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April 2016

Patient Care

Conflicting pancreas guidelines challenge patients, physicians
Current guidelines for management of pancreatic cysts provide conflicting recommendations that confuse both physicians and patients. A Mayo Clinic pancreas expert offers this suggestion: "Stop producing guidelines and start producing data."

Despite advances, refractory IBD challenges clinicians
A majority of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) fail to respond to standard medical treatment or lose response over time. Managing these patients requires an understanding of the available medications and appropriate diagnostic tests as well as a careful approach to surgery.

Pediatric Care

New programs aim to improve rites of passage for pediatric patients with IBD
Medical, physical and psychosocial barriers challenge young patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as they transition to self-management and the adult health care system. Mayo Clinic is developing programs to help ease the way.

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Proton beam therapy shows promise for GI cancers
Proton beam therapy can create dose distributions that conform to tumor targets with significant sparing of normal tissue. This may make it a superior modality for some gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

Oral microbial therapeutic promising for recurrent CDI
A new, orally delivered microbial therapy has proved nearly 100 percent effective at preventing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in preliminary clinical trials.

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Gastrointestinal Advances in Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery: Where Are We in 2016?
April 8-10, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.
This course covers recent advances in minimally invasive and therapeutic endoscopy approaches to gastrointestinal diseases. It includes expert lectures, live case demonstrations from the OR and endoscopy suite, as well as video cases.

Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology & Hepatology Board Review 2016
Sept. 15-18, in Chicago
Designed for candidates preparing for certification or maintenance of certification (MOC) examinations in gastroenterology and hepatology, the board review includes relevant topics such as pathology, endoscopy, radiology and nutrition.

See all Gastroenterology Continuous Professional Development courses

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