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Mayo Clinic Neurosciences Physician Update e-Edition
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Benjamin Brown, M.D.

Patient Care

MRI of the head is key to diagnosing superficial siderosis
Superficial siderosis progresses slowly over decades. MRI sequences, such as gradient-echo sequencing, allow hemosiderin deposits caused by recurrent bleeding to be detected in the brain. Dural leakage, when identified, can usually be repaired with surgery.

New guidelines address diagnosis and management of muscular dystrophy
AAN-AANEM recommendations help determine what genetic tests best help to diagnose a person's subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy and how best to treat and manage complications, including muscle symptoms, heart problems and breathing problems.


Trials enroll patients to study immunotherapies for glioblastomas
Analysis of clinical-grade brain-tumor cell lines from patients with newly diagnosed glioblastomas pinpointed antigens commonly present in brain tumors, allowing development of tests for specific antigen responses and eliminating reliance on tumor samples to create vaccine for each patient.

ALS treatment strategy takes aim at abnormal RNA
Researchers developed a new therapeutic strategy to combat the most common genetic risk factor for the neurodegenerative disorders amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. The small-molecule drug compound prevents abnormal cellular processes caused by a mutation in the C9ORF72 gene.

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Healing & Re-engineering Minds & Bodies: Ethical Challenges in Neurology, Disabilities and Technology Assessment

March 11-13, 2015, in Rochester, Minn.
The first in a three-year series, this course explores what it means to be human, and the extent to which neurotechnology innovation may modify normal human function or threaten individual privacy.

Neuro and Intensive Critical Care: Review and Hands-on Workshops

May 14-16, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
Review guidelines for central line placement, critical care ultrasound including Focus exam, focused cardiac and lung for ultrasound, transcranial Doppler ultrasound, intracranial bolt placement, hypothermia and targeted temperature management, and multimodal monitoring.

Clinical Autonomic Quantitation Workshop

May 15-17, 2015, in Rochester, Minn.
Programming focuses on the three autonomic function tests with current procedural terminology codes through lectures on underlying physiology, patient preparation, indications for autonomic testing, and factors that affect the results of the autonomic tests. Health Care Financing Administration requirements also are discussed.

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