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November 2016

Patient Care

3-D models inform appropriate surgical approaches for children with craniocervical junction anomalies
Congenital or acquired anomalies in the interface between the skull and cervical spine may cause headache, neck pain and joint instability and also lead to neurological deficits that affect swallowing and breathing and cause weakness and spasticity.

Proton beam therapy provides better outcomes for treatment of some neurological tumors
Proton beam therapy targets tumors more precisely than photon radiation, limiting damage to surrounding healthy organs and tissue and offering the possibility of using higher doses of radiation for more-beneficial outcomes.

Interbody fusion corrects spinal deformity without bone removal
Minimally invasive procedures for interbody fusion, including lateral interbody fusion and percutaneous interbody fusion, can offer patients minimal blood loss, less pain, shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery.


Diagnoses of lysosomal disease in children may be overlooked
Neurological findings with or without systemic changes in the skin, viscera, heart or bones may indicate lysosomal disease. Mayo researchers are conducting next-generation sequencing of the genes of people with a lysosomal disease to offer diagnoses more rapidly.

Slowing progression is the key to MS research
Mayo researchers work to find early diagnostic biomarkers, design better imaging tools and animal models, and create targeted therapies that will slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), which affects 2.3 million people worldwide.

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11th Mayo Clinic Medical and Surgical Spine Course: Comprehensive Cervical Spine Update
Jan. 13-14, 2017, in Phoenix
Explore current and emerging topics driving national change in the quality and delivery of care. A split curriculum delivers updates via didactics, case presentations, and examination skills, ultrasound-guided injection skills and surgical skills labs.

Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology Update (in cooperation with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Arizona Chapter) 2017
Feb. 10-11, 2017, in Phoenix
Topics include the mechanism of action, indications and adverse events associated with recently approved multiple sclerosis and autoimmune neurology disease-modifying therapies, and identification of patients who are candidates to try these therapies.


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