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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk recently met with stroke experts at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to discuss legislation aimed at improving stroke research and treatment.
 
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of major disability in adults in the United States. Sen. Kirk said one of his chief goals is getting victims back to work as soon as possible.
 
"I would just think with a couple hundred thousand Americans not returning to work after a stroke, it's an incredible waste for the United States," said Sen. Kirk at the April 16 meeting. Kirk also held a press conference and met with Kimberly Rodgers, a Northwestern Memorial Hospital patient who recently suffered a stroke.
 
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Northwestern Medicine® is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its organ transplant program, which began with a kidney transplant on Feb. 18, 1964, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. While we recently posted a blog discussing the importance of this milestone, we also wanted to see what some of our transplant experts had to say about the achievement and the future of transplantation.

Take a look at the video below featuring Steven Flamm, MD, medical director and chief of the liver transplant program, as he shares his thoughts in this ongoing video series.

 

 

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In many ways, Rosemary McNulty and her eight sisters and two brothers are just like every other large Irish family. As kids, family photos were taken on staircases and everyone crammed into one car for family trips, where the boys would dare their father to drive faster through the Irish countryside.

But in one way, they are very different.

“I was a ticking bomb and had no idea,” said McNulty, who met her Chicago born husband Bill in Ireland in 1987 and after many international moves, moved to Chicago in 2003. “I never had a headache or a single symptom and neither did any of my siblings.”

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Minnette Howard-Tiedemann

A cataract breakthrough can clear and improve your sight. In real estate, insight is dependent on eyesight. No wonder, then, that when Minnette Howard-Tiedemann began having trouble driving and reading, she chose the ophthalmologists at Northwestern Medicine. Diagnosed with cataracts, she underwent a bladeless cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser. Now, Minnette can help clients see the real opportunities in Chicago real estate. 

Learn how Surendra Basti, MD uses this special laser for a bladeless cataract surgery.

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On April 21, Mark Buciak, 53, of Chicago, runs his 35th consecutive Boston Marathon, an amazing feat that is even more so considering Buciak underwent open-heart surgery eight years ago.

Buciak’s team of Northwestern Medicine physicians include Dr. Patrick McCarthy, director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, who replaced Buciak’s leaky aortic heart valve with a cow valve; Dr. Pablo Denes, Buciak’s cardiologist; and Dr. Nadim Khoury, internal medicine, who ordered the initial physical with an EKG that discovered Buciak’s heart defect.

Buciak runs the Road to Boston marathon training group and is also a Northwestern Memorial Hospital volunteer with the hospital’s Mended Hearts Chicago group, supporting heart patients through a number of different programs.

He is often on the run — literally — but he took some time out to answer questions about his running career, his heart surgery and his thoughts on running the 118th Boston Marathon one year after the tragic bombing at the race.

Tell us about your first Boston Marathon after your 2006 heart surgery. Were you nervous?

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