2019—The Year of Healing, Growth and Technology…

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Health care professionals who have worked with MIMIT Health and those who are learning about us, know that we are one of the fastest-growing physician groups in Illinois. There is a reason for this. We provide world-class minimally invasive treatments, excellence in patient care, along with research & medical education. We helped more patients in 2018 than ever before and look to continue that trend in 2019. 

Education & Dedication

If you read our news and media section (https://www.mimithealth.com/news/) and our social media channels (links below), you will see articles about medical technology, Artificial Intelligence, Minimally Invasive Treatments, and solutions for patients to improve their health and well-being.

As an organization, we have grown by increasing our executive, medical and clinical staff to make the patient referral process seamless and easy for physicians. To accommodate our growth, we opened a new headquarters in Des Plaines near the airport at 1011 E Touhy Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018. We invite you to stop by and visit. 

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The huge growth of minimally invasive treatments is easy to explain, when patients understand that they have less invasive options, the choice is easy. They want to be treated with less risk, less pain, and less recovery time compared to traditional surgery. We take great care to counsel patients on every possible treatment option so patients and their families can decide what’s best for them.

This is where we come in. We provide minimally invasive treatments performed by industry-leading physicians led by the renowned Dr. Romi Chopra. Integrated with our best-in-class health care, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions. 

We call this enlightened health care.

Here are some of our services:

1.    Vascular Disease (Peripheral Artery Disease) – Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage

2.    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)- Percutaneous Endografts

3.    Varicose Veins (Superficial Venous Disease) – Non-surgical Vein Treatment

4.    Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolization (PE)

5.    Back Pain/Interventional Pain Management

6.    Osteoporotic Spine Compression Fracture (Kyphoplasty)

7.    Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy - Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)

8.    Cancer Management- Interventional Oncology

9.    Uterine Fibroids – Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)  

It would be our privilege to partner with you in your patient’s care. Our health care team provides personalized, advanced treatment in an environment that fosters healing.

If you have any questions or would like to refer a patient, Dr. Chopra and his associates can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (708) 486-2600 or email info@mimithealth.com.

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Surgical robots, new medicines and better care: 17 examples of AI in healthcare

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Artificial intelligence is making the lives of patients, doctors and hospital administrators easier by accomplishing tasks that are usually performed by humans, but in a fraction of time and cost.

AI in healthcare is one of the world's highest-growth industries. The industry valued at around $600 million in 2014, but thanks to continual advances in the technology, it's projected to reach a staggering $150 billion by 2026.

From finding new links between genetic codes to surgery-assisting robots, artificial intelligence is re-writing the modern definition of healthcare with machines that can predict, comprehend, learn and act.

Robot-Assisted Surgery

Popularity in robot-assisted surgery is skyrocketing. Hospitals are using robots to help with everything from minimally-invasive procedures to open heart surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, robots help doctors perform complex procedures with a precision, flexibility and control that goes beyond human capabilities.

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Robots equipped with cameras, mechanical arms and surgical instruments augment the experience, skill and knowledge of doctors to create a new kind of surgery. Surgeons control the mechanical arms while seated at a computer console while the robot gives the doctor a three dimensional, magnified view of the surgical site that surgeons could not get from relying on their eyes alone. The surgeon then leads other team members who work closely with the robot through the entire operation.

Robot-assisted surgeries have led to fewer surgery-related complications, less pain and a quicker recovery time. Take a look at four examples of how robots are shaping the future of surgery.

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Over 40 Million Americans Suffer from Varicose Veins or Spider Veins— Experienced Physicians at MIMIT Health utilize State-of-the-art Technology for Proven Results.

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Vein conditions that are seemingly cosmetic are often caused by an underlying vein disease that could lead to more serious vein conditions if left untreated. Varicose veins may initially present themselves as moderate leg pain and can progress into skin discoloration, mobility issues, a heightened risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), lymphedema or venous ulcers. Vein disease is very common. And very treatable.

Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins usually found in the leg. They often appear twisted and cord-like, and tend to be blue to dark purple in color.

Spider veins are smaller, thread-like, or tree-like in appearance, and are usually seen just under the surface of the skin in the legs and face. Similar to varicose veins, spider veins on the face, hands and limbs can be accompanied by pain.

Who Gets Varicose Veins?

These factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins:

Age. The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Eventually, that wear causes the valves to allow some blood to flow back into your veins where it collects instead of flowing up to your heart.

Sex. Women are more likely to develop the condition. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, premenstruation or menopause may be a factor because female hormones tend to relax vein walls. Hormone treatments, such as birth control pills, may increase your risk of varicose veins.

Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases. This change supports the growing fetus, but also can produce an unfortunate side effect — enlarged veins in your legs. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also play a role.

Family history. If other family members had varicose veins, there's a greater chance you will too.

Obesity. Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins.

Standing or sitting for long periods of time. Your blood doesn't flow as well if you're in the same position for long periods.

Causes

Weak or damaged valves can lead to varicose veins. Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your tissues, and veins return blood from the rest of your body to your heart, so the blood can be recirculated. To return blood to your heart, the veins in your legs must work against gravity.

