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

Management of sleep problems may lessen headache frequency and severity in pediatric patients
Mayo Clinic pediatric neurologists offer individualized treatment that may also include lifestyle changes, biofeedback, and trigger point and botulinum toxin injections. Chronic daily headache affects 1 to 3 percent of children in middle school.

Sleep disturbances affect children's brain development and quality of life
Up to 30 percent of children suffer from sleep disturbances, which can cause physical, cognitive and developmental outcomes. Symptoms, diagnosis criteria and treatment differ for adults and children. Mayo specialists conduct more than 800 pediatric sleep studies each year.


Salivary gland biopsies provide a strong indicator of Parkinson's disease
Research conducted at Mayo Clinic in Arizona indicates that tests for abnormal proteins in a living person's saliva may diagnose Parkinson's disease accurately. The highest rate of positive findings occurred in biopsies taken from the submandibular gland.

Research identifies genes that help cause Parkinson's disease
Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida collected blood samples and family histories, building connections to indentify genes that play a role in Parkinson's disease. The researchers now believe that Parkinson's disease is primarily caused by genetic factors.

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Mayo Clinic Headache Symposium

May 3-5, 2013, in San Francisco
Learn to distinguish between primary disorders and headaches symptomatic of other diseases, differentiate episodic and chronic disorders, formulate treatment plans for frequently encountered headache disorders, identify signs and symptoms of sports-related concussion, and apply techniques for the administration of botulinum toxin injections and nerve blocks.

Clinical Autonomic Quantitation Workshop

May 17-19, 2013, in Rochester, Minn.
The program integrates a series of lectures on the underlying physiology, patient preparation, indications for autonomic testing and factors affecting the results of the three autonomic tests with CPT codes, plus HCFA requirements. The workshop includes a demonstration of specific autonomic function tests.

New Frontiers in Endovascular Therapy

May 17-18, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla.
This course addresses patient selection for carotid artery stenting, carotid endarterectomy and fenestrated aortic aneurysm repair. Topics include simulation-based learning of robot-based interventional procedure selection and review of trial results for stem cell application in chronic limb ischemia and renal artery denervation for refractory hypertension.

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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