Week In Review — Jan. 2

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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FDA Approves Roche Ebola Test for Emergency Use

Roche Holding AG said U.S. health regulators have approved its Ebola test for emergency use in response to the world's worst outbreak of the disease in West Africa. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roche's LightMix Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test for use on patients with signs and symptoms of Ebola Zaire virus infection, the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement. Via Reuters.

Genome Sequencing in Babies to Begin as Part of Study

Doctors expect soon to begin sequencing the genomes of healthy newborn babies as part of a government-funded research program that could have wide implications for genetic science. The research, to be conducted at major hospitals around the country, stems from a growing recognition that genome sequencing could someday be part of routine testing done on every baby. Such testing could provide doctors and parents a vast pool of data likely to reveal a wider range of potential medical risks than the traditional heel-prick test, in which a small sample of newborns’ blood is taken to check for more than two dozen possible conditions. Via Wall Street Journal. 

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10 Wellness Trends to Watch in 2015

Wellness really took off in 2014, as meditation and the microbiome went mainstream, technology continued to drive fitness, and quinoa and juice landed in 7-Eleven. We expect 2015 to be even better as this lifestyle becomes the new norma. Via MindBodyGreen.com.

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Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients 

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need. Via NPR.

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In a New Approach to Fighting Disease, Helpful Genetic Mutations Are Sought 

Doug Whitney should have died years ago. The 65-year-old resident of Port Orchard, Wash., has a devastating gene mutation that — according to the medical literature — causes early onsetAlzheimer’s disease in everyone who inherits it. The mutation killed Mr. Whitney’s mother and nine of her 13 siblings, and it killed Mr. Whitney’s older brother. Every one of them began showing symptoms when they were in their 40s. Most died by their mid-50s. In the next generation, six cousins died of early onset Alzheimer’s, and two others are in the final stages of the disease. One of his cousin’s children also has Alzheimer’s. Via NY Times.

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Why the Flu May Be Especially Deadly to Children This Year 

Three children in Minnesota have died of complications from a particularly potent strain of the flu virus, health officials said. An additional seven children were in the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, according to the most recent report from the Minnesota Health Department… Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician with the Mayo Clinic and a member of the Mayo vaccine research group, said this year’s strain of flu is especially dangerous and can quickly become a life-threatening condition in children. Via ABC News.

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Pulse on Health: A Year Packed With Health-Related Events 

In February, Mayo Clinic announced it would collaborate with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx on a new sports-training center in Minneapolis at what is now called "Mayo Square," part of a $50 million makeover of "Block E" in Minneapolis. Via Post-Bulletin.

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Should Americans Be More Worried About This Year's Flu Strain? 

The CDC has officially upgraded the flu to epidemic status. CBSN talks to Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Pritish Tosh about the continuing flu concerns across the country. Via CBS News.

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The Doctors Are In: 5 Million Reasons to Thank Blood Donors - And Be One

Gerardo Colon-Otero, hematologist and medical oncologist, Mayo Clinic in Florida: My patient was telling me how a few weeks prior to our visit, he almost died. Unexpectedly, he started vomiting blood and was rushed to the closest emergency room where a diagnosis of a bleeding peptic ulcer was made. Letter by Dr. Marsha Bertholf and Dr. Abba Zubair about donating blood: Florida Times-Union. Via Florida Times-Union.

 

Keys to a Healthier 2015

The New Year is just about here, and resolutions are ever-present. Many of these commitments to betterment involve some form of health improvement but lifestyle changes are easier planned than implemented. However, Mayo Clinic Health System family physician Daniel Stahl, M.D., points out there may be some low-hanging fruit when it comes to enhancing your well-being next year. While some of these suggestions are obvious, Dr. Stahl says they can’t be reiterated enough and shares basic keys for a healthier 2015. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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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.