Muscle contractions in your lower legs act as pumps, and elastic vein walls help blood return to your heart. Tiny valves in your veins open as blood flows toward your heart then close to stop blood from flowing backward. If these valves are weak or damaged, blood can flow backward and pool in the vein, causing the veins to stretch or twist.

Here are treatments for varicose veins:

1. Sclerotherapy

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This is a rather painless saline-injection medical procedure that collapses the veins so as to allow the body to reabsorb it back into your bloodstream. Most health experts recommend this treatment for those that suffer from the medium to small varicose vein ailments. There are different types of sclerotherapy treatment when this type of venous condition is concerned. These include

– Laser-assisted Sclerotherapy (most advanced and least invasive)

– Foam Sclerotherapy (for the much bigger and harder-to-treat veins)

– Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (for the deep, large veins that may have required surgery once before)

2. Phlebectomy

Also commonly referred to as vein “stripping.” In this surgical procedure, the doctor makes tiny cuts around the damaged veins and then proceeds to remove that whole vein. Sometimes, doctors opt to perform phlebectomy alongside several other medical procedures, for example, ablation. The main advantage this particular procedure has is that it happens to be a permanent treatment. This is because the damaged veins are removed completely. Nevertheless, like most surgical procedures it does come with its risks as well as the fact that it will require some considerable recovery time.

3. Thermal Ablation

Also known as Radiofrequency Ablation, this treatment has been in existence for almost over ten years now. It involves using radiofrequency or laser energy to heat the vein’s insides. This destroys the walls of the veins causing the vein itself to shrink which then allows the body to absorb it naturally over time. It’s one of the best treatments when it comes to varicose veins. However, it tends to cause a bit of discomfort for a few weeks or so as well as cause a little bruising. Veins usually disappear after around one or two weeks after treatment.

4. Non-Thermal Ablation

In this ablation treatment, instead of using heat to permanently destroy the damaged veins a potent medical drug is used. It’s also as effective as its previously mentioned counterpart and works very well against this venous complication. The good thing about it is that it also destroys the affected veins for good.

If medical treatment is something you might be considering, then try as much as you can to find the best possible physician to treat you. All types of doctors are performing these treatments these days. It’s advised you do your due diligence before picking one. Your best bet would be a phlebologist. They happen to be the most qualified for handling such medical scenarios. They’re vein specialists and are the best suited for these cases.

MIMIT Health keeps patients healthy with our minimally invasive approach to treating varicose veins and spider veins. Call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600 today and talk with one of our patient care specialists.

Top 12 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Healthcare

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Artificial intelligence is poised to become a transformational force in healthcare. How will providers and patients benefit from the impact of AI-driven tools?The healthcare industry is ripe for some major changes. From chronic diseases and cancer to radiology and risk assessment, there are nearly endless opportunities to leverage technology to deploy more precise, efficient, and impactful interventions at exactly the right moment in a patient’s care.

As payment structures evolve, patients demand more from their providers, and the volume of available data continues to increase at a staggering rate, artificial intelligence is poised to be the engine that drives improvements across the care continuum.

AI offers a number of advantages over traditional analytics and clinical decision-making techniques. Learning algorithms can become more precise and accurate as they interact with training data, allowing humans to gain unprecedented insights into diagnostics, care processes, treatment variability, and patient outcomes.

At the 2018 World Medical Innovation Forum (WMIF) on artificial intelligence presented by Partners Healthcare, a leading researchers and clinical faculty members showcased the twelve technologies and areas of the healthcare industry that are most likely to see a major impact from artificial intelligence within the next decade.

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Every member of this “Disruptive Dozen” has the potential to produce a significant benefit to patients while possessing the potential for broad commercial success, said WMIF co-chairs Anne Kiblanksi, MD, Chief Academic Officer at Partners Healthcare and Gregg Meyer, MD, Chief Clinical Officer.

With the help of experts from across the Partners Healthcare system, including faculty from Harvard Medical School (HMS), moderators Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, Chief Data Science Officer at Partners and Katherine Andriole, PhD, Director of Research Strategy and Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), counted down the top 12 ways artificial intelligence will revolutionize the delivery and science of healthcare.

UNIFYING MIND AND MACHINE THROUGH BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACES

Using computers to communicate is not a new idea by any means, but creating direct interfaces between technology and the human mind without the need for keyboards, mice, and monitors is a cutting-edge area of research that has significant applications for some patients.

Neurological diseases and trauma to the nervous system can take away some patients’ abilities to speak, move, and interact meaningfully with people and their environments. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) backed by artificial intelligence could restore those fundamental experiences to those who feared them lost forever.

“If I’m in the neurology ICU on a Monday, and I see someone who has suddenly lost the ability to move or to speak, we want to restore that ability to communicate by Tuesday,” said Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery at MGH.

“By using a BCI and artificial intelligence, we can decode the neural activates associated with the intended movement of one’s hand, and we should be able to allow that person to communicate the same way as many people in this room have communicated at least five times over the course of the morning using a ubiquitous communication technology like a tablet computer or phone.”

