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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 […]

MMJ Compliance Group offers educational seminar on how to participate in the multi-billion dollar medical cannabis industry.

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HONOLULU (NOV. 11, 2015) – With the first of Hawaii’s medical cannabis dispensaries expected to open in mid-2016, and with last week’s introduction of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) bill  that would repeal all federal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana, there is growing interest in medical cannabis as a profitable and viable industry – especially here […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Moving On: A Brain Hemorrhage Stole Yong Soon Min’s Ability to Express Herself Through Art and Words. But Only for a While.

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In her art and teaching, Yong Soon Min often explores discrimination, civil unrest, political divide, women’s rights and Korean history. The University of California, Irvine, professor’s creativity, which has been displayed in exhibitions around the world, has taken many forms, including film, sculpture and video. In 2010, funded by a Fulbright research grant, she returned […]

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Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie to Address International Nanomedicine Conference

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Leading Researchers and Clinicians From Biotech Industries, National Institutes of Health, Educational Institutions and Medical Facilities Will Discuss the Present and Future of Nanomedicine for Imaging and Treatment During Gathering at Cedars-Sinai on March 13-14 LOS ANGELES (Jan. 14, 2015) – Nobel laureate Martin Chalfie, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at Cedars-Sinai’s Nanomedicine for […]

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 […]

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 […]