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September 2018

Patient Care

Minimally invasive surgery offers smaller incisions and shorter hospital stays for babies with craniosynostosis
Minimally invasive surgery can be performed earlier than open surgery for infants with craniosynostosis — with the same outcomes. Babies with multiple suture or syndromic conditions may also benefit.

Stealth approach lowers the risk of tissue damage for patients with deep-seated brain lesions
Minimally invasive surgery using a tubular retractor system can be an option for selected patients with subcortical high-grade glioma, metastatic brain tumors or vascular lesions.

Neuro-ophthalmologists provide insight into visual disorders associated with underlying conditions
Mayo neuro-ophthalmologists work closely with neurologists and neurosurgeons to treat people with any problems involving sight or eye movement that arise from the nervous system, including migraine, stroke or multiple sclerosis.


Retractor enables surgical removal of deep-seated brain tumors
A flexible plastic tubular retractor that can be eased through the white matter of the brain allows surgical tools to be threaded through the retractor to the site of the tumor. The tube displaces healthy brain tissue temporarily without damaging it.

Aberrant protein is toxic culprit in familial ALS
Poly(GR) is produced from a mutation that occurs in many patients with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Research shows how the protein poly(GR) accumulates in neurons and interferes with the creation of normal cellular proteins, causing the neurons to die.

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Microsurgical Approaches to Aneurysms and Skull Base Diseases 2018 ― November
Nov. 15-17, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Topics include surgical approaches and operative techniques pertaining to surgical treatment of skull base lesions such as skull base tumors, cerebral aneurysms and other disorders. Training sessions that combine microscopic techniques with simulated microanastomosis help improve microsurgical skills.

Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology: Current Practice and Future Direction
Jan. 7-11, 2019, in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii
This course addresses the treatment of breast, prostate and central nervous system cancers, plus lymphoma and sarcomas. Topics include the use of hypofractionation, integration of surgery, and new chemotherapies including immunotherapy and their integration into clinical practice.


In the Video Center

New tumor-shrinking nanoparticle to fight cancer, prevent recurrence
Betty Y S (Betty) Kim, M.D., Ph.D., discusses a new type of cancer-fighting nanoparticle that produced potent anti-tumor immune responses to HER2-positive breast cancers. Mice treated with these nanoparticles also showed resistance to future tumor recurrence.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage from ruptured brain aneurysm
Thanks to improvements in critical care and the processes surrounding treatment of subarachnoid hemorrhage from rupture of an intracranial aneurysm, the potential for patients' full physical and cognitive recovery from this condition is now possible.

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