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Cedars-Sinai Medical News Tips

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's "Top Tips." This semi-monthly service is designed especially for health and medical reporters and is offered free of charge by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Public Relations Department. To receive "Top Tips" twice each month via e-mail, please send your name, organization, phone and fax numbers, plus e-mail address, to sandy@vancommunications.com. If you are already receiving this service and do not wish to, you may cancel by sending to the same e-mail address with the word "unsubscribe" entered in the subject field. To pursue any of these story ideas, call 1-800-396-1002. Thank you.

DIABETES DRUG AND ACCUTANE BLOCK BREAST CANCER CELL GROWTH
Breast cancer cells exposed to a diabetes drug (Troglitazone) and the Vitamin A compound Accutane stopped multiplying and died on cue in laboratory and animal studies conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The drug combination appears to have no adverse effect on healthy cells, either in laboratory studies or in immunodeficient mice injected with human breast cells that form tumors.
Interview: H. Phillip Koeffler, M.D., Director of Hematology/Oncology, Cedars-Sinai

NEW BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP OFFERS PATIENTS AND FAMILIES MONTHLY UPDATES ON NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS PLUS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
A new Brain Tumor Support Group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Neurosurgical Institute provides patients and their families with psychological support as well as monthly updates on the latest in treatment options, including radiation, chemotherapy and future strategies using gene therapy and immunology. The series of programs combines medical updates with psychological support groups.
Interview: World-renowned brain surgeon Keith L. Black, M.D., and brain tumor patients

CLINICAL TRIALS AT CEDARS-SINAI OFFER NEW OPTION FOR ANGINA PAIN SUFFERERS
Cardiac patients who are too frail for coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty may find relief through a new laser procedure called Percutaneous Transluminal Myocardial Revascularization (PTMR), which is presently in phase II clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Interviews: Norman Lepor, M.D., Principal Investigator, and patients

DELICATE SKULL BASE BRAIN SURGERY CAN GIVE PATIENTS WITH DEBILITATING FACIAL PAIN A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Universally acknowledged as the most painful affliction known to adult men and women, Trigeminal Neuralgia (severe facial pain) affects thousands of Americans. Until recently treatment options were limited and largely ineffective. Now, however, thanks to a highly specialized type of skull base brain surgery known as Microvascular Decompression, sufferers can get immediate relief.
Interview: Hrayr K. Shahinian, M.D., and two patients

BABIES WITH CROSSED EYES SOUGHT FOR NATIONWIDE CONGENITAL ESOTROPIA STUDY
200 babies (age 9 to 17 weeks) whose eyes cross are needed for a nationwide Congenital Esotropia observational study. The study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and there is no fee to participate. Study is being conducted by NIH-certified investigators at 100 participating centers nationwide.
Interview: Kenneth Wright, M.D., Chair, Congenital Esotropia Study

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