Brain-computer interfaces could drastically improve quality of life for patients with ALS, strokes, or locked-in syndrome, as well as the 500,000 people worldwide who experience spinal cord injuries every year.

DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF RADIOLOGY TOOLS

Radiological images obtained by MRI machines, CT scanners, and x-rays offer non-invasive visibility into the inner workings of the human body. But many diagnostic processes still rely on physical tissue samples obtained through biopsies, which carry risks including the potential for infection.

Artificial intelligence will enable the next generation of radiology tools that are accurate and detailed enough to replace the need for tissue samples in some cases, experts predict.

We want to bring together the diagnostic imaging team with the surgeon or interventional radiologist and the pathologist,” said Alexandra Golby, MD, Director of Image-Guided Neurosurgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH). “That coming together of different teams and aligning goals is a big challenge.”

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“If we want the imaging to give us information that we presently get from tissue samples, then we’re going to have to be able to achieve very close registration so that the ground truth for any given pixel is known.”

Succeeding in this quest may allow clinicians to develop a more accurate understanding of how tumors behave as a whole instead of basing treatment decisions on the properties of a small segment of the malignancy.

Providers may also be able to better define the aggressiveness of cancers and target treatments more appropriately.

Artificial intelligence is helping to enable “virtual biopsies” and advance the innovative field of radiomics, which focuses on harnessing image-based algorithms to characterize the phenotypes and genetic properties of tumors.

EXPANDING ACCESS TO CARE IN UNDERSERVED OR DEVELOPING REGIONS

Shortages of trained healthcare providers, including ultrasound technicians and radiologists can significantly limit access to life-saving care in developing nations around the world.

More radiologists work in the half-dozen hospitals lining the renowned Longwood Avenue in Boston than in all of West Africa, the session pointed out.

Artificial intelligence could help mitigate the impacts of this severe deficit of qualified clinical staff by taking over some of the diagnostic duties typically allocated to humans.

For example, AI imaging tools can screen chest x-rays for signs of tuberculosis, often achieving a level of accuracy comparable to humans. This capability could be deployed through an app available to providers in low-resource areas, reducing the need for a trained diagnostic radiologist on site.

“The potential for this tech to increase access to healthcare is tremendous,” said Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, PhD, Assistant in Neuroscience at MGH and Associate Professor of Radiology at HMS.

However, algorithm developers must be careful to account for the fact that disparate ethnic groups or residents of different regions may have unique physiologies and environmental factors that will influence the presentation of disease.

“The course of a disease and population affected by the disease may look very different in India than in the US, for example,” she said.

“As we’re developing these algorithms, it’s very important to make sure that the data represents a diversity of disease presentations and populations – we can’t just develop an algorithm based on a single population and expect it to work as well on others.”

REDUCING THE BURDENS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD USE

EHRs have played an instrumental role in the healthcare industry’s journey towards digitalization, but the switch has brought myriad problems associated with cognitive overload, endless documentation, and user burnout.

EHR developers are now using artificial intelligence to create more intuitive interfaces and automate some of the routine processes that consume so much of a user’s time.

Users spend the majority of their time on three tasks: clinical documentation, order entry, and sorting through the in-basket, said Adam Landman, MD, Vice President and CIO at Brigham Health.

Voice recognition and dictation are helping to improve the clinical documentation process, but natural language processing (NLP) tools might not be going far enough.

“I think we may need to be even bolder and consider changes like video recording a clinical encounter, almost like police wear body cams,” said Landman. “And then you can use AI and machine learning to index those videos for future information retrieval.

“And just like in the home, where we’re using Siri and Alexa, the future will bring virtual assistants to the bedside for clinicians to use with embedded intelligence for order entry.”

Artificial intelligence may also help to process routine requests from the inbox, like medication refills and result notifications. It may also help to prioritize tasks that truly require the clinician’s attention, Landman added, making it easier for users to work through their to-do lists.

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CONTAINING THE RISKS OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to populations around the world as overuse of these critical drugs fosters the evolution of superbugs that no longer respond to treatments. Multi-drug resistant organisms can wreak havoc in the hospital setting, and claim thousands of lives every year.

C. difficile alone accounts for approximately $5 billion in annual costs for the US healthcare system and claims more than 30,000 lives.

Electronic health record data can help to identify infection patterns and highlight patients at risk before they begin to show symptoms. Leveraging machine learning and AI tools to drive these analytics can enhance their accuracy and create faster, more accurate alerts for healthcare providers.

“AI tools can live up to the expectation for infection control and antibiotic resistance,” Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD, Associate Chief of the Infection Control Unit at MGH.

“If they don’t, then that’s really a failure on all of our parts. For the hospitals sitting on mountains of EHR data and not using them to the fullest potential, to industry that’s not creating smarter, faster clinical trial design, and for EHRs that are creating these data not to use them…that would be a failure.”

CREATING MORE PRECISE ANALYTICS FOR PATHOLOGY IMAGES

Pathologists provide one of the most significant sources of diagnostic data for providers across the spectrum of care delivery, says Jeffrey Golden, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology at BWH and a professor of pathology at HMS.

