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May 2016

Patient Care

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.

3-D printers generate exact models of specific aneurysms
Mayo surgeons practice complex vascular surgeries on replicated models of individual patients' aneurysms. The models are based on extensive imaging from angiograms and PET scans and built with 3-D printers.


New system classifies gliomas based on tumor biomarkers
Researchers have defined five biologically distinct tumor groups that may suggest pathways for developing more-precise treatments for patients with gliomas.

Submandibular gland biopsy may help diagnose early Parkinson's disease
Transcutaneous submandibular gland biopsy may provide the needed accuracy to diagnose Parkinson's disease in living subjects. The test involves inserting a needle into the submandibular gland under the jaw to obtain the core of gland tissue within.

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.

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Neurology in Clinical Practice 2016
June 30-July 3, 2016, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
This course consists of general session presentations and afternoon workshops. It serves as a primer of common neurological clinical problems and provides a comprehensive, evidence-based review of recent advances in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of neurological disorders.

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Review — General Session
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016, in Amelia Island, Fla.
Lectures cover management of acute ischemic stroke, brain hemorrhage, and symptomatic and asymptomatic vascular lesions, including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, cerebral aneurysms and carotid stenosis. The course also covers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to stroke.

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