Discoveries Magazine



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.

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

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. Reviewing 4,200 women’s coronary calcium scans — an indicator of plaque buildup — Cedars-Sinai Read On

Safer Heart Surgeries

Cedars-Sinai scientists are collecting data — and damaged cells — from heart transplant patients to improve recovery. Open-heart surgery is a lifesaving procedure commonly performed in the U.S. to replace failing hearts, bypass clogged arteries, and repair leaky valves. While Read On

To Mend the Smallest Hearts

Cardiologists at Cedars-Sinai have modified a tried-and-true surgical procedure to successfully treat the most common heart problem among extremely premature babies, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

Storm Chasers

In a landmark discovery, Cedars-Sinai investigators showed that more than 50 percent of sudden cardiac arrest patients experience warning symptoms up to a month before suffering the event — a deadly condition that, until now, seemed to strike without warning.

A Pound of Cure

A study at Cedars-Sinai applies its individualized tactics to investigate how adverse pregnancy outcomes can be used to identify women at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Beyond the Bench

CASE STUDY 8: In Barbershops Black-owned barbershops have been community hubs for a century — incubators for everything from political activism to entrepreneurship. Now, thanks to the groundbreaking efforts of Ronald Victor, MD, Los Angeles’ barbershops also double as medical Read On