Discoveries Magazine




Innovation 4: The Smart Hospital Room

Cedars-Sinai aims to boldly go where few medical centers have gone before. Discoveries asked Patricia “Peachy” Hain, MSN, RN, executive director of Medical and Surgical Nursing Services—and an ardent Star Trek fan—to imagine the ideal hospital room, with innovations already Read On

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News & Notes

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.

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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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Clinical Trials and Tribulations

Wonder drugs can transform lives when they manage to migrate out of the lab and into the medicine cabinet. But most new devices and medications don’t make it through the years of rigorous testing required to gain Food and Drug Read On

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Transformational: Maurice Garcia, MD

Urologist Maurice Garcia, MD, is unflinching in his pursuit of the finest treatment for his patients: His top priority, as he develops Cedars-Sinai’s new Transgender Surgery and Health Program, is availability of services.

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Innovation: It’s Academic

There is no question that new drugs, devices, and other treatment paradigms have greatly improved medical care over the past 20 years. That said, the pace of innovation in medicine and biology does not compare favorably to the transformative changes in such industries as computing and telecommunications.

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My Favorite Innovation

The X-ray machine, the flu vaccine, anesthesia—not so long ago, these medical standards heralded paradigm shifts in the way we manage disease. Investigators continue to improve quality of life with new techniques, devices, and drugs for maladies big and small.

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Time Capsule

Pacemakers: An Evolution

1. Mid- to late 1960s 2. Late 1960s/early 1970s 3. 1970s 4. Early 1960s 5. Late 1970s 6. Early 1980s 7. Current 8. Late 1970s 9. Current (implantable cardiac defibrillator) Photograph: Rachael Porter, featuring the collection of Howard Allen, MD Read On

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Faculty News

Lifelong Connection

After learning she spent the first three months of her life in the Cedars-Sinai NICU, Shannon Sullivan decided to pursue a career helping infants. Photograph: Cameron Davidson Shannon Sullivan has wanted to work in medicine since the age of 12, Read On

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From the Dean

From the Dean

The common denominator in this game-changing research is a passionate and imaginative drive to advance the cutting edge of medicine so our patients always receive state-of-the-art care. Since our founding decades ago, scholarly discoveries have consistently propelled Cedars-Sinai to the Read On

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