As the pandemic continues, there has never been a more important time to continue with cancer screening—routine mammography, pap smears, colonoscopies—as well as ongoing treatment and care for cancer, says Loyola Medicine’s chair of radiation oncology.
This fall, children and adults should receive a flu shot to prevent widespread illness, as cases of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are expected to rise, potentially at the same time, says Loyola University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Kevin Smith, MD. The flu and COVID-19 also share many of the same symptoms.
Ragweed levels are beginning to rise, says Rachna Shah, MD, an allergist who oversees the Loyola Medicine Daily Allergy Count. And as some allergy symptoms mirror those of COVID-19, seasonal allergy sufferers should be especially vigilant when adhering to treatment plans and precautions.
Loyola University Medical Center is ranked 4th in the state of Illinois and has been ranked among the top 5 hospitals each year since U.S. News hospital rankings started in 2013. Loyola has five nationally ranked specialties and is “high performing” in 11 other specialties, conditions and procedures in U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 Best Hospitals rankings.
Loyola is nationally ranked in five specialty categories: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (21st in the U.S.), Nephrology (37th), Pulmonology (45th), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (48th), and Neurology & Neurosurgery (50th). Five Loyola specialties are high performing: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Orthopaedics and Urology.
In a new study, “Pediatric vestibular schwannomas: case series and a systematic review with meta-analysis,” appearing in the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine performed a retrospective review of the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of 15 patients (21 years of age or younger) with unilateral vestibular schwannomas, without neurofibromatosis type 2 (a genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumor growth in the nervous system), who underwent surgery at Loyola University Medical Center between 1997 and 2019. The study authors also reviewed existing literature on this type of tumor in pediatric patients.
Overall, the review found that pediatric patients had similar symptoms to those of adult patients with acoustic neuromas; however, the tumor size was typically larger in the pediatric patients at the time of diagnosis, and symptoms of mass effect (secondary effects caused by the tumor) were
Loyola Medicine recently celebrated its 100th patient to complete cancer treatment with the MRIdian by Viewray radiation therapy system, a novel treatment that utilizes MRI-guided radiation to precisely treat cancerous tumors, typically with fewer treatment sessions and side effects, and better outcomes.
A new book by Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, provides a road map for understanding and preventing depression and other mental illness as we age, and when and how to seek help, when necessary.
For 22 years, Douglas Kerkman lived with significant hearing loss in his right ear, the result of a cholesteatoma (a benign, infectious cyst) that significantly damaged his auditory ossicles, or “ear bones,” the three tiny bones in the middle ear. Last fall, Mr. Kerkman received a call from his doctor, Sam J. Marzo, MD, Loyola Medicine otolaryngologist, and dean and professor, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, letting him know about a first-of-its-kind hearing implant system that he believed could restore Mr. Kerkman’s ability to fully hear. Unlike other hearing devices, the Cochlear ™ Osia® 2 System sends sound vibrations directly to the inner ear, or cochlea.
Loyola Medicine has opened a multidisciplinary men's health center that will be a gateway to the health care system for men who tend to shy away from doctors. The center, directed by Kevin McVary, MD, FACS, a nationally known urologist and leading expert in men's health, is the only academic medical center-affiliated program in the Chicago area.
When 62-year-old Bartlett resident Norvell Bujarski was diagnosed with cancer, it was advanced. When he learned that he had squamous cell cancer of the nasal cavity, he didn’t want to settle for noninvasive approaches that may only offer him a partial extension of his life. He wanted to live a full life and was seeking a cure. In order to remove all of his tumors, Mr. Bujarski’s cancer surgeon would have to remove his entire nose including bone and tissue, eight of his front teeth and part of the roof of his mouth. When he needed a maxillofacial prosthesis to restore his form and function, he went to Dr. Charles Palin at Loyola University Medical Center's Oral Health Center.
A new research study provides possible explanations for COVID-19 patients who present with extremely low, otherwise life-threatening levels of oxygen, but no signs of dyspnea (difficulty breathing). This new understanding of the condition, known as silent hypoxemia or “happy hypoxia,” could prevent unnecessary intubation and ventilation in patients during the current and expected second wave of coronavirus.
MacNeal Hospital is the first hospital in Illinois to participate in a national, randomized clinical trial using daily vital signs and lung pressure measurement to manage patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The PROACTIVE-HF trial utilizes a new monitoring system, coupled with a pressure sensor, implanted directly into a blood vessel in the lung. This system provides information that is recorded and transmitted over a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to a patient’s provider, allowing for medication changes, if necessary, to prevent further health deterioration or hospitalization.
For the seventh year in a row, Loyola University Medical Center has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review's list of "100 Great Hospitals in America."
Hospitals included in the new 2020 list "have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction,” according to Becker’s. “These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties."
