Week In Review — Nov. 7

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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Braving Ebola 

Portraits of those who labor and those who survived at an Ebola treatment center in rural Liberia.…The patients arrive, at first fearful of the people in spacesuits whose faces they cannot see. They wait for test results, for the next medical rounds, for symptoms to appear or retreat. They watch for who recovers to sit in the courtyard shade and who does not. They pray. Via NY Times.

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Scientists See Mechanism for Spontaneous HIV 'Cure'

French scientists said Tuesday they had found the genetic mechanism by which two HIV-infected men may have experienced a "spontaneous cure", and said it offered a new strategy in the fight against AIDS. Both men were infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), one of them 30 years ago, but never developed AIDS symptoms. Via Yahoo! (AFP).

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Study Points to Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer 

To the shock of many cancer experts, the most common cancer in South Korea is not lung or breast or colon or prostate. It is now thyroid cancer, whose incidence has increased fifteenfold in the past two decades. “A tsunami of thyroid cancer,” as one researcher puts it. Similar upward trends for thyroid cancer are found in the United States and Europe, although not to the same degree. The thyroid cancer rate in the United States has more than doubled since 1994. Via NY Times.

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Colon Cancer's New Face: Getting Younger

Colon cancer, a disease usually associated with middle age and the elderly, is showing up in younger Americans, new research shows. It’s not an alarming number yet, and doesn’t mean that people under 50 need to start getting colonoscopies, doctors stressed. But the trend is troubling, and doctors may need to think colon cancer when younger people show up with symptoms. “Particularly in people between ages 20 and 34, we estimate a doubling in incidence rate of colorectal cancer,” said Dr. George Chang of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, who led the study. Via NBC News.

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Election Will Leave Medicaid Policies Largely Unchanged

The re-election of four Republican governors means that the future ofMedicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to change course. Republicans in Florida, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas won their bids for re-election. Three of them — Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Sam Brownback in Kansas and Mr. LePage in Maine— oppose expansion of the program. Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida, has endorsed the expansion, which would extend coverage to an estimated 848,000 people, but has never advocated for it forcefully, and he is not expected to now. Via NY Times.

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What is Optimal Use and Duration of Therapy of Bisphosphonates for Patients with Myeloma Related Bone Disease?

For the month of November, MedPage Today has invited hematologists from leading medical institutions to "deconstruct" multiple myeloma diagnosis and treatment. In this installment, we asked "What is the optimal duration of bisphosphonate therapy for patients with myeloma-related bone disease?" Our participants are: Jason Valent, MD, from the department of hematology/oncology at the Cleveland Clinic; Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Via MedPage Today.

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10 Ways to Protect Yourself this Cold & Flu Season

While so much of the public is focusing on Ebola, there's a much more common, highly contagious virus ready to rip though the nation: influenza…Get a Flu Shot… If you're squeamish about needles, there is now a nasal mist that's just as effective as the shot for guys 50 and younger. "We don't recommend the nasal mist for people over 50 because as we get older, we need more antigens to produce more antibodies, and the nasal mist doesn't have enough," says Kellee Dixon, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. "But for everyone else over age 8, it's highly effective." Via Men's Journal.

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4 Things You Didn't Know About Stress

It can age you. Stress can make you biologically older by about 10 years — two times more than smoking. "Stress worsens almost every condition you can find in a medical textbook, says Amit Sood, M.D. Mayo Clinic stress management and resiliency expert and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. Via Good Housekeeping.

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Mayo Clinic Researchers Discover Genetic Markers for Alcoholism Recovery

In an international study, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have identified genetic markers that may help in identifying individuals who could benefit from the alcoholism treatment drug acamprosate. The findings, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, show that patients carrying these genetic variants have longer periods of abstinence during the first three months of acamprosate treatment. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Mayo Clinic Officials Discuss Ebola Responses

City and county officials joined Mayo Clinic representatives Thursday to discuss how each agency is preparing for potential Ebola patients, should the need arise in Rochester…"The type of outbreak you see in West Africa is just not in the cards here" because of public health infrastructure and good access to medical care, said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic. Via Post-Bulletin.

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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.