Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

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Features

For the Boys

Scientists have struggled for decades to find answers for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle disorder. But now, new research into cardiac stem cells is offering hope — and going straight to the heart of what cuts patients’ lives so short.

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News & Notes

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.

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Tech Corner

The Gift of Grab

An experimental device snags tumor cells like Velcro to speed cancer diagnosis and predict disease spread. The experimental device, the NanoVelcro Chip, could replace traditional biopsies with a simple blood draw.

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Stats

Medicine’s Gender Gap

Women continue to make strides in the medical field, but disparities remain. Here is a brief by-the-numbers account of the triumphs and challenges of women in medicine.

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Meet

Top Guns: Bobbie J. Rimel, MD & Cholene Espinoza, MD

Today, Cedars-Sinai medical resident Cholene Espinoza, MD, studies sonograms, looking for the curves of a baby hidden in a mother’s womb. But 25 years ago, her astute eye was used for something different: flying a spy airplane.

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Think

Equity Investment

All the best medical centers strive for health equity — but it cannot be achieved through lip service. We must embrace a deep understanding of the concept and teach it to the next generation of caregivers.

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Learn

Warning: Learning Curve Ahead

Being a beginner is tough — and there is no exception for doctors. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how talented you feel, when you are new to a job, you will trip over a hurdle or two.

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Time Capsule

Prying Eyes

The Schiøtz tonometer tested eye pressure by measuring the indentation made when pressed gently into a patient’s numbed cornea.

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Faculty News

Compassion Is Critical

Patients coming to the pulmonary and critical care unit at Cedars-Sinai often present the most harrowing symptoms. Such situations require a physician who is calm, compassionate, and confident. Quynh Hoang, MD, is among those who rise to the task.

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From the Dean

From the Dean

Each year, the National Institutes of Health invests approximately $1.5 billion in stem cell research. Cedars-Sinai has been honored to be a recipient of some of these highly competitive funds, which have paved the way for exciting advances in the field of regenerative medicine.

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