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August 19, 2019

Weekly review: What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

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    5 years ago, Mayo Clinic made 3 huge bets. Are they paying off? (Monday, Aug. 12)
    In 2014, Mayo Clinic embraced a strategic plan to revitalize the 150-year-old system, including three strategic gambles that ran counter to prevailing wisdom. So how have Mayo's big bets worked in practice? Daily Briefing's Jackie Kimmell dives deep to find out.

    Is morning exercise really better for weight loss? Here's why you should be skeptical. (Tuesday, Aug. 13)
    While recent headlines proclaimed that exercising in the morning could lead to greater weight loss than exercise at other times in the day, Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and health care economist, warns that you should think twice before overhauling your workout routine.

    What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving) (Wednesday, Aug. 14)
    We all know that consuming too much sugar is unhealthy—but just how dangerous is it to have a sweet tooth? Jane Brody explores what the research shows for the New York Times' "Well."

    For 26 years, doctors couldn't diagnose her disease. Then she found the answer—and helped create a cure. (Thursday, Aug. 15)
    For 26 years, Jasmin Barman-Aksözen suffered inexplicable severe pain when exposed to sunlight—until her own research led to a diagnosis for a rare disease called erythropoietic protoporphyria. In an editorial in Medicine Access @ Point of Care, Barman-Aksözen details how she helped develop the cure to her disease and her battle to get it approved.

    'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up (Friday, Aug. 16)
    Prominent hospital rating systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst. Here's how they graded several top rating programs—from 'A' to 'F.'

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