Week In Review — Jan. 23

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.


Episiotomy Rate Continues Steady Decline

The use of episiotomy in the U.S. has declined substantially over the last 7 years, according to a new study. In an analysis of more than 2 million women in more than 500 hospitals, there was a decrease of almost 32%, from 17.3% of deliveries with episiotomy in 2006 (95% CI 17.2%-17.4%) to 11.6% of deliveries in 2012 (95% CI, 11.5%-11.7%, P<0.001), reported Alexander M. Friedman, MD, of Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues. Via MedPage Today.

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F.D.A. Approves Surgical Implant to Treat Obesity

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a surgically implanted device to treat obesity in some adults. Called the Maestro system, the implant is the first to generate an intermittent electrical pulse that blocks nerve signals from the brain to the stomach, reducing hunger pangs. The device is approved for use only in adults with a body mass index of 35 to 45 who have at least one other obesity-related condition, such as Type 2 diabetes. Candidates also must have already tried to shed pounds in a supervised weight loss program within the past five years. Via NY Times. 

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Walk 20 Minutes to Live Longer: Huge Study Reveals Benefit of Daily Exercise 

A brisk daily walk of just 20 minutes could add years to your life, scientists said last night. In a stark warning against couch-potato lifestyles, they said lack of exercise killed twice as many people as obesity. The Cambridge University study of 334,000 people found that even a modest amount of activity prolonged life. And the least fit had the most to gain. Via Daily Mail UK.

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Respiratory Mucous Test Analyzing Genetic Biomarkers Can Detect Early Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., and resulted in a fatal outcome for close to 160,000 people in 2014. Since early treatment can effectively improve patient outcomes, low dose CT scans are currently being used by healthcare providers to detect early lung cancers before they produce symptoms in patients who have a heavy smoking history, and consequently are at increased risk for developing lung cancer. Via Forbes.

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Regions Hospital Unveils Twin Cities' First Two-Helipad Facility 

Regions Hospital in St. Paul cut the ribbon Thursday on the hospital's two new rooftop helipads. Regions is the only Twin Cities hospital with two helipads, which the hospital says will improve safety and care at its trauma center and burn center by getting severely injured patients to treatment more efficiently. Via Pioneer Press.

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Hold the Pickles, Hold the Lettuce, We've got the Mayo ... Clinic Sports Medicine Center

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester's world-renowned medical center has brought its "Mayo Model of Care" for patients in sports medicine to the Twin Cities. The state-of-the-art facility in the former Block E retail complex in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is now providing every aspect of quality care in sports medicine, except surgery. The new Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Facilities is a partnership with pro basketball's Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Via Insight News.

HPV Testing Can Help Detect Cervical Cancer 

Dr. Patricia Olijnyk, a Women's Health Physician at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare said cervical cancer is fast-spreading and catching it early is crucial. She said just because you have HPV does not mean you will get cancer. "Most people will clear it. It's the people who don't clear it that is can within 5 years turn into a really aggressive cancer that will kill you young," Olijnyk said. Via WXOW La Crosse.

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New Year Brings Overhaul of CPT Test Codes for HPV: Trio of New Codes Differentiate HPV Genotypes by Cancer Risk

“The most recent national guidelines for cervical cancer screening and management recommend only testing for high-risk HPV genotypes,” says Michael R. Henry, MD, director, General Cytopathology Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, and medical director of the Cytotechnology Program within the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences. Via Labroots.

Types of Hearing Loss and When to Get Tested 

We are probably better at restoring hearing than any other of the five senses, said Dr. Matthew Carlson, an otolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We tell our patients that we can almost always do something to help them regardless of the severity of hearing loss." Even complete deafness usually can be treated with cochlear implants. Via Chicago Tribune.

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Winter's Severe Cold Snap Calls for Extra Dose of Caution

Hospital emergency departments see an influx of weather-related injuries with each icy assault from old man winter. "There are really four types of things that we'll see," says David Nestler, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "Probably the most common is actually falls. The snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall. We see many, many broken bones because of that," Dr. Nestler says. Weather-related vehicle accidents, heart attacks triggered while shoveling snow and exposure injuries, like frostbite, also send more people to emergency rooms with each new storm.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.