Week in Review: October 8

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

All major U.S. airlines but Delta now have employee vaccine mandate

In August, United Airlines became the first major U.S. carrier to require that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. Other major U.S. airlines, including American and Southwest, announced over the weekend and on Monday that they also are requiring employees to get shots. The moves came after Reuters reported Friday that the White House has pushed carriers to do so. That leaves Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines as the only big U.S. carrier without a broad employee vaccine mandate. Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Pfizer Asks FDA to Authorize Covid-19 Vaccine in Young Children

Pfizer Inc. PFE +0.65% and BioNTech SE BNTX -0.74% have asked U.S. health regulators to green light their Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, setting up the shot to potentially be available to millions of youngsters in a matter of weeks. The companies said Thursday that they submitted the application for authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA may clear the shot for use in the youths before November, which would mean pediatrician offices, schools and other locations could get doses to give as early as Halloween. Via Wall Street Journal

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A ‘Historic Event’: First Malaria Vaccine Approved by W.H.O.

Malaria kills about half a million people each year, nearly all of them in sub-Saharan Africa — including 260,000 children under 5. The new vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, rouses a child’s immune system to thwart Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of five malaria pathogens and the most prevalent in Africa. The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the vaccine, the first step in a process that should lead to wide distribution in poor countries. To have a malaria vaccine that is safe, moderately effective and ready for distribution is “a historic event,” said Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of the W.H.O.’s global malaria program. Via New York Times

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Mayo Clinic News

50 Years of CT: Then, Now, and What’s to Come

To learn more about the history of CT and how to optimize its current use, Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD, Brooks-Hollern Professor and professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic. McCollough, who is also director, CT Clinical Innovation Center and X-ray Imaging Core, discussed how CT is currently utilized and highlighted the many ways we can optimize its use in different clinical scenarios, especially when taking into account the technology that allows us to personalize the experience for each patient. Via Diagnostic Imaging

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: What experts want you to know about prevention

Every year, more than 250,000 people across the country are told they have breast cancer. Mayo Clinic consultant breast diagnostic clinician Dr. Sandhya Pruthi says breast cancer awareness month is the perfect opportunity to talk about new treatments, and emphasize the importance of prevention. "There are so many exciting advances in the area of prevention of breast cancer," she said. Dr. Pruthi said there are medications that people with a family history can take to prevent the disease. There are also new advances in lifestyle changes; like a low-fat diet, weight loss, maintaining a healthy weight and exercise. Pruthi helped research similar preventions to the disease last month. Via KTTC

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.