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Week In Review — June 20

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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Whooping Cough Officially Epidemic in California: Officials

The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported. Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced a resurgence this year with more than 3,400 new cases reported between January 1 and June 10, according a statement released by the department.Via NBC. 

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Here’s Just How Bad Sitting Around Is For You 

We all know that sitting is the new smoking — it raises the risk of disability, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, not to mention obesity. And research also shows that even if you hit the gym or the jogging path every day, sitting is bad for you. A new study puts some precise numbers on the different types of cancer that might be associated with too much sitting around can do. For every two hours spent sitting in front of the computer or television, the average person raises his or her risk of colon cancer by 8 percent, of endometrial cancer by 10 percent and of lung cancer by 6 percent. Via NBC News.

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Survey: U.S. Health Care Gets The Least Bang For The Buck

News coverage continues to detail the findings of a Commonwealth Fund survey that placed the U.S. last among other Western industrialized countries when it comes to measures of healthy lives. The study notes the U.S. has the highest level of spending, but gets the least bang for the buck. Access to care is a persistent trouble spot – although USA Today notes the survey relied on data collected before the health law was implemented fully. Via Kaiser Health News.

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Cleveland Clinic Announces Public Launch of $2 Billion Fundraising Campaign

The Cleveland Clinic announced the public launch of a $2 billion fundraising campaign that will culminate in 2021 — the health system’s 100th anniversary. So far, the campaign, which has been dubbed “The Power of Every One,” has quietly brought in more than $600 million. The massive fundraising effort is the most ambitious in the Clinic’s history and one of the largest among nonprofit academic medical centers.  Via Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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The Trouble With Apple’s Health App

Earlier this month, Apple made news with the introduction of Health, an iPhone app that will allow users to collect biometric information like heart rate and blood pressure and send it automatically to doctors or hospitals…Yet I’m very skeptical we will see any great changes in the near future because of this development. A lack of true communication between information systems poses a huge challenge for these types of products…Let’s confront some of the issues on the patient side first. Not everyone wants to share daily data with physicians. Patients can be notoriously uncompliant with our recommendations. Via NY Times.

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Two Mayo Clinic Campuses Receive Practice Greenhealth Awards

Mayo Clinic recently was honored with two awards from Practice Greenhealth for its efforts in responsible environmental practices. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis., received the 2014 Practice Greenhealth Emerald Award. This is among the most competitive Practice Greenhealth awards and recognizes healthcare facilities that have achieved significant improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling, and source reduction programs. Via Up North Explorer. 

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Less Than Half of America Is Getting Tested for HIV. Here’s Why.

The CDC recommends all Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV as part of routine health care. According to Dr. Stacey Rizza, chair of the HIV clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., every person should have at least one HIV test in his or her lifetime. Via Huffington Post.

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The Future of Vaccines Will Be Personalized by Lawrence Solomon

Vaccines as we know them are on the way out. On the way in are personalized, precision vaccines, created through a new discipline called vaccinomics that promises to protect a higher proportion of the population at far lower cost and without the real and potential harms that mass vaccination programs inflict on some people. “The old paradigm isn’t working anymore,” Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group explains matter-of-factly. “It didn’t work with HIV, it doesn’t work with other complex viruses and pathogens.” Via Huffington Post Canada.

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Test Finds Pancreatic Cancer Signs in Small Intestine 

For most people, a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer carries a dire prognosis. That’s because the malignancies usually aren’t found until effective treatment is no longer possible. Doctors in North Florida, however, are trying to improve the odds by developing a non-invasive technique to detect evidence of pancreatic cancer in an abdominal neighbor of the pancreas, the duodenum. Via Suncoast News. 

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Mayo Clinic Opens the Doors To its Past

The lobbies at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic house several special exhibits and now visitors will be allowed access to the clinic’s artifacts throughout the summer. Mayo Clinic is inviting the community to explore its archives at three Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Open Houses…We know people are very busy when they’re working, when they’re patients they’ve got things on their mind,” said Matthew Dacy, Heritage Hall Director. Via KTTC.

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