Week in Review

Top highlights this week include: The benefits of bright light for hospital patients; lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy; Barbara Bush had a strong Mayo Clinic connection; when Alzheimer’s should be diagnosed; and transplanted livers help body defend against organ rejection, Mayo Clinic study finds.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • April 20, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Night owls have 10% higher mortality risk; exercise cuts heart risks; Mayo Clinic searching for answers as heart disease increases in younger women; Mayo Clinic, NBC launch show on personal health; and Lynch syndrome and genetic testing.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • April 13, 2018

Top highlights this week: Surgeon General urges more Americans to carry opioid antidote, eating pasta linked to weight loss in new study, St. Charles Health Care in Oregon picks Mayo Medical Laboratories as testing partner, many in U.S. take more calcium supplements than necessary, and Mayo Clinic orthopedic physicians see music as medicine.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • April 6, 2018

Top highlights this week: Newfound “organ” could be the biggest in your body, rising obesity blamed for 23,000 cancer cases every year, Mayo’s medical school ranked NO. 6 by U.S. News, gene testing moves cardiomyopathy analysis forward, and genetic testing to enhance multiple myeloma treatment.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • March 30, 2018

Top highlights this week: FDA moves ahead with historic plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes, stem-cell transplant game changer for MS patients, safety of essential oils, colon cancer steadily decreasing, and why early clinical trial results may offer false hope.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • March 23, 2018

Top highlights this week include: A fatal disease is striking dentists, Minnesota begins universal spinal muscular atrophy screenings for newborns, molecular testing for thyroid cancer can reduce unnecessary surgeries, daytime drowsiness increases risk of Alzheimer’s in elderly, and the flu season never really ends.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • March 16, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Teens who use e-cigarettes exposed to toxic chemicals; why Apple, Amazon, and Google are making big health care moves; Type 1 diabetes is no longer just for kids; study finds cancer survivors are at higher risk for heart failure; and is it a cold or allergies?

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • March 9, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Scientists work to find new flu vaccine, pediatricians call for universal depression screening for teens, bad genes don’t mean you are doomed to heart disease and early death, why the flu makes you feel so miserable, and heart failure more likely for some breast cancer and lymphoma survivors.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • March 2, 2018

Top highlights this week include: The most germ-ridden places in your office, excessive alcohol use linked to early-onset dementia risk, Mayo Clinic CEO on why he’s stepping down, you may have “self-itis,” and state grants boost Alzheimer’s research on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • February 23, 2018

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