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July 9, 2013 : The New York Times
Rare mutation ignites race for cholesterol drug
The discovery of a rare genetic mutation and of two women with dazzingly low LDL cholesterol levels who carry the mutation has set off one of the greatest medical chases ever. NHLBI Director Dr. Gary H. Gibbons said thousands of people could be candidates for any treatments that result from this work.

July 1, 2013 : NIH Research Matters
Vietnam vets with PTSD more likely to have heart disease
Among male twin Vietnam veterans, those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely to have heart disease 13 years after being diagnosed as twin vets without PTSD. The finding suggests that PTSD may be a risk factor for heart disease.

June 25, 2013 : Emory University
Study links post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study led by researchers at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Small Boy getting his breathing checked

May 8, 2013
NIH statement on Asthma Month 2013
For Asthma Awareness Month 2013, the National Institutes of Health stands with the international community to renew our dedication to improving the quality of life for the estimated 300 million people living with asthma worldwide. To most effectively manage asthma, we need to address the disproportionate impact of the disease on minorities and families at or below the poverty line. NIH is committed to reducing asthma disparities and improving asthma control for all who live with the disease.

March 26, 2013
EDTA chelation therapy modestly reduces cardiovascular events
Chelation therapy, an unproven alternative medicine in the treatment for heart disease, modestly reduced cardiovascular events for adults aged 50 and older who had suffered a prior heart attack, according to new NIH-supported research.

March 19, 2013 : Princeton Alumni Weekly
Shaping biomedical research
Jocelyn Kaiser
Offered the top job at the NHLBI last year, Gary Gibbons '78 was attracted by the chance to steer an agency with a $3 billion budget for research on heart, lung, and blood disorders. But that wasn’t all. Gibbons, a cardiologist and scientist, also saw the position as an opportunity to address what he calls an "egregious" problem: a dearth of African-American scientists in biomedical research.

March 10, 2013
NIH statement on the vitamin component of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy
Preliminary results from the vitamin component of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) were released today during the American College of Cardiology’s 2013 Scientific Sessions. The study found that overall heart attack patients given a combination of high-dose oral vitamins and minerals did not exhibit a significant reduction in recurrent cardiac events over those who did not receive the high-dose vitamins and minerals.

November 15, 2012 : Medill Reports
NIH reports bypass surgery superior to less invasive stent procedure
Stephanie Novak and Brooke Workneh
“The results are really, very striking,” said Dr. Yves Rosenberg, project officer for the study and chief of the Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch at NHLBI. “They showed a clear advantage of surgery for the group of patients we studied. The advantage was clear across the board.”

November 9, 2012 : NIH Record
Research festival celebrates 125 years of discovery
Belle Waring
The 26th annual NIH Research Festival, held Oct. 9-12, was a moveable feast. The plenary session opened with 3 “big vision” talks. NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons spoke on a systems approach to health inequities. Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz of NICHD addressed advances in technology and imaging, and NIAID’s Dr. Ron Germain took the audience on a journey through the immune system.

November 4, 2012
Cardiac bypass surgery superior to non-surgical procedure for adults with diabetes and heart disease
Adults with diabetes and multi-vessel coronary heart disease who underwent cardiac bypass surgery had better overall heart-related outcomes than those who underwent an artery-opening procedure to improve blood flow to the heart muscle, according to the results from an international study.

November 4, 2012
Statement from NHLBI Director Gary H. Gibbons, M.D.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) congratulates the principal investigators and scientific team carrying out the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT).

November 4, 2012 : The Wall Street Journal
For diabetics, bypasses gain (subscription only)
Ron Winslow
Diabetic patients with seriously diseased heart arteries are significantly more likely to survive or avoid future attacks by having them treated with bypass surgery than with artery-opening devices called stents, according to a major new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

November 4, 2012 : The New England Journal of Medicine
Strategies for multivessel revascularization in patients with diabetes
Coauthored by Yves Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.H., and Robin Boineau, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Results from the NHLBI-funded Future Revascularization Evaluation in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus: Optimal Management of Multivessel Disease (FREEDOM) trial showed that bypass surgery was superior to PCI, a non-surgical procedure, in treating patients with diabetes and advanced coronary artery disease.

November 4, 2012 : MedPage Today
FREEDOM: Bypass bests stents for diabetics
Peggy Peck
Bypass surgery is a better treatment choice than stenting for diabetics with multivessel coronary artery disease, according to recent results from the NHLBI-funded FREEDOM trial.

November 4, 2012 : The Mount Sinai Hospital
Individuals who have diabetes and advanced coronary artery disease have significantly better outcomes with bypass surgery than angioplasty
An international team of researchers led by Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Mount Sinai Heart, has found in the first long-term study of its kind that individuals who have diabetes and advanced coronary artery disease (CAD) live longer and are less likely to suffer a non-fatal heart attack when treated with bypass surgery instead of angioplasty.

October 10, 2012
NIH grantees win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to National Institutes of Health grantees Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; and Brian K. Kobilka, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif., for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals.

September 27, 2012 : NIH Record
NIH scientists receive 2012 Service to America Medals
Dr. Neal Young, chief of NHLBI's Hematology Branch, received the Sammie in the Science and Environment category.

September 25, 2012 : Science Magazine
Fostering diversity, heading off heart disease
Jocelyn Kaiser
On 13 August, cardiologist Gary Gibbons became director of the $3 billion National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Gibbons, who turns 56 next week, comes to the third largest National Institutes of Health (NIH) component from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he founded a research center that studied cardiovascular disease in minorities. He previously was a faculty member at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.

September 7, 2012 : Science
Massive trials to test inflammation hypothesis
Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
"This is testing a whole new paradigm, a whole new approach, towards treating atherosclerosis," because anti-inflammatory drugs are not now a therapy of choice, says Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at NHLBI.

September 5, 2012 : Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Grantee new head of NHLBI: will explore new frontiers in research
Dr. Gary H. Gibbons discusses his new role as NHLBI director and his experience as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar.

September 4, 2012 : Wall Street Journal
Trying a new line of attack in heart disease
Ron Winslow
In this Wall Street Journal article Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and NHLBI grantee Paul Ridker, M.D., director of the center for cardiovascular-disease prevention at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, discuss the launch of the NHLBI-supported cardiovascular inflammation reduction trial (CIRT) that will test if treating inflammation can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke in high-risk individuals.

September 4, 2012 : eMaxHealth
Can treating inflammation reduce risk of cardiovascular disease?
Robin Wulffson M.D.
The new NHLBI-funded Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT) and the Novartis-funded CANTOS study will both test the theory that inflammation plays a significant role in the underlying biology that makes heart disease the number one cause of death and stroke the number four cause of death in the United States.

August 30, 2012 : The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Biomedical Scholars share their stories of scientific discovery
In this video, 1994 Pew Biomedical Scholar Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and 2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar Kathryn E. Wellen, Ph.D., a specialist in cancer metabolism and epigenetics from the University of Pennsylvania, discuss the impact that being a Pew Biomedical Scholar has had on their lives and careers.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2012

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