“Seventy percent of all decisions in healthcare are based on a pathology result,” he said. “Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of all the data in an EHR are from a pathology result. So the more accurate we get, and the sooner we get to the right diagnosis, the better we’re going to be. That’s what digital pathology and AI has the opportunity to deliver.”

Analytics that can drill down to the pixel level on extremely large digital images can allow providers to identify nuances that may escape the human eye.

“We’re now getting to the point where we can do a better job of assessing whether a cancer is going to progress rapidly or slowly and how that might change how patients will be treated based on an algorithm rather than clinical staging or the histopathologic grade,” said Golden. “That’s going to be a huge advance.”

Artificial intelligence can also improve productivity by identifying features of interest in slides before a human clinician reviews the data, he added.

“AI can screen through slides and direct us to the right thing to look at so we can assess what’s important and what’s not. That increases the efficiency of the use of the pathologist and increases the value of the time they spend for each case.”

BRINGING INTELLIGENCE TO MEDICAL DEVICES AND MACHINES

Smart devices are taking over the consumer environment, offering everything from real-time video from the inside of a refrigerator to cars that can detect when the driver is distracted.

In the medical environment, smart devices are critical for monitoring patients in the ICU and elsewhere. Using artificial intelligence to enhance the ability to identify deterioration, suggest that sepsis is taking hold, or sense the development of complications can significantly improve outcomes and may reduce costs related to hospital-acquired condition penalties.

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Exploring Surgery Options: Open Vs. Minimally Invasive

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Having a medical condition that requires surgery can be stressful. You might find yourself having to make decisions about when you will have the procedure, which surgeon you will choose to do it and at what facility.

You might also be thinking about your recovery. How long will it take for you to get back to day-to-day activities and how much pain will you be in?

Often times, those details are determined by the type of surgery you have. Surgery is usually done one of three ways:

  • open through a large incision

  • laparoscopically using several small incisions

  • robotically, which also uses small incisions to allow the surgeon to navigate several robotic arms during the procedure 

OPEN SURGERY

As the name implies, open surgical procedures are done through a large, open cut in the skin. While this can be done safely and effectively, the larger incision can cause:

  • longer hospital stays

  • longer recovery

  • more pain

  • larger scars

  • higher risks of complications such as bleeding and infection

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MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY - LAPAROSCOPIC / ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY

Laparoscopic, or endoscopic, surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses several small cuts in the skin to access the surgical area. The doctor uses a tiny camera to view the area and small tools to perform the surgery. Benefits of a minimally invasive procedure include:

  • smaller incisions and scars

  • shorter hospital stays and recovery times

  • lower risk of complications

  • less pain and discomfort

Laparoscopic procedures are often done if the surgery requires more than one small incision, or port, during the surgery.

ROBOTIC SURGERY

Robotic-assisted surgery is also a type of minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions.  The difference is instead of the surgeon using their hands to manually control the camera and tools, they use the power and precision of a high tech robot. 

The surgeon sits at a console and uses controls to maneuver robotic “arms” during the procedure, allowing for more precise movements. High definition 3-D imaging also allows for a better view of the operation.

Robotic surgery procedures have the same benefits as laparoscopic surgery for the patient. It’s often used in small, difficult to navigate areas of the body such as the head and neck, or for gynecologic and urologic surgeries like hysterectomies and prostate cancer treatments. 

Many traditionally open surgeries are now being done robotically, gallbladder removal, hysterectomies, prostate surgery and colorectal surgery.

WHAT TYPE OF SURGERY IS RIGHT FOR ME?

While each of these types of surgery has its benefits, it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor to decide what surgery is right for you.

To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

MIMIT Health is one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois providing excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education. 

MIMIT Health provides world class health care combined with minimally invasive treatments by industry-leading doctors, physicians and surgeons. Along with our best-in-class health care, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions.

We call this enlightened health care.

Excerpts taken from: https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/exploring-surgery-options-open-vs-minimally-invasive

Here Are 8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Minimally Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures (MIIPS)

WHAT ARE MIIPs?

MIIPs are cutting edge solutions...without the cutting! MIIPs are not surgery. By using medical images like x-rays to see inside the body, specialized doctors can treat major diseases through a pinhole.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MIIPs?

MIIPs can treat adults and children with a wide variety of diseases throughout the body. MIIPs can also help patients after surgery or even help patients avoid surgery altogether.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIIPs AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY?

MIIPs are performed by specialized doctors called Interventional Radiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, and specially trained Vascular Surgeons. Other types of doctors may be specially trained to perform MIIPs, too.

MIIPs do not use cameras inside the body. Medical imaging allows these specialists to see inside the body from the outside. Patients usually go home with a Band-Aid just hours after the MIIP.

By contrast, minimally invasive surgery is performed by surgeons using cameras inside the body. Surgeons make several incisions large enough to place cameras and surgical instruments inside the body. One example is laparoscopic surgery.

To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

What if a doctor could save…your leg… your liver…your heart…your brain…your LIFE and send you home with only a bandaid?

