Week in Review: December 2

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

Drug slows Alzheimer’s but can it make a real difference?

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug modestly slowed the brain disease’s inevitable worsening — but the anxiously awaited new data leaves unclear how much difference that might make in people’s lives. Source: Associated Press

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Experimental flu shot aims to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine

For a half-century, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that would protect against the most dangerous flu viruses. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a new approach, based on the mRNA technology that proved so effective against COVID-19. Their idea is to target all 20 different types of influenza viruses in a single shot. Source: USA Today

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Polio is back in Indonesia, sparking vaccination campaign

Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected with the highly contagious disease that was declared eliminated in the country less than a decade ago. Source: Associated Press

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Mayo Clinic News

Advocates say legalized marijuana could help Minnesota medical cannabis program

Minnesota Department of Health records show there are nearly 40,000 people in the state’s medical cannabis program and advocates tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS those medical cannabis patients could benefit from potential legalization of recreational marijuana. Source: KTSP

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15,000 Minnesota nurses prepare to vote on second strike

On Wednesday thousands of nurses in the Twin Cities and in the Duluth-Superior areas will gather to vote on a second potential strike. In September, these nurses staged a historic strike. Around 15,000 nurses marched for three days under the slogan "Patients Before Profits." Source: KARE 11

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Florida hospitals weren’t ready for Hurricane Ian. Some fear the next big storm.

Hurricane Ian exposed an alarming weakness in Florida’s healthcare system: Many hospitals in the state are unprepared to quickly evacuate patients and some facilities likely couldn’t withstand a direct hit from a major storm. The leaders of five hospitals found themselves in that situation in late September as Hurricane Ian approached. Source: Politico

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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.