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  • Study: Test all women of Ashkenazi descent for BRCA defect

    by JTA

    1 week ago

    All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends.

    The study, by a research team headed by Ephrat Levy-Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was published Friday in the journal...

  • New Cedars-Sinai registry aims to link women with researchers

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    2 weeks ago

    Historically, women have been under-represented in clinical trials. As a result, research findings have not always taken into account factors — including genetics, hormones, body size and physiology — in which women and men differ.  

    This discrepancy spurred clinicians at...

  • Cedars-Sinai to host symposium on inherited cancer risk

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    2 weeks ago

    As a gynecologic oncologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the late 1980s, Dr. Beth Karlan and her colleagues noticed that cancer seems to cluster in certain families. In 1991, they established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program to investigate the role heredity plays in...

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  • Bone Marrow: The best kind of gift

    by Leslee Komaiko

    2 weeks ago

    In 2002, Los Angeles native Ronnel Conn was an undergraduate at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. When he heard there would be a bone marrow donor drive at the campus Hillel for a D.C. local in need, he showed up and got his cheek swabbed, because, he said, “It...

  • Radiation therapy that works for children

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    July 30, 2014 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli industrial engineer, who spent months in the hospital following a paragliding accident, saw the limitations of X-ray technology and vowed to make it better.

    After developing a real-time X-ray detector and an X-ray explosive identification system, he and his team of...

  • The Jewish connection to stem cell research

    by Michelle Chernak

    July 23, 2014 | 11:31 am

    More than a decade ago, Silviu Itescu and Michael Schuster were conducting research in a laboratory at Columbia University and made a discovery involving a type of human stem cell that could be used to treat rats during a heart attack. 

    The revolutionary finding demonstrated the...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    by Jared Sichel and Ryan Torok, Staff Writers

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

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