Top highlights this week include: Medica intends to stay in Iowa’s health-insurance market, White House task force echoes pharma proposals, insurers look to ramp up premiums in health law exchanges, GOP health care law could cost nearly 1 million jobs, and Trump Administration prepares a drug pricing executive order.

By Andy Tofilon • June 21, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Drones versus ambulances, more than 10% of world’s population is obese, study aims to identify the hefty cost of cancer treatment, healthy summer grilling hacks, and Mayo Clinic’s transplant program in Florida completes its 6,000th solid organ transplant.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 16, 2017

Celebrate World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday, June 14, by donating this life-saving gift and thanking blood donors who already give to the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center and other blood donation centers. World Blood Donor Day is a day to raise awareness and recognize those who give back by donating blood.

By April Josselyn • June 14, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Medical responses to opioid addiction vary by state; opioid crisis complicates GOP’s health-law push; 13M more uninsured under GOP repeal package; under ACA, increased coverage paired with more jobs; and 500,000 providers will get 2% payment cuts under Medicare’s Quality Reporting System.

By Andy Tofilon • June 14, 2017

Top highlights this week include: 20 most “Googled” diseases, the millennial obsession with self-care, cutting chemo time in low-risk colon cancer, Minnesota ranks as healthiest state for seniors, and new international guidelines issued on dementia with Lewy bodies.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 9, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare, insurance companies duck Obamacare repeal fight, community health centers venture into value-based care, Americans increasingly think their health care will get worse, and lawmakers see progress on health care bill.

By Andy Tofilon • June 7, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Lyme cases rise as ticks expand across Minnesota, U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years, earliest signs of brain damage in athletes, two types of skin cancer are skyrocketing, and Mayo Clinic and Baxter launch research and development collaboration to transform patient care.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 2, 2017

Top highlights this week include: States try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions, House health care bill cuts premiums but saves less money, CDC says we are underestimating the toll of opioid overdoses, Medicare to cover supervised exercise for heart disease, and new rules may make online health insurance sales simpler.

By Andy Tofilon • May 31, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Fitness trackers are largely inaccurate when counting calories, Instagram ranked worst for mental health, 5 nasty Minnesota bugs to watch out for this summer, Lyme disease is underreported in Wisconsin, and the ABCs of hepatitis.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • May 26, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump seeks delay of ruling on health law subsidies, nearly 20 million have gained health insurance since 2010, Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departments, nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration’s hiring freeze, and Trump drops plan to gut drug Czar’s office budget.

By Andy Tofilon • May 24, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Cancer drug shows promise in treating severe asthma, earlier menopause puts women at greater risk of heart failure, few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, Mayo Clinic lab launches clinical mate-pair sequencing test, and some pain medicines may increase heart attack risk after surgery.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • May 19, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Efforts to reduce U.S. uninsured stalled in 2016, CMS to let small businesses bypass Obamacare marketplace, health care industry finds a more receptive Senate, Aetna exiting all ACA insurance marketplaces in 2018, and health insurers bilking Medicare.

By Andy Tofilon • May 17, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart attack, drug-safety issues often arise after FDA approval, Mayo Clinic working to expand cancer-detecting test, Mayo in Rochester now offering gender reassignment surgery, and nanotechnology fights cancer.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • May 12, 2017