Week in Review: August 6

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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

Cancer Now Tops Heart Disease as the No. 1 Cause of Death in These Countries

The world is slowly seeing cancer surpass cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death among middle-age adults in several countries, according to a new study. Among adults ages 35 to 70, cardiovascular disease still ranks as the leading cause of death globally, but the new research, published in the journal The Lancet on Tuesday, found that deaths from cancer are now more common than those from cardiovascular disease in some high-income and middle-income countries. Those countries include Sweden, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Poland and Turkey. Via CNN Health.

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Millennial and Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?

The measles virus is highly contagious. If someone who is sick visits a popular tourist site and coughs, or rides the subway and sneezes, the virus can live in the air for two hours after they leave. If people who lack immunity and are unvaccinated pass through the same space, 90% of them will get sick. That's why the travel nurse at my health center wants to check on my vaccination status before I leave for Bulgaria. This is routine for Gen Xers and millennials born in the '70s and '80s, because when the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) was first introduced in 1971, scientists recommended just one dose. But, over the years, they noticed some kids still got measles. It wasn't until 1989 that public health officials changed the guidelines to two doses. Via NPR.

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Mayo Clinic News

7 Best Ways to Deal with a Hypochondriac Patient

Physicians may regard all patients with such anxiety in the same manner as those with true hypochondriasis. Actual hypochondriasis is a mental disorder in which people experience extreme fear that they're suffering from a serious illness despite medical evidence to the contrary, says Jeffrey P. Staab, MD, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "The idea was that a hypochondriac was worried about something he or she doesn't have," he says, "as opposed to being worried about the illnesses that they might have." Via Medscape.

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The Science of Senolytics: How a New Pill Could Spell the End of Ageing

“Healthy ageing is a huge project – it can come with a lot of benefits, both for governments and older patients themselves,” says Ming Xu, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut’s Centre on Ageing...Xu was part of a team at the Mayo Clinic, an academic medical centre in Minnesota, that showed in 2011 that “using a genetic trick to get rid of these senescent cells can significantly improve health and lifespan” in prematurely aged mice. Via The Guardian.

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How Much Coffee Is Really Too Much?

When it comes to making sense of different research, Dr. Donald Hensrud—Director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Diet—suggests that “one study [won’t] change the whole amount of research that has been done up until now.” It’s essential to assess the entire body of research over the years, which have pointed to coffee intake’s effect on decreasing risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and overall mortality. While excess caffeine is a proven risk for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the general health benefits of coffee are relatively evident.  Instead, pay more attention to the side effects such as heartburn, acid reflux, urinary issues (especially among men), insomnia and heart palpitations. Those are the more significant, earlier telltale signs for when coffee drinkers should cut down. Also, limit sugar and cream, and avoid flavored coffees from chains (which has 500 calories or more) if you want to “keep overall calorie intake down.” Via Forbes.

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Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.

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