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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

Illustration: Iker Ayestaran 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. Opioid overdoses claimed some 33,000 lives in the U.S. in 2015. Opioid-related deaths have Read On

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

Illustration: Joey Guidone 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. Severe fractures often create gaps too large for the bone to bridge Read On

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 Read On

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 Read On

Mr. Personality

Photos: Ted Catanzaro Serial entrepreneur, Emmy-nominated sitcom producer, compliance nerd Name: Bruce Ettinger CEO of Frame Health, a graduate of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars — an incubator for healthcare start-ups. UNCONVENTIONAL TESTING: Bruce Ettinger’s software interprets personality test Read On

We Have the Technology

Illustration: James Steinberg Physicians don’t need new machines to predict newborn heart defects — they just need to better use existing resources. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting 1 in every 120 newborns. If a cardiac Read On