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Commemorating Passover at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai is marking Passover, which runs from the evening of Monday, April 10, to the evening of Tuesday, April 18.

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Discard Flu Season Badge Buddies After March 31

With flu activity slowing down, employees should discard their badge buddies after Friday, March 31. Although employees may remove badge buddies, some flu activity remains and vaccines will still be available to patients and staff for the next several weeks.

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Ebola Drill Addresses Challenges of a Teen Patient

Cedars-Sinai recently staged an Ebola drill with a twist: A teen volunteer played the patient and another volunteer played his mom. The Special Pathogen Response Team runs the drills periodically to practice treating patients with highly infectious diseases. This group of healthcare providers has rehearsed with pretend adult patients, but never with a teen.

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Training Campaign Highlights Dangers of Phishing

Enterprise Information Services is launching a series of security training messages that simulate a phishing attack. The awareness campaign is designed to help employees recognize phishing, a significant threat to the security of Cedars-Sinai’s information systems.

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Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate


The 14th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 2. The debate committee is soliciting topics that are timely and relevant to all specialties.

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Brainworks Aims to Inspire Next Generation

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Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons welcomed students from several Los Angeles-area middle schools for the daylong Brainworks Program, now in its 19th year. The program aims to inspire the next generation of neurosurgeons, scientists and researchers. This year, students were given the opportunity to use a new high-definition imaging device to perform simulated surgery.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for February


The Circle of Friends program honored 179 people in February. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Study Finds Virtual Reality Reduces Patient Pain

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Virtual reality therapy is effective in significantly reducing pain for hospitalized patients, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study. In the study, recently published online by JMIR Mental Health, a sister publication of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, investigators examined 100 hospitalized patients who reported pain scores of greater than 3 on a scale from zero to 10.

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FDA Warns Against Prescribing Viberzi to Patients Without Gallbladders

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that patients who do not have gallbladders should not be prescribed Viberzi (eluxadoline), a medicine used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea. An FDA review found these patients have an increased risk of developing serious pancreatitis that could result in hospitalization or death.

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CS-Link Tip: The Widescreen View

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It's always easier to work when you have enough space on your screen. CS-Link™ carries a widescreen view to help improve your view. To use the widescreen, go to the top right of your screen. You'll see a little line, a box and an "x." Click the box and maximize the space you are using.

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