Week in Review

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hazards of the post-new year’s rush to gyms, three brain technologies to watch for in 2018, the effect of a strong immune system on colds and flu, dangers of frostbite, and top tests and health checks for the New Year.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • January 5, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Nutrients in leafy greens may help prevent dementia, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year, migraine prevention, innovative research to fight kidney disease, and greater access to donated livers.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 29, 2017

Top highlights this week include: 10 medical advances that raised our hopes in 2017, medical advances to watch for in 2018, first genome-wide association study of dementia with Lewy bodies, cancer survivors face faster aging, and three tips for flu prevention.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 22, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease, DNA is going digital, Mayo Clinic study identifies barriers to stem cell therapy, genetic model predicts primary myelofibrosis outcomes, and first U.S. baby born after uterus transplantation is dawn of a new era.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 15, 2017

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: 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: 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