Week in Review

Top highlights include: the secret to good health may be a walk in the park, Minnesota adds Alzheimer’s as qualifying condition for medical marijuana, Asian longhorned tick spreading in U.S, 11 diseases that can start with your gut bacteria, and a link between migraines and gastrointestinal problems?

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • December 7, 2018

Top highlights include: dispelling deadly myths about the flu vaccine, coffee drinkers’ personality traits are different from non-coffee drinkers, when the body attacks the brain, scientists claim first genetically edited babies, and complications from the flu.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 30, 2018

Top highlights include: romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns; scientists genetically modify virus to kill cancer cells; spinal implant breakthroughs are helping people with paraplegia walk again; which migraine patients should get specific drugs; and treating inflammatory bowel disease.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 23, 2018

Top highlights include: CDC investigating burst of possible new cases of polio-like paralysis, Mayo Clinic gets $200 million to train doctors of the future, Mayo Clinic names new leader for its growing Jacksonville medical center, info about migraine and heart problems, and Mayo Clinic receives National Cancer Institute grant to help cancer patients quit tobacco.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 16, 2018

Top highlights include: What to know about an experimental treatment that could let celiac disease sufferers eat gluten, how does coffee affect your brain, battle of the badges, Mayo researchers correlate specific antibody with relapse of neurological disorder, and pertussis infections on the rise.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 9, 2018

Top highlights include: for cervical cancer patients, less invasive surgery is worse for survival; Mayo researchers working on vaccines to treat, and possibly prevent, breast cancer; acute kidney injury; colorectal cancer microbiomes may differ with mismatch repair status; and November is “C. diff” awareness month.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • November 2, 2018

Top highlights include: obesity rate for Minnesota youth among lowest in the nation, FDA approves a fast-acting flu drug that is taken in a single dose, does eating organic food prevent cancer, Americans say they want alternatives to opioid prescription, and how the bugs inside us affect overall health.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • October 26, 2018

Top highlights include: how medical schools are battling stereotypes about elderly patients, five Mayo Clinic sites receive patient-care award, multiple myeloma subtypes linked to patients’ African ancestry, what to know about antibiotic resistance, and why you need your flu shot now.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • October 19, 2018

Top highlights include: rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September, rare paralysis cases in children are investigated in Minnesota, should you get a 3D mammogram, new diagnostic criteria for spontaneous spinal cord infarction, and Mayo Clinic researchers identify gene types driving racial disparities in myeloma.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • October 12, 2018

Top highlights include: fasting could be the fountain of youth, how scientists are treating breast cancer using the immune system, more than 1 in 3 adults eat fast food on any given day, Mayo Clinic discovery could extend quality of life, and Mayo researchers identify potential new treatment for subset of women with triple-negative breast cancer.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • October 5, 2018

Top highlights include: newborn syphilis cases in U.S. reach 20 year high; gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes; Mayo Clinic stars in new Ken Burns documentary; antidepressants, psychotherapy may help ease irritable bowel syndrome; and Mayo Clinic announces nearly $1 billion in expansion projects.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • September 28, 2018

Top highlights include: low-carb diet better when it includes more vegetables and nuts, eating junk food tied to higher risk of numerous cancers, how long does the flu last and how long is it contagious, Mayo study links ovary removals with increased risk of kidney failure, and opioid controlled-substance agreements safely reduce health care visits.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • September 21, 2018

Top highlights this week: FDA takes historic action on youth e-cigarette epidemic, Minnesotans’ obesity rate lower than other Midwest states, “Battle of the Badges” blood drive kicks off in Olmsted county, scientists engineered nearly 4,000 mutations of a breast-cancer gene, and the Asian longhorned tick finds its way to the U.S.

By Gina Chiri-Osmond • September 14, 2018