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September 2017

Patient Care

Electromyography essential to diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders
Mayo's board-certified electrophysiologists and technicians complete nerve conduction studies and needle examination of common and uncommon nerves and muscles — plus specialized tests such as diaphragmatic and peripheral nerve ultrasound, and single fiber electromyography — to confirm neuromuscular disorders and monitor treatment progress.

Share Bell's palsy information with patients at risk
This easy-to-reference guide summarizes the risk factors, causes, and signs and symptoms of Bell's palsy. The disease has been linked to exposure to a viral infection, including herpes simplex, herpes zoster, rubella, mumps virus, influenza B and respiratory viruses.

New techniques leave less visible scarring for some patients with brain tumors
New surgical techniques are now available that leave less visible scarring for some patients with brain tumors, and newer forms of radiation deliver therapy directly to the tumor site with minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissue.

Handy reference explains speech therapy following stroke
Mayo experts explain the process and benefits of speech therapy following stroke. Share this information with patients and family members with questions about the therapy.


Peripheral tissue diagnostic test aids identification of Parkinson's disease
Research indicates that submandibular gland needle biopsies can identify Lewy type alpha-synucleinopathy in people with Parkinson's disease of less than five years' duration.

Brain cancer research succeeds through individualized trials and treatment
Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D., and a team at Mayo's Precision Neurotherapeutics Innovation Program apply mathematical models to treatment in a patient-specific way that optimizes patient care. The program's clinical trials focus on the individual — rather than the average — patient.

New guidelines for dementia with Lewy bodies may lead to earlier, more-accurate diagnosis
The international Dementia with Lewy Bodies Consortium has issued new guidelines, including updated clinical criteria and associated biomarkers, about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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Microsurgical Approaches to Aneurysms and Skull Base Diseases 2017
Oct. 26-28, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla.
This course features identification of major skull base approaches to neurosurgical and vascular disorders affecting the skull base and brain, approaches and microsurgical techniques for treatment of complex neurosurgical disorders, and techniques for pretemporal, cavernous sinus and far lateral approaches.

1st Annual Mayo Clinic Advances and Innovations in Complex Neuroscience Patient Care: Brain and Spine 2017
Nov. 2-4, 2017, in Sedona, Ariz.
This course addresses advances and innovations in complex brain, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders, including brain and skull base tumors; neurovascular diseases including complex arteriovenous malformations; spinal disorders including scoliosis; and acute stroke.

Electromyography (EMG), Electroencephalography (EEG), and Neurophysiology in Clinical Practice 2018
Jan. 7-12, 2018, in Phoenix
Review basic physiology, pathophysiology, electroencephalography, evoked potentials, electromyography, movement disorders and intraoperative monitoring. Focus on clinical correlation of neurophysiological tests used for the evaluation of patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders, movement disorders, and peripheral nerve and neuromuscular disorders.

Practical Neuroradiology: Excellence Through Evidence and Guidelines 2018
Feb. 11-15, 2018, in Park City, Utah
Topics include pediatric head, neck and spine imaging; updates in epilepsy imaging; stroke intervention guidelines; non-neoplastic myelopathy; imaging of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss; the role of PET in staging head and neck cancer; and congenital anomalies of the brain.


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