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February 2016

Patient Care

Laser surgery spares patients with brain lesions from craniotomy
At Mayo Clinic, minimally invasive laser surgery is available to treat certain brain lesions. MRI-guided laser ablation has been used to treat metastatic brain tumors and radiation necrosis for only about nine months, but preliminary results are promising.

HABIT program aims to delay MCI progression, ease caregiver burden
Mayo Clinic's 10-day Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking (HABIT) program uses memory compensation training and other interventions to help delay the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and relieve caregiver burden.


Clinical trials explore the pathophysiology of patients with HFpEF
Mayo Clinic studies test acute inhaled sodium nitrite compared with placebo in people who have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and rate adaptive atrial pacing in people with HFpEF and chronotropic incompetence.

Studies tackle Cologuard questions
Cologuard, a noninvasive multitarget stool screening test for colorectal cancer (CRC), has been found to have a sensitivity for cancer equal to colonoscopy. But questions remain about the test's role in the CRC screening algorithm.

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

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Pain Medicine for the Non-Pain Specialist 2016
March 16-19, 2016, in Marco Island, Fla.
This course targets the integration of pain services across disciplines to address the national and international movement toward improved pain control in acute, chronic and cancer pain populations.

SKIN — Practical Dermatology for the Generalist 2016
April 15-16, 2016, in Chicago
Course highlights include interactive lectures covering management of moles, skin infections, cancers, rashes, lumps and bumps, plus simple dermatologic procedures and nearly five hours of pharmacology content.

37th Annual Practice of Internal Medicine 2016
May 9-13, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
Topics represent some of the most common problems encountered in clinical practice, including the management of a variety of medical issues seen in gastroenterology, infectious diseases, general internal medicine, rheumatology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, pulmonary, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology and women's health.

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


In the Video Center

Methylated DNA Markers and Whole Body Cancer Screening
John B. Kisiel, M.D., discusses a study that identified sources of cancer in patients' gastrointestinal tracts by analyzing DNA markers from tumors. Screening for cancer anywhere in the body with a noninvasive blood test or stool sample may be possible.

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

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