KPCC: Exploring the intersection of mental health and creative expression

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In a nondescript hotel ballroom on Thursday, about two dozen women — some artists, some therapists, some educators — worked together to build human-sized sculptures out of packing tape. The participants went through drama therapy exercises to identify meaningful physical poses. Next, they worked in groups to mold sticky-side-up tape to various parts of their […]

Former Honolulu Mayor, Peter B. Carlisle, to speak at Nov. 17 seminar on Hawaii’s medical cannabis industry

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HONOLULU (NOV. 12, 2015) – Former Honolulu Mayor Peter B. Carlisle will be one of a slate of nationally recognized speakers at the Nov. 17 educational conference on the medical cannabis industry in Hawaii. The conference is sponsored by MMJ Compliance Group. Carlisle served four consecutive terms as Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of […]

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Wearable Motion Detector: Wrist Device Helps Patients & Doctors Track Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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One of the biggest challenges neurologists face when managing patients with Parkinson’s disease is making treatment decisions based on relatively brief patient interactions and subjective patient reports about their symptoms. A new wearable device developed by neurologists in Australia has the potential to inject some objectivity into those treatment decisions. Michele Tagliati, director of the […]

HuffPo: Are You at Risk for Alzheimer’s?

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No one knows for sure whether they will develop Alzheimer’s disease or not, but certain factors may increase your risk. A new study has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors that may contribute to more than 75 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an incurable and progressive disease that destroys memory […]

CNN: New Saliva Test May Catch Alzheimer’s Disease Early

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A test detecting Alzheimer’s disease early may become easily available thanks to one plentiful bodily substance: saliva, a recently released study shows. The saliva test was presented at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington this week. Though research is still in its infancy, the saliva test represents the exciting future of diagnostic tools in […]

Enriched Blood Cells Preserve Cognition in Mice With Features of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Cedars-Sinai Research Suggests That Targeting Alzheimer’s Disease With Specialized Immune Cells Might Someday Have Therapeutic Effects in Humans LOS ANGELES (July 6, 2015) – Cedars-Sinai researchers have successfully tested two new methods for preserving cognition in laboratory mice that exhibit features of Alzheimer’s disease by using white blood cells from bone marrow and a drug […]

Next Avenue: Why You Get Migraines & What To Do About Them

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These headaches can be debilitating, but many treatments offer relief. If you’ve ever experienced the throbbing pain of a migraine, you know how difficult it can be to carry on with your normal routine — especially if you’re one of the 14 million people who experience chronic daily headaches. More than 90 percent of sufferers […]

CNN: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

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There is no test doctors can use to conclusively determine whether someone will get Alzheimer’s disease. “If you are in your 20s or 30s and want to know if you will get the disease, we don’t have information to determine that now,” said Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations at the Alzheimer’s Association. One […]

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Been There? Done That? If You Are Sure, Thank Your ‘Memory Cells’

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Recording the activity of single neurons in humans, Cedars-Sinai-led research explains one aspect of the brain’s complex memory-formation process. The witness on the stand says he saw the accused at the scene of the crime. Is he sure? How sure? The jury’s verdict could hinge on that level of certainty. Many decisions we make every day are influenced by our memories and the confidence we have in them. But very little is known about how we decide whether we can trust a memory or not.

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI “Virtual Biopsy” in Animal Studies

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If Results Are Confirmed in Humans, Tumor Cells Could Someday Be Diagnosed by MRI Imaging and Treated With Tumor-Specific IV Injections; New NIH Grant Will Fund Future Study LOS ANGELES (May 26, 2015) – Biomedical researchers at Cedars-Sinai have invented a tiny drug-delivery system that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through “virtual […]

Brain Blogger: Genetic Basis to ALS—Interview with Robert Baloh of Cedars-Sinai

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Robert Baloh, MD, PhD on Brain Blogger: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no real disease-modifying therapy. Only until recently did we attribute a small portion of individuals with ALS with a genetic basis. Research from Robert Baloh, MD, PhD, Director of Neuromuscular Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, and colleagues at Washington University […]

Brain Blogger: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease—Interview with Dean Sherzi of Cedars-Sinai

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Dean Sherzi, MD on BrainBlogger.com: Numerous studies show promise in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in animal models, but invariably fail in humans. However, time after time, lifestyle changes have been shown to alter the course of illness in large population studies. My interview with Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention […]

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NPR: Doctors Test Tumor Paint on People

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: A few years ago, NPR’s Joe Palca first introduced us to a group of medical researchers in Seattle. They were working on what is called tumor paint—glowing paint. A glowing tumor would be easier for surgeons to see and remove. Researchers were trying to modify scorpion venom so that it would stick […]

