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.
Study: Healthy Lifestyle May Reduce Risk for Dementia, Despite Genetic Risk Factors
Exercising regularly, maintaining a nutritious diet, and other factors associated with a healthy lifestyle may reduce one’s risk for developing dementia, even if genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are at play—That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) on Sunday. Via WTOP.
Ebola Outbreak in Congo Declared a Global Health Emergency
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people. A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone. Via AP News.
Mayo Clinic News
Scientists Have Developed a Promising New Migraine Medication—Here's What You Should Know
Migraines are now treated with a number of medications. These range in strength from over-the-counter pain relivers, such as Advil, to opioid medications, which are highly addictive painkillers that kill thousands of Americans who overdose on them every year. In addition, medications known as triptans are used to treat migraines. These are prescription drugs that obstruct pain pathways in your brain, Mayo Clinic explains. Via Health.
Broken Heart Syndrome May Be Linked to Cancer, Study Suggests
Broken heart syndrome, which is also called stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a temporary condition that can be brought on by stressful situations. During broken heart syndrome, one part of the heart stops pumping normally, which may cause the rest of the heart to pump more forcefully, according to the Mayo Clinic. Via NBC News.
Is Your Heartbeat Off, or Blood Sugar High? On the Road, You Can Keep Track
Dr. Bithika Thompson, the director of the diabetes program at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the F.D.A.-approved wearable monitors—including the continuous glucose monitors and flash monitors like Abbott’s Freestyle Libre, a 14-day sensor worn on the upper arm that can be read by a reader or smartphone—had “revolutionized diabetes care.” They make it easier for patients, especially those who are insulin dependent, to measure what’s happening with their blood sugar—where it is at the moment and where it’s going. “It allows for better blood-sugar control because you just have so much more information for which to make the decisions,” Dr. Thompson said. Via The New York Times.