Week in Review: July 3

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.


Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Parents, take note! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine committee has expanded its recommendation for immunization against meningitis B, a rare but potentially deadly strain of meningitis. The committee's revised guidance, issued late last week, broadens the group of young people that the CDC thinks should consider getting the shot, and increases the likelihood that health insurance policies will pay for the injection. Via NPR.

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Sugary Drinks Linked to 25,000 Deaths in the U.S. Each Year 

By contributing to obesity and, through that, to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks appears to claim the lives of about 25,000 American adults yearly and is linked worldwide to the deaths of 180,000 each year, new research says. Via LA Times. 

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Citrus Fruit Linked with Melanoma in Preliminary Study

Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin. But the study did not test whether citrus fruits were the cause of the skin cancers, and more work will be needed to confirm the connection, the authors write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The results, from a single “observational” study that may not reflect the whole U.S. population, should be interpreted with caution, said senior author Dr. Abrar Qureshi of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. Via Reuters.

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This is What Drinking Too Much Water During Exercise Does to Your Body

The idea that you should always stay hydrated has been ingrained in many of us since childhood by everyone from Little League coaches to parents. For many athletes that advice has been translated into drinking a lot and drinking often while exercising. Now a panel of experts says that practice is not only outdated but dangerous. A group representing sports medicine doctors, physiologists, and trainers issued new guidelines telling people to stop drinking in excess during physical activity. Practically speaking, that means you should only drink when you're thirsty. Via Washington Post.

CDC: More Than 1 in 8 Americans Infected With HIV Don't Know It

More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV – including about 156,300 who don’t realize it, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means 13 percent of those who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren’t in a position to protect their health, or the health of others. Via LA Times.

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Palbociclib in Metastatic Breast Cancer 

Palbociclib, a selective inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6, received accelerated approved from the FDA in February 2015 for the treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)–positive breast cancer. This approval was based on the phase II, PALOMA-1 trial evaluating palbociclib in combination with letrozole in 165 postmenopausal patients. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 20 months with palbociclib versus 10 months with letrozole alone. While the trial demonstrated a significant improvement in PFS, says Edith Perez, M.D., no overall survival advantage has been established. This FDA approval could be rescinded just as quickly if the phase III data do not corroborate what was seen in the phase II trial, cautions Debu Tripathy, M.D.. Via OncLive.

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Planning for U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative Underway, “Trial and Error” Medicine 

Precision medicine is already having an impact in cancer treatment, said Robert Diasio, director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, MN. “In the past, it was completely trial and error…there was no logic, no science,” to determine whether a drug is going to work in a specific patient, he told The Lancet, after speaking to reporters attending a program on precision medicine last month sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and the National Press Foundation. “With the genomic revolution, we have a basis for why we use a drug.” Via The Lancet.

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Mayo Transplant Center is a Breath of Fresh Air

A groundbreaking facility that Mayo Clinic will launch at its Jacksonville campus by 2017 is aimed at increasing the number of lungs that can be safely transplanted to waiting recipients.  It will be the first of its kind in the U.S. Mayo will partner with United Therapeutics Corp., a biotech company in Washington, D.C, to build a lung restoration center that will boost the percentage of lungs that can be restored to healthy status and implanted in patients who need them. Via Jacksonville Business Journal.

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Taking a Load Off Nurses: Hospitals Eye Installing Patient Lifts but Face Technical, Cost Challenges

One way to reduce the cost of retrofits is for hospitals to determine how many rooms need lifts. Then they should identify patient-handling needs for each patient during the admission process, and place patients needing lifts in rooms that have one, said Dr. William Buchta, an occupational medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic's St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., and chairman of the safe patient- handling committee for the system's Minnesota facilities. Via Modern Healthcare.

Mayo Clinic Transplant Programs Rank Among Best in U.S. for Survival Rates

Mayo Clinic, as a three-site organization, remains the largest provider of solid organ transplants in the U.S. and continues to be identified as having patient and graft survival outcomes that rank among the best in the nation. 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.