Rochester, Minnesota - Kidney stones are a painful health condition, often requiring multiple procedures at great discomfort to the patient. Growing evidence suggests that the incidence of kidney stones is increasing steadily, especially in women. Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Mayo Clinic researchers investigated the rise in stone formers to determine if this is a new trend, or simply an improvement in the way kidney stones are detected.

Washington, DC - A new clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to determine whether low blood levels of the protein procalcitonin can reliably indicate whether a person’s lower respiratory tract infection will improve with antibiotic treatment.

Washington, DC - Santa Fe Importers, Inc. a Long Beach, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 143 pounds of pork salami products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Rochester, Minnesota - Mackenzie Boedicker has gotten used to the double-takes. She's young, female - and bald. It's not what most people expect. "You cannot go anywhere without getting stared at," she says.

Washington, DC - Mental illness associated with early childhood adversity may be passed from generation to generation, according to a study of adults whose parents evacuated Finland as children during World War II. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Helsinki University in Finland. It appears in JAMA Psychiatry.

Anaheim, California - The American Heart Association has presented its 2017 Chairman’s Award saluting excellence in volunteer service to Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles, for “his many invaluable contributions to the Association’s strategic goals and programs while significantly advancing the science and practice of cardiology.”

Anaheim, California - The American Heart Association awarded its Clinical Research Prize for 2017 to Robert A. Harrington., M.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine, “for his leadership of research initiatives leading to the development of new anti-thrombotic agents that have dramatically improved everyday medical practice.”