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Mayo Clinic Clinical Update e-Edition
June 2013
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Patient Care

Single-incision pediatric surgery is safe and effective

A retrospective review of the first 11 children to undergo single-incision laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery at Mayo Clinic shows the procedure resulted in shorter hospital stays, reduced pain and faster recovery with excellent overall outcomes.

Electronic warning system identifies patients at risk of QT-related death

Surveillance informs all Mayo Clinic physicians, regardless of specialty or QT awareness, if their patient's ECG activates the QT alarm. The American Heart Association has called for better surveillance to prevent drug-induced sudden cardiac death among hospitalized patients.


Genes may be responsible for poor response to rubella vaccine
Researchers identified 27 genes that respond differently to the standard rubella vaccine, making it less effective for a portion of the population. Differences were found in genes responsible for antigen interactions, inflammation and differences in the gene pathways involved.

Study results may change delivery of inpatient rehabilitation care for stroke patients
In SIRROWS, stroke patients who received immediate verbal feedback showed clinically significant gains in walking speed. SIRRACT examines the impact of providing additional feedback during inpatient care and subsequent outpatient rehabilitation.

Researchers explore the interaction between genes and the environment to prevent DM
Studies show that the states of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) are associated with a high rate of progression to type 2 DM, but the risk is dissimilar.

Muscle affects the two layers of bone in men and women differently
A study of relationships between muscle mass and trabecular versus cortical bone or trabecular microarchitecture confirms correlations between muscle mass and different types of bone health and strength.

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Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training: Improving Transportation Safety through Education and Certification
July 19, 2013, in Portland, Ore.
Effective May 21, 2014, all health care professionals who perform physical examinations and issue medical certificates for CMV drivers must complete accredited certification training. This interactive course provides administrative and clinical knowledge necessary to complete the examination.

Internal Medicine Review for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Primary Care Providers
Sept. 18-20, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
Topics include MI core measures, pneumonia guidelines, hypertension management, acute MI presentation and stable ischemic heart disease. Guideline-based medicine initiated in a hospital setting continues to be important as complex patients transition to outpatient care.

Pediatric Days 2013
Sept. 23-24, 2013, in Chicago
This course provides current information about chronic complaints and conditions, common controversies in the hospital, pediatricians and athletes, social media in the pediatrician's office, and a vaccine update. Certification self-assessment, breakout and meet-the-professor sessions are included.

See all Continuous Professional Development courses

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Grand Rounds

New Grand Rounds presentations are available online

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New Staff

Alice Y. Chang, M.D.
Internal Medicine in Minnesota

Casey M. Clements, M.D., Ph.D.
Emergency Medicine in Minnesota

Arya B. Mohabbat, M.D.
General Internal Medicine in Minnesota

Benjamin J. Sandefur, M.D.
Emergency Medicine in Minnesota

Jacob J. Strand, M.D.
General Internal Medicine in Minnesota

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