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Better Edge : A Northwestern Medicine podcast for physicians

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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.

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.


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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.




The Molecular Side of Esophageal Diseases

In this episode, Marie-Pier Tetreault, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern Medicine, discusses her research published in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology.


ALS Therapy Should Target Brain, Not Just Spine

A recent Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature Gene Therapy has shown that the degeneration of brain motor neurons in ALS is not merely a byproduct of the spinal motor neuron degeneration, and is a target for future treatments for the disease. Lead study author, P. Hande Ozdinler, PhD, associate professor of Neurology and director of the Ozdinler Lab in the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, explains the importance of these findings.


Research: Energy State to Transcription during Time-Restricted Feeding

Joseph Bass, MD, Ph.D. discusses the focus of his research on circadian rhythms and metabolic homeostasis. He tells us about the relationship between homeostasis and metabolism and the conclusions he has drawn from his recent study published in Nature Metabolism. He shares the significance of finding NADH inhibition of SIRT1 links energy state to transcription during time-restricted feeding and how he is incorporating these findings into his work at Northwestern Medicine.


A Multidisciplinary Approach to Myositis

Arjun Seth MD and Sarah Fantus MD discuss a multidisciplinary approach to myositis. They share how the introduction of therapy involvement of multiple subspecialists and the utilization of a multidisciplinary team has been ideal for managing these complex patients and the largest benefits of the combined clinic at Northwestern Medicine


Cataract Surgery in Uveitis Patients

Anjum Koreishi MD explores the indications for cataract surgery in uveitis patients,. He shares the importance of counseling patients and setting expectations when planning to perform cataract surgery for the uveitic eye, why this type of surgery is often challenging and current research taking place at Northwestern Medicine.


Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Improve Cardiovascular Care

In this episode, Ramsey Wehbe, MD, fellow at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowship program at Northwestern University, and how AI is being used to transform cardiovascular care.


Complex Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

In this episode, Anish R. Kadakia, MD, professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses his work with complex foot and ankle reconstruction cases.


DNA Methylation Profiling in the Diagnosis of Brain Tumors

Today, we're discussing DNA methylation profiling for brain tumors. As of November, Northwestern Medicine is one of four institutions worldwide to offer methylation profiling for brain tumors. Joining Andrew Wilner, MD in this panel discussion and to share details of this groundbreaking diagnostic tool are three physicians from Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Craig Horbinski., Dr. Lawrence Jennings and Dr. Lucas Santana dos Santos.


Collaborative Behavioral Health Program Addresses Need for Integrated Health Care

In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD, chief of Consultation Psychiatry and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, discusses the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program at Northwestern Medicine, and how the program is helping to address behavioral health access challenges that many patients face.


Case Report: COVID-19 Complication Leading to Spinal Hematoma

In this episode, Anita W. Kou, MD, physiatrist at Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, discusses a complicated case report of COVID-19 leading to spinal hematoma. Dr. Kou reviews the patient’s rare complications, treatment plan and outcomes.


Prostate Cancer Highlights From 2021 SUO Annual Meeting

Ashley Ross MD discusses his experience at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Urologic Oncology. Dr. Ross and his Northwestern colleagues Dr. Edward Schaeffer and Dr. William Catalona were among the featured speakers at the conference and he shares some of the key takeaways from his presentation.


Tailoring Liver Transplant Immunosuppression

In this episode, Josh Levitsky, MD, MS, professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical Education and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the grant he received to conduct a clinical trial on the utility of biomarkers of rejection and kidney injury in tailoring liver transplant immunosuppression, and what findings could mean for the future of liver transplantation.


Urology Practice in the Post-COVID Era: Backlog Management, Shift to Same-Day Discharge, ...

Amy Krambeck MD discusses urology practice in the post-COVID era. She examines backlog management, shift to same-day discharge, efficiency improvement, health care expenditures, and more.


The Quadrilateral Plate in Acetabular Fracture Surgery: When and How Should It Be Addressed

In this episode, Michael David Stover, MD, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses his findings regarding fractures involving the quadrilateral plate (QP), recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Stover shares key takeaways from his study, including types of fractures that affect the QP, and what surgical approaches and fixation techniques should be considered when addressing them.


Trauma Informed Care

In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Traci A. Kurtzer, MD, medical director of Trauma-Informed Care and Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Medicine, discusses trauma-informed care and goals for the department in training and education. She describes the signs and techniques physicians should know to identify and approach a patient who has experienced trauma. Dr. Kurtzer has more than 25 years of clinical experience in menopause, sexual medicine...


Functional Genomics for Precision Medicine in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Scleroderma

Deborah (Debbie) Winter PhD discusses functional genomics for precision medicine in rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. She describes recent studies in rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma using functional genomic approaches to study disease. She explains the various types of functional genomic data that may be obtained from patients and evaluates the quality of functional genomics data to determine its relevance to clinical decision-making.


New Biomarker Detects Aortic Valve Disease

Michael Markl, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Radiology and the Lester B. and Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging at Northwestern Medicine, discusses his research published in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging regarding the association of regional wall shear stress and progressive ascending aorta dilation in bicuspid aortic valve patients.


What Role Does Genetic Testing Play in Cardiovascular Care?

Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor and Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University, discusses the important role that genetic testing plays in cardiovascular care. Dr. McNally shares who can benefit from genetic testing, and what makes the genetic testing process at Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute so unique.


Health Equity and the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)

Melissa Simon MD, MPH discusses health equity and the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) at Northwestern Medicine. She shares the importance of this initiative and the service and impact of the Center on the community.


How to Avoid Neuro-ophthalmic Catastrophes: Safe not Sorry

Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, and Shira S. Simon, MD, discuss the fascinating field of neuro-ophthalmology. They describe what patient characteristics and concerns should alert physicians to potential problems. In addition, they discuss the high-stakes diagnoses they have encountered while seeing inpatients for ophthalmology consultation and some common “pseudo” emergencies where a fairly compelling finding likely has a benign etiology.