The uncertainty and fear associated with the COVID-19 virus is causing many Americans to have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and yet a good night’s sleep has never been more important.
“Now more than ever, we need to get good sleep,” said Loyola Medicine pulmonologist Amy Guralnick, MD. “Sleep can help our immune system function at its best. Getting a good night’s sleep also helps us to think clearly and to problem-solve better. Additionally, having adequate sleep helps our mental health, as a lack of sleep is linked with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.”
Broad modifications to current standards for treating acute stroke patients during the COVID-19 pandemic may be needed to preserve health care resources, limit disease spread and ensure optimal care, according to a Loyola Medicine neurologist.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s renovated and expanded emergency department will open today (Tuesday, May 5, 2020). The expansion will accommodate an increase in daily patient visits and future growth to meet the needs of Melrose Park and surrounding communities. Gottlieb is a member of Loyola Medicine, which includes Loyola University Medical Center and MacNeal Hospital. The $15.8 million project is made possible by the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation under the leadership of chairman Jack Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg’s grandparents, David and Dorothy Gottlieb, along with other community leaders, founded Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 1961.
In accordance with guidelines set by the Illinois State Department of Public Health, Loyola Medicine hospitals will resume elective surgeries in phases beginning May 11 to provide care for patients. Physician offices and clinics at the health system’s three hospitals—Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital—will resume operations on Monday, May 4, including in-person visits and continued use of telehealth video visits.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital received its sixth consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade, considered the “gold measure” of patient safety, is a letter grade assigned to 2,600 general, acute-care hospitals across the country based on how well the hospital protects its patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) received its second consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade, considered the “gold measure” of patient safety, is a letter grade assigned to 2,600 general, acute-care hospitals across the country based on how well the hospital protects its patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Doctors and researchers are just beginning to document and understand the effects of heart disease in complicating and endangering recovery from the COVID-19 virus, as well as the potential impact of COVID-19 on the heart. In a new Loyola Medicine video, “Heart Disease and COVID-19,” cardiologist Asim Babar, MD, recommends that individuals with heart disease take especially good care of their health and heart during this pandemic.
Trinity Health has announced the appointment of Eileen Matzek as the new regional chief information officer for Loyola Medicine, effective Thursday, April 2. In this role, Matzek will be responsible for all information technology (IT) service delivery for Loyola Medicine hospitals which include Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital.
Spring allergies are in full force. So how do you know if your symptoms are due to allergies or the COVID-19 virus? In a new video, “How allergy symptoms differ from COVID-19,” Loyola Medicine allergist Rachna Shah, MD, outlines the different symptoms for each, and why it's important to keep your spring allergy and asthma symptoms under control during this pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for children and parents. However, Bridget Boyd, MD, a Loyola Medicine pediatrician, says there are ways that parents can communicate, and actions that they can take, to protect children and help them to better understand, adapt to and recover from this experience.
In the new Loyola Medicine video, “COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know about Protecting Their Kids,” Dr. Boyd offers tips for parents and caregivers.
While it may be tempting to drink more while quarantined at home, a Loyola Medicine doctor is urging moderation, as too much alcohol can diminish the body’s ability to fight off infections like COVID-19.Majid Afshar, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has studied the effects of alcohol on the body’s immune system, as well as its impact on breathing and lung health. He warns that excessive alcohol use (at least four or five drinks over a few hours) can alter our cytokine response, or signaling proteins, which regulate the body’s immune response.
The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly and drastically changed day-to-day life in the U.S., causing fear and anxiety. Loyola Medicine clinical psychologists Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, and Laura Wool, PsyD, provide tips for coping and staying positive during this time, as well as resources for securing additional help and care, in two, new Loyola Medicine videos.
A review of published data and analysis on the Spanish flu, found that cities that adopted early and broad isolation and prevention measures had disease and mortality rates that were 30% to 50% lower than cities that adopted less stringent or later restrictions.
MacNeal Hospital received a Housing Forward Ending Homelessness Impact Award this past weekend “for embracing the intersection between housing and health care, and disrupting the cycle of homelessness.”
Colorectal cancer screening is highly effective in detecting and preventing colon and rectal cancers, the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And yet, one-third of Americans, ages 50 and older, have not been screened.
Maywood, IL – Loyola Medicine's Philanthropy team has been included in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) 2019 High Performers list. AHP has recognized 74 U.S. and 10 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the healthcare industry for fiscal year 2018. These organizations are primarily philanthropy departments and foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for AHP’s 2019 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for healthcare fundraisers.
MacNeal Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health®. The study spotlights the top-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. This is the second consecutive year that MacNeal Hospital has been recognized with this honor.
Steven Edelstein, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, has been named chair for the Loyola University Medical Center department of anesthesiology, effective December 1, 2019.