Week in Review: July 29

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

Depression is likely not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, study says

A recent review study is pushing back against long-held views in medicine that depression is caused by a serotonin imbalance in the brain. Researchers from University College London conducted an umbrella review of past meta-studies and systematic analyses of depression’s relationship to serotonin activity that included tens of thousands of participants. The study published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry concluded that there’s “no clear evidence” that serotonin levels or serotonin activity is responsible for depression. Source: The Hill

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White House to launch effort to develop next generation of covid vaccines

The White House is gathering federal officials, top scientists and pharmaceutical executives this week for a “summit” to discuss new technologies and how to develop them to continue to fight COVID-19. Source: Stat

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WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency as infections soar

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the international monkeypox outbreak a global emergency, a decision that underscores concerns about rapidly spreading infections sparked by the virus. The move to label the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert the WHO can issue, is expected to marshal new funding to fight the outbreak and to pressure governments into action. More than 16,500 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 74 countries. “In short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters Saturday. Source: Washington Post

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic in Rochester again ranked country's top hospital: U.S. news and world report

According to the U.S. News & World Report, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester is the No. 1 hospital in the nation. This is the seventh year in a row they've received the title. Rankings are based on survival, patient experience, nurse staffing, advanced technology, patient services and reputation with other specialists. "We're proud to again be recognized as the No. 1 hospital in the nation," Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, said. "This honor underscores the incredible commitment of our staff to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients each and every day. Our staff are truly at the heart of this achievement." Source: CBS News

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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Youth health topics of today

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter is turning 7 in a few months, and I am considering getting a tablet for her, especially given the increase in online learning. However, I’m unsure if this is good for her growth and development, and I don’t want her spending all her time on it. Are there ways to balance screen time while still creating a healthy home environment? ANSWER: Children are spending more time online with hybrid and distance learning thanks to COVID-19. The good news is that there are ways to balance your child’s screen time while also creating a healthy home environment. However, it is important that you take the steps needed to monitor screen time, and allow for physical activity and critical thinking. Source: Anchorage Daily News

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Artificial intelligence startups from around the world partner with Mayo Clinic

Seer Medical, one of the AI companies participating in the first cohort of Mayo Clinic Platform Accelerate is aiming to help epilepsy patients worldwide. Source: KAAL

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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.