Top highlights this week include: Flu is spreading fast this year, antibiotic resistance, Mayo Clinic develops test to distinguish other demyelinating diseases from MS, first U.S. baby born after a uterus transplant, and replacing awful hospital lighting.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 8, 2017

Top highlights this week include: CVS-Aetna deal could start a health takeover run, rural hospitals balk as insurers narrow coverage sites, Trump health nominee embraces Obamacare programs, doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, and 53% of docs still not transitioning to value-based care.

By Andy Tofilon • December 6, 2017

Mayo Medical Laboratories and National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore are now electronically linked via the widely used and secure Health Level 7 interface, enabling NUH to order specialized Mayo laboratory tests and receive patient results in real time.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 5, 2017

sphingotec GmbH, a biotechnology company that develops biomarkers for the detection and management of diseases, has recently signed an agreement with Mayo Clinic to collaborate on the evaluation and use of several biomarkers that may improve the diagnosis of certain disease states, including kidney disease, breast cancer, sepsis, and cardiovascular disease.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 4, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Scarlet fever cases rise, nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior, new Mayo Clinic neuro test distinguishes IDDs from multiple sclerosis, aging neurosurgeons, and making Type 1 diabetes management easier.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 1, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Lawmakers making progress in talks on children’s health care; insurers claim their costs will rise if states pick essential benefits; as health care changes, insurers, hospitals, and drugstores team up; groups make year-end push to delay Obamacare taxes; and U.S. HIV diagnoses improving.

By Andy Tofilon • November 29, 2017

Top highlights this week include: They’re taking your blood pressure all wrong, heavier women may need mammograms more often, diabetes’ connection to pancreatic cancer, helping obese kids avoid weight stigma, and research shows newer blood thinners have lower risk of kidney function decline.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 24, 2017

Preparing a Thanksgiving turkey can prove tricky for even the most experienced cooks. How big of a bird to select, how to thaw it in time, and how to avoid undercooking, overcooking or—even worse—food poisoning, are among the challenges faced by holiday chefs. Here are some tips from Mayo Clinic to help avoid turkey-related mishaps.

By Mayo Clinic News Network • November 23, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Economic cost of opioid crisis about $504 billion, Obamacare mandate repeal may not deliver predicted blow, improper Medicare payments drop by nearly $5 billion, about a third of Americans unaware of Obamacare open enrollment, and ACA federal enrollment surges by at least 47% this year.

By Andy Tofilon • November 22, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Rise in teen suicide and social media coincide, U.S. scientists try first gene editing in the body, half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines, researchers are one step closer to helping advanced prostate cancer patients, and how individualized medicine is spreading to opioid prescriptions.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 17, 2017

Based on conversations with community-based laboratories around the country, we have developed this document that details some basic tips and common questions to consider when writing your organization’s next request for proposal. The questions are designed to elicit responses that not only distinguish competing laboratories, but they gather information about a reference laboratory that will help achieve your organizational goals.

By Andy Tofilon • November 16, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump picks Alex Azar to lead Health and Human Services, Medicare plan to cut hospital readmission is tied to more deaths, Trump health agency challenges consensus on reducing costs, pace of sign-ups under Affordable Care Act blows past prior years, and growth in health care prices slows to near-historic low.

By Andy Tofilon • November 15, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Moderate alcohol consumption may increase risk of certain cancers, low vitamin D may raise risk of kidney failure, treatment updates for patients with high-risk myeloma, genetic pathways to individualized treatment for advanced prostate cancer, and Mayo physician dispels popular coffee misconceptions.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 10, 2017