Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

FDA Warns About Zydelig

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about reports of an increased rate of adverse events, including deaths, in clinical trials with the cancer medicine Zydelig in combination with other cancer medicines.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - March 2016 (PDF)  


Morton W. Klein, MD, has died.

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Celebrate Doctors' Day With Meet and Greet

Patient care teams will honor Cedars-Sinai physicians on National Doctors' Day with a meet and greet Wednesday, March 30, from 7-9 a.m. on the South Mezzanine. Coffee, pastries and breakfast on the go will be served, and music and pet volunteers will be on hand.

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Innovation Day To Showcase Ideas for Patient Care

Mark your calendars — on Monday, March 28, from 10 a.m.-noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium, the MD/RN Patient Experience Innovation Challenge will host Innovation Day, the second event of the Innovation Challenge.

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Transfusion Guidelines Aim for Less PCI Bleeding

Bleeding complications pose significant risks to patient safety and quality of care. Reducing bleeding related to percutaneous coronary intervention from 5.9 percent to 3.8 percent is an institutional priority and a Quality Council goal for this year, and we need your help to achieve it.

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Cedars-Sinai Relaxes Ebola-Related Screening

Cedars-Sinai is de-escalating its Ebola-related travel screening efforts. Healthcare workers can discontinue routine screening questions for patients related to recent travel to the formerly affected West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Transmission of Ebola virus disease is no longer occurring in any of these countries.

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Updates Regarding Testing for Zika Virus Infection

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has updated its guidance for testing for Zika virus infection.

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Stem Cells Could Treat Heart Failure, Study Finds

Eduardo Marbán

Cardiac stem cells could be an effective treatment for a common but difficult-to-treat type of heart failure, a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute shows. The study, published March 2, has led to clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Investigational New Drug application to test the cells in patients. Heart Institute Director Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, led the research team.

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CS-Link Tip: E-Prescribing Controlled Substances

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New York is abolishing the cryptic prescription scribbled on a piece of paper. The requirement is meant to fight painkiller abuse and reduce errors. Electronic prescribing is a practice convenient for both doctors and patients. You, too, can electronically prescribe controlled substances.

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Laying the Groundwork for Precision Medicine

Cedars-Sinai is preparing to advance the institution to the forefront of the next healthcare revolution: precision medicine. Using the latest medical discoveries, this revolution seeks to tailor disease treatments and prevention strategies to each unique individual.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the legendary band Chicago. The event on Sunday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members.

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CS-Link Central Has New Design, Easier Navigation

Take a few moments to check out the newly designed CS-Link Central — your source for CS-Link information and resources. The website now offers a fresh look and feel, easier-to-use layout and navigation, better search capabilities and mobile-friendly functionality.

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Orders for L/S Ratio No Longer Sent Out

As of April 1, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will no longer send out orders for lecithin-sphingomyelin (L/S) ratio to assess fetal lung maturity. In-house service was discontinued in August 2015 and no orders have been sent out in more than six months.

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Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate


The 13th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 3. The debate committee is soliciting topics.

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Deadline for 2016 PRISM Prize Nominees Is April 1

Nominations are open for the 2016 Cedars-Sinai Prize for Research in Scientific Medicine, which is designed to recognize and encourage a scientific and medical breakthrough in basic or clinical/translational science. The deadline for applications is April 1.

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