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Week In Review — June 13

The Week In Review provides an overview of the past week’s top healthcare content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories news and upcoming events.

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Hospitals Push Bundled Care as the Billing Plan of the Future

Hospital bills may soon get a lot simpler. Traditionally, hospitals have charged patients separately for every service and supply they use—as anybody who has waded through pages of charges knows. Fees for surgeons, anesthesiologists and other providers come in complex bills of their own. Now, more hospitals see so-called bundled payments as the wave of the future. Via Wall Street Journal. 

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Revealing The Human Proteome

Researchers completed a draft map of the human proteome—the set of all proteins in the human body. The accomplishment will help advance a broad range of research into human health and disease. In 2003, the Human Genome Project created a draft map of the human genome—all the genes in the human body. Genomics has since driven many advances in medical science. Via NIH.gov.

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NIH Report Warns of Looming Shortage of Physician-Scientists 

Many observers believe that the United States is churning out too many new Ph.D. biomedical researchers, creating a hypercompetitive, unhealthy environment. But a new report from an advisory panel to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) paints a different picture for physician-scientists: There may not be enough of them to replace those preparing to retire. Via Science Magazine.

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95% of Minnesotans Now Have Health Insurance

The percentage of uninsured Minnesotans has dropped to the lowest level in state history, and the second-lowest level in the nation, following the end of enrollments under the Affordable Care Act. About 180,500 Minnesotans gained health insurance from last September to this May, with the vast majority getting coverage through one of the state’s public health programs, a report from the University of Minnesota found. Via Star Tribune.

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New Diabetes Statistics Show Rising Tide of Disease

Driven by surging obesity, an aging population and doubly high risks among blacks and Latinos, the American epidemic of diabetes has leaped to historic heights in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Diabetes mellitus now afflicts 29 million Americans — 9.3% of the nation’s population. Via LA Times.

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You’re Putting On Your Bug Spray All Wrong

“Permethrin-containing products can also be used directly on clothing but should not be applied to skin,” Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, tells The Huffington Post. Play it safe by always reading the ingredients before taking your bug spray to the checkout line.… “I’m generally in favor of trying to find natural solutions for most of life’s challenges –- but this is one time where, for many of us, a little risk from DEET may be worth it,” Dr. Brent Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, tells The Huffington Post. Via Huffington Post. 

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Once Again, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has again been ranked as the top performing children’s hospital in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Children’s Hospitals nurse baby CHMayorankings. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Mayo Clinic Researchers Discovered a New Type of Cancer

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic discovered that when the genes PAX3and MAML3 manage to combine, the result is a chimera that causes biphenotypic sinonasal sarcoma. An operation to remove this malignant tumor would require a disfiguring facial surgery, but there may exist some cancer drugs that can target it. Via Science World Report.

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Four ‘Hot Topics’ in Neurology

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy… Recent research has shed some light on the pathologic substrate of these phenotypic manifestations, but as Dennis Dickson, MD, Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, reminded us in his talk,[1] this field of research is still in its infancy. The prevalence of CTE is unknown, but according to data from the Mayo brain bank, Dr. Dickson estimates that it could be as high as 20% in male athletes involved in contact sports. Via Medscape. 

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Changes in Genetic Testing Recommendations Strengthen Patient Autonomy 

Recent modifications in recommendations regarding incidental findings (IFs) in genetic testing from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) depart from the college’s 2013 recommendations in favor of an individualized approach. Experts in the Bioethics Program of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine published a review of the updated 2014 recommendations in the journal Proceedings. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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