Week in Review

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

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