AI in the Medical Office

It’s safe to say that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term familiar to almost everyone, but a full understanding what it is, exactly, is probably less so. The technology behind it is proceeding at a blinding pace and is undeniably complex, but the actual definition is quite simple.

Passport to a Healthier Heart

Luziana Lanna found her retirement to be nearly as busy as her long career teaching English in her native Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her days continued to be full and active, particularly in spending treasured time with her four sons and their families—especially her grandchildren.

Caring for the Vulnerable

Health systems—large, small and in between—across the country are proactively addressing societal issues that affect the health of their communities and patient populations. Access to housing, healthy food and mental healthcare are increasingly seen as crucial to improving health. And, as healthcare shifts to a value-based model, these initiatives, which top leadership drives, have the added benefit of ....

Swan Song for Sinus Suffering

Dominique Martin was born with a song in her heart. “My mom told me I've been singing since the day I arrived,” mused Martin, who today is a middle school music teacher and busy mom of a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Martin, 39, of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, also suffered from asthma and allergies that became worse following her daughter’s birth. 

"Natural Development of Foxp3+ T Regulatory Cells (Tregs) Discovered"

Tregs previously have been made artificially, ex vivio, by taking the CD$+ subset of T cells and incubating it with a cytokine called transforming growth factor TGF-beta. But cells produced this way are not stable and posses poor supressor activity.

Why Weight?

Luisa Montenegro’s story is a common one among women who struggle with their weight even years after giving birth. “I tried plenty of things, like different diets,” recalled the 29-year-old medical assistant from Chicago.

Multispecialty Team Turns a Health Challenge into Victory

Maria Xoy should have been out having fun with her friends. Instead, she was at home on Chicago’s North Side exhausted, depressed and embarrassed. At 4’9” tall and normally weighing in at 100 pounds—Maria suddenly began gaining weight without any change in her diet.

New C-Suite Roles in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is predicted to represent 20 percent of GDP in the United States by 2025. Given the economic and societal import of that fact, and the role healthcare executives play in the well-being of the population, the successful navigation of a landscape beset by disruptors is more crucial than ever.

Goggles Bring Giggles

Everyone can relate to being afraid of needles and hospitals. Understandably, the countdown to orthopaedic surgery for a 10-year-old patient in Evanston created scary thoughts and anxiety.

Expert Care Delivers Something to Talk About

Randy Gladstone has led a real rock ‘n’ roll life. A drummer in the ’70s, at age 62 jam sessions continue to be an important part of his life. A couple of years ago, however, music took a back seat to Gladstone’s health. 

Designing for Seniors

47 percent of American adults are members of the “sandwich generation,” people between 40 to 59 years old who care for a parent while raising a minor child – or supporting an adult one. And there are going to more. 

"Promising Treatment for Treating Bone Cancer in Teens and Young Adults"

Molecules are important in tumor formation and metastasis, and initial studies have focused on a group of four receptor tyrosine molecules which had not been studied in relationship to osteogenic sarcoma before.

Women in Health: Propa Ghosh, Director of Robotics

As the only female robotics director in the US, Dr. Propa Ghosh’s career can be seen as a series of fortuitous circumstances that led her from one career path to another, and then another, and finally another. 

"A Healthy Life, Fueled by Purpose"

What’s the key to staying healthy and happy as we age? A purposeful life. Twenty percent of us will be over 65 years old by 2030. We’re living longer and healthier lives. So a sense of meaning and usefulness will be the key to happiness and emotional well-being for many.

Women in Health: Hannah Chung Creates Toy for Diabetic Children"

Hannah Chung is the founder of Sproutel and inventor of Jerry the Bear. Jerry is a plush toy with Type I diabetes who teaches his young owners how to manage and control their own disease. By monitoring Jerry’s blood
sugar levels, they manage his diabetes and educate themselves, and everyone around them.

Women in Health: Jessica Langbaum Leads Alzheimer's Researh

“My grandfather passed away from Alzheimer's disease,” Langbaum says. “Seeing the fear that my mother and her siblings have about developing it -- how the disease impacts women -- motivates me to continue, to believe that I'm doing something really important. It gives meaning to why I do what I do every day.”

"Modernizing Medicaid Eligibility Rules to Bring Care Home"

The financial, emotional and health benefits of care at home for seniors are obvious. More than that, these benefits are supported by research and experience. But the option to stay at home to receive care is not readily available for thousands of families in Pennsylvania.

Women in Health: Halle Tecco Helps Drive Gender Equality

XX founder Halle Tecco wants to create more opportunities for women in healthcare. “It always (ticked) me off that there were so few women speakers at healthcare conferences,” she says. “Even on Women's Health panels, it was always all men.”

