Week in Review: June 17

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

WHO to convene emergency committee on monkeypox spread

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that it will convene a meeting of outside experts next week to advise it on whether the current spread of monkeypox constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Source: STAT News

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Health IT execs skeptical of Oracle’s lofty vision to build national medical records system

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison’s vision of a national health records database will take “an unprecedented level of collaboration to execute,” experts say. There are technical challenges as well as operational and business roadblocks. Source: The Fierce Healthcare

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Remission seen in every rectal cancer patient in small study of drug

In a 12-person rectal cancer trial, a new drug called dostarlimab sent every patient into remission. None of the patients received chemotherapy or underwent preventive surgery. Source: The Hill

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic urges men to get check-ups ahead of Father's Day

"The most important medicine that you can take is the food that you put into your body every day in terms of avoiding cancer and avoiding problems as we age exercise is incredible powerful staying healthy weight is incredible powerful," said Mayo Clinic Urologist Dr. Tobias Kohler. Source: KAAL

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Getting closer to a vaccine for cancer

“Therapeutic vaccines introduce substances that stimulate the production of new immune cells that can fight the tumor,” says Keith Knutson, a cancer vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. Source: Washington Post

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Patient gives $1M donation to Mayo Clinic for expansion project

Harry L. Crisp II made a $1 million donation to the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse for its current expansion project. The money will go toward a waiting room to be located outside of the surgical suites on the fifth floor of the hospital. Source: News 8000

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Samantha Rossi

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