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    Advances in the management of Fabry disease

    Fabry disease is characterized by a deficiency of the glycoside hydrolase enzyme alpha galactosidase A, resulting in the accumulation of the glycolipid globotriaosylceramide throughout the body, particularly prominently in the blood vessels. A defect in the enzyme alpha galactosidase A results in glycosphingolipid accumulation, ultimately leading to multi-organ dysfunction and the patient’s premature death. Early symptoms, which occur during childhood, involve pain and may include Raynaud phenomenon, paresthesias, and arthralgia in the extremities and proximal limbs, as well as impaired gastrointestinal emptying, resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea, early satiety, postprandial bloating, nausea, and vomiting. In adulthood, the disease’s impact spreads beyond and begins to affect the cardiac and renal systems.

    Target Audience:

    The following healthcare professionals: cardiologists, nephrologists, pediatricians, and primary care physicians; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who may clinically encounter patients with Fabry disease.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the pathophysiology of Fabry disease diagnosis and treatment.
    • Describe the challenges associated with diagnosis of Fabry disease.
    • List present and emerging treatment options for Fabry disease and apply them to patient cases using evidence-based medicine.
    • Describe the benefits and any applicable risks of therapeutic approaches to Fabry disease and take them into account when formulating a treatment plan for patients.
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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: .75
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 08/13/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 08/13/2022
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    Alzheimer Disease and Its Complications: Best Practices, Emerging Therapies, and Barriers to Care

    Alzheimer Disease (AD) is a degenerative disease that most commonly affects the elderly, although it is occasionally detected as early as middle age. AD accounts for over half of all diagnosed dementia, the prevalence of which is increasing. Once there is a diagnosis of probable AD, one must determine which pharmacotherapy, if any, is most appropriate for treatment of the patient. The literature suggests that gaps in care on the part of healthcare professionals exist. While some physicians continue to use the antiquated, nonspecific term “senile dementia” as a descriptive diagnosis of AD, perhaps suggesting a lack of understanding of the gravity of the disease state or its associated pathophysiology, other report feeling uncertain at times about now to best diagnosis of the disease, particularly in its very early stages. Moreover, a number of different practice guidelines have been updated recently, and HCPs are often unable to keep up with the publishing of literature and evolution of clinical practice.

    Target Audience:

    Healthcare professionals specializing in: neurology, gerontology, internal medicine, palliative care, or those who otherwise commonly care for patients with AD or who frequently encounter them or their caregivers in practice.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Describe what is presently known about the pathophysiology of AD.
    • Describe the challenges associated with diagnosis and treatment of ADDiscuss the neuropathophysiology of AD and how it relates to presently available AD treatments mechanisms.
    • Identify the present treatment options currently available for management of AD and apply them to patient cases using evidence-based medicine.
    • Describe emerging drug therapies in the treatment of AD.
    • Evaluate a treatment plan for a specific patient based on degree of AD to optimize safety and efficacy, suggesting modifications for improvement.
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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 07/09/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 07/09/2022
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    Transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) and its complications: optimizing management strategies

    Transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) is a progressive, multisystem, life-threatening disorder characterized by the extracellular deposition of misfolded, insoluble amyloid fibrils. As TTR is a protein present in human serum, and its role is to transport thyroxine and retinol-binding proteins, it is vital for behavior, cognition, nerve regeneration, and axonal growth. TTR itself is innately amyloidogenic even without the presence of genetic mutations. The familial variant of the disease is passed to offspring through autosomal dominant inheritance, whereas the wild type variant occurs independently of genetic mutations. Left untreated, the average life expectancy of ATTR is 3 to 15 years from symptom onset.

    Target Audience:

    The following HCPs: neurologists, cardiologists, and hematologists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists in the aforementioned areas of specialty; and any other HCPs with an interest in or who may clinically encounter patients with ATTR.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the epidemiology of ATTR, including its subtypes.
    • Compare and contrast invasive and non-invasive methods in the diagnosis of ATTR’s complications.
    • Describe challenges in the management of ATTR, including under-diagnosis and challenges patients face in understanding the diagnosis and treatment of ATTR.
    • Describe available and emerging therapies for ATTR and design an appropriate therapeutic plan including active patient involvement.
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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: .75
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 06/13/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 06/13/2022
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    Migraine Updates from the American Headache Society Annual Meeting (AHS 2020)

    Migraine headache is the leading condition of recurrent cephalalgias of moderate or severe intensity. It is the most common type of headache presented by patients that seek medical treatment, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked migraine in the top fifteen most disabling medical conditions. The condition has been identified as one of the most common neurological disorders, and in the United States, its prevalence in the general population is approximately 12%. In children, the prevalence ranges from 1% to 4% and does not present more commonly in either sex. However, after menarche, its prevalence in females (18%) is approximately three times higher than in males.

    Moreover, professional guidelines relating to the classification, diagnosis, prophylaxis, and treatment of migraine headaches have been updated recently, and communicating related information to healthcare professionals in a timely manner is a demonstrated need. The literature suggests that practicing healthcare professionals are often times unable to keep up with the steady publishing of literature and evolution of clinical practice, and awareness of professional guidelines is no exception. Recently published guidelines therefore also inherently suggest a gap in medical practice and justify the need for educational programming. Generalists may be at particular risk for missing updates in standards relating to migraine subtypes like menstual and abdominal migraines.

    Target Audience:

    Neurologists and any other healthcare professionals who otherwise come into regular clinical contact with and provide care for patients with migraine.

