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$50 Million Gift Goes to Create Smidt Heart Institute

Cedars-Sinai has announced a $50 million gift from Eric and Susan Smidt and The Smidt Foundation to create the Smidt Heart Institute. The gift—the largest in Cedars-Sinai's 116-year history—will enable the hospital to expand its research and treatment of heart conditions by pursuing the most innovative science, advancing clinical trials and emerging treatments, and training the next generation of heart specialists.

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Primary Care Offices Open in Culver City

Cedars-Sinai has opened a new primary care office in Culver City to better serve the residents and workforce of the community. The office, at 10458 Culver Blvd., is located close to Cedars-Sinai's urgent care facility. The newly refurbished 5,500-square-foot space is staffed by four family medicine physicians and a physician assistant who can treat anyone from newborns to seniors.

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Easier, More Meaningful Advance Healthcare Directive

A new Advance Care Planning packet is available at nursing stations throughout the medical center, at outpatient clinics, and on both the Cedars-Sinai intranet and the Cedars-Sinai website. An Advance Healthcare Directive is a legal document that can be referred to in the event you are unable or don't want to participate in medical decisionmaking.

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Diet May Influence Spread of Breast Cancer

A single protein building block commonly found in food may hold the key to preventing the spread of an often-deadly type of breast cancer, according to a new multicenter study in the medical journal Nature.

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Transplant Saves Bishop at the Heart of His Community

Bishop William LaRue Dillard had been plagued by fits of coughing, trembling and shortness of breath for a while, but one morning he had a particularly frightening attack and decided he couldn't ignore them any longer. He was referred to the Smidt Heart Institute, where he received a lifesaving heart transplant at age 78.

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Study Looks at Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young People

Obesity and other common cardiovascular risk factors may play a greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among younger people than previously recognized, underscoring the importance of earlier screening, a Cedars-Sinai study has found. While sports activity often garners attention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest in younger patients, it was cited only in a small percentage of those ages 5 to 34 in the study, published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Malaniak Awards Recognize Postdoctoral Research

Two postdoctoral researchers took home the annual Bohdan (Danny) Malaniak Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. The two were among four finalists who presented their studies at the Jan. 31 event, in its 11th year, at a packed Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for January


The Circle of Friends program honored 90 people in January. 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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FDA Updates Warning About Antidepressant Pristiq

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated a warning about the antidepressant Pristiq (desvenlafaxine succinate)—that it can lead to serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition. The risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in pediatric and young adult patients is increased when used with other drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin.

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Two Groups to Recognize Physician for Distinguished Career

Barry D. Pressman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Imaging, is being honored later this year by two prestigious organizations in recognition of his distinguished career. This spring, Pressman will receive a Gold Medal from the American College of Radiology for his service to the profession of radiology.

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CS-Link Tip: Hot Key Shortcuts

Keeping your hands on the keyboard is more efficient than moving back and forth from a mouse. To help you stay on the keyboard as much as possible, a number of "hot keys" or shortcuts have been developed. For instance, rather than looking for the "accept" button, you can press Alt+A. If you want to search for something, you can click on Ctrl+Space. If you want to undo your last move, hit Ctrl+Z.

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