The researchers found that poorer families -- those making under $50,000 a year -- spent less on non-allergenic foods, medical specialists and important medications, such as lifesaving epinephrine injectors. As a result, "poor people may therefore be experiencing more food allergy reactions," said study co-author Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She's the director of the Program for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
CBS News May 06, 2016
There’s a new sheriff in town in Silicon Valley – the FDA
Massimo Cristofanilli, an oncologist at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, has used Guardant Health's test on more than 200 breast cancer patients with late-stage disease and said it has been helpful in about 6o to 70 percent of cases to determine a next course of treatment. He sees FDA approval as critical for widespread adoption. "Physicians, especially community physicians, won't feel comfortable until they have more of a guarantee that the tests are doing what they are supposed to be doing," he said.
The Washington Post May 02, 2016
Landmark heart disease study marks 30 years of research
CARDIA examines how socio-economics, living habits, environment and several other factors affect wellness and aging. Now in its 30th year, the study has yielded hundreds of research papers cited thousands of times in other medical publications. "It really has become the premier study that has looked at the aging process from young adulthood to middle age," said Northwestern cardiologist Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, the principal investigator for the Chicago CARDIA field office. "This has really taught us a lot about the precursors (to heart disease) and how those risks develop as we age."
Chicago Tribune May 02, 2016
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