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  • Israeli-designed device allows paraplegics to walk

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    2 weeks ago

    As a result of an automobile accident in 2007, Southern California resident Stephen Wilson was only able to enjoy the outdoors from a seated position in his wheelchair for years. But thanks to ReWalk, an Israeli-designed-and-built device that allows some people with spinal cord...

  • Medical malpractice awards: How much is enough?

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Sitting in his wheelchair, head tilted, Michael Markow was having trouble speaking into the voice-amplifying microphone he must use in order to be heard clearly.

    Markow’s caretaker sprayed some water into Markow’s mouth, which often dries out because of the drugs he takes to help...

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

    by JTA

    3 weeks 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...

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

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 3, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    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

    September 3, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    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...

  • Bone Marrow: The best kind of gift

    by Leslee Komaiko

    September 3, 2014 | 11:06 am

    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...

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