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Cedars-Sinai

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Going Nuclear

Nuclear energy may conjure images of power plant meltdowns or weapon strikes. But nuclear medicine has been saving lives for decades. Today it is used in everyday imaging practices and in therapies to combat diseases like cancer. Here is (almost) everything you need to know about nuclear medicine, but were afraid to ask.

Open-Hearted

Thanks to Cedars-Sinai and interventional cardiologist Evan Zahn, MD, Cheryl Davis, 48, became the first person in the world to receive a new, implantable device for repairing congenital cardiac defects—without open-heart surgery.

Coffee To Go

If you ever need intestinal, bowel, or major abdominal surgery, you will remain an inpatient until you can effectively use your digestive system. Yes, in order to be released from the hospital, you will need to, ahem, release pressure first.

Skip Your Wheaties?

Can chemical additives in breakfast cereals and other everyday products help make you obese? Growing evidence from animal experiments suggests the answer may be “yes,” but confirming these findings in humans has been daunting.

Pain Points

To help address the nation’s opioid crisis, Cedars-Sinai is investigating the best way to discuss these highly addictive drugs with chronic pain patients.

Baby’s First Map

The infant brain is famously pliable, an organ of explosive growth and unparalleled adaptability. But this period of rapid development comes with a large dose of vulnerability.

Mend the Gap

What if you could coax broken bones to regrow their own tissue? A pioneering method combining stem cells and gene therapy may do just that.

Depression Safety Net

Depression can lead to poor outcomes for a slew of medical conditions, as patients who suffer from depression are less likely to take their medications and return for follow-up appointments. This, in turn, can delay recovery, lengthen hospital stays, and increase risk of readmission.