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Oct. 7, 2016
Dr. Zaki Almallah, a urologist at UI Health, spoke with CBS 2 Chicago about a minimally invasive treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) called the UroLift System. During the segment, Dr. Almallah discussed the UroLift System's benefit to patients in reducing symptoms of BPH and preserving sexual function. View the full segment here: New Enlarged-Prostate Therapy: Urolift


March 9
Dr. Ahmad Aref, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UIC College of Medicine and a surgeon at the UI Health Eye and Ear Infirmary, spoke with Chicago Health magazine about the range of health issues that can be discovered during a routine eye exam, such as detecting high blood pressure and diabetes by dilating pupils and examining the optic nerve and retina. "These are all signs of changes going on in other parts of the body. But often, you can't see those changes anywhere besides the eye," Aref says. View the full article here: http://bit.ly/1W9RtGk


February 10, 2016
Train passengers at Chicago's Union Station are being exposed to high levels of air pollution on Metra and Amtrak trains, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency researchers. Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor and interim director of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, tells Medill Reports Chicago that commuters waiting on the platform not only are exposed to diesel emissions from the trains, but they also can inhale dangerous particulate matter that is a byproduct of diesel-burning engines. View the full article here: http://bit.ly/20Odscc  

Dry eye disease is the most common corneal- and ocular-surface ailment, affecting more than 100 million people worldwide. Thought it traditionally affects the senior population, today it's affecting more young people. "We're taking it more seriously," Dr. Mark Rosenblatt, professor and head of ophthalmology and visual sciences in the UIC College of Medicine, tells Chicago Health. "It used it be, 'Oh, you have dry eye. It might not be a big deal.' But the consequences of dry eye, in terms of morbidity and in terms of lost productivity, are becoming more apparent." View the full article here:  http://bit.ly/1SKi1Qi


February 8, 2016
Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor and interim director of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, was interviewed for ABC 7 Chicago’s investigation into the breathing problems among members of the Maine South high school swim team. Dorevitch said the Park Ridge school pool likely has high levels of chloramines — dangerous chemicals that form when chlorine combines with sweat, urine and hair. View the full segment here: http://abc7.ws/1T3z5iv


February 6, 2016
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes Dr. Konstantin Slavin, professor of neurological surgery in the UIC College of Medicine, in an article about a relatively new epilepsy treatment that involves implanting an electronic stimulation device in the brain to help counteract disruptive electrical activity that causes seizures. For the next decade or two, brain stimulation may be the best option for treating difficult diseases, Slavin tells the Journal Sentinel. "But as time goes on, people will laugh at us for putting wires in people's brains. Right now we are treating symptoms. Eventually, treatments will be aimed at the cause and not the effect,” he says.  View the full article here: http://bit.ly/1T3xRE5


June 16, 2015
Dr. Mary Stephenson, obstetrics and gynecology at UI Health, is mentioned in an article in the Wall Street Journal on recurrent miscarriage and research into its causes. Dr. Stephenson established the recurrent pregnancy loss program at UI Health, and is conducting research on genes that may contribute to multiple miscarriages. The article can be read here: http://bit.ly/1BfQr64


June 3, 2015
Pauline Maki, psychiatry and psychology at UI Health, is quoted in a HealthDay article on a study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that found that hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes does not improve memory and thinking problems, nor does it make them worse. The new study "can bring comfort to women because both showed that hormone therapy is neutral for cognition," said Maki, who was not involved in the study. The article can be read here: http://wb.md/1KNekF7


June 2, 2015
Dr. Jessica Shepherd, obstetrics and gynecology at UI Health, is quoted the Wall Street Journal. The article reports on a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found a slight increased risk of respiratory disorder among babies born to mothers who took antidepressants late in their pregnancies. The article can be read here: http://on.wsj.com/1JirBFe


February 27, 2014  
Dr. Arkadiusz Dudek, professor of hematology and oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in an article on MedicalXpress.com about a new anticancer drug developed at the University of Illinois that will begin phase I clinical trials at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago. One of the drug's unique properties is that it can cross the blood-brain barrier. "Treatment for brain cancer is a huge area of need," said Dudek in the article. "Currently, we do not have that many therapies available for glioblastoma multiforme," the most common and malignant type of brain cancer.
The full article can be read here: http://bit.ly/1BmMyKB


February 19, 2014  
CBS 2 covered the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser held at UI Health this morning. Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt, head of pediatric hematology/oncology at UI Health, was interviewed about the event which funds research into pediatric cancer. The newscast also featured UIC Honors College student team, #baldislife.


January 26, 2014  
Dr. Damiano Rondelli, chief of hematology-oncology and director of blood and marrow transplant at UI Health, was part of a segment that aired on ABC-7 News, Chicago. The piece is on a patient that received a bone marrow transplant at UI Health earlier this month and will be going home. The patient and her family have been very active in raising awareness about the need for more registered Latino and African American bone marrow donors. The patient also appeared in a segment about her transplant on Univision-66, Chicago.