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Every day, specialized doctors perform innovative procedures through pinholes in the skin, delivering life-changing treatments that allow patients to return to their lives with minimal interruption. Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of three patients who reclaim their lives through minimally invasive, image-guided procedures that they never knew existed.

The primary project to advance the mission of the Interventional Initiative is the documentary Without a Scalpel: the Secret World of Interventional Radiology. This is a sizzle reel of the full documentary, which is cosponsored by the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society. It introduces the public to minimally invasive, image guided procedures (MIIP) through the perspective of patients and their families. We chronicle the experience of four principal patients and several additional patients as they are diagnosed, treated, and recover from their procedures. These patients represent a sampling of the breadth of diseases and conditions treated by MIIP, including blocked veins in the legs and pelvis, blocked arteries in the legs, liver cancer and metastatic disease. In the documentary, we meet these patients and their families and also come to know the interventional radiologists who treat them: Dr. Brooke Spencer, Dr. Daniel Sze, Dr. Gregg Alzate, and Dr. Darren Klass. Moreover, the documentary tells the remarkable story of how, through the innovation of early interventional radiologists such as Charles Dotter and Josef Rosch, all of medicine has been pushed toward more minimally invasive solutions for medical problems.

Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional Radiologist admired for his innovative, kind, authentic patient-centered care and a holistic approach to life. His care paradigm integrates the healing and nourishment of the spirit (soul), mind and the body.

Dr. Chopra’s philosophy is to provide cutting-edge healthcare that is most commonly found in the university setting and deliver it to the communities we reside in. Dr. Chopra is a renowned expert in his field and speaks nationally and internationally on various topics in Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Therapy, and Health Care Management.

To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.



The Indo-American Center (IAC) Appoints Dr. Romi Chopra to Board of Directors

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The Indo-American Center (IAC) announced the appointment of Dr. Romi Chopra, CEO and founder of MIMIT Health, to its board of directors effective January.

"True to our beliefs and mission, The MIMIT Health team and I are committed to, along with the IAC, to help the underprivileged in our communities,” Dr. Romi Chopra said. “The IAC serves people from the entire Chicagoland region, representing more than thirty nationalities from all over the world. MIMIT Health is proud to be a service to our community.”

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Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional and Endovascular Specialist Associate Professor of Radiology at Rush University. Dr. Chopra has been featured in many medical and news media interviews and articles. Dr. Chopra speaks nationally and internationally on various topics in Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Therapy, and Health Care Management.

A graduate of the Seth Gordhandas Sunderas Medical College of Bombay University, Dr. Chopra completed his fellowship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition to functioning as the Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute of Minimally Invasive Therapies, Dr. Chopra is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Rush University in Chicago.

Dr. Chopra is an active member of several professional societies including the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Radiology Business Management Association, and the American Society of Physician Executives.

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About IAC

The Indo American Center (IAC) addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants as well as people from more than thirty nations the world over. IAC provides services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage.

IAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As a secular social service agency, IAC does not discriminate on the basis of language, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. Its programs are funded through philanthropic and government grants, individual donations, and earned income.

The Indo-American Center (IAC) was founded in 1990 by a group of Indian immigrants in response to the needs of Chicago’s growing South Asian immigrant population. The founders of IAC were individuals who had worked hard to attain success in America, and they were driven by the desire to help others adjust to a new country far from home.   The founders established the guiding mission of the Indo American Center:

…to promote the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture

IAC’s programmatic offerings also expanded to address the growing range of needs. In 1996, to accommodate this growth, the agency purchased the two-story building at 6328 N. California which continues to serve as its headquarters.

Since its beginnings, the Indo-American Center has welcomed people of any nationality or creed. The agency serves over 30,000 from over 35 countries people annually and provides comprehensive support through the following interrelated programs and services.

 

If You're Going To Make One Change In 2019, Make It This...

The new year has arrived, and that means many of us are wondering what we can do in 2019 to better support our health. Should we sign up for that yoga studio membership? Start establishing a healthy morning routine? Try Whole30 or a doctor-approved detox program? There are countless ways to improve our health and, therefore, endless options to choose from.

But what if I told you that there was one change that would be, for lack of a better word, a game-changer? It's incredibly simple and also difficult as hell to implement—but some of our experts say it might just transform your health.

It's going to bed at 10 p.m.

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Why you should be going to bed at a more "natural" hour.

Before you think of a thousand reasons why you shouldn't make this change, hear me out. The case for an early bedtime is a strong one. For starters, it's more "natural" to do it this way. According to Ellen Vora, M.D., a holistic psychiatrist and mindbodygreen Collectivemember, "Start to notice that your body experiences a wave of feeling tired approximately three hours after sunset. Shockingly, this is actually the appropriate bedtime, not later. Start to listen for your body's tired signs around 10 or 10:30 p.m., and take that as a cue to brush your teeth and crawl into your cozy bed."

So what will this do for your health? According to Dr. Vora, who is frequently suggesting that her patients get to bed early in honor of their mental health, "This will prevent your body from getting 'overtired,' when you release the stress hormone cortisol and hit a second wind of energy. When you try to push against cortisol to fall asleep, you toss and turn and your mind races. No fun. Prevent this by swooping yourself to bed at the sweet spot of tiredness, right around 10 p.m."

