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April 2017

Patient Care

Metformin remains the treatment of choice for patients with T2DM
Metformin continues to dominate as an oral therapeutic agent for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), both as monotherapy and in combination with other medications. Yet after 50 years, its mechanism of action isn't fully understood.

Survival rates for pediatric bone cancer improve dramatically
Advances including adjuvant chemotherapy regimens, improved imaging and custom implants have improved the five-year survival rate for local pediatric bone cancers to 60 to 80 percent.

Advances reduce the risk of glenoid component failure after total shoulder replacement
Three developments — 3-D preoperative planning, patient-specific instrumentation and 3-D printing — have greatly increased the accuracy of glenoid component placement and improved the likelihood of optimal outcomes in complicated cases.
 

Research

SIJ re-emerges as a known source of low back pain
Current studies suggest sacroiliac joint (SIJ) involvement in 15 to 30 percent of patients with low back pain and a much higher prevalence in patients who have undergone lumbar fusion procedures, whether or not the fusion involves the sacrum.

Scenscent cell removal increases mice life spans
Researchers genetically engineered mice to kill senescent cells in response to a particular drug. The mice ate a fat-rich diet and were dosed with the drug. Measurement showed the mice carried 60 percent less plaque in major arteries than did other mice.

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

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Education

24th Annual Nicotine Dependence Conference - Individualized Treatment for Tobacco Use and Dependence
May 22-23, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
Topics include differentiation of individual treatment needs based on patient characteristics, comparison of models for tobacco treatment integration with workflow, prescription of pharmacotherapy based on specific patient characteristics and research, and methods for engaging diverse patients in treatment planning.


26th Annual Internal Medicine Board Review 2017
June 5-9, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
Coursework helps participants identify content areas of personal strength and weakness; recall clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of conditions; choose next best steps in the diagnosis and management of common conditions; and apply evidence-based medicine principles to answer clinical and statistical questions.


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

 

In the Video Center

Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Nearly 95 percent of children with congenital heart disease now live to adulthood. Mayo specialists discuss the importance of continuous monitoring and the timing of surgical intervention to provide the best quality of life for adults with congenital heart disease.

Visit the Medical Professional Video Center to view specialty and Grand Rounds presentations

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