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June 2016

Patient Care

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 capability may make it a superior modality for some gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

Minimally invasive spinal surgery can facilitate a return to normal activities
Minimally invasive spinal surgery generally entails less pain and blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and outcomes comparable to open surgery.


Strabismus may increase adults' risk of mental illness
Research based on Rochester Epidemiology Project data indicates that adults with divergence insufficiency or small-angle hypertropia may be at increased risk of mental illness and its comorbidities.

Stenting and endarterectomy are equally effective at lowering the long-term risk of stroke
The Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial (CREST) found the risk of stroke after either stenting or endarterectomy was about 7 percent. The 10-year comparisons of restenosis were about 1 percent a year for both.

See all Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Updates in Internal Medicine 2016
Oct. 20-22, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
Presentations summarize recent updates, clinical studies and new guidelines related to management of novel oral anticoagulants, insulin treatment strategies for patients with diabetes, and men's and women's sexual health. Case reviews include chronic headache management and dermatology-related topics.

Geriatric Update for the Primary Care Provider 2016
Nov. 17, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
This one-day program provides family practitioners, internists, general practitioners, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants with current information on the care of older adults, including clinical evaluation, management strategies and innovative practice models.

See all Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Continuous Professional Development courses


In the Video Center

Age-Related Muscle Loss
Nathan K. LeBrasseur, M.S., Ph.D., discusses research related to improving muscle health and impacting metabolism and frailty in older adults.

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

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