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Cedars-Sinai medical tipsheet for June 2005

TRANSPLANT TEAM AS INCIDENCE OF TYPE 1 DIABETES CONTINUES TO CLIMB
Donald Dafoe, M.D., has been named director of the Pancreas Transplant Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dafoe served as chief of transplantation surgery at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and at Stanford University Medical Center. Pancreas transplant is considered a therapeutic option for patients with type 1 diabetes. Serious complications of the disease include kidney failure, hardening of the arteries, blindness and even death.

TARGETED CANCER DRUG COMBINED WITH A PILL FORM OF LOW-DOSE CHEMOTHERAPY FOUND TO SHRINK TUMORS AND SLOW PROGRESSION OF RECURRENT OVARIAN CANCER
A targeted cancer drug given with low-dose chemotherapy shrank ovarian tumors and slowed progression of ovarian cancer in patients with recurrent disease, according to research findings presented by Agustin Garcia, M.D., principal investigator of the study and Director of Breast Cancer Research at the Women's Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The targeted drug, bevacizumab (AvastinTM), is one of a new class of "anti-angiogenesis" drugs that prevents the growth of blood vessels that feed cancer tumors.

PATIENTS WITH METABOLIC SYNDROME AND MODERATE LEVELS OF CORONARY CALCIUM FOUND TO HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF HAVING BLOCKED ARTERIES, AS DETECTED ON A STRESS IMAGING TEST
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have found that patients with metabolic syndrome a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and a moderate level of calcium in the coronary arteries had a greater chance of having blockage of those arteries, as detected on a stress imaging test. The findings, reported in the June issue of Diabetes Care, show that analyzing a patient's metabolic profile in relation to their coronary calcium levels will help phys
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Contact: Glenda Collins
glenda.collins@cshs.org
310-423-2103
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
20-Jun-2005


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