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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY March 2016 | Archived Issues

P & T Approvals; FDA Warns About Zydelig

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the February meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, 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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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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Education Schedule - March 2016  


Surgery Scheduling

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Bhamb Wins Orthopaedic Association Award

The California Orthopaedic Association presented a series of four awards for resident research projects this year, with the Orthopaedic Resident and Education Foundation Resident Research Symposium award going to Neil Bhamb, MD, a PGY-4 Cedars-Sinai resident physician in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Bhamb will travel to this year's association meeting to present his research on the "Effect of Modulating Dietary Vitamin D on the General Bone Health of Rats During Posterolateral Spinal Fusion."

Along with his co-authors Melodie Metzger, PhD, and Linda Kanim, MA, Bhamb studied the effect of varying the dietary intake of vitamin D. This project built from research previously published by Metzger et al. The study showed that additional vitamin D in the diet of rats that underwent surgery improved markers of general bone health after surgery. This study helps researchers to better understand the effects of vitamin D separately from that of calcium, which are often administered together in clinical trials.

By studying the femurs of rats after surgery, Bhamb was able to show that their bone was biomechanically stronger and thicker. Given that over 40 million U.S. adults either have or are at risk for osteoporosis, methods that improve general bone health are of critical importance to physicians today.

While animal model research does not definitively answer these questions, it is an important stepping stone towards better understanding the use of vitamin D in humans.