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    Mayo Clinic Minutes of 2016: A few of our favorite things

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As we prepare for the New Year, we salute the past 12 months. During this time, the Mayo Clinic News Network team has brought a number of important medical and health stories to the forefront. Here are six of the most viewed, most shared, and most memorable Mayo Clinic Minutes of 2016.

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkgs are in the downloads.

1. Endometrial cancer develops in the lining of the uterus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, endometrial cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. If caught early, endometrial cancer can be cured.

Watch: Tampon test for endometrial cancer

2. If you’re unsure about the meaning of the dates on food labels, you are not alone. Use-by dates usually refer to food quality and are not safety dates. Learn more.

Watch: Decoding food label dates

3. For many patients, the idea of brain surgery can be scary. This may be especially true if the area being treated is near parts of the brain that control sight, motor skills or speech. Preserving function is what prompted neurosurgeons at Mayo Clinic to perform what's called awake brain surgery.

Watch: Awake brain surgery

4. Every person over the age of 50 is strongly advised to get a colonoscopy. It’s one of the best ways to detect colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States. Learn more.

Watch: Inside a colonoscopy

5. Artificial sweeteners are the subject of increasing research and debate. We take a look at both sides of the sweetener issue. Learn more.

Watch: Artificial sweeteners

6. A breast cancer screening tool developed at Mayo Clinic may benefit women with dense breasts.

Watch: Molecular breast imaging.