Week In Review — July 11

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.

Almost All of Us Have Genetic Defects Hidden In Our Cellular Furnaces

The arrival of fast and relatively inexpensive genome sequencing is likely to open whole new avenues for diagnosing and treating diseases. But in a new study, scientists show that it can also reveal how some age-related diseases -- from diabetes to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dementia -- establish a foothold in the human body, and in doing so, point the way to preventing such diseases.Via LA Times.

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How to Fix a Broken Market In Antibiotics  

The drugs don't work - and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the people it keeps alive, is in trouble. Via Reuters.

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Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress

Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress. Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a national poll by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Via NPR.

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Six Vials of Smallpox Discovered in Laboratory Near Washington 

Scientists said Tuesday that six glass vials found in a storeroom in a government laboratory outside Washington contained the smallpox virus. It was the second incident in a month that revealed government mishandling of potentially deadly infectious agents. The sealed vials were discovered on July 1 in a Food and Drug Administration lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The vials, which were labeled “variola,” another name for smallpox, were sent on Monday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where tests showed that they contained smallpox, the C.D.C. said in a statement.Via NY Times.

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An Operating Room 'Black Box' the Future of Surgical Procedure

When a surgery goes wrong, how do doctors assess blame? How do they understand what went wrong so they can prevent it in the future? Currently, most hospitals have a reactive process: a weekly morbidity and mortality meeting where they discuss possible reasons for adverse outcomes – a tidy medical phrase that stands in for death, disability or prolonged hospital stay. Via Globe and Mail.

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Mayo Researching ALS Stem Cell Treatment

Seventy-five years ago, Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the rare, neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the Mayo Clinic. On July 4th, 1939, he gave his famous farewell speech to baseball fans. Doctors now have a better understanding of the fatal disease but apart from medication that may give someone an extra couple of months, there is still no good way to extend someone's life. Mayo Clinic researchers are working with stem cells to develop a new treatment. A New Brighton woman hopes to benefit. Via Kare11.

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Mayo Pathologists Decrease Need For Repeat Surgeries

At laboratories tucked inside Rochester's Mayo Clinic Hospital, pathology teams work to analyze tissue samples from patients who are still laying on the operating table under anesthesia….Mayo Clinic's version of frozen sections was pioneered in 1905 and is unique to Rochester. But today it has increasing relevance at a time when Mayo is seeking to solidify its position as the top medical destination in the world. The treatment could help attract patients flying in from elsewhere, said Dr. Gary Keeney, Mayo chair of anatomic pathology. Via Post-Bulletin.

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Studies Reveal Genes Key to RCC Development, Growth

Two recently published Mayo Clinic studies provide genetic clues to clear cell renal cell carcinoma that may have important therapeutic implications, researchers say…This study is a thorough analysis, because overexpressed genes were functionally tested in kidney cancer cells to ensure they were important to some aspect of the cancer process, the study’s senior investigator, John A. Copland, PhD, of Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, said in a news release. Findings were published online in Oncotarget (June 12, 2014). Via Urology Times.

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Being 'Sun Smart,' Too, is Your Best Defense Against Burn

Summertime means being outside, whether it's at the beach, a street festival or just in the backyard…Being "sun smart" is just as important as sunscreen use, says Dr. Clark Otley, chairman of Mayo Clinic's department of dermatology. "Sunscreens are only one part of a smart sun protection strategy, which also includes protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, avoiding peak sun intensity hours when possible for outdoor activities, and application of sunscreen on exposed skin," Otley said.Via Post-Bulletin.

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A Gut Reaction?

Rheumatoid arthritis has confounded efforts to identify its trigger. Mounting evidence points to a new suspect: a disturbance in the bacteria that live in the intestines… The condition is known to have a strong genetic component. But not all patients carry the genes, so environmental factors — smoking, hormones, aging and infections — must be involved too, said researcher Veena Taneja, an associate professor of immunology at the Mayo Clinic. Via Chicago Tribune.

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