Week in Review: October 7

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

Navigating the ‘perilous path’ of healthcare innovation

Mayo Clinic’s Jennie Kung spoke about the organization’s Innovation Exchange virtual platform that provides a network of business and educational resources to support healthcare innovation. Source: Healthcare IT News

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APIC urges members to disregard new CDC masking guidelines

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) put out a press release this week encouraging health care organizations to disregard the recent relaxation of masking guidelines by the CDC. Source: Fierce Healthcare

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Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

According to the CDC, at-risk individuals who received a single dose of monkeypox vaccine were significantly less likely to get sick from the disease, although officials continue to urge getting two doses for full protection. Source: AP

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Mayo Clinic News

Mayo Clinic Health System allergist shares advice for finding relief this allergy season 

If you’ve been spending time outside this fall, you could be feeling some hay fever. Mayo Clinic allergists say fall is a very common season for seasonal allergies. For many of us, ragweed pollen is typically the biggest culprit. “And in that allergic person, there is an inflammatory response or an allergic response that causes the swelling, the runny nose and the mucus production,” said James Li, an allergist at Mayo Clinic Health System. Source: WKBT-TV

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New Mayo Clinic scanner is first of its kind in North America

A new PET/CT scanner at Mayo Clinic Rochester is the first of its kind to be approved for clinical use in North America. Mayo radiologists expect to improve cancer staging, diagnosing infections and other diseases using the new machine. Source: KROC

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Mayo Clinic Health System: “3-D mammograms could make a difference”

According to breastcancer.org, in 2022, it’s estimated nearly 288,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. About 27,00 new cases will be diagnosed among men. At Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, you can get a 3-D mammogram which allows doctors to get a more in-depth view of your breast and possibly detect something, sooner. A normal mammogram shows one view which can be limiting because of breast tissue. Sometimes there are unclear results, false alarms, or the cancer is missed. Unlike the 3-D mammogram, you could need several follow-up appointments. “We still have those two images. We kind of look from the top down and the side. With a 3-D mammogram though, we have the option of sort of scrolling through the entire breast from top to bottom and from side to side. Looking at every single corner of it, looking through all of the tissue,” said Dr. Adam Cole, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Source: KAAL-TV

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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.