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October 2018

Patient Care

Behavior modification in treatment of atrial fibrillation
Recent studies have shown that behavior modification such as weight loss and exercise can reduce the recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Often, patients can reduce their need for invasive procedures or the number of overall procedures they require through behavior modification.

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.


Dietary supplement may block the growth of HER2-positive breast cancer cells
Research indicates that cyclocreatine, a dietary supplement used in sports drinks, effectively targets mitochondrial creatine kinase 1 enzyme and reduces the growth of HER2-positive breast cancer cells without toxicity.

Researchers work to determine a polyp's risk of progression to colon cancer
Researchers using next-generation sequencing techniques to molecularly characterize and compare colon polyps associated with cancer with those that are benign found that polyps adjacent to cancerous tissue exhibited distinct genetic alterations from polyps that remained cancer-free.

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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Drugs and Genes: Pharmacogenomics for the Modern Health Care Team 2018
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This course provides an introduction to the basic science of pharmacogenomics and practical application to implement pharmacogenomics in a clinical setting. Topics include general genomic and genetic concepts and nomenclature and foundational pharmacogenomics principles plus case-based pharmacogenomics presentations.

Optimizing Provider Potential: Beating Burnout 2019
Feb. 3, 2019, in Waimea, Hawaii
This course is designed to target providers' recognition and response to burnout. Learn to recognize burnout in yourself, colleagues and patients, and leave the session with a personal plan for beating burnout and guidelines for immediate implementation.

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In the Video Center

Practical evaluation and management of the patient with spasticity
Mayo Clinic physiatrists Billie A. Schultz, M.D., and Michael C. Wainberg, M.D., present clinical and objective measures commonly used to assess patients with spasticity and discuss multidisciplinary interventions for management.

Modern treatment for polycystic kidney disease
Mayo specialists use a minimally invasive surgical technique that combines living-donor transplant and bilateral nephrectomy into one operation to treat patients with polycystic kidney disease. The approach helps patients avoid dialysis and recover more quickly.

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

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