Week In Review — March 28

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.

Tuberculosis affects children more than previously thought

About one million children world-wide under 15 years old contract tuberculosis every year, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new study from researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. About 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of the airborne disease, according to the study, published Sunday night in the Lancet journal. Via Wall Street Journal. 

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Proposed ban on indoor smoking of e-cigarettes to get vote by full Minnesota Senate

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes could be curbed by state regulations that would treat them the same as tobacco cigarettes, under a proposal headed for a vote by the Senate. A sweeping set of restrictions would prohibit what users call “vaping” indoors and in public spaces and would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and smokeless devices to those under age 18. Via StarTribune.

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Thanks to the Polar Vortex, brace yourself for a miserable allergy season

The winter’s excessive snow and bone chilling temps could mean more allergens this spring. As if the bone-chilling temperatures and the endless snow weren’t enough, winter 2014 will be felt well into spring. According to allergy experts, the record-setting snowfall in some regions and the lingering below-freezing temperatures (parts of the Midwest and the East Coast enjoyed another dumping of the white stuff in this first week of spring) could mean a late flowering for trees. Via TIME.

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IBM’s Watson, New York Genome Center partner on brain cancer treatment 

Could IBM’s Watson soon be a cancer specialist? The Watson Group — IBM’s new business unit dedicated to the cognitive computing system — is partnering with the New York Genome Center, a biomedical research nonprofit, to analyze the genomes of cancer patients, the company announced Wednesday. Via Washington Post.

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Insurers push to enroll people as health care deadline nears 

It’s last call for health insurance. A new insurance company in Colorado dispatched a throng of models dressed as cocktail waitresses onto the streets in recent days, offering nonalcoholic shots of juice to lunch-hour crowds in Denver. The models, in form-fitting dresses and high heels, handed out fliers reminding people of the fast-approaching March 31 deadline to sign up for health care coverage this year under the federal law. Via NY Times.

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Public TV's 'Almanac' broadcasts live from Mayo Clinic

Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac" on Friday night featured Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy in a live broadcast at Mayo Clinic. It was the first time "Almanac" ever broadcast a complete live show from a location other than its usual St. Paul studios. The political talk show's crew set up the stage and cameras in Phillips Hall of the Siebens Building. Mayo Clinic invited "Almanac" to Rochester to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the clinic's founding Via Post-Bulletin.

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The journey so far: DMC born from lunch chat 6 years ago

Destination Medical Center is such a common topic in Rochester today that it's hard to keep in mind that the concept has only been known publicly for just over a year. But the concept that grew into the $6 billion DMC initiative appears to have started with a chat at a Virginia conference center about six years ago. Via Post-Bulletin.

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Noninvasive test could be alternative to colonoscopy 

No one looks forward to having a colonoscopy, but now the Mayo Clinic has helped create a noninvasive alternative that could be ready to roll by the end of this year… The new screening is called Cologuard. It was developed by the Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences. Its noninvasive and the first such test to have sensitivity rates comparable to a colonoscopy, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Via KARE11.

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Mayo Medical School students meet their match

So this is what it is like to have your fate contained in a single envelope. At exactly noon Friday, Mayo Medical School senior Sam Porter peeled back the flap of the light blue envelope and nervously scanned the letter, as his wife, Jess, looked on. It took a few seconds to find what he was looking for, and when he did, a thrill surged through him. Via Post-Bulletin.

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Dayton: Medical marijuana likely dead for the year

Gov. Mark Dayton says the prospects for a study of one type of medical marijuana have little chance of becoming law this session. Dayton said advocates for full legalization of medical marijuana rejected his compromise plan this week. Dayton proposed spending $2 million to have the Mayo Clinic study whether marijuana extracts in pill or liquid form would effectively treat children with an extreme form of epilepsy. Dayton said by rejecting the study supporters of medical marijuana have effectively killed the issue for the session. Via MPR

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Kelley Schreiber

Kelley Schreiber is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her new kitten, and exploring new foods.