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Simon marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by urging all women to get regular screenings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:59

Simon: Screening is key to early detection, saving lives


CHICAGO – Oct. 24, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today highlighted the importance of receiving regular mammograms to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Simon visited Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where she underwent a mammogram and urged all women to make their health a priority and seek proactive screenings.

“Studies show that as we get older, women are at an increased risk of breast cancer,” said Simon. “But this disease, which takes away so many of our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and aunts, can be preventable and treatable with an earlier warning. I’m urging all women to get screened.”

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends all women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year to screen for breast cancer.

“Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and early detection plays a critical role in its treatment,” said Erin I. Neuschler, MD, associate director of breast imaging clinical operations for Northwestern Medicine and assistant professor of radiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “When breast cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be treated effectively in most women, and mammography is a proven method for early detection.”

Simon chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and advocated for improved access to women’s health care in underserved areas. Throughout her term as Lt. Governor, Simon has used her own breast cancer screenings as a tool to encourage women throughout Illinois to seek proactive treatments.

“The process of getting a mammogram is quick and painless, and usually private,” Simon added. “But if giving a peek into my exam room convinces even one woman to go out and get a mammogram, it’s worth the discomfort.”

Please see above for satellite uplink coordinates. Footage includes b-roll of Lt. Governor Simon’s exam, as well as interviews with Simon and Dr. Neuschler.


Help Us Fight the Battle Against Breast Cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Texas Roadhouse   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:57
The Texas Roadhouse in Davenport is helping to fight the battle against Breast Cancer. Join us on Friday, October 24th through Friday, October 31st and, when you donate $5, you'll receive a $5 Voucher* for your next visit with us!

All proceeds raised will be donated locally. So, come on over and enjoy our Fresh-Baked Bread, Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-the-Bone Ribs and Made-From-Scratch Sides while supporting this cause.

Get the gang together and help fight against breast cancer.

Statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Ebola Resource Network PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melaney Arnold   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:52
CHICAGO – The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network: the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, regarding Ebola testing in Illinois.
IDPH preliminary test results for the patient at the University of Chicago Medical Center were negative for Ebola, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed these results.  The patient has been discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The patient tested was a child who vomited one time while on a flight originating from Liberia and traveling to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  The child was immediately taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for a full medical evaluation. After consulting with the University of Chicago Medical Center and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, public health officials determined it was in the best interest of the patient to be transferred to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital.
After consultation involving the University of Chicago Medical Center, CDPH, IDPH and CDC, testing was done to rule out Ebola.
IDPH received approval earlier this week from the CDC to perform testing for Ebola.  All testing must first be approved by IDPH, and then CDC.  A second sample is sent to CDC to confirm state lab results.
The statewide Ebola Task Force, announced Wednesday by Governor Pat Quinn, the Chicago Ebola Resource Network, hospitals and local health departments across Illinois will continue to work together to quickly identify a person who could potentially be at risk of Ebola, and take quick action in order to protect the health and safety of all Illinois residents. The Chicago Ebola Resource Network is a coalition of CDPH and four leading Chicago-area hospitals formed as part of a coordinated effort to prepare for and respond to possible diagnoses of Ebola within Chicago.
For questions, call the Ebola informational hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

Governor Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:04

Group of Healthcare Experts to Advise State on Ebola Response Efforts

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a task force that will help ensure the public health system across Illinois is prepared for the Ebola virus. The task force was established through Executive Order with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and includes members representing health care, local public health, emergency responders, the Illinois State Board of Health, state agencies and others to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the health of the people of Illinois.

“We have learned that the best way to address the Ebola virus is to educate ourselves and know the facts,” Governor Quinn said. “I have directed IDPH to assemble a task force of experts that can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding any potential threat. While we have no confirmed cases, the state will take every safeguard to protect first responders, health care workers and the people of Illinois.”

Two travelers – an adult and child who are not related – who arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport yesterday are under medical evaluation following newly-established safety protocols at Chicago area hospitals and airports. The adult patient has shown no signs or symptoms of Ebola virus disease and is no longer in isolation but will continue to be monitored by hospital officials.

Though improvements have been seen, the child patient – as a result of dehydration and as an extra step of precaution – will be tested for the Ebola virus. The patient maintains a normal temperature and shows no symptoms other than one reported case of vomiting and dehydration. The IDPH laboratory will conduct the preliminary testing while another specimen is sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.

These measures, along with steps the state and city of Chicago are taking, will help ensure the public health department is prepared in case of Ebola affecting anyone in Illinois. Last week IDPH launched an informational hotline where residents can call 1-800-889-3931 with questions or concerns regarding the Ebola virus. IDPH will continue to provide all updated CDC guidance through SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to appropriate audiences (infection control professionals, infectious disease physicians, laboratories, local health departments, health care providers, health care facilities, EMS systems).

The advisory task force will help ensure a coordinated effort to communicate with the public and in reporting any situation that involves testing for Ebola. The task force will facilitate communication and information sharing, assist in designating treatment centers and assess our readiness and response as needed.

IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck and Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas will co-chair the task force whose members include:

Trish Anen
Vice President, Clinical Services, MCHC

Bechara Choucair, M.D.
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

Beth Fiorini
President, Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators (IAPHA)

John Flaherty, M.D.          
Professor in Medicine-Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University

Kiran Joshi, M.D., MPH
Senior Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health

Richard M.  Novak, M.D.        
Division Chief, Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Javette C. Orgain, M.D., MPH        
Chair, State Board of Health (SBOH)

Pat Schou, FACHE
Executive Director, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN)

Susan Y. Swart, MS, RN, CAE
Executive Director, ANA-Illinois & Illinois Nurses Foundation

Alexander Tomich, DNP, RN, CIC          
Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Rush University Medical Center

Michael Wahl, M.D.                          
Director/Medical Director, Illinois Poison Center/MCHC

Stephen Weber, M.D.     
Chief Medical Officer, Infectious Disease, The University of Chicago Medicine

Maryjane A. Wurth
President & Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Hospital Association

“Protecting the public from illness and disease is a core public health function and we work continuously with our partners to be prepared to handle any threat to the public,” IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “By establishing this task force we can bring key partners to the table to provide input and help us to ensure residents and hospitals across the state are informed and prepared to address Ebola.”

The state is prepared to search for possible cases, implement infection control measures, support medical facilities, perform contact tracing and conduct laboratory testing. IDPH will continue to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities.

Preparedness steps IDPH has taken to prepare for a suspect or confirmed Ebola case in Illinois:

·         Provided guidance to medical providers on identifying, evaluating and testing patients.

·         Tested established public health systems to ensure contact tracing is readily available.

·         Created with information for IDPH health care partners.

·         Established an Ebola informational hotline: 1-800-889-3931.

·         Completed a CDC online assessment of our emergency preparedness and response activities related to Ebola.

·         Convened conference calls with health departments and hospitals across Illinois.

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Physician Offers Sun Safety Tips for Wintertime PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:19
3 Tips for Preventing, Minimizing and Repairing Damage
from Exposure

Don’t pack away the sunblock with your swimsuit and other summer accessories. Winter’s sun is just as dangerous as summer’s, says Adam J. Scheiner, M.D.,, an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon who’s been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Howard Stern Show and The Doctors.

“The snow reflects the glare of the sun – and the damaging UV rays,” he says. “People who like skiing and snowboarding in the mountains are getting 4 to 5 percent more UV damage for every 1,000 feet they ascend above sea level.”

And then there are all those holiday cruises and escapes to warm-weather climates where beaches are packed year-round.

“It’s not OK to lie baking in the sun for hours, even if it’s just one week out of the winter,” Dr. Scheiner says.

No matter how comfortable or cool the temperature feels, don’t be fooled!

“Earlier this year, the surgeon general predicted 9,000 people will die from melanoma this year. That’s preventable,” Dr. Scheiner says.

“If skin cancer doesn’t scare you, think with your vanity. Sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, discoloration, age spots and festoons, among other disfiguring problems.”

Dr. Scheiner shares tips for preventing, minimizing and repairing sun damage:

•  Prevention: You’re not just exposed when you’re skiing, hiking, or taking a beach vacation.

“Anytime you go outside, you’re exposing yourself to damaging UVB and UVA rays, and the result is cumulative. A little bit here and a little there adds up,” Scheiner says.

Simply driving a car can result in serious sun damage. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found more skin cancers on the left side of patients’ faces – the side exposed while driving – then the right. Scheiner says he’s seen truckers and others who spend years on the road with severe wrinkling on the left side of the face.

“Always wear sunscreen, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. I recommend a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, preferably higher,” he says. “You can also protect yourself from UVA rays, which cause deeper damage, by applying UV-protective film to your car windows. Also, wear clothes with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of at least 30.”

•  Minimizing: Good nutrition and topical products can help minimize signs of damage, such as wrinkles and age spots, Dr. Scheiner says.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants -- carrots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables; spinach and other green leafy vegetables; tomatoes; blueberries; peas and beans; fatty fish, and nuts. An American Society for Clinical Nutrition study found that women ages 40 to 75 who consumed more vitamin C, an antioxidant, had fewer wrinkles.

Use exfoliate creams to remove dead skin cells. Prescription creams including Avita, Avage, Renova and Retin-A have been shown to reduce wrinkles and age spots caused by sun exposure.

•  Repairing: Lasers can resurface facial skin by stripping away the outermost layers. Some “non-ablative” lasers also stimulate collagen formation, which helps smooth wrinkles.

“I use RESET® Laser Skin Resurfacing, which reverses the damage and removes many pre-cancers and even active skin cancers,” Scheiner says. “RESET uses an advanced Dual Pulsed Erbium Laser, and my proprietary healing protocol. “

The RESET® treatment Dr. Scheiner has vaporizes the old skin and causes the collagen in the underlying layers to tighten.

The No. 1 best thing you can do for your skin starting today is to start making application of a broad spectrum, UVB/UVA sunscreen part of your daily routine.

“Apply it to all areas of the skin that can be directly exposed to the sun,” he says. “The best scenario is preventing sun damage in the first place.”

About Dr. Adam J. Scheiner

Adam J. Scheiner, M.D. is world-renowned in laser eyelid and facial plastic surgery for his groundbreaking treatment for Festoons. The Tampa-based oculoplastic surgeon wrote the medical text on the condition and shared his treatment  for Festoons on Dr. Oz and The Doctors TV shows. Dr. Scheiner is author of the new book, The True Definition of Beauty.

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