Week in Review: September 30

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

Alzheimer’s treatment slowed cognitive decline in closely watched clinical trial

A clinical trial of an Alzheimer’s treatment from Biogen and Eisai showed the medication slowed cognitive decline by 27 percent. The study enrolled about 1,800 patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s. Source: STAT

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White House releases strategy for ending hunger in US by 2030

This morning, the White House released a national strategy for ending U.S. hunger by 2030 which includes provisions like expanding access to healthy school meals for 9 million additional children and expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility. Source: The Hill

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Pfizer and BioNTech ask FDA to authorize updated COVID booster for children

Pfizer announced today that it has applied for emergency use authorization from the FDA for its omicron COVID-19 booster for children 5-years-old to 11-years-old. Source: Axios

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic Health System turns 30

The Mayo Clinic Health System is celebrating 30 years. With the goal of providing care locally, it was established in 1992. Nurse practitioner Bonnie Steel has worked there for 35 years. Back then, the healthcare center was known as Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital. “I think ISJ becoming part of the Mayo Clinic Health System has been a benefit in so many ways, giving us experience with different medications, but with different technology. And I think it gives us a greater opportunity for advancement in technology,” said Bonnie Steel, nurse practitioner for Mayo Clinic Health System. Source: KEYC-TV

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Ask Mayo: how can I help my child be less anxious about school?

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have two sons, ages 5 and 14. My eldest is always excited to start school and have new adventures. My younger son will begin kindergarten this year. Although he went to day care part time, he has begun to express concern about being away from me all day and is showing increased anxiety as we talk about school. How can I help him be less anxious? Source: La Crosse Tribune

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Doctors say now is time to get flu shot

Public health officials and medical providers in Wisconsin said that now is the time to book a flu shot appointment as the upcoming season could be the worst in several years. Source: WEAU

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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.