January 26, 2014 
Fox Sports 1 featured a story on a DePaul basketball player treated for sickle cell disease at UI Health. The piece includes an interview with Dr. Lewis Hsu, director of the pediatric sickle cell program at UI Health. 


December 16, 2014 
Henry Taylor, executive director, Mile Square Health Center, was interviewed for a segment on ABC7 yesterday about the Dec. 15 deadline for singing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in order to be covered on Jan. 1, 2015. The segment can be viewed here: http://abc7.ws/1uTHpTd


December 10, 2014
Dr. H. Steven Sims, Otolaryngology (ENT) and director for the Chicago Institute for Voice Care, is quoted in an article appearing in U.S. News & World Report on the health benefits of singing. The article can be read here: http://bit.ly/1GekdGr


November 21, 2014 
Dr. Santosh Saraf, Hematology and Medical Oncology, appeared in an ABC 7 news segment on a UI Health patient waiting for a bone marrow stem cell donor match. The piece highlighted the need for more Hispanic bone marrow donors. The segment can be viewed here: http://abc7.ws/1v33baA


November 21, 2014 
Dr. Elmer Tu, director of refractive surgery in Ophthalmology, is quoted in an Yahoo! News article on contact lenses. The article can be read here: http://yhoo.it/1vwMJS4


October 6, 2014
NBC 5 reporter Nesita Kwan interviewed Dr. Richard Novak, specialist in infectious diseases, about vaccine development to fight Ebola and spoke with Rachael Jones, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, about optimal respiratory protection for health care workers who are caring for Ebola patients. 


October 3, 2014
Dr. Susan Bleasdale, medical director of infection control at UI Health, was a panelist on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" to discuss the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Dr. Bleasdale is also quoted in today's Chicago Tribune about hospital preparations for Ebola.


September 19, 2014
Online magazine, the NorthStar News, covered several UI Health events that took place last week, including a men’s health and cancer screening at the main Mile Square Health Center location held Saturday. The NorthStar News quoted Dr. Vincent Freeman, associate professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health, about black men seeing urologists, and Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community-based practice and interim director, UI Cancer Center, on why some men don't take blood pressure medication as prescribed due to sexual side effects.


September 18, 2014
Dr. H. Steven Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology and director, UI Health Chicago Institute for Voice Care, is quoted in an article in Voice Over Times on surgery to treat voice problems. The article can be read here: http://www.voiceovertimes.com/2014/09/16/joan-rivers-aftermath-can-surgery-be-avoided/


September 17, 2014
Dr. H. Steven Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology and director, UI Health Chicago Institute for Voice Care, is quoted in an article in Voice Over Times on surgery to treat voice problems. The article can be read here: http://www.voiceovertimes.com/2014/09/16/joan-rivers-aftermath-can-surgery-be-avoided/


September 16, 2014
Dr. Kelly Roberts, radiology, is quoted in an article in Working Mother magazine on how breast density impacts the accuracy of mammography. The article can be read here: http://www.workingmother.com/health-safety/are-you-dense


September 11, 2014
Dr. Jessica Shepherd, laparoscopic & robotic surgery; obstetrics and gynecology, was a guest host on WCIU's "You & Me This Morning"


September 10, 2014 
Dr. H. Steven Sims, Otolaryngology - Ear, Nose and Throat, was interviewed by NBC 5 News Chicago regarding the type of surgical procedure comedienne Joan Rivers may have been undergoing when her heart stopped and led to her death. 


August 31, 2014 
UI Health patient Eric Von Schaumburg was featured during the MDA Show of Strength Telethon on ABC stations across the country. Eric and neurologist Dr. Qin Li Jiang were recorded at the hospital's MDA and ALS clinic for a story about his diagnosis with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, shortly before his 30th birthday.


August 7, 2014 
Dr. Alphonso Mejia, clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics at UI Health,  program director and vice head of the UIC orthopaedic surgery residency program and a volunteer SWAT medic for the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) was featured in an article in AAOS NOW, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons weekly magazine. The article can be read here.


July 23, 2014
Cheryl Pinotti, director, patient & guest experience office, and Airica Steed, chief experience officer at UI Health are quoted in an article on how hospitals work to ensure a good patient experience in Chicago Health magazine. The article can be read online here: http://chicagohealthonline.com/bedside-manner-matters/  


July 23, 2014
Dr. Bernard Pygon, chief medical officer, UI Health, provides tips for shopping for health care on page 50 of Chicago Health magazine, which can be viewed here: http://chicagohealthonline.com/digital-issues/2014-2/july-2014/  


July 11, 2014
Dr. Dean Schraufnagel, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and past president of the American Thoracic Society, was quoted by MedPage in an article on a statement put out by the ATS urging restrictions or bans on electronic nicotine delivery devices until more information on their safety is available.  


July 10, 2014
Dr. Ben Van Voorhees, Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI), is quoted in Crain's Chicago Business and Associated Press about a $19.6 M federal grant to build a "medical neighborhood" model to care for children and young adults with chronic conditions.


