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February 9, 2016 : Reuters

An NHLBI-supported study sheds new light on patient care at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals.  The study compared hospitalizations due to heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia among older men at VA hospitals to hospitalizations at non-VA hospitals in the United States.  Researchers found that death rates and readmission rates among patients at VA hospitals and patients at non-VA hospitals were very similar.

January 26, 2016 : JAMA

NHLBI-supported study looked at effectiveness of several popular pharmacotherapy smoking cessation therapy options. The study found three options have similar success rates.

January 11, 2016 : Time magazine

Time magazine interviewed Dr. Caroline Fox, M.D., M.P.H., a former investigator with the Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and now a special volunteer with NHLBI, about her research linking sugar-sweetened drinks (such as sodas and sports drinks) to increased body fat.  The study, which included several NHLBI researchers, was published in the journal Circulation.

January 8, 2016 : National Eye Institute

A new study by scientists at the National Eye Institute may help explain why our eyes become vulnerable to degenerative disease  such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular generation.  The scientists found that this may stem from the high-energy demand of our eyes, which function at high efficiency and with little reserve capacity.  The study included researchers with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

December 6, 2015 : American Society of Hematology

NHLBI-supported sickle cell study results presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting. The TWiTCH trial looked at ways to improve treatment of children at high risk of stroke.

December 3, 2015 : Nature

NHLBI-funded study finds way to identify DNA regulatory regions by using just one to a few hundred or thousand cells instead of millions of cells.

December 1, 2015 : American Heart Association News

A new study suggests that moderate coffee drinking, including both caffeinated and decaffeinated versions, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses.  Investigators at Harvard University's School of Public Health conducted the study, which was partly funded by NHLBI.

December 1, 2015 : Science Translational Medicine

NHLBI-supported study finds potential drug target for preventing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) — a deadly and common complication of bone marrow transplantation. 

November 17, 2015 : Journal of the American Medical Association

NHLBI-supported study finds that among young children with histories of recurrent severe lower respiratory tract illnesses (RTI), the use of azithromycin early during an apparent RTI compared with placebo reduced the likelihood of severe lower respiratory tract illnesses. 

October 20, 2015 : Johns Hopkins Medicine

A federally funded analysis of MRI scans of the aging hearts of nearly 3,000 adults shows significant differences in the way male and female hearts change over time. Results of the research, led by investigators at Johns Hopkins with funding from NHLBI, do not explain exactly what causes the sex-based differences but they may shed light on different forms of heart failure seen in men and women that may require the development of gender-specific treatments, the scientists say.

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