Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

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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

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.

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.

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