Northwestern Medicine PodTalk-logo

Northwestern Medicine PodTalk

Health & Wellness Podcasts >

Northwestern Medicine Pod Talk—Discussing the latest in wide range of healthcare topics from renown Northwestern Medicine experts.

Northwestern Medicine Pod Talk—Discussing the latest in wide range of healthcare topics from renown Northwestern Medicine experts.
More Information


United States


Northwestern Medicine Pod Talk—Discussing the latest in wide range of healthcare topics from renown Northwestern Medicine experts.




Ankle Instability: Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

If you have ever stepped down off a curb or worn high heels and twisted your ankle, you know how painful and debilitating it can be, as you limp away trying to figure out what to do next. Dr. Anish Kadakia discusses what causes ankle instability, ways to prevent it, and treatment options available at Northwestern Medicine.


What Patients Should Know About Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement may be considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability. Dr. Linda Suleiman discusses signs that it might be time for someone to consider a joint replacement and what to expect from this type of surgery.


Managing Pain: Alternatives to Opioids

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. For people who have an opioid addiction, their problem may have started with a prescription. Can acute and chronic pain be treated without an opioid? Dr. Victor Foorsov discusses alternative pain treatment options to opioids.


Aging in Place: Keeping Seniors Safe at Home

Sara Bradley, MD, discusses why we become more frail as we age,why seniors are at greater risks of falling and what it means to age in place. She will give fall prevention tips and strategies for assisting older adults to safely age in place.


Genetic Testing for Huntington’s Disease

Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder that’s caused by a mutation in a gene. If a parent is diagnosed, their children have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene and developing HD. Danny Bega, MD, MSCI discusses Huntington's disease and how to genetically test for this disease.


When is Deep Brain Stimulation the Right Treatment Option for Me?

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical treatment option for patients with Parkinson's disease who have not seen positive effects from medication. While this device implanted in the brain is not for everyone, it may be a lifesaver for those living with essential tremors. Dr. Cindy Zadikoff, discusses deep brain stimulation as a treatment option to help restore a better quality of life.


Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment: What to Know

Esther Vorovich, MD shares how to cope with a heart failure diagnosis as well as the treatment options available at Northwestern Medicine.


Is My Medication or Health Condition Causing My Weight Gain?

Elizabeth Lowden, MD discusses the medications and health conditions that can impact weight gain and the new Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Program.


Choosing Your Integrative Medicine Provider

Integrative medicine is what patients and providers believe in their hearts and minds is the right treatment, based on all current evidence and informed by their beliefs, values and experiences. Integrative medicine is the way you live your life, the food you eat, the environment you live in, and the relationships you maintain. It's also using the best approach to help you not only treat disease, but flourish in your life. As integrative medicine becomes more popular, Dr. Melinda Ring can...


Why NCI Designation Matters

Northwestern Medicine is proud to announce that Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has received the highest rating of Exceptional from the National Cancer Institute. Leo Gordon, MD, explains why this designation is so important for advancing cancer research that will then translate into new treatments for cancer patients.


Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system. Each person can be affected differently by the disease, with different symptoms that depend on which areas of the nervous system are affected. Dr. Carolyn Bevan discusses how The Northwestern Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Program offers cutting-edge and compassionate care for patients with MS.


End-of-Life Care for Patients with Glioblastoma

If and when the time comes to focus on comfort care closer to the end of life for a loved one, it might be time to consider hospice care. Priya Kumthekar, MD, neuro-oncologist at Northwestern Memorial, discusses end of life care for patients with Glioblastoma and how we will work with you and your loved ones to ensure as safe and comfortable a transition as possible.


Alternatives to Hysterectomy

Women with fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometeriosis and other issues that can cause heavy bleeding are often told hysterectomies are the only option. However, that is not always the case. Dr. Magdy Milad discusses alternatives to hysterectomy, how you know when you actually need a hysterectomy and general minimally invasive approaches to common (and uncommon) gynecologic conditions, many which impact fertility.


The Silent Killer...What You Need to Know About Hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day

Viral hepatitis, which can include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, is among a group of viral diseases that can affect the liver. Dr Steven Flamm, Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is here to discuss what you need to know about Hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day, the latest treatment options and how Northwestern has taken the lead in getting people tested.


Women with Early Breast Cancer May Not Benefit from Chemotherapy

New findings from a groundbreaking Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx trial, show no benefit from chemotherapy for 70 percent of women with the most common type of breast cancer. Dean Tsarwhas, MD, Medical Director, North Region, Cancer Services, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, joins the podcast to explain these findings and to let women know that this could help identify women with a low risk of recurrence who could be spared chemotherapy.


Back Pain Treatments--Facts and Myths

Nearly 80 percent of people face a painful back or neck problem at some point in their lives. Whether you need care for common injuries or complex spine surgery, Northwestern Medicine spine specialists combine innovation and skill to help restore your movement and improve your quality of life. Dr. Michael T. Walsh, Neurosurgeon with Northwestern Medicine, discusses treatments for back pain that can help get you back on your feet and doing the activities that you enjoy.


The Latest Advances in Treatments for Heart Valve Disorders

Heart valve disease can take its toll on more than just the heart. At the Center for Heart Valve Disease, we don’t just integrate clinical expertise and research to treat each condition. We also use a total-team approach to address each patient’s specific valve diagnosis, including their emotional health needs. Dr. Micah Eimer, Cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine, discusses heart valve disorders and the latest advancements in treatment available at Northwestern Medicine.