"Stem Cells to Build Cartilage"

Articular cartilage injuries, or injuries to the joint surface, are inherently problematic because they don't have the ability to heal. The body doesn't know that the cartilage is injured, so the biological mechanisms that might normally engineer repair are not activated.

"30 Years of Training and Trust"

Over the course of 30 years the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s (AAID) MaxiCourse program has helped more than 4,000 dentists, periodontists, prosthodontics and oral surgeons become more proficient and up-to-date in all aspects of implant dentistry.

"Combined Talents and Specialties Benefit Pediatric Urology"

Patients often include children who have multiple problems,  or are born with congenital anomalies that are not specific to just one subspecialty. One key group that can particularly benefit from this approach: teenage patients, who are at the transition point between being purely pediatric and adult patients.

"Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Incontinence"

Urinary incontinence in women is generally associated with pregnancy and childbirth, and there are also certain populations of women at risk of persistent urinary incontinence. This condition seriously affects quality of life for all patients.

"As Healthcare Evolves the Talent Pool Must Do So With It"

In the face of constant growth, developing bench strength will only become more crucial to successful healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations are consolidating while, at the same time, healthcare as an economic driver continues to grow.

"Manage Your Energy by Managing Your Time"

“I’m am so busy! I’m exhausted!” Is there anyone who does not declare this, emphatically and repeatedly? Our lives are busier, especially in the digital age. It takes a toll on us emotionally, and the price is paid in frustration, fatigue and less-than-optimum performance.

"Changing Minds, Changing Practices to Increase Availability of Corneas"

The chronic shortage of organs and tissue for transplantation is well known, and efforts to address that situation are critical and ongoing. 

"A New Dimension in Implant Dentistry"

Technology is driving change in every aspect of healthcare, particularly in implant dentistry. Few developments promise to have as much impact as 3D printing.

"Natural Killer Cells Studied in Hepatitis C Setting"

A project funded by the Veterans Affairs central office and the NH is evaluating the role of NK cells in host-defense mechanisms in hepatitis C infection to better understand how the interferon response mechanism may work during chronic viral infection.

"A Protein as a Biomarker for Cancer"

A protein, human betadefensin- 3 (hBD-3), has been the subject of research for its potential role as a biomarker for cancerous lesions of the oral cavity and its ability to serve as both a diagnostic and possibly therapeutic marker for head and neck cancers.

"Addiction Recovery Services Continues to Innovate and Lead"

One of the greatest challenges for people living with addiction is a lack of knowledge of where to go for resources or accessing the full spectrum of care they need for their condition, or conditions.

"Bringing Second Sight to the Profoundly Blind"

One of only 12 sites in the country to implant the Argus II, a bionic eye implant that restores functional vision to those with profound visual loss brought on by retinitis pigmentosa.

"This is Howard Brown Health Center"

Before the AIDS crisis and “LLGBTQ”, before civil unions, marriage equality, and the Affordable Care Act, there was Howard Brown Health Center. 

"Data Analysis Aims to Improve Outcomes"

Extensive analysis of data from a variety of sources to identify the practices and procedures that characterize prolonged hospitalization, readmission rates and complications related to bladder cancer surgery. Findings can inform guidelines to reduce complications and readmissions.


“Where Building and Biomedical Sciences Meet”

At the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building researchers soon will be studying the causes, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and obesity. Which means the building itself has to be similarly healthy.


"Plans Underway for Pediatric Airway Clinic"

A multidisciplinary approach to managing these patients will, in the short term, result in cost savings and stress reduction for patients and their families. In the longer term it will also increase efficiencies that come from fewer missed follow-ups and appointments, as well as less delay of care.

“Shane Evans”

Evans and her husband started Massage Heights in 2004, and in less than 10 years have grown the company to more than 100 locations, with 300 more planned by the end of 2015.

"Animal Models Developed for Study of Usher Syndrome"

Researchers have developed not one, but two mouse models engineered to carry the most common mutation in Usher syndrome III causative gene (Clarin-1) in North America.

"Growing Influence, Growing Needs"

History, geography and its long noted, continually growing affluence and geo-political significance combine to make the Asian market one of vast social, economic and political diversity. The region is disparate in population and the evolution of its various health systems. One thing that the majority of Asian nations have in common is their proactive approaches to regional health challenges in terms of accessibility, cost and quality.


"Focus on the Community"

The core concept is to train psychiatrists and clinicians to better serve the severely mentally ill in community health settings. The program includes preparing these professionals for leadership roles in those environments.


"Help for Sleep Apnea"

A device using electronic stimulation therapy for the treatment for sleep apnea, called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy, is currently under review by the FDA. While other, similar devices are in feasibility and safety evaluation mode, this is the first of its kind to be submitted to the FDA for review and consideration for approval.


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