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Mayo Clinic Clinical Update e-Edition
September 2012
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Patient Care

Hospitalization cost as a consequence of underage drinking estimated at $755 million

Researchers used the National Inpatient Sample database to evaluate incidence of hospitalization and outcomes for 40,000 youth ages 15 to 20 hospitalized for alcohol use in 2008. The problem is more prevalent in certain ethnic groups and geographic regions.

Regorafenib shown to improve colon cancer survival

Oncologist Axel Grothey, M.D., discusses results of an international phase III clinical trial of the investigative drug regorafenib. A multikinase inhibitor, regorafenib lengthened the lives of metastatic colorectal cancer patients for whom standard therapies were no longer effective.


BEAUTY study helps tailor therapy for breast cancer patients
Researchers obtain whole-genome sequences from a patient's healthy cells before treatment and from tumor genomes before and after chemotherapy. The sequencing data and transplanted cell lines are used to identify the gene pathways that influence a patient's responses to chemotherapy.

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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Inaugural Individualizing Medicine Conference
Oct. 1-3, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
Explore the promise and challenges of incorporating genomics tools into clinical care. With the rapid pace of discovery and translation, Mayo Clinic hosts this conference to discuss the clinical implications of these emerging technologies and what they mean for the patient. View video on YouTube.

15th Annual Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Update
Oct. 11-14, 2012, or Oct. 25-28, 2012, in Sedona, Ariz.
This four-day course, offered twice in October 2012, provides a practical update on subspecialty topics including allergy, cardiovascular diseases, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious diseases, integrative medicine, neurology, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, renal disease and rheumatology.

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training
Oct. 28, 2012, or Nov. 11, 2012, in Rochester, Minn.
This one-day course presents core administrative and clinical knowledge for providers who perform physical examinations for interstate CMV drivers. Effective May 21, 2014, providers who issue medical certificates for CMV drivers must complete accredited certification training and be listed on the NRCME.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center: Thoracic Oncology for the Oncologist
Nov. 16-17, 2012, in Phoenix
State-of-the-art evaluation and management of thoracic cancers includes recent developments in medical, surgical, radiation and medical oncologic care for patients with malignancies of the chest. A scientific minisymposium focuses on novel developments in molecular pathways of carcinogenesis and immunobiology.

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New Staff

David W. Barbara, M.D.
Anesthesiology in Minnesota

Stephanie K. Childs, M.D.
Radiation Oncology in Minnesota

Tamara J. Dolenc, M.D.
Psychiatry and Psychology in Minnesota

Syril K. Dorairaj, M.D.
Ophthalmology in Florida

Michael B. Gotway, M.D.
Radiology in Arizona

Shahrukh K. Hashmi, M.D.
Hematology in Minnesota

Jill M. Huber, M.D.
Internal Medicine in Minnesota

Xun Zhu, M.D.
Anesthesiology in Minnesota

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