You've probably heard of the circadian rhythm, but did you know it's actually ruled by the hormones cortisol and melatonin? It's true. Cortisol peaks in the morning to get you up and out of bed, and then it's supposed to fall in the evening as melatonin rises. Supporting this natural rhythm is critical to getting high-quality sleep. In fact, honoring your circadian rhythms—and your daily fluctuations in the hormones cortisol and melatonin—is one of our 2019 Wellness Trends to Watch at mindbodygreen.

Supporting this natural rhythm is critical to getting high-quality sleep. In fact, honoring your circadian rhythms—and your daily fluctuations in the hormones cortisol and melatonin—is one of our 2019 Wellness Trends to Watch at mindbodygreen.

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40 Health Resolutions Doctors Want You to Keep in 2019 brought to you by MIMIT Health

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The end of the year is a popular time for reflection and making plans for the year ahead. Different surveys show different numbers, but the undisputed consensus is that most resolutions fail by February. The reasons for “Quitters’ Day,” which falls on the second Friday in January, vary with every individual. However, some goals are worth keeping.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is also the hardest to keep. Exercising is a challenge because it’s hard to stick with. “It really is a lifestyle change because of the amount of effort you have to put in,” Alyson Pidich, medical director of the Ash Center, said. The best solution to the problem is to just start moving more and progressively increase the the amount of daily physical activity.

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The biggest mistake people make when planning health goals for the following year is focusing too much on “how” and not at all on “why,” according to Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a New York City nutritionist and author of “Get Off Your Acid.” Eating better and going to the gym are not sustainable unless you have a powerful motivation to eat better and go to the gym, he noted.

Gioffre suggested the SMART approach when listing resolutions — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based goals. You have to make it really practical and convenient for your lifestyle, and you have to set a deadline. “A goal without a specific time is only a wish,” he added.

The following list, in no particular order, is based on interviews 24/7 Wall St. did with doctors who specialize in disciplines ranging from nutrition to internal medicine and cardiology. 

1. Visit your doctor

It’s shocking how many people are just not seeing a doctor because they either can’t get time off or don’t prioritize their health, Dr. Renee Dua, the chief medical officer and co-founder of Heal, noted. There are medical centers, including Heal, that are open on weekends or have doctors available after hours. “It is shocking how little effort people put into understanding their illness,” Nauman Mushtaq, MD, MS, medical director of cardiology, Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, said. “This is especially important for chronic diseases where a large part of staying healthy is lifestyle modifications.”

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2. Talk about mental health

Make sure you have a talk with your doctor about pressures you feel at work or home, about possible signs of depression you may be exhibiting, and about lack of sleep, if that’s an issue, Dua said. “Psychiatrists often don’t take insurance, which makes treatment very expensive, but [general practitioners] are the first step and can initiate treatment by talking about the problem and maybe prescribing medication,” she added.

3. Get screened for cancer

You don’t even need a referral for a mammogram if you’re older than 40, or for a colonoscopy if you’re 50 or older, so you really should get screened if you are over a certain age, especially if you have a family history of cancer. Annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed imaging is also recommended for smokers, even if they have quit for years, and for people between 55 and 80, according to Dua.

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4. Check your cholesterol

It’s a mistake not to get your cholesterol checked if you are older than 35, Dua noted. Adults should check their cholesterol levels every four to six years, according to the CDC. High levels of the fatty substance in your blood, which show no symptoms, are a major contributor to heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the country. The body makes the cholesterol it needs, but people get extra amounts from the foods, such as fatty meats, they consume.

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We Wish You a Happy Holiday and New Year Filled with Health, Happiness, and Spectacular Success...from MIMIT Health

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What a Wonderful, Magical Time of Year...

Everyone here at MIMIT Health would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday along with a prosperous New Year! We thank you for your continued support and making us one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. We enjoy and take special pride in providing excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education.

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We appreciate all our friends, family, partners, and patients for placing your confidence and trust in us. Serving you is a pleasure.

At MIMIT Health, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies including nutrition, exercise and wellness solutions. We call this enlightened health care. 

In 2018, We have been focusing on building our best-in-class physician group and team, upgrading to the latest technologies available, and improving our entire MIMIT Health ecosystem to better serve our patients, partners and physician community.

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Year of Growth!

In the 4th quarter, we launched our new industry-leading website complete with clean and updated branding to better communicate what we at MIMIT Health love to do every day. And, every day, we strive for excellence in patient care, health care, medical research and education combined with minimally invasive treatments from our leading physicians and surgeons.  

Here’s a quick look at some recent updates:

  • In the Summer, we celebrated an important milestone in our history, our 15th anniversary

  • We continued to grow our services across Chicago

  • We welcomed Dr. Sameer Ahmed to our MIMIT Healthcare team

  • We are now in 35 nursing homes and adding more

  • We have a new website and online presence to serve our community better

  • All or our digital and traditional marketing will feature our new clean look and feel

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Joy to the world

Each day, we hear from patients, community members and physicians telling us how MIMIT is changing their worlds, big and small. These stories tell us that MIMIT is a part of something bigger than itself, and that’s what motivates us to build the best health care organization we can.

