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October 2016

Patient Care

Advances in limb-lengthening techniques offer better options for patients with severe discrepancies
Recent advances in limb-lengthening devices and techniques, including FDA approval of the Precice implantable intramedullary rod, means that most patients can now be successfully treated for complex limb deficiencies and discrepancies.


Preventing post-traumatic osteoarthritis with low-dose dexamethasone
A new trial is investigating whether one-time, low-dose dexamethasone can prevent post-traumatic arthritis after osteochondral fractures and ligament or meniscus tears.

Better exercise capacity helps protect against atrial fibrillation
Research that found an inverse association between the exercise capacity of military veterans and the likelihood of development of atrial fibrillation over long-term follow-up indicates that extremes of exercise — too little or too much — may impact atrial fibrillation risk.

Aspirin linked to reduced cholangiocarcinoma risk
Building on a long history of aspirin research, Mayo investigators find an association between aspirin use and a significant reduction in the three subtypes of cholangiocarcinoma.

Exercise has positive effect on central nervous system function
Research suggests that consuming high levels of saturated fat in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a reduction in myelin-forming cells, but exercise training can help reverse the process.

See all Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic 2nd Annual Update on Infectious Diseases for Primary Care 2017
Jan. 21-22, 2017, in Phoenix
Topics include diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis, treatment of common tick-borne disease, counseling for patients regarding Zika virus infections, treatment of C. difficile and other enteric infections, developments in management of common intra-abdominal infections, and management of adult vaccinations.

Palliative Medicine in Clinical Practice 2017
Feb. 13-15, 2017, in Palm Desert, Calif.
This course focuses on pain management in patients with terminal illnesses, recognition of aberrant opioid use behaviors and how to collaborate with pain clinicians in care of these patients, and strategies for communicating with patients and families about their overall goals of care.

See all Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Continuous Professional Development courses


In the Video Center

Early Menopause: Precursor to Coronary Heart Disease?
Women who experience menopause before age 46 have twice the risk of developing heart disease as that of women who reach menopause later. Whether the menopause is surgical or natural does not impact cardiovascular risk.

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