Week in Review: June 17


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

Antibiotics Given to Babies Change Their Gut Microbes for Years

Babies born by Caesarean section, as well as those given antibiotics early in life, have a different balance of gut microbes than other babies, two new studies show. These differences could put them at higher risk for various health problems in childhood, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, and perhaps even autism. By the time children are 3 years old, their microbiomes are largely stable, said Dr. Ramnik Xavier, a lead author on one of two related studies published in Science Translational Medicine. So what happens early in life can have long-term implications for health. Via STAT.

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Gun Violence "A Public Health Crisis," American Medical Association Says

Days after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the American Medical Association says it is adopting a policy calling gun violence in the U.S. "a public health crisis" and it says it will actively lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation blocking research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence and determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries," AMA President Steven J. Sack said in a statement. Via NPR. 

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Vaping Teens More Apt to Move On to Regular Cigarettes: U.S. Study

Older teens who try electronic cigarettes have six times the odds of trying regular cigarettes within two years than those who never puffed on the devices, a study published found. "We're concerned that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes may be moving on to other types of tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes, which are arguably a lot more dangerous," said University of Southern California researcher Jessica Barrington-Trimis, lead author of the study published in the journal Pediatrics. Via Reuters.

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Very Hot Drinks Are "Probably Carcinogenic"

In a review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, drinking very hot beverages was classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans." More specifically, the review by a panel of global experts stated that drinking beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius—149 degrees Fahrenheitcould cause people to develop cancer of their esophagus, the eighth most common form of cancer worldwide. Drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages at this temperature can cause significant scald burns in the esophagus when they're consumed and has previously been linked to an increased cancer risk in this part of the body. Via CNN.

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Superbug Found in Illinois and South Carolina

U.S. officials have found bacteria resistant to the antibiotic of last resort in a sample from a second pig, increasing concerns about the spread of a newly discovered superbug that initially surfaced in this country in March. The latest report involves an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli from a pig intestine, which was detected by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a spokeswoman said. USDA officials said the most recent pig sample came from a slaughterhouse in Illinois. The first sample came from a slaughterhouse in South Carolina. Via Washington Post.

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo’s "Transformational Centers" Could Be First Beneficiaries of DMC Build-Out

The goal of creating a bio-business industry cluster feeding off Mayo Clinic research as part of Rochester’s ambitious Destination Medical Center effort came into sharper focus last week with the official announcement that Mayo will expand its research facilities in the city by more than 2 million square feet over the next 20 years. And TCB has learned it’s possible, perhaps likely, that among the first new beneficiaries of the build-out will be three of Mayo’s hottest research operations in fields that are quickly gaining traction among companies and investors: its “transformational centers” of genomics/individualized medicine, regenerative medicine, and health care economics. Via Twin Cities Business.

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Mayo Develops Groundbreaking Test on Anti-Aging Protein

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered how to measure GDF11, described as an anti-aging protein in the body that can give foresight into a patient’s chances to suffer from chronic issues, frailty, or cardiovascular disease later in life. “This is a crucial first step,” said Nathan LeBrasseur, M.S., Ph.D.,senior author of the report, “and we need further studies designed to understand how we might be able to use GDF11 as a predictor of health outcomes as well as potential therapeutic benefits.” Via Twin Cities Business.

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Why Aren't Women Told about New, Better Way to Detect Breast Cancer?

Mammograms aren’t very good at discovering early-stage cancers in women who have dense breast tissue, which accounts for about 45% of all women. But there is a major advance whose efficacy has been confirmed in a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic. It’s called molecular breast imaging (MBI), and it vastly improves the chances of early detection. Via Forbes.

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Rochester Man Clears Next Round of "American Ninja Warrior"

A Rochester man cleared the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course fast enough to advance to the next round of the NBC reality show. Competing in Indianapolis, Mayo Clinic lab technician Roo Yori finished the qualifying course in 4:10.22. That means he will compete in the next round in Oklahoma City. Via Post-Bulletin.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: The Need for Blood

June 14 was World Blood Donor Day. To honor this day, the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to thank those who donate blood. It's also a good reminder, whether it be horrific tragedies or local blood drives, the constant need for this life-saving gift is year-round. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses why donating blood matters. 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.