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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Jan. 18, 2013 | Archived Issues

FDA lowers recommended dose of zolpidem products

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying the public of new information about zolpidem, a widely prescribed insomnia drug. FDA recommends that the bedtime dose be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.

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Upcoming CME conferences

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Medical staff gets new officers

The Cedars-Sinai medical staff has new officers, who took their positions at the beginning of the year.

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Harvey Morse Auditorium gets clinician workstations

Clinical workstations have been installed near Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The workstations will provide Cedars-Sinai clinicians an opportunity to answer patient care needs while attending meetings in the conference center.

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Changes coming for Infectious Diseases

As the healthcare environment continues to present challenges to integrated health systems, Cedars-Sinai faces difficult decisions regarding organizational structure and staffing. One of these decisions involves the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. Starting in July, the outpatient and inpatient Infectious Diseases services of the Department of Medicine will be staffed primarily by private attending medical staff members of the Division of Infectious Diseases, instead of full-time faculty infectious disease physicians. The division's clinical and educational programs – including those serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as the resident and fellowship training programs – will continue.

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More doctors, hospitals partner to coordinate care for people with Medicare

Cedars-Sinai has been selected as one of 106 new Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare, ensuring as many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries across the United States now have access to high-quality, coordinated care, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Jan. 10.

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Here comes the flu

C-S sees spike in flu cases; new visitor precautions put into place

Cedars-Sinai is experiencing an increase in flu cases, and California public health officials warn that the flu epidemic that has already hit hard in other areas of the nation is headed our way. "The number of positive influenza cases confirmed at Cedars-Sinai has increased substantially in the past two weeks," says Rekha Murthy, MD, director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai. "We are admitting five to six patients per day with influenza diagnosis and three to four positive for other respiratory viruses."

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Re-entry program gives doctors a chance to return to medicine

Sandy Kaushal, MD, graduated medical school in 2002 and became a pediatrician. But six years later, pregnant with her second child, she decided to take a break from medicine. Kaushal said it was a family decision for her to stay home and be there for her children while they were babies. This year, with both her children in school, Kaushal was ready to return to medicine. But returning to the profession is not as simple as rehanging the shingle.

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Prominent bone cancer surgeons join Orthopaedic Center

Two of Southern California's best-known orthopedic oncologists have joined Cedars-Sinai, enhancing a surgical team that treats some of the most complex and difficult types of cancer. Lawrence R. Menendez, MD, and Daniel C. Allison, MD, FACS, MBA, have partnered with Earl Warren Brien, MD, director of musculoskeletal tumor service at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center, to form one of the preeminent orthopedic oncology practices in the western U.S.

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The baby was a surprise, the teamwork an inspiration

It was Friday night when things started to go wrong for a 25-year-old woman in the Antelope Valley. Her family said she appeared confused, but she insisted nothing was wrong. The next morning, she was worse, and by the time an ambulance raced her to a local hospital, she had lost consciousness. Medical tests delivered a series of shocks to the woman's family – her systolic blood pressure was a life-threatening 200-plus, and her high blood pressure had caused a brain bleed. And unbeknownst to her mother and sister, the young woman was 30 weeks pregnant.

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Ideas sought for Great Debates topic

The Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition committee is soliciting suggestions for a topic for this annual spring event. The debate will convene for its 10th year at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, in ECC A-C.

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Ordinary heart cells become 'biological pacemakers' with injection of a single gene

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers have reprogrammed ordinary heart cells to become exact replicas of highly specialized pacemaker cells by injecting a single gene (Tbx18) — a major step forward in the decade-long search for a biological therapy to correct erratic and failing heartbeats.

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