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Mayo Clinic Digestive Diseases Physician Update e-Edition
September 2012
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Successful treatment of pediatric epilepsy addresses seizure control plus cognitive and psychosocial impairments
Impairments in social, emotional or intellectual processing and development vary with age of seizure onset, intractability and anatomical locus of seizure focus. Comorbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy can impact both children and their families.


Aptamers may help nerve cells recover from MS attacks
Researchers have successfully used small, folded DNA molecules to stimulate regeneration and repair of nerve myelin in mice that mimic multiple sclerosis. The aptamers are effective, stable and inexpensive to synthesize. They are not likely to cause an immune response.

Varying brain activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers used task-free, functional MRI to map regions of the brains of cognitively normal people at rest. Analysis shows many roads can be used to exchange information in the brain. Patients with Alzheimer's disease use the roads differently.

Newly discovered tissue kallikreins may serve as biomarkers of MS
Some tissue kallikreins play key roles in the inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes that drive MS. Researchers found elevated levels of two of the family of secreted serine proteases in the blood and brain lesions of patients with MS.

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Mayo Clinic Symposium on Concussion in Sport

Sept. 28-29, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This on-site and webcast symposium highlights the epidemiology of concussion in sport; pathophysiology of concussion; sideline and outpatient clinical evaluation; standard and novel diagnostic strategies; and implementation of return-to-activity guidelines. Intended audience includes athletic trainers and directors, allied health professionals, and physicians.

Neurorehabilitation Summit

Oct. 25-26, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
Learn about the latest developments related to common diagnoses, including brain disorders, spinal cord injury and disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. The summit addresses research initiatives, advances in medicine, innovative technology and clinical applications.

Movers and Shakers in Neurology: Epilepsy and Movement Disorders

Nov. 3, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.
This course addresses significant advances in the understanding and management of epilepsy and movement disorders and their application in treatment. It includes multimedia presentations with discussion and opportunities for participants to present their own cases to the faculty panels.

Neuroradiology: Practice to Innovation

Nov. 11-15, 2012, in Kauai, Hawaii
Review and discussion of common diseases and imaging strategies includes MRI safety issues, imaging techniques used in acute stroke management, FDG-PET/CT for detection of head and neck cancer recurrence, noninvasive imaging for intracranial aneurysms, and common inflammatory patterns and neoplasms of the sinuses.

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