Week in Review: April 15

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 could face 'alarming' health care worker shortage within five years

Minnesota could face a dire health care worker shortage in the near future if the state does not do more to recruit and retain workers, according to a Health Department report released Tuesday.

The report based on surveys of state health care workers found burnout could lead to "alarming" workforce losses, particularly in rural Minnesota. About one in five rural health providers said they plan to leave their profession in the next five years, with the largest projected losses to be among physicians. One in three rural physicians said they planned to leave the profession. Via Star Tribune

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U.S., U.K. investigating unusual cases of hepatitis in young children

Public health officials in the United States and the United Kingdom are investigating a number of unusual cases of serious hepatitis in young children, the cause or causes of which are currently unknown.

Evidence from the U.K. and from Alabama — where nine cases have been recorded since last fall — points to the possible involvement of an adenovirus. Adenoviruses generally attack the respiratory tract, causing cold-like illnesses. But they have been linked to bladder inflammation and infection, and occasionally to hepatitis, though rarely in children who are not immunocompromised. Via STAT News

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Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes; COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood clots

A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) provided significant added protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death for at least a month in older individuals, according to a study from Israel conducted when the Omicron variant was dominant. Via Reuters

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Austin named best hospitals by Newsweek

On the list of the "Best Hospitals in the United States," the Albert Lea and Austin location was ranked among the top 5% of hospitals in the U.S. (named in the top 250). Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is joined on this list by Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Eau Claire and La Crosse, Wisconsin.

"Being named as one of the 'World's Best Hospitals 2022' is a remarkable accomplishment with all that has occurred over the course of the past year," said Robert Albright, Jr., D.O., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System's Southeast Minnesota region. Via Yahoo! News

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Why women's risk of heart disease increased during the pandemic

The quarantine period forced millions to stay home, work from home, take on the role of teacher and supervise their children's education. Those added layers also meant women lost time taking care of themselves. And many women continue to take on those challenges.

These are just some of the reasons that may explain why women's risk of cardiovascular disease increased—and why it is important to make changes, says Dr. Mayra Guerrero, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Via Medical Xpress

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How caffeine helps us, hurts us and why we crave it

Did you kick start your day with a cup of coffee or get through the afternoon slump with an energy drink? Many people rely on caffeine to give them a boost of energy. But is it good for us? Via MPR

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Meghann Southwick

Meghann Southwick is a marketing specialist for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2021.