Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Letter From Chief of Staff: Product Recall—Ranitidine

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

Please be advised that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued product recalls for ranitidine manufactured by various companies due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity. If you have questions or concerns regarding these recalls, review the FDA's Questions and Answers: NDMA Impurities in Ranitidine (Commonly Known As Zantac) page or ask your pharmacist.

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E-Cigarettes May Be More Harmful to Heart Health Than Tobacco

A new study from researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute shows that electronic nicotine delivery systems, including devices such as e-cigarettes, may be just as harmful to the heart, if not more, than traditional cigarettes. The findings were presented this week at the annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019.

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Study Highlights Best Options for Heart Patients

A study of thousands of patients with the most common form of heart disease shows that many are not receiving the best treatment to prevent future heart attacks and extend their lives. The study of patients with coronary artery disease, led by the Smidt Heart Institute Chair of Cardiac Surgery, Joanna Chikwe, was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Chikwe directed the study when she was with Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

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Core Labs Updating Reference Intervals Nov. 30

Beginning Nov. 30, the Core Laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will begin using updated reference intervals and interpretive comments for a number of chemistry tests. The updates are necessary to bring the labs in line with current test-manufacturer reference intervals.

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New Physicians Welcomed at Reception

The medical staff held its first New Physician Welcome Reception at the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The informal reception, which featured wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, gave new medical staff members an opportunity to meet and network with other new physicians as well as staff leadership.

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Christmas Extravaganza Looking for Choral Singers

Get into the holiday spirit by singing in the Cedars-Sinai Christmas Chorus. The chorus will perform at this year's Christmas Extravaganza, planned for Thursday, Dec. 19, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium. All are welcome to sing in the chorus—no audition is necessary.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for October


The Circle of Friends program honored 182 people in October. 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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Medical Library Offers Classes to Learn New Skills

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library is offering a variety of classes in November and December. Classes are at noon in the Medical Library—Plaza Level, South Tower, Room 2815.

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CS-Link Tip: Marking Navigation Tabs as Important

If you have switched to Storyboard layout in CS-Link™, you have an option available to highlight navigation tabs so you can easily access the tabs you use most often. To use it, just select “Mark as important” from the pulldown menu after right-clicking on the tab you want to highlight.

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