Week In Review — Jan. 30

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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Mobile Monitoring of Blood Glucose Is Approved

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a set of mobile medical applications that allow people with diabetes to share information about the level of glucose in their blood with doctors in real time using an iPhone. Such apps have existed but were not in broad use, in part because they had not met regulatory requirements. Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Emory University, said that the apps would be useful for certain patients, for example those with extreme fluctuations in glucose levels, but would not fundamentally change diabetes monitoring. Via NY Times.

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Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon

Such 3-D-printed models are transforming medical care, giving surgeons new perspectives and opportunities to practice, and patients and their families a deeper understanding of complex procedures. Hospitals are also printing training tools and personalized surgical equipment. Someday, doctors hope to print replacement body parts. Via NY Times. 

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University of Minn. Student Tests Positive for Measles 

The University of Minnesota says a case of measles has been confirmed in a student on the Twin Cities campus. The Minnesota Department of Health says the U of M student diagnosed with measles is a 20-year-old male student.  The university said Wednesday the student had recently returned from international travel, and is now isolated off campus while recovering. Via KARE11.

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Flu Season Continues to Taper Off

The number of serious influenza cases in Minnesota dropped again last week, returning to normal annual levels after an unusually harsh start to the flu season in December. The number of flu patients requiring hospitalization dropped sharply for the second time, to 21, after climbing above 300 per week in late 2014. The number of school outbreaks, which rose in December to the highest level in at least five years, also returned to typical levels. No new deaths were reported. Via Star Tribune.

 

Wide Use of Prescription Painkillers Found in U.S. Women of Childbearing Age: CDC 

Prescription painkillers are used widely by U.S. women of childbearing age, a federal report released on Thursday found, and health officials said exposure to such drugs during pregnancy could increase the risk of birth defects. Via Reuters.

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Mayo Clinic CEO on State of Health Care

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy discusses his priorities for 2015, patient care and technology in the U.S. and the development and cost of Hepatitis C therapies. Via FOX Business.

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Mayo Clinic Study Evaluates Supplemental Screening in Women With Dense Breast Tissue

Results from the study entitled “Molecular Breast Imaging at Reduced Radiation Dose for Supplemental Screening in Mammographically Dense Breasts”, were recently published in the American Journal of Roentgenology by Mayo Clinic researchers… Deborah Rhodes and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, examined the diagnostic performance of supplemental screening molecular breast imaging (MBI) in 1,651 women with mammographically dense breasts after system modifications to permit radiation dose reduction. Via Radiation Therapy News.

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The Simple Concussion Test the NFL Does Not Use 

The Mayo Clinic weighed in on Tuesday, throwing its support behind the King-Devick with a first-of-its-kind licensing agreement. "Mayo Clinic certainly wouldn't endorse, support or be associated with something they didn't thoroughly vet, and this was thoroughly vetted. The data speaks for itself," said Dr. David Dodick, a neurologist who heads Mayo's Concussion Program. "Is it perfect? No, nothing is perfect," Dodick said. "But is it a valuable tool that can be used pitchside, rinkside and on the sideline to report the suspicion of a concussion? Absolutely." Via USA Today.

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Importance of Bowel Cancer Screening to Be Put in Spotlight by Anglia Ruskin University Filmmaker

The importance of colorectal cancer screening will be put in the spotlight later this year with the production by an award-winning filmmaker. Bafta Award-winning Dr Shreepali Patel, senior lecturer in film and television production at Anglia Ruskin, has secured a £25,000 grant from the world-leading Mayo Clinic to produce a film to educate patients about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Via Cambridge News UK.

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Super Recipes for Super Bowl Weekend

Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "stuffing 10 pounds into a 5-pound bag?" What about making a 4-pound meatloaf with only 1-pound of beef? Here's © Chef Richard's super healthy 4-pound "meatloaf" just in time for Super Bowl weekend.  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.