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Cedars-Sinai Medical tipsheet for July 2003

CARDIOLOGISTS ADVANCE SEARCH FOR ROUTINE VACCINE TO PREVENT HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis. Measles, mumps, rubella. Atherosclerosis? Cedars-Sinai cardiologists and their colleagues in Sweden are leading a quest for a vaccine that one day could become part of routine childhood immunization programs. Instead of preventing infections, they hope to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Recent results in mice suggest they may be on the right track. In their quest for a vaccine that may one day routinely protect against heart attacks and strokes, cardiologists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and their colleagues in Sweden have isolated a key step in the mechanism that leads to vascular plaque buildup and blood clot formation.

UNIQUE CENTER TARGETS BOTH EXCESSIVE AND INSUFFICIENT LEVELS OF MALE HORMONES IN WOMEN

Although commonly referred to as "male" hormones, androgens also circulate in the bloodstreams of women. If they rise or fall out of balance, bothersome symptoms and serious complications can occur. The first-of-its-kind Center for Androgen-Related Disorders, located at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, offers specialized testing and treatment for androgen excess and insufficiency, as well as their underlying disorders.

CHILREN MORE VULNERABLE THAN ADULTS IN THE EVENT OF A CHEMICAL SPILL OR CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK

Children are more vulnerable than adults in the event of a chemical spill or chemical weapons attack, says Lloyd Brown, M.D., Associate Director of the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at Cedars-Sinai, and Medical Director of the hospital's C.O.A.C.H. for Kids Program. In addition, because chemical agents unlike biological agents have an almost instantaneous impact, immediate intervention is needed to help minimize injuries and damage. Also unlike some biological weapons, there are no vaccinations available for chemical exposure. All of this combined means th
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Contact: Sandra Van
sandy@vancommunications.com
800-880-2397
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
22-Jul-2003


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