Week in Review: Feb. 13

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories news, and upcoming events.


Medicine Just for You

President Obama’s new budget contains a farsighted proposal that could ultimately transform the practice of American medicine. The proposal seeks to design treatments for the individual, which are sometimes called “personalized medicine” or “precision medicine” to distinguish them from the one-size-tries-to-fit-all approach. Despite the potential of the program, the president’s enthusiasm may have overtaken the science at times. He promised in his State of the Union address that the initiative would “bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes.” We’ve heard that “cancer cure” talk for decades, yet the delivery date is still far off. Via NY Times.

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Redefining Chronic Fatigue With Better Diagnosis, New Name

Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome … The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday called on doctors to do a better job diagnosing an illness that may affect up to 2.5 million Americans, and it set five main symptoms as the criteria. And the IOM’s choice of a new name — Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, or SEID — reflects a core symptom, that exertion can wipe patients out. Via CBS. 

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Study Ties More Deaths, Types of Disease, to Smoking

Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use. The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, looks beyond lung cancer, heart disease and other conditions already tied to smoking, and the 480,000 U.S. deaths attributed to them each year. Via Washington Post.

Stress After Heart Attack May Affect Women More

Joanne Maglaras knows all about the love and support of family. She also knows all about stress of family life and how it can affect heart health. Five years ago, at age 49, Maglaras, of Flushing, New York, had a heart attack. Her difficult recovery after the cardiac event may have been linked to her daily stressful juggling of child, financial, and “sandwich generation” responsibilities, according to a Yale University study released Monday.  Via Today Show.

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Only 1 in 3 Donor Hearts Are Used in US 

Only 1 in 3 donated hearts are accepted for transplant patients in the U.S., and rejection rates vary by region, researchers found, calling for more standardized guidelines to help doctors not waste potentially good organs. Via Bloomberg.

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Google Health Search Results Get a Mayo Clinic Fact-Check

Google Inc. is changing how it displays search results for common health conditions with some help from Mayo Clinic. Via MSP Business Journal.

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Exact Sciences, Mayo Clinic Expand Diagnostic Collaboration

Exact Sciences and Mayo Clinic said today they will expand their six-year-old collaboration to develop screening, surveillance, and diagnostic tests beyond their original colorectal cancer partnership, to address other diseases within the gastrointestinal tract. The value of the expanded collaboration was not disclosed—though Exact Sciences said it would extend for five years its collaboration with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist David Ahlquist, M.D., and his lab. Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

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New Device Improves Healing of Some Ruptured Aneurysms

A new device inserted into small ruptured brain aneurysms significantly improved healing of ruptured aneurysms compared to a standard device, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015 … "We think that one of the reasons that the HydroCoil had better outcomes than the bare platinum coil in the ruptured aneurysms is that a ruptured aneurysm can have a little bit more of a complex or irregular shape, the expansion of the hydrogel likely allows for filling of some of these irregular. Via Medical Xpress.

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Differences Between Men and Women Can Impact Risk of Heart Disease

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I know that heart disease is the leading killer among men and women, but is it true that men and women have different risk factors for heart disease? Via Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Everything You Need To Know About 2015's Weirdest And Wackiest Health Trends

Does it work? Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, is skeptical. "Bulletproof coffee is a dual threat," he told The Huffington Post. "It not only provides large amounts of calories and saturated fat with minimal nutrients, but if consumed as recommended -- in place of breakfast -- it will prevent the intake of beneficial nutrients in a healthy breakfast." Via Huffington Post.

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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.