Week in Review: March 4


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.

Industry News

Five Daunting Details You Need to Know From This New Report on Ovarian Cancer

A new, congressionally mandated report by the Institute of Medicine spells out, sometimes in unnerving detail, the challenges confronting researchers in understanding the disease and patients in getting good care. About 21,000 women will be diagnosed with the illness this year, and 14,000 women will die from it. Partly because it sneaks up on women without announcing itself, the disease has a five-year survival rate of just under 46 percent, compared to nearly 90 percent for breast cancer, more than 80 percent for endometrial cancer and nearly 70 percent for cervical cancer. Via Washington Post.

Health Data is More Valuable Than You May Think

What's more valuable to a hacker than someone's credit card information? Their protected health information [PHI], according to Brand Barney, a healthcare security consultant."If you go out on the 'deep web' [where people sell stolen goods], a credit card valued at $1 to $2," Barney said. "But your PHI can sell from $20-$200 on the deep web. Via MedPage Today. 

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Veterans Seek Help for Infertility Inflicted by Wounds of War

Many veterans are confounded to learn that the Defense Department, which covers service members while their status is still active military, provides infertility treatment at seven hospitals, without charge for those who need it because of service-related injuries. But very few wounded troops are in any position to take advantage of that benefit. While in the hospital they still have active status until they are medically retired or discharged from the military, but they are usually in rehabilitation and struggling to recover. So far, only 20 service members have taken advantage of the I.V.F. benefit, according to Defense Department officials. Via NY Times.

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Recurrent Preeclampsia Tied to Heart Troubles

Examining a woman's cardiovascular health following early onset preeclampsia in pregnancy was likely to predict her odds of recurrent preeclampsia in a future pregnancy, a small Italian study found. The study was comprised of patients with early onset preeclampsia, which presents at less than 32 weeks gestation and is thought to be more severe than preeclampsia that presents later in the pregnancy. Of these patients, 29% of those developed recurrent preeclampsia, reported Herbert Valensise, M.D., of Tor Vergata University in Rome, and colleagues. Via MedPage Today.

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First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many 

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, the clinic announced. The operation, which took nine hours, was performed using a uterus from a deceased organ donor. The recipient, 26, is not being identified to protect her privacy. A statement from the clinic said that she was in stable condition following the procedure. Via NY Times.

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Mayo Clinic News

Busy Brains Delay Alzheimer's Symptoms But Not the Disease

Keeping an active mind with intellectual pursuits in midlife may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms, but it does not appear to prevent the physical changes in the brain for most people, a new study finds. "Studies have shown that it reduces the onset of symptoms," said lead author Prashanthi Vemuri of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Via NBC News.

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Mayo Clinic Makes History with Live Stream of Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer kills 50,000 Americans each year, even though it’s the most treatable. “The majority of cases occur after age 50 however maybe 5 percent of all colorectal cancers occur in individuals who are younger than age 50,” says Dr. Paul Limburg. On Tuesday, Mayo Clinic’s social media director decided to broadcast his colonoscopy over periscope to raise awareness about the disease. Via KAAL.com.

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Promising News On the Concussion Front

In another development, one that is especially encouraging for youth sports leagues that can't afford to have medical personnel on the sidelines for every game, the Mayo Clinic has endorsed the King-Devick sideline concussion test and will help promote it to youth coaches, parents and athletes. The King-Devick Test is an inexpensive, quick (approximately two minutes) and accurate test for concussion detection and evaluation on the sidelines of sporting events. Just as importantly, it's easy to administer, for almost anyone. Via Huffington Post.

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Dalai Lama Speaks To Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic staff had the chance to listen to the Dalai Lama speak inside Saint Marys Chapel. The speech focused on how health care staff can provide compassionate care. "Use our intelligence and try to reduce destructive emotion. If you have believe in God, wonderful. If you haven't, okay. Still, you are a human being," said Dalai Lama. "Oneness of human beings, whether poor or rich or believer or non-believer or this nation or that nation, simply accept as a human patient." Via KAAL.com.

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Mayo Clinic Ranked 86 on Fortune's ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Fortune named Mayo Clinic to its 2016 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking it No. 86. This is Mayo’s 13th consecutive year on the list, which recognizes companies that rate highly with employees. Via Mayo Clinic News Network. 

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Gina Chiri-Osmond

Gina Chiri-Osmond is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She manages public relations and media outreach. Gina has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2011. Outside of work, Gina is going for gold in volleyball at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo . . . or at small-town summer festivals.