Top highlights this week include: rate of pregnant women addicted to opioids skyrocketed in 15 years, life expectancy declines seen in U.S. and other high-income countries, Mayo Clinic crowned atop “best hospitals” list for fourth time in five years, new birth center coming to Austin Mayo Clinic campus, and minimally invasive back surgery puts fear and pain in the past.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • August 24, 2018

Top highlights this week include: NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students; FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen; why hospitals are getting into the real estate business; moderate bad cholesterol levels tied to early death for healthy people; and vaping can damage DNA, but will it cause cancer?

By Andy Tofilon • August 22, 2018

Mayo Clinic implemented a patient blood-management program in 2010 on its Rochester campus and has since experienced a 35-percent reduction of blood transfusions, improving patient outcomes and achieving significant savings. Using best practices from the program, Mayo Medical Laboratories collaborated with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to combine Mayo’s clinical knowledge with NDSC’s industry-leading expertise in electronic health record clinical-decision support.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • August 17, 2018

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: new estimates show overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017; CVS launches program targeting expensive new drugs; FDA weighing a ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids; Mayo Clinic names its next CEO; and CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video.

By Andy Tofilon • August 15, 2018

Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 29th annual “Best Hospitals Honor Roll” published online on August 14. Mayo Clinic also ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the country.

By Mayo Clinic News Network • August 14, 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: Medicare approves $4.8 billion raise for hospitals, use of prescription opioids in U.S. remains high, some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, teens with depression may benefit from collaborative care treatment, and belly fat linked to cognitive decline.

By Andy Tofilon • August 8, 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: how the medical community is working to prevent suicides; surgeon general, hospitals team up to combat opioid abuse; a promising drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s was just unveiled; alcohol in breast milk may lead to lower cognition in kids; and scientists warn new Ebola strain found in West Africa has potential to infect humans.

By Andy Tofilon • August 1, 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: hospitals gear up for new diagnosis: human trafficking; health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym; why tech developers are trying to tackle mental health; doctors raise alarm about shortages of pain medications; and deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame.

By Andy Tofilon • July 25, 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