Discoveries Magazine


Summer 2011

His 2nd Chance

At age 39, nonsmoker Kyle Madden was diagnosed with the unthinkable—stage IV lung cancer. Eighteen months later, after participating in a pilot study, he shows no signs of the disease, thanks to a tiny pill.

The Pioneer – Looking Back | The Educator – Looking Forward

Dr. Leon Morgenstern reflects on nearly six decades with the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, while Dr. Ali Salim projects what the future of surgical education may hold.

Brain Works!

Yes, science can be fun and a career in medicine is within reach. Just ask the middle-school students from underprivileged LA-area schools who spent a day at Cedars-Sinai performing virtual brain surgery and playing medical Jeopardy!®

Clinical Trials 101

Before they can be approved and marketed, experimental therapies must complete the clinical trial journey, during which it is determined if a therapy is safe and effective. Clinical trials are conducted in phases during which key questions are addressed. The clinical trial process usually entails considerable hurdles. Clinical trials take an average of eight years to complete, cost thousands of dollars for each participant, and often struggle to recruit enough participants. The majority of studies will not reach their ultimate destination. But those that do represent true advances in medicine.

Brain Freeze

Brain cooling, or hypothermia, is known to decrease brain swelling after an acute stroke. It can also save lives and prevent neurological damage after cardiac arrest and after oxygen deprivation in newborns. Now, the largest clinical trial of its kind Read On

Skate of Grace

A revolutionary procedure is allowing patients to receive new heart valves when surgery is not an option. Meet former professional roller skater Constance Alexander, with a new valve and renewed verve at 78.

Aging with AIDS

As more and more people with HIV/AIDS enter middle and older age, a cruel irony is emerging: The same medications that saved and prolonged their lives also may be contributing to several serious chronic illnesses.

Jennifer Steinkamp

Artist Jennifer Steinkamp (1958– ) works with video and new media to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. While her career began with brightly colored abstract projections, since 2003 she has increasingly incorporated nature-based imagery into her work—trees Read On