Week in Review: Jan. 29

mosquito-biting-a-persons-hand-finger-16x9The 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.

Industry News

How Social Media is Shaking Up Public Health and Health Care

From clinical health care to public health campaigns, the health industry is increasingly turning to social media to support, promote, and increase the spread of information and data in order to improve both personal and community health practices. Social media has provided a space to share preventative information and enabled the creation of support structures to track personal health and build patient-to-patient support networks post-diagnosis. Via Huffington Post.

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Panel Calls for Depression Screenings During and After Pregnancy

Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, an influential government-appointed health panel said, the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental illness. The recommendation, expected to galvanize many more health providers to provide screening, comes in the wake of new evidence that maternal mental illness is more common than previously thought. Via NY Times. 

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As Population Ages, Where Are the Geriatricians?

Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need increases, ranking at the bottom of the list of specialties that internal medicine residents choose to pursue. According to projections based on census data, by the year 2030, roughly 31 million Americans will be older than 75, the largest such population in American history. There are about 7,000 geriatricians in practice today in the United States. Via NY Times.

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WHO Expects Zika Virus to Spread to All But 2 Countries in the Americas

The World Health Organization anticipates that the Zika virus will spread to all but two countries in South, Central, and North America. The mosquito-borne disease has raged in South America and other regions for several months. Via CNN.

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More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds

Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows. One in seven colon cancer patients is under 50. Younger patients are more likely to have advanced stage cancer, but they live slightly longer without a cancer recurrence because they are treated aggressively, the researchers reported. Via HealthDay.

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Mayo Clinic News

Efforts to Prevent and Cure Cancer

Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy on how technology is advancing the research in the fight against diseases such as cancer. Via FOX Business.

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Robot Aims to Keep Hospital Rooms Clean

It’s technology meets Mr. Clean, and it’s taking place in our area. Mayo Clinic has started using 10 robots to clean hospital rooms at Saint Mary’s. Here at Mayo, they have staff clean the rooms the traditional ways, but these devices can get rid of some of the tough diseases that might pop up, including Clostridium difficle, which can be painful and dangerous to patients. Via KIMT.

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NBA Teams Investing Millions in New State-Of-The-Art Practice Facilities

The Timberwolves, who have a Mayo Clinic sports medicine center on site, invested in a facility that would help players and help ensure the future of NBA basketball in Minnesota as owner Glen Taylor develops his succession plan, the organization's chief strategy and development officer Ted Johnson said. "We’re in a business where the difference between good and great can be fractions of a second, millimeters on your vertical," Johnson said. Via USA Today.

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Elite Athletes Try a New Training Tactic: More Vitamin D

Professional and college sports teams think they have found a cutting-edge advantage hidden in one of the most basic nutrients: vitamin D. Taking 50,000 IU a day of vitamin D for months can cause toxicity but such cases are rare, according to a 2015 study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Via Wall Street Journal.

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Zika virus continues to be a concern, especially for pregnant women traveling to areas of the world where the virus is active. In response to outbreaks in parts of Latin and South America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 2 travel alert, which states that people at high risk, such as pregnant women, may want to consider delaying travel. Some airlines are offering to reschedule, rebook, or refund tickets for pregnant women planning to travel to certain areas. 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.