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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Nov. 9, 2012, issue | Archived Issues

FDA conducting ongoing safety review of Mirapex

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about a possible increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex (pramipexole), which is used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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Meetings and events


Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

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CME Newsletter - November 2012 (PDF)

run for her this weekend

The eighth annual run for her® 5k run and friendship walk – benefiting the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute – will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pan Pacific Park.

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A strong approach to frailty

Older adults who are hospitalized commonly suffer complications such as falls and associated fractures, bedsores, undernourishment and delirium during their hospital stay and soon after discharge. Older adults identified as "frail" are most at risk of these complications. To ensure these patients receive the best care possible, Cedars-Sinai Medicine's Frailty Task Force rolled out the Frailty Project in July 2012.

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New CT scanner could lead to 'hole' new outlook

Cedars-Sinai's new Lightspeed CT scanner keeps things simple: The bigger the hole, the better the view. And the scanner, which the Radiation Oncology Department rolled out recently, boasts a pretty big hole – big enough to produce four-dimensional scans.

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MEC 'Morning After' report

Highlights from the Nov. 5 Medical Executive Committee meeting include important announcements regarding CS-Link™ and changes in bylaws, rules and regulations.

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Update: barium contrast shortage

There continues to be a North American barium shortage; however, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center was fortunate to receive a small and unexpected delivery. This will enable you to continue ordering esophagrams, upper GIs, small bowel series, barium enemas and video swallowing studies.

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Learn about diabetes at 'dance' to end the disease

Diabetes is the largest health burden in the nation. It is a precursor to several other diseases, it often leads to debilitating impairments such as blindness and kidney failure. Cedars-Sinai's Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center, along with the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, will host a free community event Nov. 16 in the Harvey Morse Auditorium designed to raise diabetes awareness. It's called a Dance to End Diabetes.

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Core Laboratory offers PSA reflexive panel

In response to requests from physicians, the Core Laboratory will offer a Prostate-Specific Antigen reflexive panel. When the reflexive algorithm is ordered, a total PSA value will be obtained. For total PSA values between 4 and10 ng/ml, a reflexive test for free PSA will be run.

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