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April 2016

Patient Care

Procedure provides an option for patients with mild to moderate obesity
The intragastric balloon procedure represents an intermediate option — between lifestyle change and bariatric surgery — for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 kg/m2.

Equipment design improvements are not enough
In an evidence-based action plan published in the March 2015 issue of Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, Mayo Clinic researchers called for the elimination of head hits and fighting from all levels of professional and amateur ice hockey and changes in body-checking policies.

FEA-derived bone strength may greatly enhance fracture risk stratification

VirtuOst technology uses clinical computerized tomography scans obtained for any purpose to obtain noninvasive measures of bone strength at the spine or hip using finite element analysis (FEA).


Guidelines help identify patients who should or should not have a CACS
Mayo clinicians who specialize in cardiovascular disease prevention believe that a coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can add valuable clinical information in selected patients.

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Controversies in Women's Health 2016
June 16-18, 2016, in Chicago
Presentations on obstetrics and gynecology, sexual health, menopausal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, and reproductive, internal, preventive and menopausal medicine focus on emerging scientific and clinical evidence related to medical conditions that are unique to, occur more frequently in or present differently in women.

Pediatric Days 2016
Sept. 11-13, 2016, in Chicago
This course provides general pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and resident physicians with current information on a variety of medical and surgical conditions that affect children and adolescents.

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In the Video Center

Coronary Calcium Score: Basics and Beyond
Iftikhar J. Kullo, M.D., and Naveen L. Pereira, M.D., discuss use of the coronary calcium score as a predictor of heart disease and the possibility of adverse cardiovascular events in patients.

Visit the Medical Professional Video Center to view specialty and Grand Rounds presentations

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