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Consumer Ratings No Panacea for Picking Doctors

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Online consumer ratings parse everything from tasty burritos to hip beauty salons. While crowdsourced reviews can be helpful when picking a restaurant or hair stylist, are they useful for choosing a physician? Not entirely, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators, which found that online physician ratings were unrelated to actual quality of care. Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM, was the study's lead author.

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Encryption Service Upgrade Slated for Oct. 30

To improve online security, the encryption service for Cedars-Sinai will switch to Cisco IronPort beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Despite the rise in text messaging, instant messaging and social networking, email continues to be the main communication tool of business. Email, however, can be unsecure, and mishandling it can lead to the exposure of sensitive information.

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Sex Matters

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Ask 10 small children whether boys are different than girls and, guess what, they will all say "yes"! But many of the best-educated members of society — the physicians and medical researchers who understand the intricacies of the human body — apparently have forgotten what every child knows. Medical researchers have paid scant attention to sex differences until very recently. The fact remains that, today, most diseases, medications, health behaviors and health prevention strategies have not been studied in a way that helps women as much as men.

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CS-Link Tip: Upgrade to Reduce Screen Clutter

A new upgrade to CS-Link™ is planned to take effect the first week of November. The upgrade will reduce screen clutter and deliver a cleaner and more vibrant look.

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Clinical Scholars Earn 'A' for Ambition

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Inquisitive. Ambitious. Wanting to make a difference. That's how Leon Fine, MD, vice dean of Research and Graduate Research Education, described participants in the rigorous Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program, which helps transform clinicians into clinical scientists. Fine delivered his tribute Sept. 28 at the program's annual graduation and welcome ceremony, which celebrated this year's three graduates and the incoming class of 11 students.

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Flu Shot Clinics Set Through Oct. 31

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Help Cedars-Sinai protect patients, visitors and colleagues by getting an annual flu vaccination by Wednesday, Nov. 1. All medical staff, vendors, contracted personnel, volunteers, faculty and students must get their annual flu vaccination, available free of charge through scheduled flu clinics.

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From Superman to Iron Man After Surgery

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This story is part of an occasional series highlighting the #CedarsGratitude effort. Share why you are grateful for Cedars-Sinai here.

There are some things Bobby Vinson just won’t do. He won’t let his family down. He won’t let his wife, Tara, train for marathons alone. And he won’t complain or let his back problems interfere with the things he loves. He also won't let Arnold Chiari malformation, a rare condition that causes the lobes at the base of the brain to elongate and block or slow the flow of fluid into the spine, slow him down.

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Core Labs to Stop Using Some Test Codes

The Core laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will be stop using a number of test codes beginning Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September


The Circle of Friends program honored 256 people in September. 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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