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.
Booming Measles Cases Rocket toward Record: Up Nearly 100 from Last Week
The number of measles cases recorded across the USA rose by almost 100 last week as the annual total continued its march toward record levels, federal health officials reported Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 465 cases have been confirmed in 19 states in 2019, the second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in the USA almost two decades ago. Via USA Today.
Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds
Telemedicine may be leading to the overprescribing of antibiotics to sniffling children, a new study suggests. Kids with cold symptoms seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor's office or clinic, researchers found. And a higher proportion of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising the risk they could cause side effects or contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant germs. Via US News & World Report.
Prenatal Testing Can Ease Minds or Heighten Anxieties
In the past, doctors may have screened parents for a few suspect diseases common to their specific ethnicity or family history. But now a growing number of companies offer extensive panels testing for hundreds of rare diseases. Via NPR.
MN Health: Medical Marijuana Eases Cancer Treatment Symptoms for Some
Medical marijuana may help reduce the severity of side effects associated with cancer and its treatment. That's the conclusion of a newly published Minnesota study of more than 1,000 patients. Researchers found cancer patients who enrolled in Minnesota's medical cannabis program "reported significant improvement in symptoms, including reduced anxiety, lack of appetite, depression, disturbed sleep, fatigue, nausea, pain and vomiting, within four months of starting the medication," the state Health Department said in a statement Monday. Via MPR.
Mayo Clinic News
AHA News: How Can Therapy for Heart Attack Patients Help Cancer Survivors?
"Many patients, after they receive their cancer therapy, need help getting their heart back to a stronger and healthier functional status," said Dr. Randal Thomas, a member of the statement's writing committee and medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where a cardio-oncology rehab program is currently available for breast cancer survivors. "There's definitely a need for more studies to look at new populations and methods and when is the best time to initiate therapy ... But at the same time, it's a really good time for patients and health care providers to communicate with policymakers, including government leaders, about the importance of covering what we already know can be beneficial to patients recovering from cancer." Via US News & World Report.
Mayo Clinic Looks at the Promise of Patient-Generated Data
Mayo Clinic Medical Informaticist Dr. Karl Poterack says one of the challenges is figuring out how to use the data that patients create for predicting future health events.Via Healthcare Finance.