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The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup is written by Elizabeth Zimmermann Young for Advancing the Science. It includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from October. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research.

October 2017

The average weight gain for women in their 50s and 60s is 1.5 pounds per year. For this group of women, much of that weight gain resides in the midsection. This type of fat is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, which is also the No. 1 cause of death for postmenopausal women. In addition to cardiovascular disease, central weight distribution puts this population at risk for abnormal glucose and lipid levels and high blood pressure.

A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings were published in the October edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Despite growing problems with psychological distress, many physicians avoid seeking mental health treatment due to concern for their license. Mayo Clinic research shows that licensing requirements in many states include questions about past mental health treatments or diagnoses, with the implication that they may limit a doctor's right to practice medicine.

These findings also were published in the October edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The National Institutes of Health has renewed one of Mayo Clinic’s largest government research grants for five more years, ensuring support for clinical and translational research and training through 2022. The grant supports Mayo researchers in translating discoveries to address unmet patient needs, while engaging physicians and scientists at all levels.

Read the rest of the roundup on Advancing the Science.

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