November is Diabetes Awareness Month, making it a good time to recommit to controlling the disease. Rush is holding a diabetes fair Friday to raise awareness about the disease, and to provide education and resources on ways to better manage it.
The event will be held on the first floor of 1650 W. Harrison St. in Chicago from 10 a.m. to noon. People who come to the event will have an opportunity to partake in several activities:
- Participate in free health screenings
- Meet with a nurse, a dietitian and a pharmacist, who will answer questions about diabetes management, diet and medication
- Learn more about and sign up for a free “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” six-week workshop
- Take a mini-exercise class and jump-start your fitness routine
- Play fun, educational games and be enter to win raffle prizes
There are 25 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Call (800) 757-0202 to learn more.
Like many U.S. military veterans, Ken Marion struggled to land a job when he returned from serving his country in Iraq.
He enrolled in college, but between his class schedule, insomnia from anxiety that developed from his military service, and his limited work experience in civilian jobs, finding a job was a challenge. That persisted for years until he was given a chance to work on a state-of-the-art information technology project at Rush University Medical Center.
Recognizing the needs of Chicago-area veterans like Marion, Rush developed a program to train military veterans in health care IT technology to help jump start their careers. Marion is one of the first veterans hired into the program at Rush, which offers a six-month temporary stipend with flexible hours to veterans. The goal is to help improve the quality of life of service members who returned to civilian life with combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to Jaime Parent, vice president of IT Operations and associate chief information officer.
“Coming back from Iraq, I didn’t have the type of work experience employers were looking for and I had some disabilities as additional challenges,” Marion said. “This program at Rush is giving me knowledge and work experience in a booming field, and just as valuable are the references that I will gain.”
Dr. Richard Fessler
Dr. Richard Fessler, one of the nation’s leading spine surgeons and researchers, joined Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery in July. Fessler comes to Rush from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he served as vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.
“Fessler has been a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery,” said Dr. Richard Byrne, chairperson of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush. “He has made significant research and clinical contributions to endoscopic and microendoscopic surgical developments, including microendoscopic discectomy and microendoscopic decompression of lumbar stenosis.” Continue reading
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora is the newest hospital member of the Rush Health collaborative provider network of hospitals and physicians, which focuses on improving the quality and cost of health care for patients.
“Our membership in Rush Health is a natural extension of our existing partnership with Rush University Medical Center,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush-Copley Medical Center. “For our patients, it’s a deeper collaboration that will result in a broader network of physicians and services with the goal of improving access to care and reducing costs.”
Rush Health creates partnerships among its physician and hospital members — from the electronic exchange of critical health information to collaboration on wellness and disease management programs. By sharing resources and services, members of Rush Health benefit from improved operations, and their patients receive higher quality, less costly and more coordinated care.
Members also share the costs of services associated with managing complex payer contracts and other resource-consuming administrative duties, so that physicians can focus on providing care for their patients.
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Celeste Napier, PhD
Celeste Napier, PhD, a renowned researcher, professor of pharmacology and psychiatry, and director of the Rush Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction, was invited to provide testimony on methamphetamine Sept. 18 to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives. The goal of the House meeting is to find out how science can explore possible solutions for meth addiction and inform public policy.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that deteriorates a person’s mind and body. Through research, the effects on the brain can be understood so that therapies and treatments can be developed to help people who suffer from addiction.
In the subcommittee meeting titled “Meth Addiction: Using Science to Explore Solutions,” Napier explained to the committee what brain research has shown about meth abuse and what is needed to enable neuroscientists to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of meth abuse. She also provided examples of prevention programs and the role that educational institutions play in prevention.