Our new branding and appearance reflects the focus, clarity, and confidence that MIMIT instills in our patients, their families, and that they, in turn, give back to us. We’re changing the way we provide health care, with the patient at the center, using the best technology the industry offers to further evolve our services. Come join us in our growth in 2019.

And once again, have a Magical Holiday season!

- The MIMIT Health Team

 

 

4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday While Avoiding Weight Gain from MIMIT Health

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4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday While Avoiding Weight Gain

Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals

Saving your appetite for a big holiday party or feast? Don’t. Skipping meals during the day may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Include lots of fiber by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fiber-rich foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories.

Tip #2: Eat Small Portions

Holiday meals tend to be large, buffet-style and include second and third helpings. While one might not eat an entire cake, a common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. It's important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation. Using this approach at the holiday dinner table will allow you to maintain a healthful eating plan — one that can also include dessert.

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Tip #3: Pick a Strategy to Avoid Overeating — and Use It!

There are many strategies to help you avoid overeating. Using a smaller plate, for instance, allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really still are hungry.

Tip #4: Keep Moving

Finally, after dinner, get some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or play catch or a game of basketball with the kids.

Thrive Global publishes interview “Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. No Physician Has Healed Anything; The Body Heals Itself.” With Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies. After becoming a physician at the mere age of 23 in India, he continued his fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He prides himself in his integration of western medicine with his holistic, eastern roots.

By Bianca L. Rodriguez, Ed.M, LMFT, An Authority on Spiritual Psychology + Mental Health

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path as a doctor or healer?

When I got out of medical school at the age of 17 I realized that I liked people and I wanted to solve their problems. I hated the idea of having someone suffer, so I was always finding a way to help people heal and feel better. I gravitated to it. Much like any other 17-year-old, I didn’t think of much specifically, and instead let life take me where I was meant to go.

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How have your personal challenges informed your career path?

My biggest challenge was getting to know not only myself, but how other people think and tick. I struggled with learning how to understand myself, other people, and adding values to their lives.

Can you share five pieces of advice to other physicians to help their patients to thrive?

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously: no physician has healed anything; the body heals itself. We are merely the catalyst to help humans heal.

  2. High tech is here to stay, but mankind has not changed. The human feelings have not changed since we started to walk the earth. We have a spirit, mind, and body. Do not just focus on the body but focus on how the person feels as a whole. It is all interconnected. We feel before we think, so we have to connect to the patient’s feelings. The mind, the body and the spirit all have to heal together. It’s not about sitting down and praying, it’s about understanding how people see and what works for them.

  3. In today’s healthcare and the age of consumerism we want to be able to do things better, faster and cheaper. You always want a better outcome, faster than anybody else, and to make sure it’s cost effective. High tech is here, but when patients are being taken into a hospital, they’re spending a lot of money on being treated, but what happens when they go home? You have to think of the entire patient experience all the way to how it impacts their lives, not just how it is in your hospital or your office.

  4. Stay grounded.

  5. Continuously learn. If you’re standing still you’re losing ground. We must continuously be learning to find ways to add value to people’s lives while everything is changing around you. It is a process of discovering what we go through and to learn everything we can about life. At the end of the day it all comes down to one lesson: Preserve life and make it better.

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Healthy is Beautiful: The Relationship Between Health and Beauty with Dr. Romi Chopra

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In the current age of social media, it is easy to get caught up in skewed perceptions of our physical self. Societal ideals of beauty focus heavily on vanity, rather than what is truly important, the inner self. Rather than vanity, beauty is found in the things which make us happy and whole. But how does one recognize the importance of maintaining their health in order to change their perception of beauty?

Owning a practice with a focus on both physical and spiritual health, Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra of MIMIT Health encourages patients to recognize their health as important and beautiful. Dr. Chopra combines both holistic and modern health practices, to treat the body as a vessel which needs the utmost quality of care. The meaning of beauty, he believes, is not limited to concepts of vanity, but exists within the person.

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Health is one of the most, if not the most, important thing we have in life so without our health, what do we have? Despite the ideals that have been instilled in us for decades from society and pop culture, there are ways to turn correct them and learn that being healthy is the best way to be beautiful. Dr. Chopra has tips on recalibrate the brain to that way of thinking.

Mind and body balance: When a person is able to find a balance between mind, body, spirit and emotion, there is harmony. If those four components fall out of balance, it can lead to negative effects on overall health. Through holistic and modern medicine, it is instilled through self-care and lifestyle how to strike that balance and maintain it. Finding this balance creates a harmony that projects inner and outer beauty

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Self-care: Self-care is key to learning that healthy equates to beauty because it allows one to be in tune with what their body is trying to tell them. It is about assessing what stressors and factors might be contributing to the cause of the aliments the body is fighting. If we are able to identify the outside factors, such as stress, lack of sleep, etc., then it is easier to take the steps to change those factors and find a level peace within oneself. When at peace, the inner health radiates out to reflect beauty on the outside.



