Category: Health

What Is Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer and The Outlook for Women Living with This Disease

More than 280,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. And many of them will survive and thrive, but those with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, TNBC, have a far less optimistic outlook. Joining me to talk about metastatic triple-negative breast cancer and the outlook for women living with this disease, Ricki Fairley, the CEO and co-founder of Touch, the Black Breast Cancer Alliance and a Stage 3A TNBC survivor, and Dr. Monique Gary of the Grand View Health Penn Cancer Network Cancer Program.

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Dr. Kalvin Lung, Thoracic Surgeon at Northwestern Medicine: The Future Of Lung Transplantation in a Post COVID-19 World

Due to COVID-19, the need for lung transplantation is growing. Approximately 20-30 percent of patients who get COVID-19 can result in some form of lung damage. Lung transplantation is the last resort for patients with end-stage lung disease. However, there is currently a global shortage of donated lungs which sadly results in deaths among patients on the waitlist. And . . . many donated lungs are deemed unsuitable for transplantation and go un-utilized. Dr. Kalvin Lung – Thoracic Surgeon at Northwestern Medicine with information about a new device to help rescue potentially viable lungs, and those initially deemed “unacceptable” for transplant.

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Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of the Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare: Medicaid and CHIP Provide Vital Medical Coverage for Eligible Children and Teens to Age 19

Studies have shown that students who have health insurance, and access essential medical care, are less likely to miss class than their peers without coverage and are more likely to complete high school and graduate college. And unfortunately, there are still many who don’t have health insurance. Joining me with information about how uninsured eligible children and teens up to age 19 in families with limited incomes can get health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of the Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of SMA

A year and a half ago, a family received a devastating diagnosis in the midst of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, that mother is sharing her son’s experience with (SMA), a rare, devastating genetic disease that is also a leading genetic cause of infant death, and how early diagnosis and treatment transformed his life.

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Dr. Juan Caicedo, Director of Northwestern Memorial Liver Transplant Program: Should You Become an Organ Donor?

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Illinois wants to encourage us to learn the truth about organ and tissue donation. Most organ donations take place after the donor has died however, some organs can be donated while the donor is still alive. This can be a great alternative to waiting on the ever growing transplant list and can help save lives. Dr. Juan Caicedo, Director of the Liver Transplant Program, Living Donor Liver Program and Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Medicine joins me to talk about organ donation and discuss some of the latest research available and Northwestern Memorial’s role in advancing treatment.

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