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Mayo Clinic Digestive Diseases Physician Update e-Edition
July 2013
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Patient Care

Minimally invasive surgery reduces recuperation time for patients with seizures
After creating a small burr hole in the back of the skull, specialists direct a laser-tipped catheter to the hippocampus to burn a tiny lesion at the seizure site. The technique is a promising alternative to temporal lobotomy.

Multidisciplinary approach benefits research and care of patients with concussion
Mayo's integrated approach has proved especially appropriate for patients with concussive traumatic brain injury, whose symptoms vary widely and span the fields of neurology, physiatry, psychiatry and psychology.

Studies assess outcomes of changing treatment practices for children with LGGs
Analysis of prognostic factors indicates improvement in overall survival and progression-free survival rates for two groups of patients diagnosed with low-grade gliomas at Mayo Clinic. The most important factor associated with improved survival is gross total resection.


Single procedure streamlines localization of seizure source
Researchers are conducting clinical trials of a single operating room procedure in which intraoperative EEG locates biomarkers of the epileptic brain that are present whether a seizure is occurring or not.

Two studies explore genetic causes of epilepsy
EPGP aims to identify the contribution of genomic and somatic variability, developmental anomalies of the central nervous system, and therapeutic responses to anti-epilepsy medications. Human Epilepsy Project will identify clinical characteristics and biomarkers predictive of disease outcome and progression, and treatment response.

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5th Annual Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Review

Sept. 26-29, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla.
Topics include management of asymptomatic vascular lesions, including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, cerebral aneurysms and carotid stenosis. The course also covers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to brain attack and a review of the major single-gene disorders that cause stroke.

Impairment Without Disability 6th Annual Conference

Oct. 17-18, 2013, in Minneapolis
Topics include the physician's impact on preventing work disability, improved communication for handling injured or ill employees, the negative impact that poor handling of the return-to-work process has on patients and the economy, and the physician's role in defining appropriate disability-management criteria.

See all Neurology and Neurologic Surgery Continuous Professional Development courses

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Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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