Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Affiliation of Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Official

The proposed affiliation between Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial—first announced last May—became official Feb. 1. The affiliation will focus on new opportunities for coordination of care and resources between the two organizations, and joint programs to provide access to more people for needed medical services.

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Cedars-Sinai Goes Red for Women's Heart Health

Women's Heart Day

The 13th annual Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Day recently attracted hundreds of healthcare professionals, employees and volunteers who made a collective red-themed fashion statement to help raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.

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New Guidelines for Assessing Head and Neck Cancers

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Cedars-Sinai investigators have developed a new, more accurate set of guidelines for assessing the severity of head and neck cancers and predicting patient survival. The new guidelines, outlined in a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, center around counting the number of malignant lymph nodes found in each patient.

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Integrative Health Moves to New, Healing Space

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Cedars-Sinai Integrative Health will start welcoming patients to its new storefront space at 8820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 110, beginning Feb. 12. The program combines conventional and alternative therapies to help achieve optimal health and healing.

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Stenting System Benefits Certain Stroke Patients


A specialized stenting system used to open blocked arteries in the brain resulted in a low complication rate among a specific group of patients with stroke histories, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai researchers.

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Triple Transplant Patient Defies Early Prognosis

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When Jim Stavis was 17, he was told he'd be lucky to live past his 50th birthday. At that time, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Doctors expected him to be plagued by kidney and heart disease, blindness and amputation before succumbing to diabetes at a young age. In December 2017, Stavis—who received three transplants at Cedars-Sinai—celebrated his 63rd birthday.

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FDA Issues Warning About Incorrect Dosing of Obeticholic Acid

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the liver disease medicine Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been incorrectly dosed daily instead of weekly in patients with moderate to severe primary biliary cholangitis, a rare chronic liver disease. Also, in an effort to foster safe use of the over-the counter anti-diarrhea drug loperamide, the FDA is working with manufacturers to use blister packs or other single dose packaging, and to limit the number of doses in a package.

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CS-Link Tip: Refilling Prescriptions

With CS-Link™, refilling prescriptions is simple. If you want to accept prescriptions, click on the "accept all" button. If you don't have the "accept all" button on your toolbar, you also can find it under "more." Also, it's easy to move the button to your toolbar.

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