    By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Recall the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of headache in patients with COVID-19.
    • Describe migraine basic science, epidemiology, outcomes, and therapy findings presented at the American Headache Society (AHS) Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of 2020.
    • Categorize new therapies and those in development based on data presented.
    • Synthesize overall presentation material from the AHS CME meeting for further clinical application.
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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: 08/08/2020
    • Expiration of CME credit: 08/08/2022
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    Multiple Sclerosis in a Primary Care Setting: Employing Strategies for Appropriate Diagnosis and Improved Patient Outcomes

    Evidence shows that one of the major determinants of how well a patient with MS adheres to therapy is the relationship the patient has with his or her healthcare provider; the degree to which a patient feels support from his or her provider is actually an independent predictor of adherence, according to a survey of patients with self-reported progressive forms of MS.

    After completing Multiple Sclerosis in a Primary Care Setting: Employing Strategies for Appropriate Diagnosis and Improved Patient Outcomes physicians will better be able to:

    • Summarize the pathophysiology, symptomology, and clinical course of MS
    • Formulate strategies to encourage patients to discuss MS’ impact on their activities of daily living in a sensitive manner to identify problems that may be treated
    • Given a patient case, select appropriate treatment options for managing acute exacerbations of MS
    • Given a patient case, select appropriate treatment options for managing chronic symptoms associated with MS
    • Explain effective approaches to promoting patient adherence, managing adverse effects of therapy, and addressing other barriers to care

    Target Audience: Healthcare professionals specializing in: family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, primary care, or those who otherwise commonly care for patients with MS in the primary care setting.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: March 11, 2019
    • Expiration of CME credit: March 11, 2021
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    A 360° Approach to Translating MS Data into Optimal Practice

    A 360° Approach to Translating MS Data into Optimal Practice focuses on practical topics, review clinical trial data with clarity and thoroughness, and incorporates cases to engage you on how this information can be used in clinical practice, for all disciplines involved in the care of patients with MS.

    Upon completion of A 360° Approach to Translating MS Data into Optimal Practice, you should be better able to:
    • Analyze data from clinical trials of disease modifying therapies to inform personalized treatment and monitoring of outcomes for patients with MS
    • Access reliable and evidence-based resources in order to stay current with advances in the management of MS
    • Integrate new and emerging information on the pathophysiology of MS, including modifiable risk factors, in the development of individualized treatment plans

    Target Audience:
    This educational initiative is intended to meet the needs of neurologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, rehabilitation professionals, case managers, mental health professionals, social workers and others involved in the management of patients with MS.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 3
    • CME credits awarded by: Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Online Audio
    • Material last updated: July 31, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: July 30, 2018
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    Treatment Updates on Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

    Treatment Updates on Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy emphasizes the use of IVIg in the treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.

    The presentation consists of a single lecture, Treatment Updates on Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, with discussion by Roy L. Freeman, MD, Richard J. Barohn, MD and Kenneth C. Gorson, MD.

    After viewing Treatment Updates on Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, you will be better able to :
    • Conduct a thorough and timely evaluation and differential diagnosis of patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.
    • Devise appropriate treatment regimen for the effective management of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy based on guidelines and clinical evidence.

    Target Audiences:
    This program is intended for US-based neurologists, immunologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses who manage, or have an interest in managing patients with immune-mediated neuropathies.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 1
    • CME credits awarded by: Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Online Video
    • Material last updated: July 27, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: July 27, 2018
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    Neuropsychiatric Sequelae Virtual Curriculum Series: Agitation, Depression, and Pseudobulbar Affect

    Neuropsychiatric Sequelae Virtual Curriculum Series: Agitation, Depression, and Pseudobulbar Affect consists of two sections: Mechanisms and Management of Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease and Challenges in Managing Treatment-Resistant Depression.

    After viewing Neuropsychiatric Sequelae Virtual Curriculum Series, you will be better able to:
    • Identify different and various forms of agitation among patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Review proposed mechanisms underlying agitation in AD and how pharmacologic agents may affect them
    • Evaluate body of evidence of current and emerging pharmacologic agents for the management of agitation/aggression in patients with AD

    Target Audiences:
    This program is intended for US-based neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, primary care clinicians and health care providers involved in the care of patients with neuropsychiatric sequelae who may be suffering from agitation as a result of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 2
    • CME credits awarded by: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • Format: On-Demand Online, Online Video
    • Material last updated: April 4, 2017
    • Expiration of CME credit: June 23, 2018
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    Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) treatment strategies: best practices and emerging therapies

    Transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) is a progressive, multisystem, life-threatening disorder characterized by the extracellular deposition of misfolded, insoluble amyloid fibrils.

    After completing Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) treatment strategies: best practices and emerging therapies physicians will better be able to:

    • Describe the pathophysiology of ATTR such that it might inform treatment mechanisms
    • Describe available therapies used for treatment of ATTR and explain current literature supporting use of those therapies
    • Design and implement an appropriate therapeutic plan for treatment of ATTR
    • Describe future therapies currently being investigated for the treatment of ATTR

    Target Audience: neurologists, cardiologists, and hematologists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists in the aforementioned areas of specialty; and any other HCPs with an interest in or who may clinically encounter patients with ATTR.

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    • Cost: Free
    • Credit hours: 0.75
    • CME credits awarded by: ScientiaCME
    • Format: On-Demand Online
    • Material last updated: March 28, 2019
    • Expiration of CME credit: March 28, 2021