Week in Review

Top highlights this week include: scientists race to improve living drugs to fight cancer, CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, many breast cancer survivors do not receive recommended mammograms, troubling rise in pregnancy-related heart problems, and Mayo Clinic ranked no. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • August 17, 2018

Top highlights this week include: inducing labor at 39 weeks for healthy pregnancies may improve outcomes for mothers, gut bacteria a factor in weight loss, researchers discover gene mutations linked with aggressive breast cancer, a new look at tobacco use and headaches, and Mayo Clinic opens new building for cancer and neurology patients.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • August 10, 2018

Top highlights this week include: gender inequality still plagues the health care industry, how the medical community is working to prevent suicides, use of prescription opioids in U.S. remains high, regular sauna users may have fewer chronic diseases, and when to use and not use antibiotics.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • August 3, 2018

Top highlights this week include: pediatricians raise concern about health effects of some food coloring and additives, tight blood pressure control can cut memory loss, U.S. “most dangerous” place to give birth in developed world, genetic susceptibility to pancreatic cancer linked to 6 specific gene mutations, and how to avoid foodborne illness.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • July 27, 2018

Top highlights this week include: liver cancer death rate rises, even as overall U.S. cancer death rates fall; more screen time for teens linked to ADHD symptoms; heart attack risk on the rise for pregnant women; Mayo Clinic simulation center receives accreditation; and the rise of HPV-related throat cancer.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • July 20, 2018

Top highlights this week include: blood pressure linked to lesions, signs of Alzheimer’s in autopsied brains; multivitamins a waste of money for heart health; late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain; physician burnout and depression can lead to major medical errors; and the art of finding beauty in dreadful, wonderful parasites.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • July 13, 2018

Top highlights this week include: a frightening new reason to worry about air pollution, coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer, pharmacogenomics advocates make case for wider use, comorbidities can help predict migraine progression, and precision genomics point the way to mutations associated with accelerated aging.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • July 6, 2018

Top highlights this week include: modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors, red meat allergies caused by tick bites are on the rise, researchers find herpes viruses in brains marked by Alzheimer’s disease, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center ranked among best, and avoid bug-borne diseases this summer.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 29, 2018

Top highlights this week include: what drinking alcohol means for your cancer and death risk, smoking reaches all-time low with U.S. adults, Mayo Clinic researchers find genetic mutations that increase person’s risk for pancreatic cancer, demystifying the tick, and Mayo researchers identify method to diagnose pancreatic cancer in patients with early onset diabetes.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 22, 2018

Top highlights this week include: errors trigger retraction of study on Mediterranean diet’s heart benefits, toddlers consuming too much added sugar, researchers develop bacteria that may treat constipation, mild thyroid dysfunction in childhood increases dyslipidemia risk, and Mayo Clinic’s best and brightest win funding fellowships from Eagles Cancer Telethon.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 15, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Supplements won’t help prevent heart disease, breast cancer survivors do not receive recommended level of screening after surgery, can vaping cause serious lung disorders, hormone levels after menopause tied to heart risks, and updated guidelines for colorectal cancer screening.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 8, 2018

Top highlights this week include: People who sleep in on weekends may avoid dying young, high levels of screen time linked to cancer and heart disease, celiac-testing paradigm “underdetects” disease, is shingles contagious, and have fun but be safe in the sun.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • June 1, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Parasites and bacteria may be lurking in hotel pools, hot tubs, CDC warns; F.D.A. approves first drug designed to prevent migraines; Mayo Clinic kicks off massive “biobank” project to invigorate individualized medicine research; uptick in vector-borne illnesses in U.S. and what it means to you; and Mayo urologists study post-surgery opioid prescribing patterns to standardize practice.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • May 25, 2018