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Lifestyle: Lifestyle is very similar to the act of self-care. While self-care is being aware of what the body is trying to tell us and correcting it, lifestyle is about incorporating self-care into everyday life to establish a continued balance. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle can consist of a number of components ranging from taking a daily prescription to adjusting diet and exercise routines. If there is nothing to release serotonin and endorphins the body will feel stagnant and heavy, which creates a negative outlook of self. With a balanced schedule that includes proper sleep schedules, exercise and eating right, the body will find its balance on the inside, which is exuded outward with clearer skin, better mood, etc.

Know yourself: Everyone is born with different bodies; tall, short, broad, lanky, etc. Being in tune with how your body helps us determine what will make you healthy. Finding not only a balance of diet and exercise that works for an individual body type, finding a balance of doing things on the day to day that makes you happy will help project your inner peace and beauty outwards. If we spend all our time working and not engaging in things that make us happy, the body will not only not be healthy but it won’t feel beautiful as a result. Burning the candle at both ends won’t work easy, balance is key.

Despite the standard of beauty set by society, there are a number of ways to correct that train of thought. Knowing that you are healthy should be the key to feeling beautiful, and being healthy is the key to projecting inner health outwards. Balance of mind, body and soul is one of the best ways to bring inner and outer beauty together in harmony. To be balanced and healthy is the new definition of being beautiful.

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To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

MIMIT Health and Dr. Romi Chopra Invest Into Communities With The Gift Of Good Health

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"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley


Health is the New Wealth
MIMIT Health invests into communities by partnering with local business, organizations, and community events. We promote health education and strategies for a healthy community.

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“A healthy community is a strong community”, Dr. Romi Chopra said. “We focus on our communities and invest in its people to educate and teach them how to ‘live their best life’ with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions.” Dr Chopra continues.

 Treat | Empower | Heal

Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional Radiologist admired for his innovative, kind, authentic patient-centered care and a holistic approach to life. His care paradigm integrates the healing and nourishment of the spirit (soul), mind and the body.

Unifying his eastern roots and extensive western experience, Dr. Chopra combines the best of both worlds. His in-depth understanding of complex health conditions is backed by state-of-the-art treatment therapies, enabling him to deliver exceptional health care of the highest quality.

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Health is the Best Investment

MIMIT Health, Along with Dr Chopra, also set up a health fair booth to talk with members of the community about their health issues. face-to-face interaction with the community was a convenient way community members could set up much needed appointments with the MIMIT health care team.

MIMIT specializes in minimally invasive targeted treatments, that offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to traditional surgery. MIMIT's world-class doctors, surgeons and Interventionists manage conditions that once required surgery and today can be treated less invasively by our doctors.

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At MIMIT, we offer access to great new resources and technology, with physicians and specialists in many practice specialties at locations convenient for you. We welcome new patients to our healthcare family.

MIMIT Health is one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. We provide excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education. 

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To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

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“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. No Physician Has Healed Anything; The Body Heals Itself.” an Interview with Dr. Romi Chopra

Dr Romi Chopra

Medium.com sits down with Dr Romi Chopra for an interview…

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies. After becoming a physician at the mere age of 23 in India, he continued his fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He prides himself in his integration of western medicine with his holistic, eastern roots.

- Bianca L. Rodriguez. Ed.M, LMFT

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path as a doctor or healer?

When I got out of medical school at the age of 17 I realized that I liked people and I wanted to solve their problems. I hated the idea of having someone suffer, so I was always finding a way to help people heal and feel better. I gravitated to it. Much like any other 17-year-old, I didn’t think of much specifically, and instead let life take me where I was meant to go.

How have your personal challenges informed your career path?

My biggest challenge was getting to know not only myself, but how other people think and tick. I struggled with learning how to understand myself, other people, and adding values to their lives.

Can you share five pieces of advice to other physicians to help their patients to thrive?

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously: no physician has healed anything; the body heals itself. We are merely the catalyst to help humans heal.

  2. High tech is here to stay, but mankind has not changed. The human feelings have not changed since we started to walk the earth. We have a spirit, mind, and body. Do not just focus on the body but focus on how the person feels as a whole. It is all interconnected. We feel before we think, so we have to connect to the patient’s feelings. The mind, the body and the spirit all have to heal together. It’s not about sitting down and praying, it’s about understanding how people see and what works for them.

  3. In today’s healthcare and the age of consumerism we want to be able to do things better, faster and cheaper. You always want a better outcome, faster than anybody else, and to make sure it’s cost effective. High tech is here, but when patients are being taken into a hospital, they’re spending a lot of money on being treated, but what happens when they go home? You have to think of the entire patient experience all the way to how it impacts their lives, not just how it is in your hospital or your office.

  4. Stay grounded.

  5. Continuously learn. If you’re standing still you’re losing ground. We must continuously be learning to find ways to add value to people’s lives while everything is changing around you. It is a process of discovering what we go through and to learn everything we can about life. At the end of the day it all comes down to one lesson: Preserve life and make it better.

Read Complete Article