Week in Review: February 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

Minnesota 1st state to screen all newborns for serious viral infection

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Feb. 8 that it will begin screening all newborns for a viral infection that is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the U.S., making it the first state in the nation to do so. Source: Becker's Hospital Review

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Governments target medical debt with COVID relief funds

An increasing number of municipal, county and state governments are devising plans to spend federal coronavirus pandemic relief funds to eliminate residents’ medical debt and ease debt burdens. Source: AP

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University of Minnesota’s new medical school campus in St. Cloud expected to open in 2025

Plans for a new medical school in St. Cloud that focuses on Minnesota's rural populations are moving ahead with backing from the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. Source: StarTribune

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CDC adds COVID vaccine to routine immunization schedule for kids and adults

COVID-19 vaccines are now included among the routine shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children, adolescents and adults. Source: The Hill

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.