Week In Review — June 27

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.

Longer Survival in Myeloma with Early Therapy

Survival in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma improved significantly in patients who underwent early autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT), according to pooled data from two randomized trials. The 4-year overall survival was 85% in patients who underwent stem cell transplantation as consolidation therapy versus 76% for those who had transplants after first relapse, reported Federica Cavallo, MD, PhD, of the University of Torino in Italy, and colleagues. Via MedPage Today.

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Detection of poliovirus in sewage, Brazil

On 18 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Brazil reported the isolation of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from sewage samples collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Virus has been detected in the sewage only; sewage samples collected from the same site subsequent to the detection of WPV1 have been either negative or only positive for Sabin strains or non-polio enteroviruses; to date no case of paralytic polio has been reported. The isolate was detected through routine environmental surveillance testing of sewage water; there is no evidence of transmission of WPV1. Via WHO.

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3-D Mammogram Scans May Find More Breast Cancer

3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn’t known. The study involved almost half a million breast scans, with more than one-third of them using relatively new 3-D imaging along with conventional scans. The rest used regular mammograms alone. Via Boston Globe.

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Study Links Traumatic Brain Injury to Increased Dementia Risk

Older military veterans who have suffered a serious head injury are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than uninjured veterans, according to a new study. The report looked at traumatic brain injury (TBI), which includes concussions, skull fractures and bleeding inside the skull. Via Reuters.

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Panel: Flu Spray Better Than Shots for Young Kids

When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children. The advisory panel voted Wednesday to advise doctors that FluMist nasal spray is a bit better at preventing flu in healthy young kids. The recommendation is specific to ages 2 through 8 only. Via AP.

Health Beat: Delicate Questions in Genetic Testing

This has an ethical simplicity, because doctors don’t want to play God and decide what information patients should receive. But researchers at the Mayo Clinic have been interviewing patients and discovering that they would prefer a more nuanced approach. “[Patients] say that being able to have a say in what they learn or don’t learn is really kind of important,” said Jennifer McCormick, a Mayo expert on bioethics and genetics. Via Star Tribune.

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Thyroid Cancer Care No Longer ‘One-Size-Fits-All'

In the study, Juan P. Brito, MD, a fellow of the division of endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported that these procedures cost an estimated $416 million per year, and patients who undergo thyroidectomies are at a 1% to 6% risk for further complications…“The advances in detection are unlikely to offer any benefit, as the death rate has not changed despite the increased trend of thyroid cancer,” Brito told Endocrine Today. Via Endocrine Today.

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Registered Dietitian Suggests Healthy Take on Barbecuing

Dripping burgers, mayonnaise-laden potato and pasta salads, and don’t forget dessert. The summer barbecue season can be a challenging time for those watching their weight or even for those wanting to maintain a healthy diet. But don’t despair, says one Mayo Clinic Health System registered dietitian. “When we think of barbecues, what generally comes to mind isn’t necessarily healthy,” says Diane Dressel, coordinator for the health care organization’s weight management program. “The good news is that you can have a wonderful gathering of friends and family that also can be healthy.” Via Dunn County News.

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ACCC's Resource Centers Support Treatment of Rare Cancers

Community oncologists now have additional resources to help manage patients with uncommon cancers, panelists said at the annual meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)… More and more cancers will be viewed as rare, said Ruben Mesa, MD, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Via Clinical Oncology News.

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Heatstroke: A Summer Danger

Heatstroke deaths often surge in summer months as temperatures rise. Your normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; with heatstroke the body can warm up to 106 degrees F or higher in 10 to 15 minutes… Neurological symptoms, such as confusion and unconsciousness, can also result from extreme exposure to heat, according to the Mayo Clinic.Via CNN.

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Katherine Zeratsky: Healthy Eating Made Easy


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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.