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OpenNotes to Give Patients Access to Doctor Notes

Cedars-Sinai is launching OpenNotes on Nov. 6. The communications tool allows patients to easily view their physicians' outpatient visit notes through our online patient portal, My CS-Link™. Research at other institutions has shown that patients who use OpenNotes reported that they were better prepared for visits and better understood their health conditions and treatment plans. All participating doctors chose to keep their notes open after the study ended.

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Flu Badge Buddy Must Be Visible

Cedars-Sinai requires staff to wear a flu badge buddy at all times beginning Nov. 1. The vaccinations are free and available to medical staff and volunteers. Anyone requiring the vaccine can get one at Employee Health Services.

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Cancer Survivors Share Stories of Hope, Gratitude

More than 350 patients, families and caregivers came together for the 17th Celebration of Life luncheon last month at the Skirball Culture Center. The event was hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

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ALS Trial to Test Stem Cell and Gene Therapy

Cedars-Sinai regenerative medicine investigators have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test a combination stem cell-gene therapy they developed to stall the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological disease that causes progressive paralysis and ultimately death. "We believe the rationale behind our new approach is strong," said Clive Svendsen, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute.

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Healthcare Accelerator Graduates Spur Innovation

When the inaugural class of Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai, graduated this summer, the grads weren’t just handed a piece of paper. Instead the entrepreneurs penned partnerships with Cedars-Sinai that are spurring innovation and improving the lives of patients.

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Cedars-Sinai, Clippers Partner to Promote Wellness

With this week's launch of the NBA regular season, Cedars-Sinai is announcing a new partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers that will focus on promoting community health and wellness. As the official health partner of the Clippers, Cedars-Sinai will join with the NBA franchise in emphasizing a comprehensive approach to health, which celebrates the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

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Presidential Health Is Topic of Nov. 4 Lecture

Leo Gordon, MD, will discuss "When Your Patient Is the President: Vignettes in Presidential Health." Gordon is a longtime member of the medical staff in the Department of Surgery. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 4, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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MD/RN Collaborative Survey Seeking Feedback

Physicians and registered nurses are encouraged to participate in the MD/RN Collaborative Satisfaction Survey, which is open through Nov. 11. The confidential survey is intended to give clinicians the opportunity to share valuable feedback on how to enhance collaboration, trust and respect among caregivers. Survey results will also be used to help set goals and initiatives for the MD/RN Collaborative Committee.

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Pediatric Reference Intervals for CBC Parameters to Be Updated

The Core Laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will update pediatric reference intervals for CBC parameters beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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FDA Warns About Abuse of Testosterone Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning regarding the abuse potential of prescription testosterone products that can lead to serious side effects, including damage to the heart, brain, liver, mental health and endocrine system.

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Staff, Provider Buttons on Mycslink.org Going Away

The staff and provider buttons on mycslink.org will soon be removed. Physicians and staff are asked to please bookmark the links if they have not done so already.

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CS-Link Tip: Training Available for Nov. 6 Upgrade

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The new CS-Link™ upgrade begins Sunday, Nov. 6. The upgrade includes many new features designed to improve everyday navigation and the opportunity to personalize pages.

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