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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.

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.

Chain Links

It’s well-known that the number of kidney donors falls far short of the number of people in need of a kidney transplant. What’s less known is an extraordinary pay-it-forward solution to the shortage that involves a chain of Good Samaritans and makes it possible for more men and women on the waitlist to receive a new organ.