Cedars-Sinai Newsroom (news)

2019
June
24,
2019
Every year, millions of Americans misuse or abuse prescription medications, sometimes leading to emergency room visits, addiction or even death. The problem has worsened amid the ongoing opioid crisis. To prevent drugs from falling into the wrong ...
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June
20,
2019
As a doctor practicing medicine in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, James Kaliri, MD, has seen almost unimaginable horrors. His hospital is known for being on the front lines of treating women subjected to sexual violence and a s...
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June
18,
2019
Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Goldrich Cayton have donated $10 million in honor of their late father, Holocaust survivor and prominent Los Angeles real estate developer Jona Goldrich, Cedars-Sinai announced today. The gift will establish the Jona Goldr...
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June
17,
2019
As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives and shatter families across the nation, a Cedars-Sinai expert is urging physicians and patients to try managing pain without the addictive pills. "Today, more than ever before, we have a host of othe...
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June
14,
2019
To survive in his struggle against an aggressive form of prostate cancer, Bin McLaurin didn't only have to overcome the disease attacking his body. He said he also had to toss out his long-held image of masculinity. For years, even after he came t...
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June
12,
2019
Lots of parents and children go into related lines of work. But not many do it with as much heart–literally–as one father-and-son duo at Cedars-Sinai. Fardad Esmailian, MD, transplants hearts. His 23-year-old son, Gabby Esmailian, is part of the c...
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June
11,
2019
A new analysis conducted by investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute shows for the first time that patients with a common heart defect who undergo catheter-based valve replacement procedures have the same survival and complication rate...
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June
09,
2019
Typhus and typhoid fever have both been in the news as reported cases surface in Los Angeles. Although the names of these infections are almost identical—and their symptoms are very similar—they are completely different diseases. To clear up any c...
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June
07,
2019
Cedars-Sinai has a long tradition of celebrating different ethnicities, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations among its employees, patients and community members. This year, Cedars-Sinai demonstrated that support by co-sponsoring the n...
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June
06,
2019
Scientists can't make a living copy of your brain outside your body. That's the stuff of science fiction. But in a new study, they recreated a critical brain component, the blood-brain barrier, that functioned as it would in the individual who provid...
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June
03,
2019
The Cedars-Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded a record number of advanced degrees at its 7th annual commencement, where a Nobel laureate urged the graduates to "tackle our greatest challenges" by sustaining their commitment to scien...
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May
26,
2019
HealthDay.com recently featured Michael Ben-Aderet, MD, associate director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai, about how parents can protect their children during the measles outbreak. U.S. health officials have said that measles cases in 20...
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May
24,
2019
James D. Grant, MD, MBA, has joined Cedars-Sinai as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and physician executive in Perioperative Services. Known for his distinguished record of clinical excellence, organizational leadership and administrativ...
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May
23,
2019
As Memorial Day approaches, orthopaedic surgeon Daniel C. Allison, MD, finds himself thinking about his recent deployment as a Navy reservist physician in northern Iraq.  It was his second day of deployment when Allison got a taste of the reality ...
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May
22,
2019
Life for a parent with a baby struggling in a neonatal intensive care unit can be an emotional roller-coaster. Whitney Schwartz knows that all too well. She and her husband, Randal Schwartz, went through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit experience...
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May
20,
2019
August 30, 2017, is a date etched in Gregory Rutchik's mind forever. It was a Wednesday. He had just come back to his Los Angeles home from a trip to Seattle when he began experiencing some strange symptoms—a crick in his neck, some lightheadedness. ...
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May
17,
2019
On the worst day of her life, Rebecca Woolf found comfort in the most unexpected way. As her husband lay dying in his hospital bed, the sound of a harp wafted in. Intrigued, Woolf went into the hallway to chat briefly with the harpist, Una O'Donov...
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May
16,
2019
Cedars-Sinai has appointed Heather Renshaw Vucetin, a seasoned fundraising executive with two decades of experience in academic medicine, as vice president of Development. "Heather brings a combination of deep experience, great skill and composure...
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May
10,
2019
After a comprehensive national search, Cedars-Sinai is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, as chair of the Department of Neurology. Sicotte has been at Cedars-Sinai for nine years, serving most recently as interim chair of Ne...
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May
09,
2019
A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical trial. The imaging system enables neurosurgeons to better see malignant growths that often are difficult to fully elimin...
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May
06,
2019
Nothing can ruin foreign travel like a nasty virus. A small bug bite or even a sip of water can lead to a serious illness and wreck a long-planned vacation. But with a little planning and preparation, it's easy to protect your health—and your itin...
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May
03,
2019
Cedars-Sinai Cancer and the Department of Surgery recently offered free head and neck cancer screenings “Head and neck cancers can affect almost anyone, not just those who smoke or drink heavily,” said Allen S. Ho, MD, director of the Head and Nec...
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May
02,
2019
Cedars-Sinai volunteer Patricia Marquis, whose stage name is Patricia Magicia, uses magic for more than just entertainment. She uses her craft as a welcome distraction for patients facing an array of illnesses. “I bring sunshine to people who may ...
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May
01,
2019
A team of researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer, Cedars-Sinai Cancer and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have newly identified 34 genes that are associated with an increased risk for developing the earliest stages of ovarian cancer. The fin...
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April
30,
2019
The measles outbreak has officially hit the West Coast, with dozens of diagnosed cases in California and hundreds under mandatory quarantine throughout the state. Michael Ben-Aderet, MD, associate director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai, sh...
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April
29,
2019
Poway. New Zealand. Sri Lanka. Pittsburgh. Charleston.  When gun violence invades a house of worship, how can a community cope and heal from the trauma?  Jason Weiner, BCC, senior Rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Si...
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April
29,
2019
As death closed in on the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, some of those coping amid the wretched conditions affirmed life in an extraordinary way: They operated a clandestine medical school. By one estimate, as many as 500 students ...
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April
23,
2019
Whether it’s starting a six-hour liver transplant surgery at 1 a.m. or helping a friend of a friend get a sick child the medical help she needs, it’s standard operating procedure for Nicholas N. Nissen, MD, to go above and beyond the call of duty.   ...
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April
22,
2019
In March, the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai completed more organ transplants in one month than ever before in the 15-year history of the program. "It's all hands on deck when the pace gets that intense," said Irene Kim, MD, surgi...
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April
19,
2019
When Earth Day rolls around on Monday, Cedars-Sinai will continue its commitment to keep not only its patients healthy, but also the planet. With various initiatives happening throughout the day, employees are participating in – and learning more abo...
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