Bottom Line Health: What You Don’t Know About Preventing Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is hands-down one of the most feared diseases. But simply worrying that you’ll develop the illness doesn’t do any good. A far better approach is to take action—now! What’s new: Around the country, respected medical centers and hospitals are now creating Alzheimer’s prevention programs staffed by neurologists and researchers who help people do […]

Study Shows More Patients With Lou Gehrig’s Disease Have Genetic Origin Than Previously Thought

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LOS ANGELES (Dec. 4, 2014) — Genetics may play a larger role in causing Lou Gehrig’s disease than previously believed, potentially accounting for more than one-third of all cases, according to one of the most comprehensive genetic studies to date of patients who suffer from the condition also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The study, […]

New Alzheimer’s Program to Focus on Prevention, Intervention, Research and Support

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2014) — Seeking to stem the rapid increase of Alzheimer’s disease, Cedars-Sinai has launched a new Alzheimer’s Prevention Program to help identify patients at risk of developing the neurological disorder and to reduce the impact on those diagnosed with the slow-moving condition. The program represents a concerted effort by clinicians, researchers, patients, […]

Cedars-Sinai Study of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Shifts ‘Origin’ Focus to Brain’s Motor Neurons

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 18, 2014) — Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, might damage muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain earlier in the disease process than previously known, according to research from the Cedars-Sinai  Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. The findings could shift researchers’ attention from the spinal cord […]

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Study: Renewing Brain’s Aging Support Cells May Help Neurons Survive

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LOS ANGELES (Oct. 29, 2014) — Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks muscle-controlling nerve cells – motor neurons – in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, leading to progressive weakness and eventual paralysis of muscles throughout the body. Patients typically survive only three to five years after diagnosis. Now, […]

Cedars-Sinai Certified by ALS Association as Center of Excellence for Treatment, Research

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LOS ANGELES (Sep. 30, 2014) — The ALS Program at Cedars-Sinai has become the first in Southern California to be named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence – a distinction that recognizes the quality of its treatment and research programs for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. FULL PRESS RELEASE # # # FOR MORE INFORMATION: […]

Tissue Collection Aids Search for Neurologic and Neuromuscular Disease Causes and Cures

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LOS ANGELES (Jul. 24, 2014) — Like other major research centers studying genetic causes of uncommon and poorly understood nervous system disorders, Cedars-Sinai maintains a growing collection of DNA and tissue samples donated by patients. What sets Cedars-Sinai’s Repository of Neurologic and Neuromuscular Disorders apart is its special emphasis on tissue collection – part of its […]

Cedars-Sinai Named Center of Excellence by Two Patient Advocacy Groups for Research and Care of Patients with Neuromuscular Disorders

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LOS ANGELES (Jul. 17, 2014) — Cedars-Sinai has been named a center of excellence by two major advocacy groups for patients with neuromuscular disorders: Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Foundation International and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. Cedars-Sinai is listed as one of 18 GBS/CIDP centers of excellence worldwide. The foundation website says, “Based on levels of expertise, […]

Study of Noninvasive Retinal Imaging Device Presented at Alzheimer’s Conference

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LOS ANGELES (Ju3. 13, 2014) — A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. “In preliminary results in 40 patients, the test could differentiate […]

In Study of Individual Neuron Activity, Key Brain Region Responds to Subjective Perception

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LOS ANGELES (Jun. 30, 2014) — When evaluating another person’s emotions – happy, sad, angry, afraid – humans take cues from facial expressions. Neurons in a part of the brain called the amygdala “fire” in response to the visual stimulation as information is processed by the retina, the amygdala and a network of interconnected brain structures. […]

3-D Computer Model May Help Refine Target for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Dystonia

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LOS ANGELES (Jun. 24, 2014) — Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn’t always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement of DBS electrodes is one of several factors that can affect results, but few studies have attempted to identify […]

USA TODAY MAGAZINE: Rethinking the Stroke Factor

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It is time to stop thinking of stroke as a disease only of the elderly. A study found that people in the 20 to 54 age range accounted for 18.6% of first strokes in a recent 12-month period—a 5.7% rise in little more than a decade—and average age at stroke occurrence dropped from 71 to 69. […]

USA TODAY MAGAZINE: On the Cusp of a Cure

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We can beat Alzheimer’s crushing burdens on families and society—and help may be here soon. I have devoted my professional life to finding treatments—and, I hope, someday cures—for malignant brain tumors, because I always have thought nothing could be worse than a diagnosis of brain cancer. The brain and its thought- and emotion-processing centers give us […]

New “Nanodrug” Breaks Down Barriers to Attack Breast Cancer Cells from the Inside Out

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Newswise — LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2011) – Throwing stones at castle walls is one way to attack an enemy, but sneaking inside makes the target much more vulnerable. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have employed a similar strategy using a mouse model to target important mechanisms inside the most challenging breast cancer […]