Week in Review: Sept. 2

telestroke-photoThe 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

U.S. Warns Zika Could Spread in Gulf States

A National Institute of Health official said that Gulf States like Texas and Louisiana are increasingly at risk of a Zika virus outbreak. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC’s “This Week,” that states along the Gulf Coast are most at risk from the mosquito-borne disease because they are in semi-tropical regions. Louisiana is especially susceptible, Fauci said, because of recent flooding. Via TIME.

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For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep or Swim in Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are so ubiquitous—about 41 million people in the U.S. wear them—that it's easy to forget that they're actual medical devices, with small but real medical risks. An analysis published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined 1,075 reports of corneal infections related to contact lens use from the Food and Drug Administration's Medical Device Report database over a decade. Via NPR.

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Job Satisfaction in Your 20s and 30s May Impact Your Health Later

Everybody has bad days at work, but 20- and 30-somethings who are generally unhappy with their jobs may experience some health backlash by the time they reach their 40s, new research suggests. A number of previous studies have found links between job satisfaction and physical and mental health. Now, researchers from The Ohio State University say their work shows that happiness on the job (or lack thereof) appears to have the biggest impact on midlife mental health. Via CBS News.

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Public Health Officials Struggle to Identify Sepsis before It Becomes Deadly

Sepsis kills more than 250,000 people every year. People at highest risk are those with weakened immune systems, the very young and elderly, patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease and those with illnesses such as pneumonia or who use catheters that can cause infections. Via Kaiser Health News.

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Preventive Care, Specialists Key to Controlling Kidney Failure Treatment Costs

Kidney failure costs Medicare close to $30 billion per year, and the disease is only expected to become more common. But new research suggests a path forward that could save money while also improving patients’ health. The findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that focusing on modifiable factors for patients with chronic kidney disease, such as promoting early access to nephrologists, could improve overall care, prevent complications, and cut health spending. Via Kaiser Health News.

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic Offers Blood Test to Predict Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

The Mayo Clinic and Zora Biosciences have partnered to offer a blood test to predict adverse cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease. The test is available through Mayo Medical Laboratories, the Mayo Clinic’s reference laboratory that offers services to more than 5,000 healthcare organizations in more than 60 countries. “Plasma ceramides are promising biomarkers for the prediction of adverse [cardiovascular] events in either primary and/or secondary prevention,” Allan Jaffe, M.D., a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a news release. Via Cardiovascular Business.

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Dr. Kay on Genetic Investigations in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Neil Kay, M.D., professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, discusses the genetic investigations being conducted in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and more specifically, monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis (MBL), which resembles CLL but does not meet the same criteria. Large cohorts of patients with familial CLL, who have at least one first-degree blood relative with CLL, are currently being studied in this space because their families have increased incidence of MBL. Via OncLive.

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U.S. Olympians Taking Part in Health and Wellness Study

After they’ve finished competing here in the Olympics, some Americans will be getting another measure of their health and fitness. Some Olympians are taking part in a study conducted by Thorne Research and the Mayo Clinic, which will evaluate their overall health, identify deficiencies and give them an analysis of samples they submitted before coming to Rio. Paul Jacobson, CEO of Thorne Research, said Olympians are part of the 48-person study being run by the Mayo Clinic. Menke said at least one triathlete is taking part, but because of privacy laws he does not know which of the six Olympians might have volunteered for the study. Via USA Today.

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Catching the Signs of Concussion to Help Prevent Long-Term Trouble

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion. Concussions can happen to anyone, but children and athletes are at a particularly high risk. “There are more than 300,000 head injuries reported annually in high school athletics, and more than 90% are concussions,” said Jennifer Roth Maynard, M.D. Dr. Maynard is a primary care and sports medicine physician at Mayo Clinic in Florida, and chair of the Northeast Florida Regional Sports Concussion Task Force. Via Killeen Daily Herald.

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Mayo Clinic Expands Emergency Telemedicine Practice

Mayo Clinic continues to expand its national leadership in the telemedicine arena through its newly announced strategy of a converged emergency telemedicine practice. This positions Mayo Clinic to enhance the telemedicine services it offers to the more than 45 hospitals across nine states served by Mayo Clinic’s emergency telemedicine services. 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.