Better Edge : A Northwestern Medicine podcast for physicians

Better Edge : A Northwestern Medicine podcast for physicians

Better Edge is a podcast for physicians. It showcases current research and breakthroughs in care by Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine is an academic medical center located in Chicago, IL.

Episodes

April 17, 2021
In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, James M. Walter, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and medical director of the Lung Rescue Program at Northwestern Medicine, discusses how treatment recommendations for patients with severe forms of COVID-19 have evolved since the onset of the pandemic. He also shares several key treatment recommendations. Dr. Walter previously spoke on thi...
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Drs. Mary Mahieu & Shikha Wadwani join us to discuss their multi-specialty approach to treating patients with Lupus Nephritis. They also share how they have evolved amid the global COVID pandemic, and what new trials and treatments are exciting in this area.
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Geoffry Striscek, MD, neurosurgeon at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the unique considerations in treating Cervical Myelopathy.
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Daniela B. Rakocevic, MD, MSc, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, discusses substance use disorder and the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks about the recent increase in substance use disorders, the use of telehealth in caring for patients, and what psychiatrists can do to help patients struggling during this unique time.
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Drs. Angelo Tanna, Jessica Kang and Brenda Bohnsack discuss and debate new techniques with minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS).
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Sean Sachdev, MD, discusses his unique focus on stereotactic radiotherapy of metastatic cancers. He offers insight into the role of imaging in diagnosis and ongoing treatment for prostate cancer treatment, and he shares information from a recent publication in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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March 15, 2021
Mahesh Ramachandran MD and?Michelle Armour MS, CCC-SLP discuss Aphasia. They share how Marianjoy is unique in delivering Aphasia treatment for patients. They talk about the life participation approach Marianjoy uses, how technology has impacted the treatment of Aphasia and how Marianjoy is using this technology to support therapy for patients.
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Abdul Aziz Aadam, MD, offers new perspectives in two endoscopic treatments for gastroenterologic conditions: peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for esophageal disorders not responding to medical therapies, and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), an outpatient procedure to remove deep tumors from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. He shares how POEM was developed based on both the already established surgical principles of esophage...
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In this Better Edge Podcast, Lauren Streicher, MD, medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Rajal C. Patel, MD, co-director of the Program for Vulvar and Vaginal Health at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, discuss complex vulvar and vaginal diseases and information useful for ph...
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Anand Srivastava MD, MPH, discusses a recent study he co-authored, which explores AKI treated with renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Although AKI is an important sequela of COVID-19, data on AKI treated with RRT (AKI-RRT) in patients with COVID-19 are limited. This multi-center cohort study of 3099 critically ill adults with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care units at 67 hospitals across the Unite...
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This segment explores personalized approaches to managing the treatment of achalasia. Dustin A.Carlson, MD, MS, shares insights on the importance of diagnostics to long-term management and care as he discusses his paper in The American Journal of Gastroenterology that  identifies repeated diagnostics as an important step in diagnosis.
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Dr. Ashley Evan Ross, M.D., Ph.D and  Brittany Szymaniak, PhD, CGC, an expert researcher in Cancer Genetics will participate in this podcast discussing Germline genetic testing and  prostate cancer.
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Alicia Morgans MD, MPH discusses the most important factors that influence a patient’s quality of life when undergoing treatment for prostate or bladder cancer. She shares specific questionnaires and tools used to measure patient quality of life, strategies she recommends providers implement to optimize patient quality of life and how providers can incorporate these assessments into practice.

She also tells us about her research on ...
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Joshua J. Meeks MD, PhD discusses his work in epigenetics and genetic mutations associated with cancer and how muscle-invasive and metastatic bladder cancers are some of the most complex diagnoses to treat. He shares his study on how chromatin remodeling genes play a role in bladder cancer. In addition, he is investigating the “driver mutations found in bladder cancer. In the future, he hopes to develop novel systemic and intravesi...
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Targeted audits have found a high percentage of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) did not comply with Medicare coverage and documentation requirements over the past several years. A recent report released from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded an 80% error rate was found through a stratified random sample chart audit of 220 IRF claims. The estimated financial impact of this report was $5.7 billion for care to...
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Preeti Thyparampil, MD discusses lid abscess associated with personal protective eyewear in COVID-19 unit. She talks about her published work in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology that described a case of a nurse working in a COVID-19 ward who was diagnosed with an eyelid abscess associated with protective goggles. She shares how her team has seen in increase in ocular injuries as a result of wearing masks and the advice she is ...
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In this episode of the Better Edge Podcast, Aneesha Shetty, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, discusses finding from a recent case report published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

This study highlights an emerging COVID-19 related kidney disease that is characterized by podocytopathy and/or collapsing FSGS. In investigating this phenomenon among six patient...
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Magdy Milad, MD, MS joins us today to discuss how surgical innovations have improved patient outcomes and safety for the treatment of tubal disease. He shares the how surgical treatments for tubal disease have evolved in recent years. He examines the role minimally invasive surgery has played in treating women with tubal disease, why is this an important treatment for women who desire future fertility and how robotic-assisted surge...
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Jyoti Patel, MD, is the medical director of thoracic oncology and assistant director for clinical research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. In this episode of the Better Edge Podcast, she discusses emerging treatments for lung cancer, including the introduction of seven new therapies approved by the FDA this year. She shares how treatment of lung cancer has evolved to become more person...
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Eric M. Ruderman, MD and Emily Louise Keimig, MD, discuss the benefits of establishing a multidisciplinary clinic for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis at Northwestern Medicine. They speak about the value of a combined clinic for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the advantages of running the clinic this way and how this model improves quality of care and treatment selection.
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