Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

News & Notes

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.

Mr. Personality

Bruce Ettinger is CEO of Frame Health, a graduate of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars — an incubator for healthcare start-ups.

We Have the Technology

Physicians don’t need new machines to predict congenital heart defects in newborns — they just need to better use existing resources.

Of Hearts and Hormones

Over the past 15 years, fear of cancer and other risks has led to far fewer women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). New evidence may reverse that trend.

Licking the Salt Habit

Virtual reality has expanded into many areas in recent years, moving well beyond its original gaming applications. At Cedars-Sinai, researchers are envisioning a new use for the technology: protecting people from high blood pressure.

Could a Third Form of Diabetes Exist?

When Mark Goodarzi, MD, PhD, first heard the phrase “Type 3c diabetes mellitus,” he was dubious. “Type 3c is not an official designation,” says the director of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Cedars-Sinai. But today, Goodarzi leads a multisite research group studying Type 3c that is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant.

A Step Ahead

Investigators at Cedars-Sinai used 3-D printing to evaluate leading corrective methods for foot deformities caused by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects nerve function in the hands and feet.

Safer Heart Surgeries

While most patients recover fully from open-heart surgery, some suffer long-term effects from the stress caused by the operation. Cedars-Sinai scientists are collecting data — and damaged cells — from heart transplant patients to improve recovery.