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2012-05-08 10:24:14

Northwestern Medicine® experts minimize impact of neurological surgery using advanced imaging techniques and brain mapping CHICAGO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To say singing saved 25-year-old Sandra Marante's life is no stretch; in fact, if you ask her, she'll tell you it saved her twice. At 19 years old, Marante's burgeoning career as a pop singer was abruptly halted when an accident at a Florida restaurant left her with severe burns. During months of rehabilitation,...

2012-05-07 10:25:07

Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is the first in Illinois to perform this innovative procedure CHICAGO, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) who cannot take blood thinners now have an alternative to reduce their risk of stroke, which is five times more common in people with the rhythm disorder. The non-surgical procedure works by tying off the left atrial appendage (LAA), the source of most blood clots leading to stroke in patients...

2012-05-07 06:25:16

Northwestern Medicine® experts team up to help Indiana woman regain mobility with hip revision surgery CHICAGO, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Georgann Maurice and her husband Ray took a trip to Mexico this winter, they spent time walking along the beach and kayaking on the shores of the ocean. What may sound like a typical vacation to many travelers was an unexpected gift for the couple. Just three years earlier, Maurice underwent hip replacement surgery after...

2012-04-16 06:26:19

New program at Northwestern's Stone Institute combats mental illnesses at first signs CHICAGO, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early symptoms of major mental illness can be subtle personality changes. Therefore, initial warning signs can often be missed, or even ignored due to conventional wisdom that suggests it's better to wait for true behavioral deterioration and prolonged patterns of abnormality before diagnosing and treating a mental illness. But experts warn...

2012-04-03 06:26:40

Neurosurgeon and professor of neurological surgery assumes top medical executive spot CHICAGO, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern Memorial HealthCare announced that it named Stephen L. Ondra, MD, as chief medical officer for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ondra was the former senior policy advisor for the US Dept of Veterans Affair. He also was Co-Chair of Health Information Technology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Executive Office of...

2012-04-02 06:25:33

Kovler Organ Transplantation Center employs techniques to expand the living donor pool CHICAGO, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Newly released data from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) indicates that Northwestern Memorial Hospital's living donor kidney transplant program is the largest in the country based on volume of transplants from last year. In 2011, surgeons performed 154 living donor kidney transplants. Northwestern Memorial also ranked among the largest...

2012-03-26 10:23:44

Deep brain stimulation allows surgeons to control tremors with brain 'pacemaker' CHICAGO, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For nearly 30 years, Tom Rogers' left hand would shake when he tried to use it, making even simple tasks such as drinking a glass of water, writing a check, or making a sandwich challenging. The tremor eventually became so disruptive that he lost use of his dominant hand. Rogers sought care and learned that his tremor was a symptom of Parkinson's disease,...

2012-03-12 13:12:00

New, multi-specialty sites slated to add almost 100 primary care and nearly 20 subspecialty physicians CHICAGO, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare today unveiled plans to open six additional physician offices in Chicago and five surrounding north suburban markets. The newest offices in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood and surrounding communities of Evanston, Highland Park, Glenview, Grayslake and Deerfield join two other...

New Hope For Organ Transplant Recipients
2012-03-08 09:54:52

Organ transplant patients usually spend a lifetime on expensive and often dangerous anti-rejection drugs. But experts have announced that such drugs may not even be needed in the future, thanks to a new study that suggests patients receiving an organ that is less than a perfect match can be protected against rejection by a second transplant of the donor´s imperfectly matched stem cells. The study is being hailed as a game-changer for transplantation. Experts announced the success of...

2012-03-07 13:00:00

First-of-its-kind study where donor, recipient are not related or immunologically matched CHICAGO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New ongoing research published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests organ transplant recipients may not require anti-rejection medication in the future thanks to the power of stem cells, which may prove to be able to be manipulated in mismatched kidney donor and recipient pairs to allow for successful transplantation without...