Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

Features

For the Boys

Scientists have struggled for decades to find answers for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle disorder. But now, new research into cardiac stem cells is offering hope — and going straight to the heart of what cuts patients’ lives so short.

Air Supply

Incurable. Degenerative. Terminal. For decades, those terms have lingered in the ears of patients with a little-known lung disease while they have listened in vain for good news from the scientific community. Finally, investigators are breathing new life into the quest for novel treatments.

On Top of Their Game

Parkinson’s disease notoriously robs the body of its ability to move. Some patients can no longer walk, and many feel ‘frozen’ in their bodies. The five men and women portrayed in these pages slowed the excruciating creep of the disease in the most challenging way possible: They decided to move more — and with more determination — than ever before.

The Weapon Inside

After years of failure, immunotherapy finally is working wonders for some cancers, transforming death sentences into long-term remission. The problem? It doesn’t work in most cancers — at least, not yet.

The Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Often misdiagnosed and symptom-free, it affects 80 to 100 million Americans and can quietly progress to a lethal state. Learn about the imminent crisis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

All Eyes on Transplantation

Millions of lives have been saved since the first organ transplantation in 1954. Today’s leading-edge technology brings new promise but barriers remain. We asked 14 experts for their big ideas on how to improve the dynamic field.

Storm Chasers

In a landmark discovery, Cedars-Sinai investigators showed that more than 50 percent of sudden cardiac arrest patients experience warning symptoms up to a month before suffering the event — a deadly condition that, until now, seemed to strike without warning.

To Be Precise

Medicine has never had more power than it does at this moment: power to detect, diagnose, prevent, and heal. An ever-deepening understanding of genetics and the function of cells, along with radical advances in informatics, herald a transformation in personalized health.