June 20, 2014 
Dr. LaMorris Perry, a pediatrician at Mile Square Health Center Englewood, was interviewed for a segment on the WTTW 11 Chicago Tonight program. The piece covered the new integrated primary and mental health care program offered at Mile Square's Englewood location in partnership with Metropolitan Family Services. 


May 28, 2014
Dr. Vijay Khiani, gastroenterology and hepatology, talked about acid reflux and heartburn on the Perri Small Show on WVON 1690am.


May 23, 2014  
Dr. Stephanie Joe, Otolaryngology (ENT), was interviewed on the NBC 5 program "Food for Thought". Dr. Joe talked about foods that can exacerbate seasonal allergies. 
The clip can be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/1gxfVkL


May 22, 2014 
DNAinfo covered the opening of the new Child & Family Wellness Program at the UI Health Mile Square Health Center Englewood. The program is a partnership between Mile Square and Metropolitan Family Services and is funded by the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation. The article can be read here: http://dnain.fo/1gnpUJj


April 30, 2014 
Dr. Mahesh Patel, infectious diseases, was interviewed by WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" for a Q and A on hepatitis C and two new drugs, Sovaldi and Olysio, that have high cure rates. 


April 22, 2014
Dr. Richard Novak, chief of infectious diseases, appeared on CBS 2 News Chicago to discuss the recent outbreaks of mumps in Illinois, New York, and Ohio where many of the cases have occurred on college campuses.


April 22, 2014
The Discovery Channel's program, Daily Planet, featured Dr. H. Steven Sims, director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care at UI Health, and pro beatboxer Yuri Lane, in a segment about how beatboxing isn't as harsh on the vocal cords as could be expected, and may even be safer than singing. 


April 17, 2014
Smithsonian's video program, Smart News, featured research by Dr. H. Steven Sims, director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital & Health Sciences System, that found beatboxing is not harmful to the voice.  


April 17, 2014
Dr. Jose Oberholzer, chief of transplantation surgery, and director of the islet and pancreas transplant program at UI Health, was on WTTW's (Channel 11) Chicago Tonight program. He spoke about the future of organ transplantation. 


April 16, 2014
Dr. H. Steven Sims, Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) and director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care, was interviewed on WBEZ's Morning Edition regarding World Voice Day http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/


April 3, 2014 
Science Daily features Dr. Enrico Benedetti on new drug allows physicians to perform a successful kidney transplant.


April 1, 2014
Fertility specialist, Dr. Mary Stephenson, was featured in Reuters Health and News Daily.com on treating women who've had repeated pregnancy loss or a fetal death.


March 31, 2014
ABC 7 featured Dr. Robert Winn on the deadline for Affordable Care Act, Certified Counselor's availability, and what applicants need to bring. Watch the clip.


March 14, 2014
Dr. Lewis Hsu, pediatric hematologist, and director, Sickle Cell Transition Program, was featured on SI.com, Sports Illustrated's website.   Dr. Hsu helps a DePaul freshman basketball player manage his sickle cell disease, a debilitating disease that mutates the red blood cells into a "sickle" shape to clog vessels and limit blood flow.  This young player recently received the Big East Rookie of the Year award.  Read the full article here     


February 28, 2014
Dr. Sonja Boone, interim associate executive director, Mile Square Health Center, and senior director, community based practice will be featured on the "Your Chicago" segment on CBS 2 tonight at 10 p.m. Dr. Boone was interviewed about the new Mile Square Health Center at Roosevelt and Wood St. and the Affordable Care Act. Please tune in!. 


February 25, 2014
Dr. Jessica Shepherd, Obstetrics and Gynecology, was on the "The Truth About Fibroids" episode of Dr. Oz Show. Watch the clip here.  She was also featured on Chicago's WCIU-TV Channel 26. 


February 25, 2014
CBS 2 News reported live from UI Health and filmed patients, families, and staff at an annual head-shaving event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt, chief of pediatric hematology/oncology, was interviewed about the importance of funding for pediatric cancer research. Watch the video.


January 10, 2014
Henry Taylor (Executive Director of Mile Square Health Centers), Heather Jones (UI Health patient), and Carla Burdock (Certified Nurse Midwife) are quoted in a Chicago Defender article (page 5) on the opening of our new Main Location for Mile Square Health Centers in the Illinois Medical District. 


January 8, 2014
Dr. Robert A. Winn, Victor J. LaGroon, and patient Ja-Niece Nelson are featured in The North Star News highlighting the new Main Location for Mile Square Health Center on Wood St. and Roosevelt Rd. 


January 7, 2014
DNAinfo Chicago writes, "the city's first health care center to have both urgent and specialty care offered under one roof officially opened to the public" about our new Main Location for Mile Square Health Centers. 


January 6, 2014
UI Health's new state-of-the-art Main Location for Mile Square Health Center was featured in Modern Healthcare and A to Z Building