Week in Review: March 22

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 Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re Healthy

For years, low-dose aspirin has been described as a panacea to ward off heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease. New guidelines, though, suggest that aspirin should not be prescribed to most adults who are in good cardiovascular health and that the risk of internal bleeding often outweighs the benefit. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association released the new guidelines on Sunday. They come on the heels of studies released last year that said daily low-dose aspirin — 100 milligrams or less — did not help older adults who do not have cardiovascular disease. Those results, published in three articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, surprised physicians and patients alike who for years believed aspirin would prevent any number of heart-related ills. The authors of the new guidelines said low-dose aspirin should not be routinely given as a preventive measure to adults 70 years and older or to any adult who has an increased risk of bleeding. Via New York Times.

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Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis

Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode. Several past studies have found that more frequent use of pot is associated with a higher risk of psychosis, that is, when someone loses touch with reality. Now a new study published Tuesday in the The Lancet Psychiatry shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later. "This is more evidence that the link between cannabis and psychosis matters," says Krista M. Lisdahl, a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who wasn't involved in the study.Via NPR.

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Drinking very hot tea almost doubles risk of cancer, new study says

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study. Researchers found that tea drinkers who liked their beverage to be warmer than 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) and consumed more than 700 ml of tea per day -- about two large cups -- had a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer, when compared to those who drank less tea and at cooler temperatures. The study looked at more than 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran. "Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is therefore advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking," said Dr. Farhad Islami, of the American Cancer Society and the study's lead author. Via CNN.

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Mayo Clinic News

Loved ones’ anxiety and hopes intertwine in this unconventional healthcare campaign from Mayo Clinic

A young man and his father embark on a road trip, a husband and wife take a train journey, a woman makes sure to bring her lucky hat before she heads out on a trek with a friend. It’s not clear where any of them are going--the loved ones barely exchange a word as they pack up to go, make rest stops or gaze at the sea or out of windows. However, their thoughtful interactions --an embrace, a part on the back, heartfelt glances--betray they’re all on an important journey, and something significant, perhaps life-changing, hangs in the balance. When they finally reach their destination, the Mayo Clinic, all becomes clear. Three new films from the academic medical institution, known for its high-end, holistic care, strip away the cliches of hospital marketing--like patient testimonials and doctors in lab coats--to recognize the emotional journey patients take as they prepare to get a diagnosis. They highlight how answers--and hope--are to be found at the Mayo Clinic. Via Ad Age.

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The 10 Best Hospitals in the World

The hospitals on this list are at the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care. They range from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with its peerless educational arm; to Singapore General Hospital, which pursues clinical research and offers outstanding nursing; to the Charité hospital in Berlin, which employs more than half of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine. Via Newsweek.

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10 medical schools with lowest acceptance

Of the 118 U.S. medical schools that submitted admittance data for fall 2018 to U.S. News & World Report, the average acceptance rate for students was 6.8 percent. U.S. News published a shortlist of the 10 medical schools with the lowest acceptance rates March 12. The average acceptance rate for those 10 schools was 2.4 percent. Via Becker's Hospital Review.

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Suzanne R. Ferguson

Suzanne Ferguson is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2014. Outside of work, Suzanne can be found traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

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