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.
Measles Can Harm a Child’s Defense Against Other Serious Infections
The most iconic thing about measles is its rash. Red, angry splotches make this infection painfully visible. But that rash — and even the fever, cough and sore eyes — distracts from the infection’s real harm: an all-out attack on the immune system. The immune system retains memories of the infections it fights. That helps it know what to do when it encounters familiar germs in the future. But measles wipes clean those memories. The resulting “immune amnesia” from measles can leave people at risk of developing infections from other harmful viruses and bacteria for years, scientists are finding. Pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea are common side-effects. That makes measles “the furthest thing from benign,” says Michael Mina. As a pathologist, he studies infectious diseases at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Measles increases people’s susceptibility to everything else, he says. And that has big costs. Via Science News for Students.
New Procedure Could Delay Menopause up to 20 Years, But Long-term Impact Unknown
A first-of-its-kind surgical procedure could delay menopause by up to 20 years. Doctors at ProFam in Birmingham, England, have performed it on 10 British women ranging in age from 22 to 36. In the surgery, a portion of a patient's ovaries are removed and the tissue is then cryogenically frozen. When the woman gets closer to the age of menopause, doctors thaw and re-implant the tissue. That restores the patient's younger, natural hormones. CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus calls it a remarkable development which also raises many questions. Via CBS News.
Mayo Clinic News
Medical Schools Are Pushed to Train Doctors for Climate Change
The movement, recently backed by the American Medical Association, is showing emerging signs of impact. At the University of Minnesota, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools, among others, have added content or tweaked existing classes to incorporate climate-related topics. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign added a diagnosis exercise about worsening asthma due to increased wildfires from climate change. The Mayo Clinic is starting discussions this month on how to integrate the topic into its medical school’s curriculum. Via The Wall Street Journal.
Can the Mayo Clinic Diet Really Help You Lose Weight?
The Mayo Clinic Diet is not a fad diet that promises to help you lose stunning amounts of weight in a short period of time. This program, created by a team of experts associated with the renowned Mayo Clinic medical facilities, aims to help people learn to make smart meal choices and build healthy habits in order to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime. Via Livestrong.