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May 2, 2016

Study Identifies Successful Weight-Gain Prevention Strategies for Young Adults

WHAT: Scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have identified strategies that might help young adults (aged 18 to 35 years) avoid weight gain. Their study, published May 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine, could help prevent obesity during this period, when individuals typically gain the most excess weight of their lifetimes. As many in this age group are typically parents of small children, the study also has the potential to break the cycle of obesity across generations.

April 18, 2016

Media Advisory: Heart failure findings among NHLBI-supported global health research highlighted in journal

WHAT: A study that found ischemic heart failure is more common in Kenya than experts had expected is among a number of new, National Institutes of Health-supported global health study findings highlighted in the March edition of the Global Heart journal. This edition of the journal is dedicated to NIH-supported research aimed at reducing cardiovascular and lung disease burden and also boosting research capacity in low- and middle-income nations.

April 5, 2016

Novel Drug Combo and Donor Genetic Modifications Enable Record-breaking Survival Time for Pig-to-Primate Heart Transplant

WHAT:  Scientists have developed a novel immune-suppressing drug regimen that, when used in combination with genetically-modified pig organs, has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a primate (baboon). Their study, published online in Nature Communications, could lead to expanded use of xenotransplantation—organ transplants between different species—possibly providing relief for the severe organ shortage among human patients awaiting transplantation.

April 4, 2016

Antiarrhythmic drugs found beneficial when used by EMS treating cardiac arrest

Researchers have confirmed that certain heart rhythm medications, when given by paramedics to patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who had failed electrical shock treatment, improved likelihood of patients surviving transport to the hospital. The study was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and helps answer a longstanding scientific question about the effectiveness of two widely-used antiarrhythmic drugs, amiodarone and lidocaine, for treating sudden cardiac arrest.  

March 17, 2016

NHLBI expands blood transfusion safety study to include Zika virus

In response to growing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has expanded a study in Brazil to see if Zika virus poses a threat to the blood supply. This blood safety study -- which originally focused on another emerging mosquito-borne virus, chikungunya virus -- will help determine if Zika virus can be transmitted through transfusion.

February 24, 2016

NIH, NHLBI to host COPD Town Hall Meeting to develop National Action Plan

The National Institutes of Health is partnering with other Federal agencies to host a national meeting to develop a National Action Plan for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. The COPD Town Hall Meeting will take place February 29 and March 1 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md.

January 29, 2016

NHLBI Announces the Recipients of 2016 Orloff Science Awards

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is pleased to announce the 2016 Orloff Science Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in science and the development of novel research tools in the previous year by investigators within NHLBI’s Division of Intramural Research.

January 26, 2016

Asthma prevention study suggests vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women might affect specific immune responses in offspring

WHAT: Providing extra vitamin D to women during pregnancy raised their vitamin D levels without changing recurrent wheezing rates in their offspring by age 3 years, National Institutes of Health-supported research found. However, in these children, who are at high risk for developing asthma, blood tests showed lower levels of specific antibodies related to allergy development, if their mothers took extra vitamin D, according to results appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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