Week in Review: January 28

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

Minnesota's COVID-19 breakthrough cases point to vaccine effectiveness

Breakthrough infections might be more common in the omicron era, but fully vaccinated Minnesotans make up less of the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. New state breakthrough data on Monday showed that fully vaccinated Minnesotans made up 55% of 20,502 infections reported in the week ending Dec. 25, but only 26% of the 116 COVID-19 deaths. The share of deaths involving vaccinated Minnesotans was as high as 50% in mid-October, before booster doses were broadly available. The data suggest a payoff to booster shot campaigns in Minnesota, which ranks second among states with nearly 53% of fully vaccinated residents receiving recommended extra doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Via Star Tribune

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Biden administration withdraws its vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses

After the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate was federal overreach, the administration announced Tuesday afternoon that it would withdraw the mandate. Withdrawing the rule is considered a formality at this point but, the Labor Department noted that this would not affect the mandate’s status as a proposed rule. Via The Hill

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Lee Schafer: What do you really need to retire?

"You have choices, Mr. Schafer," our financial advisor Craig Shaver said almost every time we've talked these last couple of years. Shaver, of RBC Wealth Management, would sometimes add "within reason." Buying a villa in the south of France lies well beyond reason, but we could rent one on Vrbo — you know, maybe one of those cute little ones. He was right, of course, and I have chosen to make a change. This week is my last at the Star Tribune and you are reading my last column. Via Star Tribune

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic doctor says Omicron surge at or near peak in Minnesota

A Mayo Clinic doctor said Wednesday that Minnesota is at or near a peak in the latest COVID-19 surge. Mayo Health Clinic Data Scientist Dr. Curtis Storlie, Ph.D., predicted that Minnesota has either peaked reported cases or will peak within the next week. Via WXOW La Crosse

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Why tiny movements can get you back into shape

Exercise is only part of overall fitness. People who run several times a week or hit other workout goals, only to sit at a desk for hours on end, are called ‘sedentary athletes,’ says Carl Andersen, medical director of executive health at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “If you’re sitting every other hour of the day, you’re not going to be a healthy individual,” he says…Studies show low-intensity movement is also critical to heart health and staving off disease. A sedentary lifestyle—defined by Dr. Andersen as sitting more than five hours a day—is associated with heightened risk of cancer, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Via Wall Street Journal

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Tips to help making a COVID-19 vaccine shot less scary for young children

Around 20% of America’s children 5- to 11-years-old are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A Mayo Clinic doctor who wants them all to get their shots has advice for parents for talking to their kids about vaccines. “This is a very important issue. We are suffering a pandemic right now. Your children and their livelihoods are at risk,” said Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Via WTOP News

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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.