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This talk will be an overview of common neurological conditions primarily encountered in the outpatient setting. Topic covered will include headaches, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy, seizure, syncope, and tremor. The talk will include up to date information with special emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. Also included will be thoughts on when to consult with a neurologist.


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Under the impetus of the Human Genome Project, a rapidly growing number of genes and mutations are becoming targets for molecular testing in patients and whole populations affected with or at risk for genetic disorders. The rapid pace of gene discovery—and the ease with which modern molecular biologic technology enables translation of these findings into clinical tests and potential gene-targeted therapies—has placed unprecedented demands on both the clinical laboratory and the clinicians who must decide if and when a particular test is appropriate and informative. Given the relatively small size of the specialty of medical genetics and the small number of trained genetic counselors in the country, much of this test ordering and interpretive burden must fall on primary care clinicians. The situation becomes even more acute and complex as we move into the era of genome-level DNA sequencing and direct-to-consumer genetic testing, with all that it can reveal about the patient’s present and future risk factors. This presentation will provide a contemporary overview of the current state of this field, with consideration of which applications can be handled adequately in primary care and which would benefit from referral to a medical genetics center. In addition, the many thorny ethical dilemmas raised by this powerful technology will be discussed.


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This talk will be an overview of common neurological conditions primarily encountered in the outpatient setting. Topic covered will include headaches, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy, seizure, syncope, and tremor. The talk will include up to date information with special emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. Also included will be thoughts on when to consult with a neurologist.


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This lecture will review the most efficient means of assessing cognitive impairment, common issues in caring for the older adult with cognitive impairment, and pharmacologic/ non-pharmacologic means of treating patients. Participants will receive updates on what medications are useless/useful and what testing should be avoided. This lecture will also discuss future options and prognosis for patients with cognitive impairment.


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This interactive session will review common questions that come up in primary care through a wheel game format. Faculty will cover a variety of topics including obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid disease, LGBTQ health, dizziness, adolescent health, as well as current hot topics in medicine. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 2/8/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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This talk will comprehensively overview presenting features of dizziness in a typical primary care practice. Using history and the physical exam, the speaker will flush out the differential diagnosis from among the four major causes of dizziness. Participants will receive an in-depth look at the benign causes that can be diagnosed in the clinic and the more concerning causes that warrant urgent neurologic evaluation.


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Syncope is defined as a transient loss of consciousness due to cerebral hypoperfusion with spontaneous return to baseline function without intervention. It is a common chief complaint of patients presenting to the emergency department. The differential diagnosis for syncope is broad, and the management varies significantly depending on the underlying etiology. A thorough history and certain physical exam findings can assist in evaluating for life-threatening diagnoses. Risk-stratifying patients into low, moderate, and high-risk groups can assist in medical decision-making and help determine the patient’s disposition. Advancements in ambulatory monitoring have made it possible to obtain prolonged cardiac evaluations of patients in the outpatient setting. This talk will focus on the diagnosis and management of the various types of syncope.


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The amount of information available in the form of clinical trials and cohort studies is overwhelming, especially for primary care clinicians. Moreover, practice guidelines do not always reflect what is feasible or even best practice in specific clinical settings. This session will highlight some of the strongest research and guidelines that may alter clinical practice, with a focus on literature published in the past year. Every participant should take away several practical points that help them provide better patient care. The session will have an interactive component, which will allow for different perspectives and collective wisdom to make the best use of current evidence.


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Memory loss is a common complaint across the age spectrum. This presentation will give a practical and cost-effective approach to assessing memory loss in the primary care setting.


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Many clinicians struggle to differentiate between patients presenting with delirium and those presenting with dementia. In this lecture, the faculty will describe the important dos and don’ts of managing both patient populations. You will review common precipitants of delirium and consider the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia who present with delirium.


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This session will discuss the latest evidence on concussion occurrence among high school athletes and review return-to play-guidelines and laws. It will also provide a nuanced and realistic discussion of concussion prevention.


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Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the two most common neurodegenerative disorders, affecting over 6 million people in the U.S. Like nearly all of this class of disorders, these two conditions are due to the misfolding and accumulation of proteins in the central nervous system. This new way of viewing these conditions, as protein misfolding disorders, will be presented. We will review amyloid, tau and alpha-synuclein, the proteins that build up respectively in plaques, tangles and lewy bodies. We’ll review currently available therapies and the therapies that are being developed to more directly attack these disorders and hopefully modify the course of the disease.