Week in Review: June 19

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.


FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Parkinson's Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can be implanted into the brain to help people battling Parkinson's disease. The Brio Neurostimulation System is "an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one of the most common causes of tremors," the FDA said in a news release. Via HealthDay.

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CVS to Buy 1,600 Drugstores From Target for $1.9 Billion

The voracious CVS Health is already a dominant player in nearly every corner of the health care world — it is the nation’s largest dispenser of prescription drugs, the biggest operator of health care clinics and the second-largest pharmacy-benefits manager. And with the news that it had agreed to buy Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses in a deal worth about $1.9 billion, it demonstrated that its appetite shows no signs of abating. Via NY Times. 

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FDA Sets 2018 Deadline to Rid Foods of Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration gave the food industry three years to eliminate artery-clogging artificial trans fats from the food supply, a long-awaited step that capped years of effort by consumer groups and is expected to save thousands of lives a year. Trans fats — a major contributor to heart disease in the United States — have already been substantially reduced in foods, but they still lurk in many popular products, including frostings, microwave popcorn, packaged pies, frozen pizzas, margarines, and coffee creamers. Via NY Times.

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When It Comes To SPFs And Sunscreens, We're Still In The Dark

Do you know what broad spectrum means? What about SPF? No need to be ashamed if you can't answer those questions, because you're not alone. In a survey of 114 people, a mere 7 percent knew that "broad spectrum" on a sunblock label means it defends against early aging. And only 23 percent understood the SPF, or sun protection factor, signifies the level of protection against sunburns. The findings suggest that despite recent efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to clarify sunscreen labels, they remain a mystery to many. Via NPR.

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Ebola Still Scares Congress, And They’re Pushing More Spending to Fight Pandemics

The Ebola outbreak may end up boosting the budget of the agency in charge of fighting pandemics, as House Republicans and President Obama are calling for more funding to prevent and battle the next wave of deadly diseases. House appropriators are proposing to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an additional $108 million next fiscal year for outbreak preparation and response and for other medical emergencies. Via National Journal.


Oncologists Anticipate Improved Lymphoma Subtyping MDx as Targeted Drugs Approach the Clinic

More than a decade after the first studies demonstrating that diffuse large B-cell lymphomas are actually made up of two molecularly distinct subtypes with different prognoses and drug sensitivities, the incorporation of molecular testing into the treatment of DLCBL has remained largely theoretical and experimental. Greg Nowakowski, a lymphoma physician at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, spoke during an ASCO session, highlighting the potential of new targeted therapies to shift a one-size-fits-all treatment modality that has lingered even more than a decade after the first evidence of the molecular heterogeneity of DLBCL. Via Genome Web.

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Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to Create Lung Restoration Center 

In 2014, the number of people on the waiting list for a lung transplant in the U.S. outnumbered the number of donor lungs available by about 650. The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and United Therapeutics Corp., a biotechnology company, are collaborating now on the creation of a lung restoration center on Mayo’s Jacksonville campus that should ultimately double the number of lungs available for transplant in the U.S. “This is a big deal,” said Gianrico Farrugia, chief executive officer of Mayo in Jacksonville. “… This is not Mayo or United Therapeutics benefiting. This is the whole country benefiting.” Via Florida Times-Union.

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How Mayo, Kaiser Permanente Keep Health Costs Down

At Wall Street Journal's CFO Conference, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, John Noseworthy, M.D., and Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Bernard Tyson, discuss their cost-saving health care systems. Via Wall Street Journal.

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Mayo: Possible Treatment to Stop Cancer From Spreading 

Bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung, and kidney are examples of late stage cancers that researchers with the Mayo Clinic say could be stopped in their tracks. An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and possibly stop the progression of many late-stage cancers. Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, the associate director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, said the new approach can turn off the genes that prevent cancer from growing. Via Kare11.

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Celebrating Grand Opening for Mayo Clinic Square: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx

Dignitaries from the worlds of medicine, sports, business and politics hit the court June 17 to dedicate Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis. The event was the first in a series of grand-opening events marking the strategic collaboration of Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. Mayo Clinic Square is home to Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and the new headquarters of the Minnesota the Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine provides medical services to the teams and is located just across from their training facility and practice court. 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.