Week In Review — Oct. 24

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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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous. The government is asking all scientists involved in this research now to voluntarily halt their current studies. The unusual move comes after a long controversy over experiments with mutant forms of a bird flu virus. Via NPR Health.

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CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Monday for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola. The new guidelines "provide an increased margin of safety," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a conference call with reporters. Via NPR.

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Minnesota Creates Ebola Information Hotline

Got a question about Ebola? The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday announced the creation of an Ebola Information Line. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 to get information about the virus-caused disease. An Ebola outbreak is now occurring in several West African countries. No cases have been reported in Minnesota. Via Pioneer Press.

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DNA Said to Protect Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer

A genetic trait protects many women of Latin American descent from breast cancer, researchers probing the ethnic biology of cancer said Monday. If confirmed, the finding may lead to more effective genetic testing for women at risk, by helping to determine who most needs to take preventative measures. Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer among women. Via Wall Street Journal.

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Flu Shots: Especially Important if You Have Heart Disease

If you have heart disease, flu shots can reduce your risk of flu-related complications. Discover the benefits of getting a flu shot and when to get one Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Heard on the Street: Walmart Expands Mayo Clinic Coverage

Walmart is extending the health-care options it offers its employees to include treatment for three types of cancer at Mayo Clinic, it announced last week. Via Post-Bulletin.

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New Guidelines for Muscular Dystrophy Tests

Doctors say this will help researchers but also save time for the patient. “This publication will help clinicians taking care of these patients to determine the cause of the disease without ordering some extra or unnecessary tests and in a short period of time,” Dr. Duygu Selcen, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic said. Via KIMT.

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Genetic Testing for Alzheimer's Chances Carries Risks of its Own 

Testing for Alzheimer’s risk is possible, but some experts say the tests carry risks of their own…The tests “risk making hundreds of thousands of people paranoid that they’re going to develop dementia,” said Dr. Richard Caselli, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix branch “Every time something goes bump in the night, they’re going to be calling their doctor and wanting a PET scan.” Via Star Tribune.

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Fitness Tracking Apps are Doing a Lot More Than You think

The Mayo Clinic has developed an app that works with Apple Health. It allows patients to view their Mayo Clinic data and Apple Health data together in order to discover insights into a patient’s own health. “With this technology, we can be more accurate and more complete which means better outcomes and safer care,” said Dr. John H. Noseworthy, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “The future is going to be amazing technology-wise,” said Mark Henderson, Division Chair, Information Technology, Mayo Clinic. Via American News Report.

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Exact Sciences CEO Has High Hopes for At-Home Cancer Test 

Company Develops Cologuard, Noninvasive Test for Colon Cancer…Mr. Conroy, a lawyer who had helmed another company’s development of a cervical cancer test, rebuilt Exact Sciences from the ground up. He joined forces with a Mayo Clinic scientist doing similar research; moved the company from Boston to Madison, Wis., and raised $400 million in financing. The team he assembled perfected an at-home test to detect colon cancers, called Cologuard. Via Wall Street Journal.

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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.