INTRAOPERATIVE DUPLEX SCANNING USED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CARJACKING VICTIM WITH BRAIN, CHEST INJURIES
A new type of technologyknown as intraoperative Duplex Scanning was used for the first time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in August, and played an important role in saving the life of a carjacking victim who had been shot in the head and in the chest. Duplex scans combine doppler and ultrasound imaging t echnology, giving the physician both auditory and visual images of blood flow, enabling him or her to distinguish between blood vessels and other types of tissues.
Available for interviews: Hrayr Shahinian, M.D., Director, Skull Base Institute
CEDARS-SINAI SCIENTIST FINDS MALIGNANCY GENE IN TUMOR CELLS
A scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has discovered a gene that exists in malignant tumors of the brain, liver, breast, colon, kidney and reproductive organs, but not in healthy adults, stirring hopes that a vital key to cancer development and progression may have been unmasked. Julia Y. Ljubimova, M.D., Ph.D., a cancer researcher in the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, announced the discovery of a novel human malignancy-associated gene (MAG) in the October issue of Cancer Research.
Available for interviews: Julia Y. Ljubimova, M.D., Ph.D.
FIRST HEART/LIVER TRANSPLANT IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES DONE AT CEDARS-SINAI
In a 12-hour procedure that began at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, two organ transplant teams at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center gave a 36-year-old woman a new heart and liver. This is the first time that such a double organ transplant has been done in the Western United States.
Available for interviews: Lawrence Czer, M.D.; Steven Colquhoun, M.D.; Carlos Blanche, M.D.
HUMAN BRAIN TRANSPLANTATION PROTOCOL APPROVED TO REVERSE NERVE AND BRAIN DAMAGE
Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are ready to start a human treatment
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Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center