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Cedars-Sinai Medical tipsheet for May 2004

KNOWING THE NUMBERS ADDS UP TO BETTER HEALTH FOR WOMEN SCREENED REGULARLY
With diabetes, cholesterol levels and obesity all on the rise, even in women as young as in their 20s, Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz and the Women's Health Resource Center at Cedars-Sinai offer timely suggestions on 14 screenings and steps women can take to improve their own health. Screenings include blood pressure readings, cholesterol levels, weight, body fat percentages and glucose readings as well as recommendations as to when to have a mammogram or colorectal screening and more.

BAKERSFIELD COUPLE ATTRIBUTE BIRTH OF HEALTHY BABY TO PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS AT CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
Genetic screening tests available today have greatly increased couples' ability to predict the likelihood of genetic disorders in their offspring. Testing is available to patients in various situations women over age 35 who are worried about chromosomal problems like Down Syndrome, patients exposed to potentially harmful medications or chemicals, couples with a family history or previous child with a birth defect, pregnancies where an abnormal ultrasound finding is detected, or couples at increased risk of ethnic-related genetic disorders. Dr. John Williams, III, is available to discuss the latest in prenatal screenings and diagnosis.

RESEARCHERS DEFINE MECHANISM THAT ENABLES STEM CELLS TO TRACK MIGRATING BRAIN TUMOR CELLS
Neural stem cells, which have the ability to track deadly brain cancer cells as they migrate from a tumor to form new satellites, are potential transporters to deliver cancer-killing agents. In the May/June issue of Neoplasia, researchers from Cedars-Sinai's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute identify the type of stem cells that have this capacity and describe a mechanism that turns on the tumor-tracking activity C important findings in the translation of laboratory results into the clinic.

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Contact: Glenda Collins
glenda.collins@cshs.org
310-423-2103
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
17-May-2004


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