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.
London Lab Advances Use of A.I. in Health Care, but Raises Privacy Concerns
Each year, one out of every five patients admitted to a hospital in the United States for serious care develops acute kidney injury. For a variety of reasons, these patients’ kidneys suddenly stop functioning normally and become unable to properly remove toxins from the bloodstream. The condition can permanently damage the kidneys, cause other illnesses or even lead to death. Acute kidney disease, or A.K.I., contributes to nearly 300,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to a 2016 study. But if the condition is identified in its early stages and properly treated, it can be stopped or reversed. In a paper published on Wednesday in the science journal Nature, researchers from DeepMind, a London artificial intelligence lab owned by Google’s parent company, detail a system that can analyze a patient’s health records, including blood tests, vital signs and past medical history, and predict A.K.I. up to 48 hours before onset. Via New York Times.
23 and Who? Your DNA Test Results and the Law
At-home DNA tests promise a lot. There are kits that use your genetic code to find long lost relatives and detect possible diseases early. Some tests vow they’ll figure out the best weight loss plan, hair and skin products; even the perfect glass of wine for your genetic specifications. But, as these tests become more popular, some groups and lawmakers are starting to wonder: What if your DNA data gets into the wrong hands? "Imagine if you're up for a job and your prospective employer finds out you're predisposed to an expensive disease such as multiple sclerosis,” said Peter Pitts, a former associate commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration who now runs a think tank called the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. “Imagine if you're running for president and your opponents find out because of your DNA test that you're predisposed to Alzheimer's disease, and they think that's something the public should know." Via MPRNews.
Mayo Clinic News
30th Annual 2019–20 Best Hospitals Rankings
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, released the 2019–20 Best Hospitals rankings. The new and revised 30th edition provides a multifaceted assessment on nearly every hospital nationwide that is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to seek care. Via U.S. News and World Report.
How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet
Rob Summers was flat on his back at a rehabilitation institute in Kentucky when he realized he could wiggle his big toe. Up, down, up, down. This was new—something he hadn’t been able to do since a hit-and-run driver left him paralyzed from the chest down. When that happened four years earlier, doctors had told him that he would never move his lower body again. Now he was part of a pioneering experiment to test the power of electrical stimulation in people with spinal-cord injuries. Via Nature.
Hands Free Law Is for Road Safety
Peggy Sue Garber, a registered nurse who serves as Trauma and Injury Prevention Cordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, is a passionate advocate for the new law. She has worked closely with law enforcement throughout the region, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. “The Minnesota Department of Health and the Safety Council have put out so much information on this law already. There shouldn’t be anybody who doesn’t know it’s coming,” Garber said. “Law enforcement is not going to let you use ignorance as an excuse to get out of a ticket. There won’t be warnings. When Aug. 1 comes, tickets will be written.” Via Sentinel.