Week in Review: March 18

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

The White House is briefing TikTok stars about the war in Ukraine

On Thursday afternoon, 30 top TikTok stars gathered on a Zoom call to receive key information about the war unfolding in Ukraine. National Security Council staffers and White House press secretary Jen Psaki briefed the influencers about the United States’ strategic goals in the region and answered questions on distributing aid to Ukrainians, working with NATO and how the United States would react to a Russian use of nuclear weapons. As the crisis in Ukraine has escalated, millions have turned to TikTok for information on what is happening there in real time. TikTok videos offered some of the first glimpses of the Russian invasion and since then the platform has been a primary outlet for spreading news to the masses abroad. Via Washington Post

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Pfizer CEO says another Covid booster will be needed

Pfizer CEO said during an interview this weekend that data indicates a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot will be necessary. He said while a booster shot is good at preventing serious disease, the protections don’t last long enough. Pfizer still hopes to develop a vaccine that will last for a year or more. Via Politico

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Senate votes to make daylight saving time permanent

The Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent in the U.S. starting next year. The bill, called The Sunshine Protection Act, was passed by unanimous consent, meaning no senators opposed it. If it is enacted, Americans would no longer need to change their clocks twice a year. Via Yahoo! News

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Mayo Clinic News

Losing sleep? You’re not alone; Mayo Clinic doctor weighs in

Last week, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and cardiologist teamed up to share some insight on the recent loss of sleep - and to spread awareness on the issue in light of National Sleep Awareness Month. Neurologist and psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Dr. Lois Krahn, said there are some serious disrupters that impact sleep loss. “For people who have young children, it can be hard for them to have an undisturbed nights sleep because their children need them, because they are very young,” she said. “It could be the temperature in the room, the lighting in the room, the quality of their mattress and their sleeping situation. But then, of course, there are medical conditions. Breathing patterns, leg twitches, sleepwalking, all can interfere with getting a good nights sleep. And then lastly, there is what’s going on in a person’s life. What they are thinking about, how stressed they are.” Via KTTC

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Providers push for continued hospital-at-home waiver after pandemic

"We are very optimistic that we will be able to gain support for the extension of the waiver because at this point it doesn't make sense to lose the progress we've made over the last two years," said Piper Nieters Su, division chair of external relations at Mayo Clinic. "But there are no givens in Congress these days—the value proposition is a legitimate question members of Congress have." Via Modern Healthcare

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A new strategy for staying one step ahead of the virus

In “Your Body Knows You’re Burned Out,” Melinda Wenner Moyer writes about work-related stress, but everything she says can apply to the lives of students as well…She also describes some of the symptoms, with help from Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, a physician scientist at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Jessi Gold, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis: One common burnout symptom is insomnia, Dr. Dyrbye said…If you’ve noticed you’re unable to sleep at night, that could be a sign that you’re experiencing burnout, Dr. Dyrbye said — and your sleeplessness could exacerbate the problem. Via the Atlantic

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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.