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.
Salt Guidelines Draw Heavy Backlash
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is picking a food fight with an effort to reduce the amount of salt in the American diet. The agency says a typical American eats about 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day, most of which is already in the food before it is purchased at a store or restaurant, giving consumers little control over the salt they consume. The FDA wants to change that, and is drafting voluntary guidelines that encourage food manufacturers to limit the sodium content in all of their products. Via The Hill.
Infants Should Share Parents' Room for 1st Year, Report Finds
Infants should sleep in the same room as parents to lower the risk of sleep-related deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement released. The professional group, which offers guidance on child rearing, now advises that newborns share their parents' bedroom, sleeping on a separate, firm surface such as a crib or bassinet, for at least the first six months of life and, ideally, the first full year. Such room-sharing lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, by as much as 50%, the academy said. Via USA Today.
Heart Surgery Patients at Risk for Deadly Infection, CDC Warns
Patients who have undergone open heart surgeries since 2012 may be at risk of a life-threatening infection linked to a medical device used during their operations, health officials warned. Patients who have had valve implants or prosthetic product implants are at higher risk of infection with a bacterial species of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on the number of surgeries conducted over the past four years, an estimated 600,000 patients are at risk for a potential infection. Via CNN.
Efforts to Improve Outpatient Care Have Failed in Critical Areas
Efforts to improve the quality of care in the United States have had little impact on many aspects of outpatient care, a new, sweeping analysis shows. The researchers examined the quality of office-based care—meaning visits to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners—between 2002 and 2013. Ongoing deficits in care “pose serious hazards to the health of the American public,” the study authors concluded. Via CBS News.
STDs Hit Historic High: CDC
The number of cases of a sexually transmitted disease reported in the U.S. reached an all-time high last year, the CDC is reporting. The combined total of reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases was more than 1.8 million in 2015, the agency said in its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. Via MedPage Today.
Mayo Clinic News
New Abnormal Protein May Help Diagnose and Treat ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia
According to a study published in the journal Neuron, a new protein that may help diagnose neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrofic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), has been identified. Senior author Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., Chair of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida, said that by identifying this protein that accumulates abnormally in the brains of patients it was discovered not only a biomarker but also a potential treatment for this debilitating diseases. Via Doctor Tipster.
Why Mayo Clinic Wants to Rethink How Hospital Quality is Graded
You may have seen the news: Mayo Clinic was one of a small number of hospitals in the country awarded a five-star rating by the CMS on its Hospital Compare website when the ratings were released in July. Mayo was also named the top hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report in its annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll. What may be surprising, in light of these accolades, is Mayo's concern about the way value is being measured. Via Modern Healthcare.
ASU, Mayo to Build $200M Innovation Center in Phoenix
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University have launched the Alliance for Health Care, a comprehensive new model for health care education and research that will start with the construction of a 150,000-square-foot Health Solutions Innovation Center that is expected to cost upwards of $200 million to develop. The new facility will break ground in 2017 on a 25-acre campus ASU owns next to the Mayo Clinic Hospital campus in north Phoenix. Via Phoenix Business Journal.
The Value of Eliminating Sedentary Lifestyle
According to a recent study, just over 11% of aggregate health care expenditures were associated with inadequate physical activity. “That says a lot right there when you’re talking about the economics of it,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Healthy Living Program. “There’s pretty consistent evidence that inactivity is associated with not only medical issues, but also health care costs.” Via MD Magazine.
Infectious Diseases A -Z: The Fight against Zika
New cases of Zika virus infections related and unrelated to travel have been identified in Florida, bringing the total of reported Zika infections in the state to more than 1,000. As the number of mosquito-borne infections continue to climb in Florida and abroad, Mayo Clinic infectious diseases experts Gregory Poland, M.D., and Pritish Tosh, M.D., stress the importance of mosquito bite prevention, and the need for a Zika vaccine. Via Mayo Clinic News Network.