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.
How Virtual Reality Can Improve Patient Experience in Health Care
The global market for Virtual Reality (VR) in health care is projected to reach $3.8 billion by 2020 driven by technology advancements in healthcare IT, which would undoubtedly expand its use into more diverse applications and medical disciplines while also increasing the demand for rehabilitation and simulation VR-training in hospitals and clinics. VR technology continues to gain ground and visibility as a potential diagnostic tool in the form of fully immersive 3D-simulation in the treatment of phobias, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and severe pain cases. Via HIT Consultant.
Health Spending to Grow by Nearly 6% a Year through 2025
Spending on health care is projected to increase 5.8% per year during 2015-2025, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said. That average "remains lower than the average over [the] previous two decades before 2008," which was nearly 8%, the agency noted in a press release. Overall, national health expenditures are estimated to have reached $3.2 trillion in 2015. In a press release, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt attributed the slower growth in part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Per-capita spending and medical inflation also remain at historically very modest levels, demonstrating the importance of continuing to reform our delivery systems," he said. Via MedPage Today.
The CDC and WHO Are Teaming Uu to End the "Contagious Disease" of Child Violence
A study published in January in the journal Pediatrics puts that violence into stark perspective by estimating that as many as half of the world's 2 billion children experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence in the previous year. The trauma can inflict a physical toll as well as a psychological one. Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente in 1995 and 1997 found that those who experience violence in childhood are at higher risk as adults for a diverse range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Via Washington Post.
Superbug Gene Detected in a Second Person in the U.S.
Researchers have found bacteria resistant to the antibiotic of last resort in a sample from a second patient in the United States, according to a study published. The patient had surgery at a New York hospital last year, researchers said. The news comes after researchers reported in late May that a patient in Pennsylvania carried a strain of E. coli bacteria that was resistant to the antibiotic colistin, the antibiotic that doctors use to treat patients who have infections that don’t respond to other drugs. In both cases, the bacteria carried a gene, known as mcr-1, that allows the organism to withstand colistin. Via Boston Globe.
Medical Marijuana Linked to Reduced Prescription Drug Use
Legalization of medical marijuana in some American states has reduced the use of prescription drugs, equating to a saving of more than $165 million in 2013. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. As of last month, a total of 25 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana to treat certain health problems, such as neuropathic pain and spasticity, though doctors in these states can only recommend its use, not prescribe it. Via Medical News Today.
Mayo Clinic News
Mayo Clinic Scientists Develop New Combination Therapy for Advanced Cancers
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have figured out a new way to beat metastatic cancer in a mouse model using a combination therapy that targets the immune system. The therapy is now being pursued in clinical trials and may hold promise for patients with advanced cancers such as pancreas, breast, colorectal and melanoma. The co-authors of the study, Peter Cohen, M.D., and Sandra Gendler, Ph.D., published their findings in the journal Oncotarget. “It appears very likely that each round of treatment stimulates the bone marrow to churn out freshly activated monocytes, which distribute throughout the body, spare normal cells, and find and kill cancer cells,” said Gendler. Via Fierce Biotech.
Heart Failure after Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study
People who develop heart failure after a heart attack may also face a higher risk of cancer, a new study suggests. And, they may be prone to cancers affecting the lungs or the digestive system, according to the researchers. "Patients with cardiovascular disease experience a high burden of other diseases and should be followed with that awareness in mind," said study co-author Dr. Veronique Roger, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Via HealthDay.
Using the Web or an App before Seeing a Doctor? Caution Is Advised
A few years ago, doctors from the Mayo Clinic tested the wisdom of online health advice. Their conclusion: It’s risky. According to their study, going online for health advice is more likely to result in getting no advice or incomplete advice than the right advice. The doctors assessed the quality of advice on the top sites returned from Google, Yahoo, and Bing for searches on common health complaints — like “chest pain” or “headache.” No site they examined listed all the necessary symptoms so that a user could obtain an accurate triage — whether to rush to the emergency room, call the doctor or treat the condition at home. Via NY Times.
Borrelia mayonii Discovery: An interview with Dr. Bobbi Pritt
Outbreak News Today spoke with Bobbi Pritt, M.D., with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, on the February 14, 2016, airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show about the recently published discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Via Outbreak News Today.
Mayo Clinic Minute: Addiction and Overdose Fuel Opioid Crisis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths from opioid pain medication has quadrupled over the past 15 years. Some common medications involved in the overdoses include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. Mayo Clinic pain medication expert W. Michael Hooten, M.D., says there is an opioid crisis in the U.S. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.