Top highlights this week include: Measles cases in Europe tripled last year; chemicals in packaging, carpets, and non-stick pans may contribute to obesity; raised troponins at sepsis may predict mortality; venetoclax demonstrates activity in multiple myeloma; and what to do if you have the flu.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • February 16, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Easing menu labeling rules under Obamacare, nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018, breakthrough stroke treatment, historic flu season drives sales across the health care industry, and Fitbit is acquiring health coaching platform Twine Health.

By Andy Tofilon • February 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Food may influence cancer spread, breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease, Mayo study finds weight loss can be achieved by standing instead of sitting, hot tea linked to esophageal cancer in smokers and drinkers, and the flu versus the common cold.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • February 9, 2018

Top highlights this week include: States look at establishing their own health insurance mandates, Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal, U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers, call to boost Alzheimer’s funding, and HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year.

By Andy Tofilon • February 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Global cancer survival rates improve, but wide gaps remain; if it’s not the flu, you might be sick because of this virus; physician burnout; avoiding the cold or flu from your partner; and new international practice guidelines for tamoxifen treatment based on CYP2D6 genotype.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • February 2, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Health system mergers in the U.S. at record high, HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year, Medicaid work rules face tough legal challenges, new HHS secretary, and CMS’ latest bundled-pay model attracts lots of interest.

By Andy Tofilon • January 31, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Air quality is leading environmental threat to public health; virus shown to be likely cause of mystery polio-like illness; Mayo Clinic unveils new, stronger MRI machine; 9 things you need to know about thyroid cancer; is it too late to get the flu shot; and blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • January 26, 2018

Top highlights this week include: More tax cuts in government funding bill, Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration, deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care, opioid crisis blamed for sharp increase in accidental deaths in U.S., and delay of Obamacare taxes in spending bill will cost about $31 billion.

By Andy Tofilon • January 24, 2018

Top highlights this week include: NIH wants 1 million Americans to contribute to new pool of gene data, easily affordable whole-genome sequencing, newly FDA-approved platform will rapidly manufacture stem cells to repair our bodies, high-sensitivity troponin may help uncover heart failure rise, and preventing colds and flu.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • January 19, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump’s first year, court battle brewing over work rules for Medicaid, Trump administration says states may impose work requirements for Medicaid, House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill, and lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices.

By Andy Tofilon • January 17, 2018

Top highlights this week include: More cases reported in deadly U.S. “E. coli” outbreak, deadly flu season, ibuprofen linked to male infertility, memory problems and dementia, elevated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin can point to impending heart failure, and Mayo Clinic receives high marks for hospital quality from federal government.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • January 12, 2018

Top highlights this week include: CMS launches new voluntary bundled-payment model; in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, hospital closures have spiked; despite prod by ACA, tax-exempt hospitals slow to expand community benefits; charity care spending flat among top hospitals; and hospitals nationally hit hard by Medicare’s safety penalties.

By Andy Tofilon • January 10, 2018

Mayo Clinic and WuXi AppTec Group announced a joint venture to co-develop and deliver clinical diagnostic services in China. The new entity will accelerate the development of novel esoteric tests that both organizations will offer in their respective markets.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • January 9, 2018