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June 2017

Patient Care

Emerging evidence supports use of lifestyle modifications for IBS treatment
Therapeutic options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) focus on alleviating symptoms. This article addresses the role of diet, exercise and sleep modifications in the treatment of IBS.

Frail patients benefit more from valve replacement than nonfrail peers
Researchers comparing physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life between frail and nonfrail patients with aortic valve stenosis before and after valve replacement surgery found that individuals deemed frail before surgery demonstrated greater benefit.

Chronic subthreshold stimulation of the cortex suppresses seizures successfully
Mayo neurologists have successfully suppressed seizures in patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. In a 2016 study, 10 of 13 patients reported improvement for epilepsy severity and quality of life after chronic subthreshold stimulation.

Collaborative care model improves outcomes for patients with stages 3 and 4 pressure ulcers
In an interdisciplinary test, patients with stages 3 and 4 pressure ulcers and referral for surgical intervention who completed four recommended pre-surgical consultations achieved better outcomes on all quality metrics measured.


Patients with Zika should be aware of cardiac symptoms
In a study of nine Venezuelan adult patients with Zika and no previous history of cardiovascular disease, all but one developed a heart rhythm problem and two-thirds had evidence of heart failure.

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Hot Topics in Family Medicine 2017
Oct. 13, 2017, in Red Wing, Minn.
This course, designed for family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses, provides current, relevant updates to daily management of various patient health concerns in primary care.

An Overview of Perioperative Medicine 2017
Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
Topics focus on the practical, clinical side of preoperative assessment and postoperative management for general internists, internist-subspecialists, family medicine specialists and other health care providers.

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In the Video Center

Complex Cardiac Ablations
Mayo Clinic electrophysiologists discuss advances in mapping systems and intracardiac echocardiography technology to identify the specific cause of arrhythmias. The strategy includes mapping and then remapping to identify all arrhythmogenic substrate to effectively eliminate arrhythmias and minimize recurrences.

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