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July 2017

Patient Care

Replacement hormone approved for treatment of hypoparathyroidism
Approval of the recombinant human parathyroid hormone rhPTH(1-84), currently an expensive drug, for treatment of hypoparathyroidism has stimulated research into new treatment modalities and development of PTH analogues.

Patients with heart failure admitted to skilled nursing facilities are more likely to be hospitalized
In a study of patients with first-ever heart failure, those admitted to skilled nursing facilities were more likely to be hospitalized than those who were not admitted to skilled nursing facilities.

Endoscopic excision of large or complex polyps associated with technical challenges
Polyp size, location and morphology determine the complexity of endoscopic excision and its risk of complications. Mayo gastroenterologists provide some answers to frequently asked questions about these more complex polypectomies.


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.

Concomitant use of gastric acid suppressants may increase the risk of recurrent CDIs
In a meta-analysis of 16 studies involving 7,703 patients, Mayo researchers found evidence linking recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) with use of these medications.

Posterior fossa biopsy aids tissue diagnosis safety
A study of posterior fossa biopsies performed at Mayo Clinic from 1996 to 2009 indicates that, in carefully selected patients with inflammatory brain diseases, the posterior fossa is appropriate to cerebellar and brainstem parenchymal biopsy.

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Mayo Clinic Pediatric Days 2017
Oct. 8-10, 2017, in Chicago
This course focuses on reviews of commonly encountered clinical scenarios and their incorporation into daily practice, evaluation and management of patients based on in-depth interviews and studies, and effective clinical strategies for diagnosing and managing an array of challenging problems.

Tuberculosis Clinical Intensive — Des Moines, Iowa 2017
Oct. 16, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa
This course covers tuberculosis epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis and treatment, plus medication review and case management. The course is free of charge.

Mayo Clinic Healthy Living
Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
Mayo experts explore topics that support the importance of a healthy lifestyle at home and on the road: Resilient You, Physician Wellness, and Eat Well, Live Well.

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In the Video Center

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Genitourinary Cancers
Mayo specialists discuss the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for patients with testicular cancer, trimodality therapy for patients with bladder cancer and multidisciplinary care for patients with kidney cancer.

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

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